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Florida zoo announces birth of southern white rhino

Jun. 13, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida zoo announced the birth of a southern white rhino, the eighth to be born in Tampa as part of a plan to help the species. Officials at ZooTampa at Lowry Park said the baby was born to a 20-year-old rhino named Alake last week. The female calf...

Gypsy moth infestation defoliating some Vermont trees

Jun. 13, 2021 08:25 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is seeing a large infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars this year that are defoliating many of the state’s trees, the Agency of Agriculture said. The state has not seen a large outbreak since 1991, but the insects have been...

Biologists try to protect bats from deadly fungus in Utah

Jun. 13, 2021 08:03 AM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — When bats come to mind, people generally think of horror movies and vampires, but bats actually play an important role in the ecosystem. But they’re in danger. White Nose Syndrome, WNS, was discovered in New York in 2006 and has been affecting...

Big-winning whippet, Pekingese face off at Westminster show

Jun. 12, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The Westminster Kennel Club dog show finals are shaping up to be a clash of canine titans. One is Bourbon the whippet, the prestigious show's runner-up last year and the winner of the huge American Kennel Club National Championship show in...

Maine moose hunters ready for annual permit lottery

Jun. 12, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine moose hunters are set to learn who will draw a permit to hunt one of the big animals this year. Maine wildlife officials hold a moose permit lottery every year, as tens of thousands more people apply for a permit than can get one. The drawing...

Bear spotted in Chesterfield County yards, gardens

Jun. 12, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (AP) — A black bear was spotted wandering in a residential area in Chesterfield County southwest of Richmond. WRIC-TV reports that the bear was seen near the area known as Enon and that it damaged some yards. ...

Giant wooden troll takes up residence in Wyoming park

Jun. 12, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Where once there were pebbles, now sits an enormous troll. The recycled wooden sculpture, now lounging in Rendezvous Park, is the brainchild of Copenhagen artist Thomas Dambo, who has built trolls all over the world. Their whimsical construction...

Illinois reopening Monroe County cave system

Jun. 12, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A cave system in southern Illinois closed more than a decade ago will reopen to the public this month. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced this week that Illinois Caverns in Monroe County will reopen on Wednesday. ...

W.Va. community says coal dust is taking its breath away

Jun. 12, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

EUNICE, W.Va. (AP) — Eunice should have been Becky Rectenwald’s place to settle. The dust settled there instead. Rectenwald, 58, moved to the former Raleigh County mining town from Marmet nearly four years ago for cleaner air and a larger yard for...

Fish for free without a license on Saturday in Vermont

Jun. 12, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Don't have a fishing license in Vermont? No problem. On Saturday, anglers can fish for free without a license in the state's lakes and rivers during Vermont's annual free fishing day. Saturday is also the start of the bass...