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Extra moisture caused most of the world’s large animals to go extinct 15,000 years ago

Not so long ago, giant vertebrates ruled the world. There was a giant hornless rhino and a ground sloth larger than a modern elephant, among others. However, most of them went extinct 11-15,00 years ago, leaving behind just a few large animals. It’s uncertain what exactly caused their extinction. Various theories have included them being […]

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Humans, monkeys care for baby Francois langur

SAN DIEGO (Press Release) — A partnership is unfolding at the San Diego Zoo between primate keepers and the Zoo’s François’ langur monkeys. Animal care staff, using assisted-rearing techniques, are getting some unique help from the François’ langur monkey group to raise an endangered 7-week-old baby langur, named Chi (pronounced chee). The monkeys are actively assisting […]

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What’s the deal with this beaver herding a bunch of cows?

An animal behaviorist shares his thoughts about the viral video Steve, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0 An American beaver (but not the one from the video) The latest sensation taking the internet by storm is this video of a beaver “herding” cows in Canada: According to the rancher who took the video, there are […]

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These trash pickers used to have miserable jobs. Now they run their own recycling cooperative.

After his father died when he was only a teenager, Yassine Mazzout started working nights at the landfill next to his home near Morocco’s capital Rabat, salvaging items that could be recycled or sold from the mountain of filth. “At 15, I should have spent my evenings playing with other kids,” said Mazzout. “But I […]

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Antarctica is covered in hundreds of meltwater rivers and streams, and we had no idea this was happening

The first continent-wide survey of meltwater on Antarctica found alarming high numbers of pools, ponds, channels, rivers, and streams flowing across all sides of the continent. Scientists have always known that the Antarctic Western Peninsula is melting at an alarmingly high rate but they didn’t expect the whole continent to be awash with meltwater during […]

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Detecting Life in the Driest Place on Earth

Few places are as hostile to life as Chile’s Atacama Desert. It’s the driest place on Earth, and only the hardiest microbes survive there. Its rocky landscape has lain undisturbed for eons, exposed to extreme temperatures and radiation from the sun. If you can find life here, you might be able to find it in […]

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Guantanamo base kills plan to save feral cats

MIAMI — Guantanamo’s commander has concluded he does not have the authority to allow teams of volunteer cat lovers to scoop up feral cats across the base to neuter and vaccinate them and spare them from extermination. A nonprofit organization called Operation Git-Meow presented the proposal last month to the U.S. Navy base commander, Capt. […]

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A South Carolina family who thought their home was being broken into found their perp chilling on the porch

The Polston family awoke to what they thought were the sounds of an Easter morning break-in, only to discover moments later that their perp was not a human but a nearly 10-foot-long alligator who had wandered from his golf course home, loped up a flight of stairs and smashed through an aluminum screen door to […]

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Sierra Snowpack Bigger Than Last Four Years Combined: NASA

New NASA data show that snowpack in the Tuolumne River Basin in California’s Sierra Nevada — a major source of water for San Francisco and California’s Central Valley — is currently larger than the four previous years of snowpack combined. NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory (ASO) measured the Tuolumne Basin snowpack on April 1, a critical […]

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San Diego’s unofficial canine ambassador recovering

By Donald H. Harrison Photos courtesy of Karen Beth Pearlman   SAN DIEGO – One might describe Chloe, an 8-year-old cocker spaniel, as San Diego County’s unofficial canine ambassador. For years, her owner, Karen Beth Pearlman, has been posting Facebook photographs of Chloe visiting various San Diego County venues, from the beach, to the valleys, […]

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April The Giraffe Gives Birth, Finally

April the giraffe gave birth to her fourth calf early Saturday morning, putting an end to the wait that had kept millions of people across the world on the edge of their seats. The Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, set up a live stream to document the pregnant giraffe and the birth of […]

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Cyclone Cook hits New Zealand

New Zealand’s north island is being hit by Cyclone Cook, which many fear will be the severest storm in generations. The country is still recovering from Cyclone Debbie which destroyed houses and saturated land with heavy rains. It left the town of Edgecumbe flooded by thigh-high water with many people still unable to return to […]

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Junior the Great Blue Heron sadly gets away

Update: Tuesday, April 18 — Santee Lakes reported on its Facebook Page that the “fishermen bunch” had been able to lure Junior close enough to remove the cloth binding from his beak, whereupon the Great Blue Heron flew off to freedom. We’re hoping the bird will have a speedy recovery, and plenty of good fishing!   By […]

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Video: Alicia Machado Goes Completely Nude For PETA

Former Venezuelan Miss Universe Alicia Machado has joined environmental group “People for Ethical Treatment of Animals” (PETA) with a very resounding message: “I prefer to be naked than to wear furs”. The actress and host, who Donald Trump used to bully for being overweight, posed without clothes in a campaign against the use of animal […]

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