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Rabid bats found in Portland and Beaverton

Sep. 15, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a rabid bat has been discovered in Northeast Portland. This is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Multnomah County since 2014, according to the county. Another was found in Washington County earlier this month, KGW...

18 of 20 gorillas at Atlanta's zoo have contracted COVID

Sep. 14, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — At least 18 of the 20 gorillas at Atlanta's zoo have now tested positive for COVID-19, an outbreak that began just days before the zoo had hoped to obtain a veterinary vaccine for the primates, officials said Tuesday. Zoo Atlanta had announced the first...

COVID-19 infections spread through gorillas at Atlanta zoo

Sep. 11, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's zoo says at least 13 western lowland gorillas have tested positive for COVID-19, including 60-year-old Ozzie, the oldest male gorilla in captivity. Zoo Atlanta said Friday that employees noticed the gorillas had been coughing, had runny noses...

Indiana DNR: Birds now can be fed in all 92 counties

Sep. 11, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hoosiers in all 92 Indiana counties can resume feeding birds, the Department of Natural Resources has announced. The DNR had recommended a statewide moratorium on bird feeding earlier this summer to slow the spread of an undetermined illness killing...

Zoo Atlanta: Positive virus tests among gorilla population

Sep. 10, 2021 22:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Several members of a troop of western lowland gorillas at Zoo Atlanta have tested positive for the coronavirus after handlers noticed many of the great apes were showing signs of mild coughing, runny noses and a small loss of appetite, the zoo said Friday. ...

Tennessee sees chronic wasting disease in deer in 9th county

Sep. 10, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say a ninth county has a confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in deer. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says the condition was found in Henry County in a thin 3 1/2-year-old doe that was behaving strangely. ...

Denver closes park near Capitol for safety, health concerns

Sep. 08, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver will close Civic Center Park, one of the city's historic landmarks that has become a hot spot for homeless people to camp, because of safety and public health concerns, city officials said in a statement Tuesday. City officials said the park and...

Delaware health officials: Fox that bit person was rabid

Sep. 08, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Del. (AP) — A fox that bit a person in Greenwood last week has tested positive for rabies, Delaware health officials announced Wednesday. The person who was bitten has begun treatment for rabies exposure, the Division of Public Health said in a news release....

Songbird deaths in Indiana, other states remain a mystery

Sep. 06, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators still don’t know what’s killing songbirds around Indiana and other states — and, experts say, they may never find out. Researchers started receiving reports of sick songbirds in June. While at first the birds were just found in a...

Arizona publisher drops poisoning claims against ex-wife

Sep. 01, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona newspaper publisher who repeatedly claimed that his ex-wife poisoned him has dropped lawsuits against her ahead of a trial that was scheduled to start this week. Joseph Soldwedel sued Felice Aspiranti amid a bitter divorce after police...