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Rare blue-eyed cicada spotted during 2024 emergence at suburban Chicago arboretum

May. 26, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

LISLE, Ill. (AP) — It was late morning when The Morton Arboretum's Senior Horticulturist Kate Myroup arrived at the Children’s Garden with a special guest: a rare, blue-eyed female Magicicada cassini cicada, spotted earlier in the day by a visitor. A lucky few saw the cicada...

Bear shot dead by Arizona game officers after swipe attack on teen in mountain cabin

May. 25, 2024 15:05 PM EDT

ALPINE, Ariz. (AP) — A black bear was shot and killed by Arizona fish and game officers after it entered a home through an open door and injured a teenager in a mountain community near the New Mexico state line, wildlife officials said. The 15-year-old boy received wounds to his...

Dolphin stuck in NJ creek dies after 'last resort' rescue attempt, officials say

May. 25, 2024 11:09 AM EDT

CAPE MAY COUNTY COURTHOUSE, N.J. (AP) — Animal welfare officials say a dolphin stuck in a New Jersey creek for more than a week has died after a rescue attempt they say was attempted as a “last resort.” The Marine Mammal Stranding Center said crews first tried to herd the...

Up close and personal, cicadas display Nature's artwork. Discerning beholders find beauty in bugs.

May. 25, 2024 08:27 AM EDT

With rich reds, gentle greens and basic blacks, Nature's screaming, crawling artwork is the epitome of rare beauty — at least in the eyes of some beholders. To others, it may seem just creepy. It's a colorful, ever-changing canvas of bugs. Lots of them. A...

Shrine honors cats at a Japanese island where they outnumber humans

May. 25, 2024 00:55 AM EDT

TASHIROJIMA, Japan (AP) — On a small island off Japan’s northeastern coast, visitors make offerings at a shrine for unlikely local guardians: cats. The “Neko Jinja,” or Cat Shrine, mythologizes cats as guardian angels of Tashirojima, where cats outnumber humans. ...

Bird flu virus detected in beef from an ill dairy cow, but USDA says meat remains safe

May. 24, 2024 20:46 PM EDT

Bird flu has been detected in beef for the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday, but officials said the meat from a single sickened dairy cow was not allowed to enter the nation's food supply and beef remains safe to eat. The USDA said the virus was found...

A woman took her dog to a shelter to be euthanized. A year later, the dog is up for adoption again.

May. 24, 2024 19:34 PM EDT

Exhausted and short on options after consulting two veterinary clinics, Kristie Pereira made the gut-wrenching decision last year to take her desperately ill puppy to a Maryland shelter to be euthanized. So she was stunned last week to find the dog up for adoption at the same pet...

Palm Dog: Kodi, star of 'Dog on Trial,' is the top dog of Cannes

May. 24, 2024 11:08 AM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — The verdict is in: The titular “Dog on Trial” was declared this year's Palm Dog winner in Cannes on Friday. Kodi the griffon mix, who plays Cosmos in the Swiss comedy-drama, narrowly beat Xin, a sighthound who instead wagged away with the Grand Jury Prize...

General Sherman passes health check but world's largest trees face growing climate threats

May. 23, 2024 23:03 PM EDT

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, California (AP) — High in the evergreen canopy of General Sherman, the world’s largest tree, researchers searched for evidence of an emerging threat to giant sequoias: bark beetles. The climbers descended the towering 2,200-year-old tree with good news on...

Beach weather is here and so are sharks. Scientists say it's time to look out for great whites

May. 23, 2024 16:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists with a Boston aquarium are encouraging beachgoers to report sightings of white sharks this holiday weekend after signs of shark bites were observed on multiple marine mammals. Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in New...