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This photo provided by the Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit show a tortoise that had been struck and injured by a vehicle on a busy highway in San Andreas, Calif., on Aug .5, 2020. The tortoise, who has been named

Rescued tortoise struck on California highway to recover

Aug. 10, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

LODI, Calif. (AP) — An injured tortoise is being treated at a veterinary clinic in Northern California after being struck by a vehicle on a busy highway last week, authorities said. Cal Fire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit said in a Facebook post that Adam Frese rescued the tortoise Wednesday near Highway 49 in...

In this photo provided by Grégoire Rouxel fuel is in the ocean leaking from a ship, rear right, that ran aground, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Mauritius. The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a

Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded ship

Aug. 8, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves Saturday to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tons of fuel leaking from a grounded ship put endangered wildlife in further peril. The government has declared an...

In this aerial drone photo, provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, staff from the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital and U.S. Coast Guard release

2 rescued sea turtles released in Florida after recovery

Aug. 7, 2020 12:28 AM EDT

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Two rehabilitated sea turtles, rescued at different times and locations by the U.S. Coast Guard, have been released off the Florida Keys. “Emma,” a 150-pound (68-kilogram) female loggerhead sea turtle, was recovered in June after she was found floating in the Atlantic...

Alabama man finds alligator swimming in his backyard pool

Aug. 2, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama homeowner woke up to an unexpected visitor swimming in his backyard pool: an alligator. WALA-TV reports that Steven McCulland of Mobile recorded the unwanted guest on video and posted it on social media. In the video, McCulland shows the alligator and sounds stunned as he...

Bright lights likely led to newly-hatched turtle deaths

Aug. 2, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

EDISTO BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Dozens of newly hatched sea turtles were recently found dead by a gas station at Edisto Beach, likely because white lights by the beach led the turtles toward land instead of the ocean, according to a conservationist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Sea...

Alligator captured after surfacing in suburban Chicago lake

Jul. 31, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

LYNWOOD, Ill. (AP) — A 3-foot-long (.91 meter-long) alligator that surfaced in a suburban Chicago lake has been captured and will eventually be moved to a reptile park, officials said Friday. The gator, which has been named “Alex,” was captured in the lake in the Cook County village of...

Police: New Mexico man attacked officer over fear of snakes

Jul. 30, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after authorities say he became combative with police over a fear of snakes and tried to grab an officer’s gun. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Nathaniel Ryan Ramirez was arrested Saturday following a disturbance at a Las Cruces gas station....

Slithery milestone: 5,000 pythons captured in Everglades

Jul. 29, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida hit another new milestone this week — 5,000 Burmese pythons have been captured in the Everglades since the state started paying hunters to track them down in 2017. The program is managed by the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife...

Mississippi man injured during encounter with alligator

Jul. 27, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A man was injured during an encounter with an alligator near a Mississippi waterfront park where several other alligators have been removed this month, according to wildlife officials. The man was swimming with a group in the Ross Barnett Reservoir at Lakeshore Park on Friday when an...

Second stolen alligator recovered in Manhattan

Jul. 24, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — One of two alligators who were stolen from an animal store in Manhattan was recaptured after a man who spotted it waded into a creek and wrestled it into submission. The 5-foot alligator, named Beauregard, was captured Thursday after it was seen sunbathing near Walnut Creek. It and...