"Bear," who has been trained to sniff out Giant African Land Snails.
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August 30, 2013 While Florida hasn't yet declared victory, more than 128,000 of the destructive creatures have been found and eradicated in the past two years. Labrador retrievers are being used to sniff out the snails.
August 16, 2013 It seems that sheep are pretty good at call-and-response. A video of them from New Zealand is going viral.
The olinguito is the first carnivore species to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.
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August 15, 2013 This cousin of the raccoon is the first new carnivore discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. Native to the Andes Mountains of Colombia and Ecuador where it's still living, the olinguito was actually first identified in a Field Museum specimen storage room in Chicago.
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August 8, 2013 Continuing her occasional exploration into matters of animals and human society, Barbara J. King takes a look at last week's NPR story on frog-gigging. She stands against cruelty to animals, even in the context of an accepted cultural tradition.
The Emmen Zoo's baboons last week, when they were looking so sad.
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August 7, 2013 At a zoo in the Netherlands, 112 baboons suddenly started acting oddly. They turned their backs to visitors. They moped around. They didn't want to eat. It was a week before they got back to normal. Were they upset by a storm or an earthquake that people didn't feel? Maybe aliens? It's a mystery.
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Those are two whales coming up from the water, just feet away from two divers off the coast of central California. The image is from a video, which has gone viral, taken on Saturday.
July 23, 2013 Off the coast of central California over the weekend, two divers were in the water when a pair of humpback whales surfaced just feet away. The huge creatures were feeding on small fish and experts say the two divers are lucky they weren't injured.
Two Iberian lynxes at a nature reserve in northern Spain. (February 2006 file photo.)
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July 22, 2013 The "world's most endangered feline species," the Iberian lynx, faces continued pressure because its prey is disappearing. Researchers say the cats need to be introduced to parts of the Iberian peninsula that are higher in altitude and latitude.
Cue the Jaws theme: A hammerhead shark in the shallow Gulf of Mexico waters of Seagrove Beach, Fla., on Monday.
July 15, 2013 NPR's Russell Lewis got quite a view from the beach Monday as a hammerhead cruised among swimmers. Check the picture he snapped.
A Sumatran tiger at the Sumatra Tiger Rescue Center near Bandar Lampung on the southern tip of Sumatra island
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July 8, 2013 The Indonesian men caught a tiger cub in a snare meant for deer. Other tigers heard the cub's cries. One man died after his branch broke, tossing him to the ground, and the tigers attacked. The other five managed to hold out — and hold on — until help arrived.
The white-throated needletail, after it was found below the wind turbine it hit on an island off the northwest coast of Scotland.
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June 29, 2013 When a white-throated needletail was spotted off the northwest coast of Scotland, dozens of enthusiasts rushed to the area. "Twitchers" is British slang for those who have a passion for spotting hard-to-find birds. But their joy turned to grief when the little bird from Asia hit a wind turbine.
A squirrel monkey at the London Zoo, photographed in December.
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June 8, 2013 Squirrel monkeys in a "walk-through" enclosure bit more than a dozen visitors over a year-long period, according to a report.
The blue corn's just as tasty as the red corn, but it's not what the locals like.
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April 25, 2013 When monkeys move to a new place, they want to eat what the locals are eating, a new study finds. It's among the first to see strong social behaviors in eating among wild animals.
A visitor walks through the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, in Berlin, Germany.
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April 25, 2013 A performance of Mozart's Requiem has commentator Barbara J. King thinking about the ways humans grieve. Of all species on Earth, we alone mourn across time and space for people we have never met.
In this Jan. 18 photo provided by the NYU Langone Medical Center, a technician examines mice to determine their health at the hospital's complex in New York.
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April 25, 2013 When Superstorm Sandy flooded lower Manhattan last year, thousands of lab animals drowned and many scientists lost months or even years of work. The specialty animals can be very difficult to replace, but researchers say the loss of animal life is emotionally devastating and difficult to get over.
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An elephant at the Emmen, Netherlands, zoo stands at the edge of a ditch in 2009, a day after another elephant fell into the ditch and died.
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April 11, 2013 When animals die, their close relatives and friends may be plunged into mourning. Commentator Barbara J. King writes about animal grief in her new book, citing examples seen in animals large and small. She finds solace in the knowledge that humans are not the only animals who feel loss.
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