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Unsung heroes, animals played vital and varied roles in WWI

Nov. 10, 2018 11:14 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — They were messengers, spies and sentinels. They led cavalry charges, carried supplies to the front, comforted wounded soldiers and died by the millions during World War I. Horses, mules, dogs, pigeons and even a baboon all were a vital — and for decades overlooked — part of the...

Bond between donkey, emu may make adoption difficult

Nov. 8, 2018 5:31 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina animal shelter says the close bond between a donkey and an emu that can barely stand to be separated may complicate an adoption. The Charlotte Observer reports the male donkey and female emu were rescued from Kershaw, South Carolina when their owner suddenly vanished...

Venezuela's vanishing red bird gets a coffee pick-me-up

Nov. 1, 2018 3:51 PM EDT

CARAYACA, Venezuela (AP) — Images of a tiny red bird that barely fills the palm of one's hand appear everywhere in Venezuela — printed on money, labels of craft beer bottles and the cover of children's school books. But the finch-like red siskin is vanishing from the wild at an alarming rate,...

Mountain birds on 'escalator to extinction' as planet warms

Oct. 29, 2018 4:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A meticulous re-creation of a 3-decade-old study of birds on a mountainside in Peru has given scientists a rare chance to prove how the changing climate is pushing species out of the places they are best adapted to. Surveys of more than 400 species of birds in 1985 and then in 2017 have...

Harry and Meghan meet mental-health workers in New Zealand

Oct. 29, 2018 12:36 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prince Harry and wife Meghan spoke with people working in the mental-health field and encountered a flightless native bird as they continued their tour of New Zealand on Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on the last leg of a 16-day tour of the South Pacific. They...

China building boom uncovers buried dinosaurs, makes a star

Oct. 25, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

YANJI, China (AP) — At the end of a street of newly built high-rises in the northern Chinese city of Yanji stands an exposed cliff face, where paleontologists scrape away 100 million-year-old rock in search of prehistoric bones. Like many fossil excavation sites in China, this one was discovered by...

Trump marvels at hurricane damage, hears stories of struggle

Oct. 15, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Michael Rollins shook President Donald Trump's hand Monday at the front door of his hurricane-ravaged home in the Florida Panhandle, saying he decided to ride out the storm because he didn't have anywhere else to go. "I knew I had made my commitment to stay with my animals," Rollins...

Colombia park fights animal trafficking with education

Oct. 12, 2018 7:49 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — On the outskirts of Colombia's capital red macaws share a nature reserve with ocelots and black-headed parrots. A white-crested harpy eagle whistles at schoolchildren who walk on a well-preserved trail. The animals come from different regions of this ecologically diverse South...

Bogota implores tourists to stop feeding pigeons

Oct. 10, 2018 12:11 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — On a bright Sunday afternoon, a group of government workers walked around Bogota's most famous square dressed as pigeons, with cardboard beaks covering their noses, as thousands of real birds swarmed overhead and left their droppings on stately monuments. Flapping their plastic...

Forest Service advances changes to sage grouse protections

Oct. 5, 2018 3:51 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service advanced changes to sage grouse protections in five Western states that environmental groups say are part of the Trump administration's efforts favoring industry but that push the imperiled bird closer to extinction. The agency on Friday released draft plans...