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In this handout photo provided by Anna Dubrovskaya, in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. When circus troupe tried to load the animals into a truck to head to the next destination, they resisted and walked away. (Anna Dubrovskaya via AP)

2 elephants escape from circus in Russian city

Jan. 24, 2020 7:30 AM EST

Russia is said to be the place where bears roam the streets — but for a short while it was a free-for-all for elephants. Residents of Yekaterinburg were flabbergasted to see a couple of elephants wandering the snowy streets of Russia's third-largest city after they escaped from a circus. Unreceptive to...

Paramilitary police stand guard at an entrance to the closed Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday in an unprecedented effort to try to contain a deadly new viral illness that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush. (Thepaper via AP)

Chinese city at center of virus outbreak is major crossroads

Jan. 23, 2020 11:37 PM EST

The city of Wuhan is one of China's largest industrial hubs and a major crossroads. The capital of Hubei province has 11 million people and is under an unprecedented, open-ended lockdown to try to prevent the spread of a virus that first appeared in the city last month. HISTORY: An inland port on the north bank...

Fiona, a Nile Hippopotamus, eats her specialty birthday cake to celebrate turning three-years old this Friday, in her enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Zoo is using the third birthday of its beloved premature hippo as a way to raise money for Australian wildlife affected by the recent bushfires. Instead of sending birthday gifts, the zoo is asking people to buy T-shirts that will directly benefit the Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

For hippo Fiona's 3rd birthday, zoo seeks aid for Australia

Jan. 23, 2020 10:31 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo is using the third birthday of its beloved hippo, born premature, as a way to raise money for Australian wildlife affected by the recent bushfires. Instead of sending birthday gifts for Fiona, the Ohio zoo is asking people to buy T-shirts that will directly benefit the...

Animal shelter says "world's worst cat" is up for adoption

Jan. 23, 2020 6:05 PM EST

BAKERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The “world's worst cat” is available for adoption — just ask the Mitchell County Animal Rescue organization in North Carolina. The shelter about 55 miles (89 kilometers) northeast of Asheville is waiving adoption fees in the hope that someone will take the cat...

Deputy uses stun gun to settle a beef between K9 and cow

Jan. 23, 2020 1:28 PM EST

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy responding to a burglary call in South Carolina was forced to settle a beef between his K9 and a spooked cow by using a stun gun. Georgetown County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Pleasant Hill community on Wednesday when a K9 that was brought to the...

FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, a monarch butterfly rests on a plant at Abbott's Mill Nature Center in Milford, Del. The western monarch butterfly population wintering along California's coast remained critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, showed. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

California's monarch butterflies critically low for 2nd year

Jan. 23, 2020 9:09 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The western monarch butterfly population wintering along California's coast remains critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday showed. The count of the orange-and-black insects by the Xerces Society, a nonprofit environmental...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2018, file photo, Gus Kenworthy, of the United States, jumps during the men's slopestyle final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. These days, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy is one tough act to follow. His talents have him starring in a variety of roles both on and off the slopes. He's an actor (recently appearing in

Cast in many roles, Gus Kenworthy is one tough act to follow

Jan. 23, 2020 2:46 AM EST

Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy hasn't had much time to rehearse and practice new tricks heading into the Winter X Games this weekend. That's no line, either. He's just been too busy memorizing them. The 2014 Olympic slopestyle silver medalist is one tough act to follow as his talents have him starring in a variety...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo Oscar the cat, who is not a service animal, sits in his carry on travel bag after arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Industry officials believe many that hundreds of thousands of passengers scam the system each year by claiming they need their pet for emotional support. Those people avoid airline pet fees, which Oscar's owners paid. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

New rules could bump emotional-support animals from planes

Jan. 22, 2020 6:18 PM EST

The days of passengers bringing their pets on airplanes as emotional-support animals could be ending. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed that only specially trained dogs qualify as service animals, which must be allowed in the cabin at no charge. Airlines could ban emotional-support...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Fla., shows Joseph Maldonado-Passage. Maldonado-Passage, a former Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time candidate for governor has been sentenced in a murder-for-hire plot. A federal judge in Oklahoma City sentenced 56-year-old Maldonado-Passage, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, for his role in the failed plot and for violating federal wildlife laws. (Santa Rosa County Jail via AP, File)

Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

Jan. 22, 2020 5:49 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time candidate for governor was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws. A federal judge in Oklahoma City sentenced 56-year-old Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage — who...

First image captured of gray wolf northwest of Medford

Jan. 22, 2020 4:59 PM EST

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. (AP) — A Jacksonville man has captured the first image of a confirmed gray wolf northwest of Medford. The Mail Tribune reports one of Eric Anderson’s game cameras picked up an image on Jan. 3 of a gray wolf on federal Bureau of Land Management land in the Sams Valley area...