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Hawaii whale dies with fishing nets, plastic bags in stomach

Feb. 02, 2023 16:07 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A whale that washed ashore in Hawaii over the weekend likely died in part because it ate large volumes of fishing traps, fishing nets, plastic bags and other marine debris, scientists said Thursday, highlighting the threat to wildlife from the millions of tons of plastic that ends...

Blood-flavored ice helps zoo animals beat Rio's heat

Feb. 02, 2023 10:34 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's brutal summer heat has reached 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) on some recent days, sending locals to cool off in the ocean. There weren't many options for residents of the city's zoo, however, until a team of experts started offering them exotic...

Entangled humpback whale freed of gear off Island of Hawaii

Feb. 01, 2023 23:12 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A humpback whale was freed Tuesday after it was found in a life-threatening entanglement of rope, with a bundle of gear and two buoys attached. The whale was freed off of Kona near the Kona Airport on the Big Island, in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National...

Back at Dallas Zoo, found monkeys get fed, snuggle up

Feb. 01, 2023 21:42 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The two small monkeys who were found in a vacant house a day after being taken from the Dallas Zoo lost a bit of weight during their ordeal but show no signs of injury, the zoo said Wednesday. The disappearance Monday of the two emperor tamarin monkeys — named Bella...

Biden administration recommends major Alaska oil project

Feb. 01, 2023 21:17 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Biden administration released a long-awaited study Wednesday that recommends allowing a major oil development on Alaska's North Slope that supporters say could boost U.S. energy security but that climate activists decry as a “carbon bomb.” The move —...

Arizona ranchers to be paid for removing livestock carcasses

Feb. 01, 2023 18:09 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Livestock Loss Board is implementing a new incentive program that will compensate ranchers for removing livestock carcasses to locations where they aren’t accessible to Mexican wolves. Officials announced Wednesday that the board will pay ranchers $250...

Mexico zoo director killed, cooked 4 pygmy goats for party

Feb. 01, 2023 17:51 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The former director of a zoo in southern Mexico killed four of the zoo’s pygmy goats and served them up at a Christmas-season party, authorities said. José Rubén Nava was replaced as director of the local zoo in the city of Chilpancingo on Jan. 12 following...

Vessel strike blamed for humpback whale's death in New York

Feb. 01, 2023 14:19 PM EST

LIDO BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A humpback whale that washed ashore on a New York beach this week was likely killed by a vessel, federal authorities said Wednesday. A necropsy will determine the exact cause of death for the whale, a male named Luna that was more than 40 years old and had...

Race to vaccinate rare wild monkeys gives hope for survival

Feb. 01, 2023 13:55 PM EST

SILVA JARDIM, Brazil (AP) — In a small lab nestled in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, researchers with gloved hands and masked faces cradle four tiny golden monkeys so a veterinarian can delicately slide a needle under the thin skin of each sedated animal’s belly. The next morning,...

A real zoodunit: Monkeys found but mystery deepens in Dallas

Feb. 01, 2023 00:04 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Two monkeys taken from the Dallas Zoo were found Tuesday in an abandoned home after going missing the day before from their enclosure, which had been cut. But no arrests have been made, deepening the mystery at the zoo that has included other cut fences, the escape of a small...