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FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, walks the property near Tampa, Fla. Officials said, a female volunteer who regularly feeds big cats was bitten and seriously injured by a tiger Thursday morning, Dec. 3, 2020, at the sanctuary, which was made famous by the Netflix series “Tiger King.

Volunteer bitten by tiger at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue

Dec. 3, 2020 2:57 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A female volunteer who regularly feeds big cats was bitten and seriously injured by a tiger Thursday morning at Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Florida, which was made famous by the Netflix series “Tiger King,” officials said. Hillsborough County...

Rapper G Herbo charged in fraud plot to buy trips, puppies

Dec. 3, 2020 12:38 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The rapper G Herbo, his promoter and others have been charged in a scheme to use stolen credit card information to pay for trips on private jets, exotic car rentals, luxury vacation rentals and designer puppies. G Herbo, who was named this week to Forbes' 30 under 30 list; Antonio Strong, a...

Agency declines special protection request for tufted puffin

Dec. 2, 2020 8:28 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The tufted puffin — a black seabird known for its white “mask” and orange bill — does not warrant Endangered Species Act protections, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday. The agency was petitioned in 2014 by the Natural Resources Defense...

Editorial Roundup: US

Dec. 2, 2020 6:42 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Dec. 1 The Wall Street Journal on U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr's comments that no widespread fraud was detected in the recent presidential election: Bill Barr can take the heat, and on Tuesday the stalwart Attorney General guaranteed...

FILE - In this April 1, 2017, file photo, a service dog named Orlando rests on the foot of its trainer, John Reddan, while sitting inside a United Airlines plane at Newark Liberty International Airport during a training exercise in Newark, N.J. The Transportation Department issued a final rule Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, covering service animals. The rule says only dogs can qualify, and they have to be specially trained to help a person with disabilities. For years, some travelers have been bringing untrained dogs and all kinds of other animals on board by claiming they need the animal for emotional support.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

US tightens definition of service animals allowed on planes

Dec. 2, 2020 3:52 PM EST

The days of pets flying with their owners in airplane cabins for free are coming to an end. The Transportation Department issued a final rule Wednesday covering animals on airlines. It decided that only dogs can fly as service animals, and companions that passengers use for emotional support don't count. The rule...

This Nov. 13, 2020 photo provided by the San Diego Humane Society shows a young bobcat at the San Diego Humane Society's Ramona Wildlife Center in Ramona, Calif. The young bobcat that was badly burned in a Southern California wildfire has been returned to its native habitat and will be released back into the wild. The San Diego Humane Society says the 7- to 9-month-old female was picked up on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 from Ramona Wildlife Center and taken to an area near the site of the El Dorado Fire that has abundant food and water sources.(San Diego Humane Society via AP)

Bobcat burned in California wildfire set for release to wild

Dec. 2, 2020 8:36 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A young bobcat that was badly burned in a Southern California wildfire will be released back into the wild, the San Diego Humane Society announced Tuesday. The 7- to 9-month-old female was picked up on Tuesday from the group's Ramona Wildlife Center. A state Department of Fish and...

FILE - This Aug. 1, 2011 file photo, shows whitebark pine that have succumbed to mountain pine beetles through the Gros Ventre area east of Jackson Hole, Wyo. U.S. officials say climate change, beetles and a deadly fungus are imperiling the long-term survival of the high-elevation tree found in the western U.S. (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

US: Mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened

Dec. 1, 2020 6:43 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that’s a key source of food for some grizzly bears and found across the West, U.S. officials said Tuesday. A Fish and Wildlife Service proposal scheduled to be...

Wildlife advocates sue US agency to protect Canada lynx

Dec. 1, 2020 5:58 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued the federal government Tuesday in a bid to force officials to do more to conserve Canada lynx, a snow-loving cat that has struggled to survive in parts of the U.S. West. Attorneys for Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild and other groups filed the...

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...