Monty has been certified as a therapy dog in both the U.S. and the U.K., where he formerly worked as a rat-catcher in a horse barn.
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March 31, 2011 Yale University Law School is an intense place, and its library is no joke. To help students unwind, the library is offering a rather unusual checkout option: Monty, a certified therapy dog.
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Do I Know You? An animatronic baby Tyrannosaurus Rex gives students a close look during a preview of the Australian show Walking With Dinosaurs in Melbourne last week.
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March 31, 2011 A predatory dinosaur has been named a relative of Tyrannosaurus rex, based on the discovery of a skull and jaw bones that paleontologists say are just a bit smaller than the famous carnivore. The jaw contains teeth that are some 4 inches in length.
March 30, 2011 Lady is not just any old bird. She's perhaps the oldest osprey in the world. After traveling 6,000 miles, she's completed her 21st migration from Africa back to Scotland. These wide-winged birds of prey nearly went extinct and are still quite rare.
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March 29, 2011 The missing Bronx Zoo cobra has mysteriously appeared — with his very own twitter feed. Melissa Block and Michele Norris track his exploits in the Big Apple.
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March 26, 2011 The Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected a bid by the UK's Soco International to search for oil in the Virunga National Park. The famous park is home to rare mountain gorillas. Host Scott Simon talks with Matt Lewis, senior program officer for the World Wildlife Fund, who specializes in African species conservation.
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Nighthawks are known for their repeated "peent" call as they hunt for flying insects.
March 26, 2011 The new field of "soundscape ecology" eavesdrops on the sounds of the natural world — from the trumpeting of elephants to the chirping of ants — to monitor environmental health, species interactions and human impact.
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March 22, 2011 Snow leopards are an endangered species native to Asia. They're also one of the official mascots of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. So when Russian scientists found one of the rare cats earlier this month, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took the time to visit the animal. The World Wildlife Fund had said the leopard should be released into the wild. Which it was, right after Putin and the cameras took their leave.
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There's a risk of infection with roundworms from kinkajou poo.
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March 17, 2011 An intestinal worm that is common in raccoons has now been found in pet kinkajous. The worm eggs can be passed from animals to humans and cause serious infections, especially in children.
March 16, 2011 Call her lazy, call her a cheat, but this elephant knows how to get what she wants. Watch a video of this clever animal tricking her partner into doing all the work.
March 11, 2011 Some scientists believe humans age more slowly than other primates, judging by the exceptionally long human lifespan. But a study in the journal Science suggests humans age just like baboons and chimps. Study author Susan Alberts discusses what the study implies about human longevity.
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Didier Noirot films a Nile crocodile in the Okavango Delta. The crocs can grow up to 21 feet and live for 100 years.
March 11, 2011 Photographer Roger Horrocks swims deep with the sometimes docile, sometimes hostile Nile crocodile.
March 10, 2011 Biologists have never understood how a kangaroo, which is so big, can be so springy. The BBC reports scientists are using infrared motion-capture technology to find the answer.
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March 7, 2011 Deep in the middle of a Siberian winter, a frozen bird fell from the sky. Then another. Not what you expect while ice fishing in the Russian wilderness.
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March 3, 2011 Recognizing yourself in the mirror isn't something to take for granted — not all animals can do it. We know that humans, dolphins, and even some birds can — but what about man's best friend?
March 3, 2011 The 8-foot-long cat once roamed from Canada to South America. The Eastern Cougar died out as its habitat disappeared.
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