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Animal charity and Albania lock swords over 3 lions

Apr. 18, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An international animal welfare charity was locked in a spat Thursday with the Albanian government over three lions destined for a sanctuary in the Netherlands. The lions require proper medical care but remain caged in Albania due to Tirana's "bureaucratic arbitrariness," a statement...

Groundbreaking Indian Ocean science mission reaches an end

Apr. 18, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The British-led Nekton scientific mission on Thursday completed a seven-week expedition in the Indian Ocean aimed at documenting changes beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. Little is known about the watery...

Wild bee species critical to pollination on the decline

Apr. 18, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinizing everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire wanted to understand if the documented declines hitting honeybees and...

NC Woman: Dog show reserved handicapped spaces for judges

Apr. 18, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A disabled North Carolina woman says more than 20 handicapped parking spots near the Raleigh Kennel Club Dog Show were reserved for judges, forcing her to walk over a quarter mile. Raina Jones tells WRAL-TV that trash bags covered the accessibility signs and notes labeled them for show...

Polar bear gets lost in Russia, hundreds of miles from home

Apr. 17, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Residents of a village in Russia's far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula were stunned by the sight of a polar bear prowling for food hundreds of miles from its usual habitat. Russian media reported Wednesday that the exhausted-looking animal apparently traveled from Chukotka to the village of...

Tick, tick, tick: Alaska braces for invading parasites

Apr. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health and wildlife officials are taking steps to prepare for potentially dangerous parasites that could gain a foothold because of Alaska's warming climate. Non-native ticks represent a threat to wildlife and people because they can carry and transmit pathogens, said Micah Hahn,...

Maine imposes quarantine to combat beetle killing ash trees

Apr. 17, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine have announced a formal quarantine to slow the spread of a beetle that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees since its discovery in North America. The emerald ash borer was first found stateside in Michigan in 2002 and has spread to dozens of states and four...

Kentucky officials stock cutthroat trout in Cumberland River

Apr. 17, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has introduced 38,000 cutthroat trout into the Cumberland River, the first time the fish has been stocked in Kentucky. The agency says the fish came from a hatchery in Arkansas, at no cost. Crews with state Fish and Wildlife...

Vienna zoo gets male panda as partner for longtime resident

Apr. 17, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A 19-year-old male giant panda has arrived at Vienna's Schoenbrunn zoo, more than two years after his predecessor died. Yuan Yuan, who arrived on Tuesday evening, was chosen as a partner for Yang Yang, the zoo's 18-year-old female panda. The zoo said Wednesday that he will be introduced to...

Pet deer kills man and injures wife in rural Australia

Apr. 17, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A man was killed and his wife critically injured on Wednesday when they were attacked by their pet deer on a rural Australian property, police said. The 46-year-old man entered the stag's enclosure in the morning at Moyhu in Victoria state, Police Sergeant Paul Pursell said....