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Orangutan granted 'personhood' settles into new Florida home

Nov. 7, 2019 12:04 PM EST

WAUCHULA, Fla. (AP) — A 33-year-old orangutan granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina is settling into her new surroundings at the Center for Great Apes in central Florida. Patti Ragan, director of the center in Wauchula, Florida, says Sandra is "very sweet and inquisitive" and adjusting to her...

Lucy Ellmann's 'Ducks, Newburyport' is brilliant, addictive

Nov. 6, 2019 9:54 AM EST

"Ducks, Newburyport," Biblioasis, by Lucy Ellmann When you mention to people that you're reading a nearly 1,000-page book that's mostly one sentence, the reaction is odd. Some people roll their eyes, others get a little angry over the audacity. But when you say the book is brilliant, incredulity seems to take...

Capuchin monkey injured during Kansas zoo break-in has died

Oct. 30, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — A monkey that was injured last month trying to protect his offspring from being taken by an intruder during an apparent break-in at a Kansas zoo has died. Officials at the Wright Park Zoo in Dodge City say the 32-year-old Tufted Capuchin monkey was found unresponsive early Tuesday....

Intense monitoring and care lift mountain gorilla numbers

Oct. 29, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

KINIGI, Rwanda (AP) — Deep in the rainforest of Volcanoes National Park, a 23-year-old female gorilla named Kurudi feeds on a stand of wild celery. She bends the green stalks and, with long careful fingers, peels off the exterior skin to expose the succulent inside. Biologist Jean Paul Hirwa notes her meal...

Man gets prison for stealing lemur from California zoo

Oct. 28, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man who admitted stealing a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo has been sentenced to three months in federal prison. Aquinas Kasbar of Newport Beach on Monday was also ordered to pay more than $8,000 in restitution to the Santa Ana Zoo. The 19-year-old pleaded...

Police remove stuffed monkey from patrol car after complaint

Oct. 24, 2019 7:06 AM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police chief is apologizing after officers carried a stuffed black dreadlock-wearing monkey in the back seat of their police cruiser. Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson said Wednesday that the stuffed animal was removed from the patrol car after a woman...