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AThis Nov. 27, 2020 photo by Terrance Siemon shows a monolith that was placed in a red-rock desert in an undisclosed location in San Juan County southeastern Utah. New clues have surfaced in the disappearance of the gleaming monolith in Utah that seemed to melt away as mysteriously as it appeared in the red-rock desert. A Colorado photographer told a TV station in Salt Lake City that he saw four men push over the hollow, stainless steel structure in Utah on Friday night. (Terrance Siemon via AP)

Visitor: Monolith toppled by group who said 'leave no trace'

Dec. 1, 2020 8:06 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New clues have surfaced in the disappearance of a gleaming monolith in Utah that seemed to melt away as mysteriously as it appeared in the red-rock desert — though it's no longer the only place where a strange structure has come and gone. A Colorado photographer told KSTU-TV ...

Baby goat missing from old 'Big Fish' movie set in Alabama

Dec. 1, 2020 6:25 PM EST

MILLBROOK, Ala. (AP) — The owners of an outdoor recreation destination in Alabama fear a days-old baby goat has been stolen from a free-ranging herd near a former movie set and tourist attraction. Two newborn goats from the herd on Jackson Lake Island in Milbrook have disappeared since November, according...

Louie, a black and silver seahorse, swims in Carol Benge's home aquarium, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in Chiefland, Fla. In September, Benge noticed that the seahorse was having trouble swimming. She took him to the University of Florida veterinary school where they diagnosed the problem. He was put in a hyperbaric chamber, and with one treatment, Louie was cured. (Carol Benge via AP)

Florida vet school uses novel approach to save seahorse

Dec. 1, 2020 2:44 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — In February, Carol Benge of Chiefland, Florida, purchased a seahorse for her home aquarium as a reward for marking five years cancer-free. She named the little black-and-silver fish Louie. As the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation, Benge, a schoolteacher, relaxed whenever she...

In this Thursday,  June 4, 2020 photo provided by the Wroclaw Zoo a rare Philippine mouse-deer is hiding in a thicket at the Zoo in Wroclaw, Poland. The zoo was the first one ever to record on video the birth of a mouse-deer on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 but experts have not yet been able to determine the sex of the young, recluse animal. There are only 12 animals of this highly endangered species in Europe's zoos, including just one confirmed male. and experts are hoping the young one is a male and will help the population grow. (AP Photo/Zoo Wroclaw)

Polish zoo captures rare mouse-deer birth on video

Dec. 1, 2020 12:28 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A zoo in Poland says it's the first to have captured on video the birth of a rare Philippine mouse-deer, and everyone's hoping it’s a male so it can help the endangered species breed. The night birth on Nov. 10 at 2:24 a.m. at the Wroclaw Zoo was filmed by a camera in the...

FILE - This Nov. 18, 2020, file photo provided by the Utah Department of Public Safety shows a metal monolith in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Utah. The mysterious silver monolith that was placed in the Utah desert has disappeared less than 10 days after it was spotted by wildlife biologists performing a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep, federal officials and witnesses said. The Bureau of Land Management said it had received credible reports that the three-sided stainless steel structure was removed on Nov. 27.  (Utah Department of Public Safety via AP, File)

Disappearance of Utah monolith won't prompt major probe

Nov. 30, 2020 1:10 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police won't be opening a major investigation into the disappearance of a mysterious silver-colored monolith that generated international attention and a mess when curious visitors made their way to the site of the discovery in the Utah desert. The sheriff in San Juan County says the...

German police probe mystery of missing giant phallus statue

Nov. 30, 2020 11:33 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Police in southern Germany have opened an investigation into the disappearance of a large wooden sculpture of a phallus from a mountainside where it appeared without explanation several years ago. Local newspaper Allgaeuer Zeitung reported Monday that the 2-meter-tall (almost 7-foot) tall...

In this Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, photo provided by Kelsea Dockham, rocks mark the location where a metal monolith once stood in the ground in a remote area of red rock in Spanish Valley, Utah south of Moab near Canyonlands National Park. The mysterious silver monolith that was placed there has disappeared less than 10 days after it was spotted by wildlife biologists performing a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep, federal officials and witnesses said. (Kelsea Dockham/Canyon State Overland via AP)

Mysterious silver monolith disappears from Utah desert

Nov. 29, 2020 7:19 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A mysterious silver monolith that was placed in the Utah desert has disappeared less than 10 days after it was spotted by wildlife biologists performing a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep, federal officials and witnesses said. “We have received credible reports that the...

Rescued Kemp’s ridley sea turtles receive care at Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020.  Thirty endangered sea turtles rescued from the beaches of Cape Cod are now safe in New Orleans after their Thanksgiving travel plans went awry.  They were being taken to a Louisiana rehabilitation center when bad weather and damage to a propeller grounded their plane in Chattanooga.  Wildlife experts scrambled to find overnight homes for the turtles. They were then driven to New Orleans on Thanksgiving.   (Thom Benson/Tennessee Aquarium via AP)

Rough rescue: Storms, broken plane force layover for turtles

Nov. 28, 2020 12:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — They might have gotten there faster by walking, but at any rate, these endangered turtles had a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Bad weather, a damaged propeller and an unscheduled stop in Tennessee complicated the rescue of 30 critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles...

This undated photo provided by the 'Senckenberg Institute' shows a 'Danish Mayfly'. The Danish Mayfly has been selected by a German entomological society as the Insect of the Year for 2021, but won’t have long to celebrate its 15 minutes of fame. The insect, whose scientific name is Ephemera danica, only has a few days to fly, mate and lay new eggs. (Wolfgang Kleinsteuber via AP)

Brief buzz: Danish Mayfly named 2021 insect of the year

Nov. 27, 2020 10:27 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Danish Mayfly was selected Friday by an international group of entomologists and others as the Insect of the Year for 2021, but it won't have long to celebrate its 15 minutes of fame. The insect, whose scientific name is Ephemera danica, only has a few days to fly, mate and lay new eggs....

Candle wax in Oslo fjord puzzles Norwegian authorities

Nov. 27, 2020 7:41 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian officials are asking the public for helping cleaning up and mapping “large amounts” of paraffin wax found at the entrance to the Oslo Fjord, a narrow inlet south of Norway’s capital. Officials have not identified the source of the grains of white...