Animals

This undated photo provided by Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues shows a snake named in honor of environmental biologist Bob Thomas. Thomas us the environmental biologist and head of the Center for Environmental Communication at Loyola University New Orleans. He says he has a picture of the snake on his wall, and it makes him smile every time he looks at it. (Courtesy of Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues via AP)
October 20, 2018 - 10:28 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana professor is in heady company, honored by having one of three newly identified species of snakes from the Galapagos Islands named after him. "They named one after Charles Darwin — that's a no-brainer — and one after the Greek god of fire, and one after me, of all...
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In this Oct. 17, 2018 photo, supporters of dam removals and other measures intended to help endangered orca whales stand near a giant inflatable orca outside a building in Tacoma, Wash., where the Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery Task Force was meeting for a two-day work session. Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of the critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
October 18, 2018 - 6:06 pm
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention. Some argue the quickest way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams...
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CORRECTS THE LOCATION TO LIVINGSTON, NOT BOZEMAN - This photo provided by Bob Legasa shows him in a hospital in Livingston, Mont., Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, after a bear attack the day before. Legasa, who is having a second surgery for his injuries Monday, Oct. 15,2018, says he expects to be discharged Tuesday, three days after he was mauled by a grizzly sow protecting her cub near Livingston, Mont. (Bob Legasa via AP)
October 15, 2018 - 6:48 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear attacked an elk hunter who surprised the sow and her cub north of Yellowstone National Park, with the bear sinking her teeth into his arm and clawing his eye before another hunter drove her off, the victim recounted Monday. The mauling of Bob Legasa, 57, in the...
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FILE - In this May 19, 2017 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange greets supporters outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been in self imposed exile since 2012. Ecuador has formally ordered Julian Assange to steer clear of topics that could harm its diplomatic interests if he wants to be reconnected to the internet, according to a memo published in a local media outlet Monday Oct. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)
October 15, 2018 - 2:48 pm
LONDON (AP) — Ecuador has formally ordered Julian Assange to steer clear of topics that could harm its diplomatic interests if he wants to be reconnected to the internet, according to a memo published in a local media outlet Monday. The nine-page memo published by Ecuadorean website Codigo Vidrio...
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Marla Wood pulls a framed art piece out of the rubble of her damaged home from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
October 14, 2018 - 5:48 pm
MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Crews with backhoes and other heavy equipment scooped up splintered boards, broken glass, chunks of asphalt and other debris in hurricane-flattened Mexico Beach on Sunday as the mayor held out hope for the 250 or so residents who may have tried to ride out the storm. The...
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This photo provided by the United States Geological Survey shows a female Pacific walrus resting, Sept. 19, 2013 in Point Lay, Alaska. A lawsuit making its way through federal court in Alaska will decide whether Pacific walruses should be listed as a threatened species, giving them additional protections. Walruses use sea ice for giving birth, nursing and resting between dives for food but the amount of ice over several decades has steadily declined due to climate warming. (Ryan Kingsbery/U.S. Geological Survey via AP)
October 13, 2018 - 2:39 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Given a choice between giving birth on land or sea ice, Pacific walrus mothers most often choose ice. Likewise, they prefer sea ice for molting, mating, nursing and resting between dives for food. Trouble is, as the century progresses, there's going to be far less ice...
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October 12, 2018 - 4:35 pm
CAIRO (AP) — In a story Oct. 6 about Melania Trump, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Joshua Meservey works for the Heritage Institute. Meservey works for the Heritage Foundation. A corrected version of the story is below: Melania Trump puts on happier face during Africa tour It took...
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, photo, manager Karen Stalk watches as a worker returns a greyhound after donating blood at Hemopet canine blood bank in Garden Grove, Calif. The organization said the dogs are walked at least five times daily and given outdoor recreation time. The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has filed a complaint alleging mistreatment of dogs at Hemopet, one of the nation's largest canine blood banks, a claim the nonprofit organization that runs the Southern California facility for retired racing greyhounds adamantly rejects. Hemopet said the dogs are well-cared for and provide a vital service that saves pets' lives. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin)
October 12, 2018 - 2:10 am
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — The animal rights group PETA alleges dogs at one of the nation's largest canine blood banks are mistreated, but the non-profit that runs the Southern California facility says the retired racing greyhounds are well-cared for and save other dogs' lives. People for the...
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This Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, photo provided by the City of Waukegan, Ill., shows Nicole Garza, an animal control officer for Waukegan police, holding down a 4-foot alligator in a van outside city hall after animal control workers helped capture it from Lake Michigan. The alligator, whose mouth was taped shut, was spotted by a kayaker fishing for salmon off the Waukegan shore. It was taken to the Wildlife Discovery Center in nearby Lake Forest. Animal control officers have started an investigation to determine who dumped the alligator into the water. (David Motley/City of Waukegan via AP)
October 09, 2018 - 6:13 pm
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities don't know who dumped a 4-foot-long reptile into Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is. After initially believing the animal spotted Monday swimming near Waukegan, Illinois, by a startled kayaker was a caiman, officials now say it is actually an...
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This Oct. 3, 2018, photo provided by The Marine Mammal Center hospital director Claire Simeone shows a gecko on a phone at the center in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. The gecko is the culprit in making numerous calls in the phones' recent call history with his tiny feet. (Clair Simeone/The Marine Mammal Center via AP)
October 09, 2018 - 4:49 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — If you got incessant phone calls last week from a hospital that cares for Hawaiian monk seals, you were butt-dialed. Or, more specifically, foot-dialed. By a gecko. Marine mammal veterinarian Claire Simeone was at lunch when she got a call from Ke Kai Ola, the Big Island hospital...
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