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Veterinarians, technicians and staff prepare Malena, a 10-year-old endangered Amur tiger, for total hip replacement surgery at Brookfield Zoo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Brookfield, Ill. According to the CZS, the tiger has arthritis in her left hip and the surgery is believed to be the first time a full joint replacement will be attempted on a tiger in North America.   (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/ /Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Tiger undergoes rare hip replacement surgery at Illinois zoo

Jan. 27, 2021 7:30 PM EST

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 10-year-old Amur tiger with arthritis underwent hip replacement surgery at a zoo outside Chicago on Wednesday, and her surgical team is confident the procedure will add years to her life. Veterinarians at Brookfield Zoo noted that, like humans, animals routinely develop...

Group wants Louisiana university fined for 3 monkey deaths

Jan. 27, 2021 6:59 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A group opposed to experiments on animals says a Louisiana university should be fined $30,000 because heat stroke apparently killed three research monkeys in different outdoor cages on the same day last summer. The Ohio-based group Stop Animal Exploitation Now issued a news release...

Students push state spider status for daring arachnid

Jan. 27, 2021 4:32 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Third graders urging lawmakers to adopt yet another state symbol presented a compelling case Wednesday for a creature that embodies everything from New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die” motto to its famed fall foliage: The daring jumping spider. The House Environment...

Beloved, older snow leopard dies at Albuquerque zoo

Jan. 27, 2021 1:14 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A zoo in Albuquerque has announced that its longtime resident snow leopard named Azeo died on Thursday after living there for more than 15 years. The 19-year-old snow leopard was found dead in his outdoor exhibit space Thursday, the ABQ BioPark Zoo said, and results from a...

This 2001 photo provided by Dr. Greg Skomal shows a shortfin mako shark off the coast of Massachusetts. In a study published on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, researchers found the abundance of oceanic sharks and rays has dropped more than 70% between 1970 and 2018. (Greg Skomal via AP)

Empty seas: Oceanic shark populations dropped 71% since 1970

Jan. 27, 2021 12:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When marine biologist Stuart Sandin talks about sharks, it sounds like he’s describing Jedis of the ocean. “They are terrific predators, fast swimmers and they have amazing senses — they can detect any disturbance in the ocean from great distance,” such as...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jan. 27, 2021 12:18 PM EST

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Jan. 26 The Herald-Citizen on the importance of the peaceful transfer of power: Although some predicted Jan. 20's inauguration and transfer of presidential power from President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden would be anything but peaceful, we’re...

Erratic raccoons spotted in Louisiana pose danger to pets

Jan. 27, 2021 11:40 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sightings of erratic raccoons have prompted officials at New Orleans City Park to put up warning signs about the infected animals, who can pose a danger to pets. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries told WWL-TV on Monday that the raccoons have canine distemper, a virus that...

Senators: New data say Lyme disease under-reported in US

Jan. 27, 2021 1:45 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bipartisan push for more data about Lyme disease has yielded a new estimate that nearly a half million people are diagnosed and treated for the disease every year. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota called on the U.S. Centers for...

Indian policemen wearing face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus march during rehearsals of Republic Day parade in Kolkata, India, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

The Latest: India vaccinates 2 million health workers

Jan. 26, 2021 11:59 PM EST

NEW DELHI — India has vaccinated 2 million health workers in less than two weeks and recorded 12,689 new coronavirus positive cases in the past 24 hours, a sharp decline from a peak level of nearly 100,000 in mid-September. The health Ministry said the daily new cases had fallen below 10,000 on Tuesday...

Autopsy: Texas man died of neck injuries in animal attack

Jan. 26, 2021 7:32 PM EST

LIPAN, Texas (AP) — A final autopsy for a Texas man whose body was found last month in the woods determined that he died from neck injuries due to an animal attack, but wildlife experts and sheriff's officials disagree on whether that animal was a mountain lion. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s...