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Cloning makes three: Two more endangered ferrets are gene copies of critter frozen in 1980s

Apr. 17, 2024 16:37 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two more black-footed ferrets have been cloned from the genes used for the first clone of an endangered species in the U.S., bringing to three the number of slinky predators genetically identical to one of the last such animals found in the wild, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

A vehicle backfiring startled a circus elephant into a Montana street. She still performed Tuesday

Apr. 17, 2024 15:57 PM EDT

The sound of a vehicle backfiring spooked a circus elephant while she was getting a pre-show bath in Butte, Montana, leading the pachyderm to break through a fence and take a brief walk, stopping noontime traffic on the city's busiest street before being loaded back into a trailer. ...

UN envoy says of the threat to coral reefs: 'Are we faced with a colossal ecosystem tragedy? Yes'

Apr. 16, 2024 14:01 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The world is not doing enough to protect coral reefs, the United Nations’ special envoy for the ocean said Tuesday in defense of the marine ecosystems that protect biodiversity, sustain underwater life and produce some of the oxygen we breathe. In an...

A 9-year-old boy's dream of a pet octopus is a sensation as thousands follow Terrance's story online

Apr. 15, 2024 17:53 PM EDT

The one thing 9-year-old Cal Clifford wanted more than anything since he was a toddler was a pet octopus. The boy's family in rural Edmond, Oklahoma, humored him with toy versions of an eight-legged mollusk, but as Cal got older it became clear that only the real thing would do. ...

Decades after a US butterfly species vanished, a close relative is released to fill gap

Apr. 15, 2024 17:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 80 years ago, a beautiful butterfly called Xerces Blue that once fluttered among San Francisco's coastal dunes went extinct as stately homes, museums and parks ate up its habitat, marking the first butterfly species in the United States to disappear due to human...

Scientists say coral reefs around the world are experiencing mass bleaching in warming oceans

Apr. 15, 2024 11:49 AM EDT

Coral reefs around the world are experiencing global bleaching for the fourth time, top reef scientists declared Monday, a result of warming ocean waters amid human-caused climate change. Coral reef bleaching across at least 53 countries, territories or local economies has been...

How to get rid of NYC rats without brutality? Birth control is one idea

Apr. 14, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

New York lawmakers are proposing rules to humanely drive down the population of rats and other rodents, eyeing contraception and a ban on glue traps as alternatives to poison or a slow, brutal death. Politicians have long come up with creative ways to battle the rodents, but some...

Right whale is found entangled off New England in a devastating year for the vanishing species

Apr. 13, 2024 17:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A North Atlantic right whale has been spotted entangled in rope off New England, worsening an already devastating year for the vanishing animals, federal authorities said. The right whales number less than 360 and are vulnerable to entanglement in fishing...

10 years after armed standoff with federal agents, Bundy cattle are still grazing disputed rangeland

Apr. 13, 2024 12:43 PM EDT

BUNKERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — The words “Revolution is Tradition” stenciled in fresh blue and red paint mark a cement wall in a dry river wash beneath a remote southern Nevada freeway overpass, where armed protesters and federal agents stared each other down through rifle sights 10 years ago. ...

Bird flu is spreading to more farm animals. Are milk and eggs safe?

Apr. 13, 2024 12:40 PM EDT

A bird flu outbreak in U.S. dairy cows has grown to affect more than two dozen herds in eight states, just weeks after the nation's largest egg producer found the virus in its chickens. Health officials stress that the risk to the public is low and that the U.S. food supply remains...