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Tampa neighborhood’s abandoned chickens find sanctuary

Jan. 22, 2022 03:12 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It started as a playful Instagram page dedicated to Ybor City’s free-roaming flocks of chickens. Dylan Breese, the founder of The Ybor Chickens Society Instagram page, gave the birds names that matched their personalities. He shared details of their days. ...

US had 5 rabies deaths last year, highest total in a decade

Jan. 06, 2022 14:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Five Americans died of rabies last year — the largest number in a decade — and health officials said Thursday that some of the people didn't realize they had been infected or refused life-saving shots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a...

Pandemic mystery: Scientists focus on COVID's animal origins

Dec. 10, 2021 15:32 PM EST

Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the origin of the virus tormenting the world remains shrouded in mystery. Most scientists believe it emerged in the wild and jumped from bats to humans, either directly or through another animal. Others theorize it escaped from a Chinese...

Idaho records first human death due to rabies since 1978

Nov. 04, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A human has died in Idaho due to rabies for the first time since 1978, health officials said Thursday. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Central District Health in a news release said the west-central man from Boise County died in...

Bat Week celebrates the role of the winged mammals in nature

Oct. 30, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — It’s still not too late to celebrate Bat Week in Massachusetts. The special week set aside to raise awareness for bat conservation and celebrate the role of bats in nature extends — appropriately enough — through Halloween. Bats...