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In this Feb. 27, 2020 photo, Brandi Biehl, co-director of the Sea Turtle Recovery hospital inside the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, N.J. examines a sea turtle. Eleven of the dozen turtles being treated there survived being

Wayfaring sea turtles survived cold; now pneumonia threatens

Feb. 28, 2020 10:45 AM EST

WEST ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — A dozen sea turtles that nearly froze when they were too far north last fall as water temperatures abruptly plunged in New Jersey survived that ordeal but remain threatened by the pneumonia most of them developed afterward. Sea Turtle Recovery, a nonprofit group operating out of...

Rare snake wins protection under critical habitat lawsuit

Feb. 25, 2020 6:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A rare snake has won protection in two states under a critical habitat lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday. As a result of the suit, the wildlife service said 325,679 acres (131,797 hectares) of critical habitat in...

Mating snakes prompt closure of part of Florida park

Feb. 15, 2020 1:47 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city shut down a section of a lake Thursday after receiving reports of swarming snakes. Turns out, the slithery creatures were just celebrating Valentine's Day a little early. The Lakeland Parks & Recreation department wrote on its Facebook page that a group of...

Siba, the standard poodle wins Best in Show at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The Latest: A standard poodle wins Westminster best in show

Feb. 11, 2020 11:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Westminster Kennel Club dog show (all times local): 11:03 p.m. Siba the standard poodle has won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. With the crowd at Madison Square Garden chanting for Daniel the popular golden retriever, judge Bob Slay instead picked the...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Feb. 11, 2020 3:29 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois February 8, 2020 The (Kankakee) Daily Journal Suicide symposium ideal time to talk We, as a society today, seem to be more apt to talk about those sensitive issues we tended to avoid in the past. A prime example is the issue of suicide, an acute problem...

Baltimore Aquarium sea turtle 'Calypso' dies suddenly

Feb. 4, 2020 8:10 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Officials at the National Aquarium in Baltimore are trying to determine why Calypso, a 500-pound (227-kilogram) sea turtle who had been in its care for nearly 20 years, died unexpectedly over the weekend. The National Aquarium announced the female turtle's death in a tweet on Monday....

In this Jan. 25, 2020 photo released by Galapagos National Park shows park workers inspecting a tortoise near Wolf Volcano on Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The National Park announced on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 that an expedition to the foothills of the highest active volcano in the Galapagos Islands located a young female tortoise and she is a direct descendant of a giant tortoise species considered extinct. (Tui De Roy/Galapagos National Park via AP)

Descendants of extinct tortoise species found in Galapagos

Feb. 1, 2020 12:37 PM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Conservationists working around the largest volcano on the Galapagos Islands say they have found 30 giant tortoises partially descended from two extinct species, including that of the famed Lonesome George. The Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Conservancy said Friday that a young...

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Tibetan monks visiting the Florida Keys from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in southern India, watch a loggerhead sea turtle named

Tibetan monks help release sea turtle in Florida Keys

Jan. 31, 2020 4:19 AM EST

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Visiting Tibetan monks helped release a rehabilitated sea turtle in the Florida Keys Thursday. Hundreds of spectators witnessed the release of “Drifter,” a 170-pound female adult loggerhead sea turtle that was rehabilitated at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital after she ...

NJ man who admitted smuggling turtles ordered to pay $350K

Jan. 29, 2020 12:25 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $350,000 after he pleaded guilty to smuggling more than 1,000 box turtles out of Oklahoma. William T. Gangemi, 27, of Freehold, New Jersey, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Tulsa after pleading...

Fewer turtles stranded on Maui in 2019 than previous year

Jan. 28, 2020 5:39 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Fewer sea turtles were found stranded on Maui last year than in 2018, although officials say most cases continue to be caused by fishing gear, officials said. There were 141 documented cases of green sea turtles stranded on Maui last year, down from 174 in 2018, The Maui News...