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Arizona judge rules all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from shelters

Arizona judge rules all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from shelters

A federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona just ruled that all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from animal shelters or non-profit organizations.

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National Geographic plants faux ivory tusks to track the illegal ivory trade route

National Geographic plants faux ivory tusks to track the illegal ivory trade route

National Geographic took an incredible stance in the efforts to stop the illegal ivory trade in Africa, my planting and tracking their own faux tusks. Commissioned specially for NatGeo, the fake tusks

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Number of plague cases on the rise this year in the United States

Number of plague cases on the rise this year in the United States

Almost seven centuries after the Black Death, the plague is still out in force. This summer, there have been six confirmed infections by Yersinia pestis, the scientific name for the bacteria responsible

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Rare white humpback whale caught on video off the coast of Australia

Rare white humpback whale caught on video off the coast of Australia

Stormwatcher James Chambers was whale watching at the beach on Monday and happened to capture an amazing sight on video: a rare glimpse of a white humpback whale, surfacing just off the coast of

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Which countries are doing their part to stop Colony Collapse Disorder

Which countries are doing their part to stop Colony Collapse Disorder

Pollinators are the lifeblood of ecosystems everywhere. They help plants reproduce, increase biodiversity, facilitate the dispersal of species into new regions, maintain genetic diversity within plant

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Famous freeway-crossing mountain lion killed in Los Angeles while crossing a freeway

Famous freeway-crossing mountain lion killed in Los Angeles while crossing a freeway

They call him P-32, but it’s not a stage name. Unlike many residents of Los Angeles, the male cougar known to the public since kittenhood tried his best to stick to his true nature - and it cost him his

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Gigantic 40-foot-tall spiderwebs engulf streets in Dallas

Gigantic 40-foot-tall spiderwebs engulf streets in Dallas

If you suffer from a touch of the arachnophobia, avoid Dallas, Texas at all costs. The neighborhood of Lakeside Park has become home to a canopy of spiderwebs that cover the trees, spanning forty feet in

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This adorable little sea slug is solar powered

This adorable little sea slug is solar powered

Costasiella kuroshimae, known commonly as Leaf Sheep, is an ocean-dwelling grazer, though unrelated to its namesake. The Leaf Sheep is a species of sea slug that munches on algae instead of grass.

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Santos, Brazil is bringing attention to biodiversity with street guides and the country’s first urban birdwatching tower

Santos, Brazil is bringing attention to biodiversity with street guides and the country’s first urban birdwatching tower

Santos is the first city in Brazil to install birds pictures in streets and squares. Located on the southeastern coast of the country and surrounded by the Atlantic Forest, Santos already cataloged and

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Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50 percent

Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50 percent

The secret to cheaper, more efficient solar power may lie in the unassuming wings of the butterfly. The Cabbage White butterfly folds its wings in a v-shape in order to heat up their flight muscles before

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UPDATED: Cecil the lion’s brother Jericho confirmed to be alive

UPDATED: Cecil the lion’s brother Jericho confirmed to be alive

While the world mourns the loss of Cecil the lion, breaking news reveals that his brother Jericho was killed today by poachers illegally hunting in Zimbabwe. After Cecil was killed by American dentist

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This carnivorous pitcher plant uses sonar to lure bats to come poop in it

This carnivorous pitcher plant uses sonar to lure bats to come poop in it

It is well documented that human beings struggle to communicate with each other. Given our inability to communicate within the species, it’s not surprising that we are only now learning of the amazing

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World’s first ‘bee highway’ protects endangered pollinators in Oslo

World’s first ‘bee highway’ protects endangered pollinators in Oslo

Endangered bees in the capital city of Norway have their own 'highway' thanks to a pioneering initiative by environmentalists protecting urban bees. Concerted efforts to sprout pollinator-friendly plants

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This sweet dog and lion duo proves that friendship transcends all barriers

This sweet dog and lion duo proves that friendship transcends all barriers

Meet Honey the dog and Kwanza the white lion cub: a pair of best friends at the Darling Downs Zoo in Queensland, Australia. Kwanza's mum wasn't producing enough milk for him, so the lovely caregivers at

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Don’t mess with Roger, the muscle-bound kangaroo who can crush metal with his bare hands

