Latest Animal health News

Coyote bites officer helping motorist in Ohio's largest city

Jan. 17, 2020 5:06 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio's largest city shot and killed a coyote after it bit an officer who had stopped to help a stranded motorist, the police department said. The coyote appeared out of nowhere Thursday night and first tried to attack a state road worker also helping the motorist on an...

This photo  taken by an aerial survey team for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission shows an injured right whale calf swimming alongside its mother about 8 miles off the coast of Georgia on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Conservationists say the newborn right whale was suffering from deep cuts on either side of its head, dismaying conservationists who closely monitor the southeast U.S. coast during winter for births among the critically endangered species.  ( Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission via AP)

Wounded baby whale gets antibiotic shot to improve grim odds

Jan. 16, 2020 4:29 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Scientists succeeded in giving an antibiotic shot to a badly injured newborn whale they have been tracking off the coasts of Georgia and Florida, hoping to improve what experts stressed Thursday remain grim odds for the endangered sea animal. A crew of trained specialists got close...

Woman who fed vultures, gators settles lawsuit for $53,000

Jan. 16, 2020 8:02 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who fed vultures, alligators and other wildlife behind her gated-community home has agreed to pay $53,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by homeowners association. Palm Beach County Judge Scott Kerner on Wednesday permanently enjoined Irma Acosta Arya from feeding...

'We're expecting!': Georgia Aquarium announces baby beluga

Jan. 15, 2020 2:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Aquarium has announced that one of its beluga whales is a mother-to-be. A 20-year-old beluga named Whisper is expected to give birth to a calf in April, the aquarium’s vice president of animal health confirmed in a statement Tuesday. The gender of the baby won't be...

In this Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 photo, Red Ridge Ranch equestrian riding center owner Lyle Peterson walks one of the business' Belgian horses on the property in Mauston, Wis. More than 100 of the ranch's horses were sickened after ingesting contaminated hay obtained from out-of-state suppliers. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Hay tainted by toxic beetles kills 14 horses in Wisconsin

Jan. 14, 2020 11:33 AM EST

MAUSTON, Wis. (AP) — Hay tainted by a toxic beetle is blamed for the deaths of 14 horses and illnesses to dozens of others on a Wisconsin ranch. Steady rain and flooding this past summer left the hay in fields at Red Ridge Riding Stable in Mauston unusable. So, the owners, Cindy Kanarowski-Peterson and...

Gene-editing tool's pioneers win Israel's Wolf Prize

Jan. 13, 2020 1:30 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Two global pioneers of modern gene-editing technology were awarded Monday Israel's prestigious Wolf Prize in medicine. The Wolf Foundation said it was recognizing Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier for their work in developing the gene-editing tool CRISPR. Their research has the...

Seattle Seahawks' Jadeveon Clowney (90) hits Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz (11) during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NFL doctor calls Wentz 'heroic' for reporting concussion

Jan. 9, 2020 7:18 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL's chief medical officer called Carson Wentz “heroic” for reporting his concussion during Philadelphia's playoff loss and disputed the notion the league's system failed the Eagles quarterback. “I think what Carson Wentz did is heroic and should be highlighted...

About 300 sea turtles die in Mexico from red tide

Jan. 9, 2020 3:34 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican environmental authorities said Thursday that 292 sea turtles found dead on the country's southern Pacific coast since Christmas died as a result of a red tide algae bloom. Volunteers, researchers and authorities managed to save 27 of the Pacific Green sea turtles, which had...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, a health surveillance officer monitors passengers arriving at the Hong Kong International airport in Hong Kong. A preliminary investigation into viral pneumonia illnesses sickening dozens of people in and around China has identified the possible cause as a new type of coronavirus, state media said Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. In Hong Kong, 15 patients with symptoms of respiratory illness were being treated as of Sunday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

AP Explains: The virus behind China's pneumonia outbreak

Jan. 9, 2020 10:45 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Since late last year, people in the central Chinese city of Wuhan have been infected with a viral pneumonia whose cause was unknown. The outbreak raised the specter of another SARS epidemic, which killed hundreds in 2002 and 2003. A preliminary investigation has now identified the...

Germany: Rare virus linked to more fatal encephalitis cases

Jan. 8, 2020 6:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A review of fatal encephalitis cases in the southern German state of Bavaria has found that more than twice as many as previously known were tied to a rare animal-borne virus, researchers said Wednesday. The Federal Research Institute for Animal Health said scientists examined brain samples...