Animals

March 01, 2019 - 10:51 am
BOSTON (AP) — This rat is getting a lot of mouse clicks. A British tourist visiting Boston captured on video a hungry seagull devouring a dead rat in a single gulp and posted it on social media, prompting thousands of horrified comments. The video shows the gull pecking tentatively at the rodent...
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, a lobster walks into a lobster trap on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean off Biddeford, Maine. Preliminary data from the federal government shows U.S. lobster exports to China held steady during the year despite tariffs imposed during trade hostilities between the two countries. China is one of the biggest buyers of American lobster, which is hauled to the shore mostly in the New England states and Canada. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
February 27, 2019 - 12:42 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America is still sending millions of pounds of lobster to China, but members of the seafood industry remain on edge about the future of the United States' relationship with one of its most important customers. The U.S. exported more than 17.6 million pounds (8 million...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2008 file photo, a harp seal pauses after being released in Maine following treatment after being found stranded earlier in the year. Experts are trying to pinpoint the cause of a sharp increase in harp seal strandings in 2019. About 70 of the marine mammals were found stranded in Maine since Jan. 1, 2019 compared to less than a dozen the previous year. (AP Photo/Joel Page, File)
February 26, 2019 - 4:37 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Experts are trying to pinpoint the cause of a sharp increase in harp seal strandings along the East Coast. Marine Mammals of Maine reports that it has responded to 63 reports of harp seal strandings so far this year, compared to six last year. Executive Director Lynda Doughty...
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February 24, 2019 - 4:24 pm
MILAN (AP) — Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala made a rare fashion week appearance, sitting in the front row of Dolce & Gabbana on Sunday. The mayor's presence had the hallmark of an institutional show of support after the designers were forced to cancel a Shanghai show following comments by one of the...
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February 22, 2019 - 8:13 pm
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is on a desperate hunt for her disappearing pet that can't run fast and can't be missed — a 100-pound tortoise. KOB-TV reports Dusty the Turtle went missing earlier this month in Roswell, New Mexico after strong winds knocked open a gate that housed him...
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February 21, 2019 - 5:53 am
LONDON (AP) — Zebra stripes are dazzling — particularly to flies. That's the conclusion of scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of California at Davis who dressed horses in black-and-white striped coats to help determine why zebras have stripes. Researchers found that...
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FILE - This Dec. 31, 2018 file photo shows a sign of Conservators' Center at the property near Burlington, N.C. A witness told authorities that a gate blocked by a ball at the North Carolina animal preserve allowed a lion to reach three people cleaning an enclosure and begin a fatal attack, biting one intern’s ankle and pulling her into the enclosure, according to a medical examiner’s report. (Woody Marshall/The Times-News via AP, File)
February 20, 2019 - 7:52 pm
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A witness told authorities a gate blocked by a ball at a North Carolina animal preserve allowed a lion to reach three people at the start of a fatal attack, biting one intern's ankle and pulling her into the enclosure, according to a medical examiner's report. A Caswell...
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This photo released by the Galapagos National Park, a Chelonoidis phantasticus tortoise rests at Galapagos National Park in Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Park rangers and the Galapagos Conservancy found the tortoise, a species that was thought to have become extinct one hundred years ago. (Galapagos National Park via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 7:25 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina. An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was spotted Sunday by a...
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This Feb. 18, 2019 photo provided by Ben Lepe shows Maleah Ballejos reunited with her dog Kingston in Paradise, Calif. The Akita named Kingston was reunited with his family 101 days after he jumped out of their truck as they fled a devastating Northern California wildfire. (Ben Lepe via AP)
February 19, 2019 - 8:44 pm
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A dog named Kingston is back with his family 101 days after he jumped out of their truck as they fled a devastating Northern California wildfire. The 12-year-old Akita was reunited Monday with the Ballejos family, who fled the town of Paradise late last year, Sacramento...
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February 19, 2019 - 8:52 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that a dog owner isn't fit to carry a firearms license after his dog shot him with a rifle. The Munich administrative court on Tuesday dismissed the man's appeal against an earlier decision by Bavarian authorities to withdraw his license to own a rifle, as...
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