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Whales filmed having whale of a time during lockdown

Apr. 9, 2020 8:36 AM EDT

LE PECQ, France (AP) — With humans away, the whales will play. In another sign that wild animals are roaming more freely while locked-down people are sheltering indoors from the coronavirus, a maritime patrol has filmed remarkable images of whales powering through Mediterranean waters off the coast of...

FILE - In this July 23, 2013, file photo, the slopes of Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge rise on the distant horizon above Crump Lake and bales of cut hay near Adel, Ore. The Trump administration plans to open up 2.3 million acres of land for hunting and fishing at more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries around the United States under a proposal unveiled Wednesday, April 8, 2020, that is aimed at giving Americans more recreational access on public lands. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Trump to open more wildlife refuge land to hunting, fishing

Apr. 8, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration plans to open 2.3 million acres of land for hunting and fishing at more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries under a proposal unveiled Wednesday that is aimed at giving Americans more recreational access on public lands. The plan earned...

In this April 2, 2020 photo provided by Rachael Pavlik, the Pavlik family, Matthew, Rachael, their son Henry, hedgehog Quillie Nelson and German shorthair pointer Mudge, poses for a photo in their home in Sugar Land, Texas. Many pet owners are taking comfort in their animals as they shelter at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. ( (Rachael Pavlik via AP)

Cats, dogs, Quillie the hedgehog source of comfort in crisis

Apr. 8, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lala, a 3-month-old black Lab, romped into Ufuoma George’s life a few weeks ago, just as she retreated into her New York apartment in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Lala, she thought, would be company. But she’s turned out to be so much more. “Being alone at...

In this Feb. 26, 2020 photo made available by ZooMiami, newborn clouded leopards are held by a staff member for their neonatal exams at the zoo in Miami. Clouded Leopards are found in forests within Southern China, Taiwan and Malaysia and are highly endangered over most of their range due to hunting. (Ron Magill/ZooMiami via AP)

Cuteness alert: Zoo Miami shows off clouded leopard kittens

Apr. 8, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Providing exactly what's needed in these trying times, Zoo Miami has shared images of two clouded leopard cubs. The male and female have been secluded in a den with their mother, Serai, since their Feb. 11 birth so that they could properly bond while avoiding external stress, according to a...

FILE - In this December, 1999, file photo, tourists snorkel around Upolu Cay on the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns off the Australian north east coast. An aerial survey of the Great Barrier Reef shows coral bleaching is sweeping across the area off the east of Australia for the third time in five years. Bleaching has struck all three regions of the world’s largest coral reef system and is more widespread than ever, scientists from James Cook University in Queensland state said Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Brian Cassey, File)

Bleaching on Great Barrier Reef more widespread than ever

Apr. 7, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An aerial survey of the Great Barrier Reef shows coral bleaching is sweeping across the area off the east of Australia for the third time in five years. Bleaching has struck all three regions of the world’s largest coral reef system and is more widespread than ever,...

FILE - In this May 2, 2010 photo, Institute of Marine Mammal Sciences researcher Justin Main takes photographs of a dead sea turtle on the beach in Pass Christian, Miss. The National Wildlife Federation released a report Tuesday, April 7, 2020, looking at Gulf restoration after the BP oil spill. The report states serious ongoing harm to dolphins, turtles and other wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Wildlife group: Gulf oil spill still affecting wildlife

Apr. 7, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A decade after the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, dolphins, turtles and other wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still seriously at risk, according to a report released Tuesday. The fact that the Gulf hasn’t fully recovered is “hardly surprising given...

Medical workers wearing personal protective equipment wheel bodies to a refrigerated trailer serving as a makeshift morgue at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Monday, April 6, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Virus deaths slow in places, but British premier gets worse

Apr. 6, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The steep rise in coronavirus deaths appeared to be leveling off Monday in hard-hit New York, echoing a trend underway in Italy and Spain, while the crisis escalated alarmingly in Britain, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care after his condition deteriorated....

Shark kills Australian wildlife worker on Great Barrier Reef

Apr. 6, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A shark fatally mauled a young Australian wildlife worker on the Great Barrier Reef, officials said Tuesday. Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the 23-year-old victim worked for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. “Once again a family out there is...

Wayne Malone speaks to the media as he joined registered nurses outside the Brooklyn Veterans Administration Medical Center, Monday, April 6, 2020, in New York, where workers called for more personal protective equipment (PPE) and staffing assistance to care for those affected by the current coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Apr. 6, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened Monday. In New York, there are faint glimmers of hope as deaths from the new coronavirus appear to be leveling off. New York City remains the epicenter of the pandemic in the...

This undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society shows Nadia, a Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York. Nadia has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday, April 5, 2020. (Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)

Tiger at NYC's Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

Apr. 6, 2020 6:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday. The 4-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia — and six other tigers and lions...