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Nesting loggerhead turtle found dead, investigation underway

May. 25, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service said Monday it is investigating after a nesting loggerhead sea turtle was found dead on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach, with signs that the creature was run over by a vehicle. The female turtle came onto the beach early Monday morning and had begun...

Des Moines woman charged after stabbing, trying to drown cat

May. 25, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police in Des Moines have charged a woman with animal torture after they say she stabbed her cat, then tried to drown it. Police learned of the attack after being called to an apartment around 2 a.m. Sunday for a report of an animal bite, the Des Moines Register reported. Rosemary...

New Hampshire seeks volunteers for counting bats

May. 25, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire wildlife biologists are looking for help keeping track of the state's bat population this summer. Fish and Game officials are leading an online training session Thursday including an overview of bats in New Hampshire, how to identify different species and how to...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 file photo, female northern white rhinos Fatu, 19, right, and Najin, 30, left, the last two northern white rhinos on the planet, are fed some carrots by a ranger in their enclosure at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. Groundbreaking work to keep alive the nearly extinct northern white rhino - population, two - by in-vitro fertilization has been hampered by travel restrictions caused by the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Virus stalls work to keep alive a rare rhino subspecies

May. 25, 2020 8:40 AM EDT

NANYUKI, Kenya (AP) — It’s not quite a case of coitus interruptus, but efforts to create a very special baby are definitely on hold. Blame the pandemic. Groundbreaking work to keep alive the nearly extinct northern white rhino subspecies — population, two — by in-vitro fertilization...

ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON MONDAY, MAY 25, AND THEREAFTER - In this Friday, May 15, 2020, photo, Duane Daniels and his dog Chutki are shown at their home in Madison, Wis. The two have received help from the Dane County Humane Society's Pets for Life program. (Ruthie Hauge/The Capital Times via AP)

Pets for Life helps Madison pet owners get through pandemic

May. 25, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When Duane Daniels heard through a local veterans group, back in 2018, that pet owners in his south side neighborhood could get free pet supplies and veterinary care, he was skeptical, but he called the number he’d been given. The number belonged to Abbi Middleton, coordinator...

Threatened bird thrives in a North Carolina county's refuge

May. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) — In Currituck County marshes there lives the king rail, a secretive and declining marsh bird that is a prized sighting among birders. Now — during mating season — is the best time to see and hear them. Hundreds of the chicken-sized birds with long thin beaks flourish in...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, Thomas Waerner, of Norway, celebrates in Nome, Alaska, his win in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Waerner is still waiting to return to his home in Norway. Waerner and his 16 dogs have been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)

Virus strands Norway racer in Alaska after Iditarod win

May. 24, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Thomas Waerner won this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March, but he is still waiting to return to his home in Norway. Waerner and his 16 dogs have been stranded in Alaska by travel restrictions and flight cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, The...

Bear in Erie backyard tree removed, to be released elsewhere

May. 24, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — State game commission wardens in northwestern Pennsylvania tranquilized and removed a 127-pound bear from a neighborhood in the city of Erie over the weekend. Erie police and game wardens were called to the east Erie neighborhood at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday after the animal was spotted in...

In this Friday, May, 22, 2020 photo released by the Woodland Park Zoo shows a 2 1/2-month-old male gorilla, Kitoko, with mom Uzumm. Kitoko was injured Saturday, during a skirmish among his six-member family group in Seattle. Animal health experts say little Kitoko was bitten on the head, likely by accident when another gorilla tried to bite his mother, Uzumma. Kitoko sustained a fractured skull and a severe laceration, but zoo officials say the 2 1/2-month-old gorilla underwent surgery and may survive if he doesn't develop an infection. (Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo via AP)

Baby gorilla badly injured in family skirmish at Seattle zoo

May. 24, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A baby gorilla was badly injured at a Seattle zoo on Saturday when he was caught in a skirmish between his family group members, zookeepers said. Animal health experts at the Woodland Park Zoo say little Kitoko was bitten on the head, likely by accident when another gorilla tried to bite his...

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, the alligator Saturn swims in water at the Moscow Zoo, in Moscow, Russia. An alligator that many believed to have once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo. The zoo said the alligator, named Saturn, was about 84 years old and died on Friday. (AP Photo/Mikhail Bibichkov)

Alligator rumored to have been Hitler's dies in Moscow

May. 24, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo. The zoo said the alligator, named Saturn, was about 84 years old when he died on Friday. According to the zoo, Saturn was born in the United States and later sent to the Berlin Zoo, from which he...