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Rabies confirmed in sick bat found in Portsmouth

Jan. 16, 2020 2:15 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — A bat found in Portsmouth earlier this week has tested positive for rabies, state public health officials said Thursday. The brown bat, which appeared ill, was found last Saturday and several people approached it to take a look, the Rhode Island Department of Health said in a...

This Jan. 8, 2020 photo provided by Jackie Maisey shows Grey-headed Flying Fox bats prepared for a feeding at the Uralla, Australia, home of Maisey, a volunteer with Northern Tableands Wildlife Carers. The bats are swaddled in flannel wraps similar to those being made by thousands of crafters worldwide who are using their sewing, knitting and crocheting skills to make items for wildlife injured in the Australian brush fires. Some animal rescue groups, however, say monetary donations are needed more. (Jackie Maisey via AP)

Crafting for critters: Australian fires prompt global effort

Jan. 15, 2020 4:18 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Kyla Gill had never so much as touched a sewing machine or picked up a crochet hook two weeks ago. Now, she’s hooked on crafting for critters 10,000 miles (16,000 km) away, to the point of temporarily putting aside her floor refinishing business in Pittsburgh. “I do hard...

'Stinky' bat guano could offer climate change insight

Jan. 11, 2020 10:38 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anything that piles up over time can offer clues about past climate conditions or surrounding landscapes and how they’ve change, and that goes for bat poop. Researchers from Missouri and Virginia are studying what’s scientifically known as guano that was taken from Missouri...

Firefighters stand in front of the burning monkey house at Krefeld Zoo, in Krefeld, Germnay, Wednesday Jan 1, 2020. A fire at a zoo in western Germany killed a large number of animals in the early hours of the new year, authorities said. (Alexander Forstreuter/dpa via AP)

Apes, monkeys among 30 animals killed in German zoo fire

Jan. 1, 2020 11:59 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A fire raced through a zoo in western Germany in the first few minutes of the new year, killing more than 30 animals, including apes, monkeys, bats and birds, authorities said. Police said paper sky lanterns launched nearby to celebrate the arrival of 2020 were probably to blame. Several...

Endangered brown bat may become DC's official 'state' mammal

Dec. 30, 2019 7:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small, brown endangered bat would become the “official state mammal” of America's capital city, under a proposed ordinance that will get a public hearing in January. The idea was proposed earlier this year by several Girl Scout troops after they studied the little brown...

Bat eviction to start Jan. 6 at county health department

Dec. 26, 2019 4:34 PM EST

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — Bat eviction will begin next month from the third floor of a county health department, a state health spokeswoman says. It's not clear how many bats live in and around the Anderson County Health Department, The Independent Mail reported. They were first noticed in early December in a...

National Park Service takes unprecedented step to save bats

Dec. 15, 2019 1:05 PM EST

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — In the summer of 2019, the near-silence of a secluded, mossy hollow in Great Smoky Mountains National Park was disturbed by the sound of rock drills and hammers. Half inside a cave, a team of wildlife technicians and trail crew members were moving a pile of debris that blocked the...

Grand Canyon on lookout for fungus that can kill bats

Dec. 6, 2019 12:34 AM EST

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park says it will increase surveillance for a fungus that spreads rapidly among bats and can kill them. The park has been sampling bats and bat droppings for years and hasn't found any infected with white-nose syndrome. Testing earlier this...

Rental company wants end to lawsuit alleging bat-filled home

Dec. 2, 2019 8:41 AM EST

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A rental company wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that one of its properties was filled with hundreds of bats, some dead and dying. The Sun News reports Thomas Real Estate, Incorporated, and property owner James H. Benson Sr. responded to Kennedy Neiderer’s...