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Wolf missing after Hurricane Michael recovered in Florida

Oct. 22, 2018 8:39 AM EDT

EBRO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have recovered a wolf named Tahane that escaped from a Florida animal preserve during Hurricane Michael. The Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that a deputy and a resident spotted the 16-year-old gray wolf in the Ebro area late Friday. Seacrest Wolf...

A hot dog? Firefighters rescue pet stuck in heating duct

Oct. 22, 2018 7:22 AM EDT

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — It wasn't a cat in a tree, but a dog in a heating duct that took firefighters to a home in Virginia. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department arrived Friday night to find the small dog trapped in the HVAC system. Video shows firefighter Mark Williams cutting a hole in the...

Female lion kills longtime mate at Indianapolis Zoo

Oct. 22, 2018 6:14 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Zoo is trying to determine why a lion killed its mate. The zoo said Friday that an adult female, Zuri, attacked 10-year-old male Nyack in their outdoor yard Monday before the zoo opened for the day. The zoo says the two had been housed together for eight years and...

Kentucky animal shelter worker contributes to volunteer kit

Oct. 22, 2018 4:53 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky animal shelter worker has helped create a toolkit available to other shelters nationwide that allows dogs to get out in the community and meet people who may want to adopt them. Foster coordinator Stephanie Jackson of Louisville Metro Animal Services said when dogs go out,...

Venomous caterpillar makes seasonal return to Florida

Oct. 22, 2018 4:06 AM EDT

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — A venomous caterpillar that masquerades as an adorable ball of fluff is making its way back to the Sunshine State. According to Fox 13, the puss caterpillar can cause severe pain when it comes into contact with humans and animals. It's most active in the spring and fall. Experts...

Japanese Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura dies at 90

Oct. 22, 2018 1:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese-born Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died. He was 90. His alma mater Nagasaki University said Monday that Shimomura died Friday of natural causes. Shimomura and two American scientists shared the 2008 Nobel prize for the discovery and...

Akron Zoo announces $17 million expansion

Oct. 22, 2018 12:16 AM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Akron Zoo in Ohio has announced a $17 million expansion plan that includes a new exhibit featuring lions and tigers. Zoo officials say the Pride of Africa area will open in May 2019, and the Wild Asia area will open in summer 2020. The zoo will also expand its train ride and add a...

Bear hunting winding down in Maine, but deer, moose still on

Oct. 22, 2018 12:10 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's moose hunt is resuming for another week while the bear hunt winds down and the season for deer gets closer. Maine divides its moose hunt into three sections, and the third one begins Monday and ends Oct. 27. The final and longest stretch runs from Oct. 29 to Nov. 24. The hunt...

Arkansas shelter: Dogs injured after break-in for dogfight

Oct. 21, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — An eastern Arkansas animal shelter says people have broken in to use dogs there for dogfighting for the second time in two weeks, leaving five animals injured. In a Facebook post, the Humane Society of the Delta said a worker discovered the injured dogs Sunday morning at the...

Winter ticks taking a toll on moose calves in New England

Oct. 21, 2018 1:11 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Moose calves are dying at unprecedented levels in New England, mostly because of the hordes of winter ticks — as many as 90,000 on one animal — that latch onto their bodies and drain their blood. Those are the findings from a new study in the Canadian Journal of Zoology...