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San Francisco Zoo holds naming contest for new koala

Jan. 18, 2020 6:55 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Zoo is holding an online contest to name its newest koala and it's pledging to donate the proceeds to save wildlife affected by Australia's deadly wildfires. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the 2-year-old male arrived from the Los Angeles Zoo, where he was known...

Underwater tire reef experiment in Guam to be cleaned up

Jan. 18, 2020 5:44 PM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Scientists in Guam are trying to determine how to remove a man-made underwater mountain built out of vehicle tires 50 years ago. Guam Environmental Protection Agency scientists hoped the tire reef would improve marine conditions in Cocos Lagoon and increase fish stocks, but has instead...

Delaware animal shelter will receive dogs from Puerto Rico

Jan. 18, 2020 5:22 PM EST

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A Delaware animal shelter is scheduled to receive several dozen dogs that have been evacuated from earthquake-ravaged Puerto Rico. A group of rescue organizations are partnering to fly more than 110 at-risk shelter pets from Puerto Rico to Delaware, New Jersey and Florida, the...

Puppy at Texas animal shelter tests positive for rabies

Jan. 18, 2020 5:20 PM EST

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials say a 6-month-old puppy at an animal shelter in Stephenville has tested positive for rabies and anyone who interacted with the dog should be tested. The Texas Department of State Health Services said in a news release that the tan and white lab mix was...

Forest officials confirm additional deaths of wild horses

Jan. 18, 2020 4:20 PM EST

HEBER-OVERGAARD, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials confirm that seven more wild horses have been found dead in eastern Arizona after eight others were found earlier this month and said at least some were shot. “Several horses died due to bullet wounds" but other carcasses were too badly...

2 men accused of throwing dog into ice-covered lake charged

Jan. 18, 2020 2:22 PM EST

ELWOOD, Neb. (AP) — Two Elwood men accused of repeatedly throwing a dog into an ice-covered lake have been charged with animal cruelty. The Gosper County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Friday that James Pollock, 28, and Austin Vanburen, 19, were charged Jan. 7 after the office received calls...

Man kills grizzly in self-defense, keeps claws as a memento

Jan. 18, 2020 2:12 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man told authorities that he cut off a grizzly bear's claws as a memento after shooting it in self-defense because he was mad that the bear was going to eat him, according to court records. Bryan Berg, 35, appeared in court on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Missoula...

Senators: Feds must implement tick-borne disease act swiftly

Jan. 18, 2020 8:11 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two U.S. senators want the federal government to implement new measures to protect people from tick-borne diseases as soon as possible. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota authored and advocated for passage of the Kay Hagan Tick Act,...

This December 2019 photo provided by Guy Ballard shows a male brush-tailed rock wallaby eating supplementary food researchers provided in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park in New South Wales, Australia. Before this fire season, scientists estimated there were as few as 15,000 left in the wild. Now recent fires in a region already stricken by drought have burned through some of their last habitat, and the species is in jeopardy of disappearing, Ballard said. (Guy Ballard/NSW DPI - UNE via AP)

Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames

Jan. 18, 2020 7:35 AM EST

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some of the island continent’s unique and colorful species...

Man slept at animal shelter to help pets get adopted

Jan. 18, 2020 3:01 AM EST

SPRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — Many thought he was crazy. His girlfriend, family and friends tried to talk him out of it. But once Kris Rotonda became aware of the struggles the Humane Society of Pasco County faced — a lack of funding, limited number of volunteers, no real building to house the animals...