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In this handout photo provided by Anna Dubrovskaya, in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. When circus troupe tried to load the animals into a truck to head to the next destination, they resisted and walked away. (Anna Dubrovskaya via AP)

2 elephants escape from circus in Russian city

Jan. 24, 2020 7:30 AM EST

Russia is said to be the place where bears roam the streets — but for a short while it was a free-for-all for elephants. Residents of Yekaterinburg were flabbergasted to see a couple of elephants wandering the snowy streets of Russia's third-largest city after they escaped from a circus. Unreceptive to...

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

Jan. 24, 2020 4:31 AM EST

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It's the fourth panther death attributed to fatal collisions, out of five total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of the 1-year-old female panther...

Paramilitary police stand guard at an entrance to the closed Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday in an unprecedented effort to try to contain a deadly new viral illness that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush. (Thepaper via AP)

Chinese city at center of virus outbreak is major crossroads

Jan. 23, 2020 11:37 PM EST

The city of Wuhan is one of China's largest industrial hubs and a major crossroads. The capital of Hubei province has 11 million people and is under an unprecedented, open-ended lockdown to try to prevent the spread of a virus that first appeared in the city last month. HISTORY: An inland port on the north bank...

Fiona, a Nile Hippopotamus, eats her specialty birthday cake to celebrate turning three-years old this Friday, in her enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Zoo is using the third birthday of its beloved premature hippo as a way to raise money for Australian wildlife affected by the recent bushfires. Instead of sending birthday gifts, the zoo is asking people to buy T-shirts that will directly benefit the Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

For hippo Fiona's 3rd birthday, zoo seeks aid for Australia

Jan. 23, 2020 10:31 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo is using the third birthday of its beloved hippo, born premature, as a way to raise money for Australian wildlife affected by the recent bushfires. Instead of sending birthday gifts for Fiona, the Ohio zoo is asking people to buy T-shirts that will directly benefit the...

Idaho wolf population is estimated at 1,000 animals

Jan. 23, 2020 6:22 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Thursday said there are an estimated 1,000 wolves in Idaho. Ed Schriever told the House Resources and Conservation Committee that the estimate made public for the first time is the first wolf population estimate in Idaho since...

Animal shelter says "world's worst cat" is up for adoption

Jan. 23, 2020 6:05 PM EST

BAKERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The “world's worst cat” is available for adoption — just ask the Mitchell County Animal Rescue organization in North Carolina. The shelter about 55 miles (89 kilometers) northeast of Asheville is waiving adoption fees in the hope that someone will take the cat...

Maine to freeze expanding lobster bait fishery for 2 years

Jan. 23, 2020 5:59 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials want to close a lobster bait fishery to newcomers while they develop new management, licensing and an enforcement plan. Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Pat Keliher will present a plan to freeze the fishery at its current size for two years to state...

Mark Edwards, of Boone, Iowa, attends a rally wearing a pig head mask at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday Jan. 23, 2020. Environmental groups and community activists called on lawmakers to consider a bill that would halt the growth of hog farms in Iowa. (AP Photo/David Pitt)

Environmental groups seek hog farm permit freeze at rally

Jan. 23, 2020 5:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Environmental groups and community activists rallied Thursday at the Iowa Capitol to push lawmakers to consider halting the growth of hog farms in the state. Activists at the rally called on lawmakers to consider a House bill introduced last year that would impose a moratorium on...

This Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 photo provided by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department shows a moose on railroad tracks in Ludlow, Vt. A moose that was stuck on an active railroad bridge in Vermont was removed and relocated with minimal injuries, according to state fish and wildlife officials. Local game wardens and wildlife biologists, with assistance from the Springfield Fire Department and a crew from the Vermont Rail System, sedated the moose and picked it up with a railroad crane truck. (Warden Kyle Isherwood/Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department  via AP)

Moose stuck on railroad bridge is rescued and relocated

Jan. 23, 2020 4:51 PM EST

LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — A moose got stuck on an active railroad bridge in Vermont and was removed and relocated with minimal injuries, state fish and wildlife officials said. State Fish and Wildlife received a report Wednesday morning that a moose was stuck on a bridge near the Ludlow and Cavendish area in...

Mountain lion killed was same that injured California boy

Jan. 23, 2020 4:14 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Tests have confirmed that a mountain lion killed by authorities on Monday is the same animal that injured a 3-year-old boy earlier in the day at a Southern California wilderness park, officials said. The boy suffered a bite wound to the back of his neck and was treated at a...