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What killed Flaco the owl? New York zoologists testing for toxins, disease as contributing factors

Feb. 25, 2024 14:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s celebrity owl Flaco died from a traumatic impact, zoologists confirmed a day after he reportedly flew into a building, with further testing planned to determine if the Eurasian eagle-owl may have been sick. What happened in Flaco's final hours is...

An Australian tourist has gone missing in Zimbabwe's famous Victoria Falls park, officials say

Feb. 25, 2024 13:13 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An Australian tourist has gone missing in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park, home to one of the world’s natural wonders, the country’s parks spokesman said. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo told...

Death of beloved New York City owl, Flaco, in apparent building collision devastates legions of fans

Feb. 24, 2024 16:08 PM EST

Tributes poured in Saturday for Flaco, the beloved Eurasian eagle-owl that became a feel-good New York story after escaping its Central Park Zoo enclosure and flying free around Manhattan. Flaco was found dead on a New York City sidewalk Friday night after apparently flying into a...

Celebrity owl Flaco dies a year after becoming beloved by New York City for zoo escape

Feb. 24, 2024 00:35 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Flaco, the Eurasian eagle-owl who escaped from New York City’s Central Park Zoo and became one of the city’s most beloved celebrities as he flew around Manhattan, has died, zoo officials announced Friday. A little over one year after he was freed from his cage...

Bill headed to South Dakota governor would allow museum's taxidermy animals to find new homes

Feb. 23, 2024 16:45 PM EST

South Dakota's Legislature has made it easier for the city of Sioux Falls to find new homes for more than 150 taxidermy animals of its arsenic-contaminated menagerie. The mounted lion, tiger, polar bear and gorilla were part of display that filled a natural history museum at the...

Blind seal gives birth and nurtures the pup at an Illinois zoo

Feb. 23, 2024 15:51 PM EST

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A grey seal found stranded and blind more than a decade ago on an island in Maine has given birth at a Chicago-area zoo and is now “a very attentive mother" to her newborn, zoo officials said Friday. The 11-year-old seal named “Georgie” gave birth on...

Atlanta is the only place in US to see pandas for now. But dozens of spots abroad have them

Feb. 22, 2024 20:50 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It will still be months before the San Diego Zoo gets new pandas, the first such bears sent to the United States by China in decades. For now, the only U.S. zoo left with any is in Atlanta. But globally there are many places to check out the cuddly black-and-white...

A stray whale's death in a Japanese bay raises questions about the cause and the cost of disposal

Feb. 22, 2024 20:20 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A whale as long as a train car that died after straying into a Japanese bay is set to be buried until it naturally becomes a skeletal specimen for a local museum. It's the third year in a row that whales have become stranded in Osaka Bay, raising questions about the...

How do whales sing? Lab experiments suggest their voice boxes have a unique feature

Feb. 22, 2024 19:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Whales sing loud enough that their songs travel through the ocean, but knowing the mechanics behind that has been a mystery. Scientists now think they have an idea, and it's something not seen in other animals: a specialized voice box. Experts say the...

Black and white and adored all over. China pledges pair of pandas for San Diego Zoo

Feb. 22, 2024 17:13 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — China for the first time in more than two decades is sending pandas to the United States to the delight of the San Diego Zoo, which is preparing to receive a pair that could include a female descendent of Bai Yun and Gao Gao, two of the zoo's former residents that were among the...