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Western lowland gorilla born at Los Angeles Zoo

Jan. 19, 2020 5:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Zoo has a new baby gorilla, officials announced Sunday. N’djia, a 25-year-old western lowland gorilla, gave birth Saturday, the zoo said in a statement. Mother and newborn are doing well. “For the first time in over two decades, Angelenos will have a...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, SoftBank founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

SoftBank to invest $40 billion for new Indonesia capital

Jan. 17, 2020 6:30 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday. The billionaire founder and chief executive of SoftBank Group Corp., Masayoshi Son, hinted at partnering with the Indonesian government to...

This Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, a toy ape is placed between candles at the entrance of the Zoo in Krefeld, Germany. Authorities said rescuers found a gorilla and a female orangutan still alive amid the charred remains of the primate house after the fire on the new year morning. Vets were able to euthanize the orangutan but struggled to do so with the gorilla. After getting permission from a senior officer, a 34-year-old policeman killed the gorilla with shots from his submachine gun. ( Alexander Forstreuter/dpa via AP)

Germany: Gorilla injured in zoo fire shot dead by police

Jan. 15, 2020 7:11 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say a gorilla that was seriously injured in a zoo fire at New Year's had to be shot dead by a police officer after vets were unable to euthanize it. The dpa news agency said Wednesday that an official report detailed the previously unreported drama in the wake of the blaze...

Indonesia: UAE crown prince to lead new capital construction

Jan. 14, 2020 8:14 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Abu Dhabi's crown prince has agreed to lead a committee that will oversee the construction of a new capital city for Indonesia that is estimated to cost $34 billion, an Indonesian official said Tuesday. Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said it would be “an...

ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON MONDAY, JAN. 13, AND THEREAFTER - In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, photo, Gabriel, an Australian Shepherd mix, looks into the camera at the Animal Humane Society in St. Paul, Minn. In St. Paul, the Humane Society staffs an adoption site and surgical truck directly next door to St. Paul Animal Control. In fact, unlike the city of Minneapolis, St. Paul does not run a public adoption program of its own. Instead, the cash-strapped agency relies entirely on private placements and nonprofit partners. (Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP)

St. Paul Animal Control sees opportunity for collaboration

Jan. 13, 2020 1:01 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Molly Lunaris faced a cat crisis: 84 felines, most of them less than a year old, roaming largely unattended in a St. Paul home. In a different era, the intense animal hoarding might have been handled with back-to-back euthanasias rather than rehousing the cats. Lunaris, however,...

This November 2018 image provided by NASA shows flames and smoke from the Camp Fire that erupted 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of Sacramento, Calif. Increasingly intense wildfires that have scorched forests from California to Australia are stoking worry about long-term health impacts from smoke exposure in affected cities and towns. (NASA via AP)

As wildfires get worse, smoke spreads, stokes health worries

Jan. 11, 2020 12:35 AM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — First came the flames, a raging firestorm propelled by 50 mph (80 kph) wind gusts that incinerated Kelsey Norton’s house and killed 85 people in her community. Then came the smoke — not just from the forest but also from some 14,000 houses and their contents that...

It's a girl!: Maryland Zoo welcomes newborn baby chimpanzee

Jan. 9, 2020 2:30 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A 24-year-old chimpanzee at the Maryland Zoo has given birth to a baby girl. The zoo welcomed the 2-pound (0.9-kilogram) new addition on Dec. 29, officials announced in a statement on Wednesday. The first-time mother, Raven, and the newborn chimp have “spent their first week...

In this 2019 photo provide by San Diego Zoo Global, Chris W. Heichel, MD, a cataract surgery specialist at Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health, and his team examine Leslie, a western lowland gorilla, in a machine at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Paul Harter Veterinary Medical Center in San Diego. A cataract was removed on Dec. 10 from the left eye of the 3-year-old western lowland gorilla who lives at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the park announced Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Global via AP)

California gorilla treated for cataract

Jan. 6, 2020 11:14 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A team of eye experts has operated on an unusual patient — a gorilla. A cataract was removed on Dec. 10 from the left eye of a 3-year-old western lowland gorilla who lives at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the park announced Monday. The gorilla, named Leslie, was given a muscle...

Animal advocacy groups file complaints about New Mexico lab

Jan. 3, 2020 12:34 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Animal advocacy groups have filed complaints with federal officials about the treatment of monkeys and other animals at a research facility in New Mexico. The Ohio-based group Stop Animal Exploitation Now outlined its claims against the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in a...

This Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 photo, a toy ape is placed between candles at the entrance of the Zoo in Krefeld, Germany. Three woman are under investigation for launching paper sky lanterns blamed for setting off a fire that destroyed an ape house at the zoo in the first few minutes of the new year, killing more than 30 animals, officials said Thursday. ( Alexander Forstreuter/dpa via AP)

German zoo reopens after deadly New Year fire at ape house

Jan. 3, 2020 8:53 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Krefeld Zoo in western Germany reopened Friday, two days after a deadly fire swept through a primate enclosure killing dozens of animals. Investigators believe the blaze — which killed more than 30 animals including five orangutans, two gorillas, a chimpanzee and several monkeys in the...