March 28, 2013 Vegans' refrigerators are empty of meat, dairy and eggs. But what if there are animal products in their medicine cabinets? Commentator Barbara J. King considers how far vegans have to go to really make a difference for animals.
Four of seven baby Komodos born at the Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia last week.
March 18, 2013 Seven baby Komodo dragons emerged from their shells at a zoo in Indonesia's East Java province.
A giant isopod in Japan has refused to eat for more than four years. This specimen was caught during a NOAA expedition in the Gulf of Mexico by Bob Carney of LSU.
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February 25, 2013 From Japan comes news of a giant isopod that knows all there is to know about the hunger game. How else to explain the fasting behavior of the animal that, his minders say, hasn't eaten in more than 1,500 days? The male giant isopod, known simply as No. 1, last ate on Jan. 2, 2009 — or, to put it in perspective, 18 days before President Obama began his first term.
February 7, 2013 Are humans natural hunters? Can animal advocates and people who kill animals for sport comprehend anything of each others' perspectives? Commentator Barbara J. King considers hunting in the United States today.
Wisdom (left) and her mate on their nest last November at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.
February 6, 2013 Wisdom, a Laysan albatross who nests at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the North Pacific Ocean, is thought to be at least 62 years old. She's raised an estimated 30 to 35 chicks over the years and flown at least 2 million miles, scientists say.
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The face says it all: Yairo Yau grimaces during a December 2012 match between Sydney FC and the Melbourne Heart in Sydney.
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January 18, 2013 The fact is: we find it easy to attribute mind to what looks and acts like a human being and we find it almost impossible to attribute mind to what does not.
Boiling is the easiest way to dispatch a crustacean, but there are some signs that the creatures can feel pain.
January 17, 2013 Prawns will rub themselves when dabbed with acid. And hermit crabs show stress-related behavior after getting shocked out of their shells. Now scientists find that British shore crabs can learn to avoid an electric shock — a key sign that crustaceans really do experience pain.
A promotion for J.R.R. Tolkien's classic, which is now being made into a movie trilogy, at the Frankfurt Book Fair last month.
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November 19, 2012 Three horses and two dozen smaller animals reportedly died. Wranglers say there were sink holes and other "death traps" on the property. The movie production company later paid for improvements at the farm. Director Peter Jackson's movie premieres later this month.
Blaine Badick walks through floodwaters with her dogs in Hoboken, N.J., on Wednesday.
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November 1, 2012 In the wake of the terrible damage caused by superstorm Sandy, commentator Barbara J. King reflects on the animal rescues underway and asks if we can tap these selfless impulses to create a greater, sustained good.
The sun begins to rise over the Atlantic Ocean at Virginia Beach, VA, in August 2011.
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August 9, 2012 Attention to social media diminishes our experience of the real world! So we're often told. But commentator Barbara J. King turns this notion around and shows how Twitter, especially, can markedly increase our appreciation of nature.
August 6, 2012 When it's hot and humid, you probably don't want to move much and aren't very hungry. The same goes for cows; but when they don't eat, farmers lose money. Using weather data, a new app called Thermal Aid detects the threat of heat stress and offers farmers tips to keep their cows healthy.
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May 10, 2012 The first two patients ever have entered an animal hospital dedicated to "victims of our industrialized food system." Lila the goat and Franklin the piglet turn a spotlight on farming practices, and how even meat-eaters may support farm-animal welfare.
April 22, 2012 It's Earth Day! An excellent day to reflect upon the joys of connecting with other animals — and of working to keep them safe and well-treated.
A rescued bobcat waits to be fed at a wild animal sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo.
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March 29, 2012 A Colorado animal protection group has created a website and smartphone application designed to help someone who's found an injured animal, lost or found a pet or wants to report animal cruelty. Animal Watch hopes to expand the program nationally in the future.
Dolphins and other marine mammals may lack the ability to taste their treats. Blame evolution.
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March 13, 2012 Dolphins can't taste sweet, savory, and bitter tastes. In fact, they might not be able to taste their fish at all, according to a new study. That might be because they swallow fish whole.
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