Don’t mess with Roger, the muscle-bound kangaroo who can crush metal with his bare hands

Picture When you think of kangaroos, an impressive set of pecs and six-pack abs are not usually the first things that spring to mind. But that's just what Roger, a red kangaroo who lives at the

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World’s first warm-blooded fish is faster and smarter than its cold-blooded cousins

World’s first warm-blooded fish is faster and smarter than its cold-blooded cousins

All fish are cold-blooded, right? Not anymore, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries' Southwest Fisheries Science Center. NOAA researchers published a paper in

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WHO wants to ban disease names that offend animals

WHO wants to ban disease names that offend animals

What do swine flu, monkey pox, and paralytic shellfish poisoning all have in common? Sure, they’re all illnesses but the important commonality according to the World Health Organization is that their

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Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

This is not the first time the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California has rescued Rubbish the sea lion pup. In March the rescue center found him in Santa Barbara suffering from pneumonia and

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Printed Nest offers free plans for 3D printable bird feeders

Printed Nest offers free plans for 3D printable bird feeders

You've heard of guerrilla gardening, but now a company from the Czech Republic is encouraging global urbanites to 3D print birds nests and install them in random places. Printed Nest spent two years

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Amazing Photos Show Young Girl Growing Up With Wild Animals in Africa

Amazing Photos Show Young Girl Growing Up With Wild Animals in Africa

Tippi's wild upbringing was documented by her parents Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert. The photo series looks like a real life Jungle Book where one can see the beautiful, deep relationship she had with

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Meet ‘Skeletorus’ and ‘Sparklemuffin’—the world’s newest species of peacock spiders

Meet ‘Skeletorus’ and ‘Sparklemuffin’—the world’s newest species of peacock spiders

Two new species of the strikingly-patterned peacock spider have been discovered in southeast Queensland by a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. One, nicknamed 'Sparklemuffin'

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Flow Hive lets beekeepers harvest honey without disturbing the bees

Flow Hive lets beekeepers harvest honey without disturbing the bees

We know that honeybees are having a rough time, so naturally we're excited to hear about Flow Hive—a new honey collection and extraction system that allows beekeepers to easily extract honey from

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New documentary ‘Earth: A New Wild’ illustrates connection between humans and nature

New documentary ‘Earth: A New Wild’ illustrates connection between humans and nature

This week, a new documentary series debuts that might finally change the way we look at the world around us. Wildlife biologist Dr. M. Sanjayan hosts Earth: A New Wild and turns the camera around to

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Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Of all the creatures on Earth impacted by reckless human activity, polar bears are having a remarkably rough time of it. First, climate change eats away at their habitat and makes it harder to hunt, and

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Indian tiger population climbs by 30 percent thanks to conservation efforts

Indian tiger population climbs by 30 percent thanks to conservation efforts

The wild tiger population in India has jumped from 1,706 to an estimated 2,226 since 2011, marking a 30% increase for the endangered big cat. As a result, India is now home to around 70% of the world’s

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US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

The animal lovers are close to being at war. And this time it's not with meat plants or processing facilities like Smithfield. It's not with PETA over some ridiculous and scandalous ad campaign. It's not

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Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park

Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park

This cute canine has cracked the code on the Seattle Metro Transit bus routes. Two-year-old Eclipse, a black labrador mix, boards alone and then hops off when the bus reaches her stop: the local dog

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Injured koalas need your DIY mittens to treat their burned paws

Injured koalas need your DIY mittens to treat their burned paws

In news of the painfully cute, injured koalas in and around South Australia are slowly recovering from burns they sustained as bushfires wreaked havoc on their habitat. Many of these adorable slow-moving

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Why is Canada refusing to protect 76 endangered species?

Why is Canada refusing to protect 76 endangered species?

Canada has chosen to reject an agreement to protect 76 endangered plant and animal species from international trade. Documents recently released from the 2013 Convention on International Trade in

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Bad news for Santa: Reindeer populations decline as the world’s climate warms

Bad news for Santa: Reindeer populations decline as the world’s climate warms

A new study finds that reindeer populations are on the decline, due in part to climate change. This makes bad news not only for Santa, but for all of us, as the grazing habits of reindeer actually help

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