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As Cattle Prices Climb, Ranchers Watch Out For Bovine Thievery

Across the U.S., cattle prices are at record highs. So ranchers and special rangers are working to protect herds from cattle rustlers — thieves looking to sell off stolen animals at auction.
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Why Did The Mountain Lion Cross The Freeway? To Breed

The 101 Freeway slices right through the wilderness in and around Los Angeles, separating local mountain lion populations. To mate and avoid inbreeding, the animals must risk the dangerous crossing.
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Missing Parrot Returns But Doesn't Speak English Anymore

A parrot from Torrance, Calif., disappeared four years ago. It was a talking parrot, and according to the owner, spoke with a British accent. It speaks Spanish now, according to the Daily Breeze.
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American Intruder Lurks In Scottish Streams, Clawed And Hungry

Scotland has some of the best trout fishing in the world. Now the North American signal crayfish is taking over waterways, threatening to wipe out native populations of insects those trout eat.
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Researchers Say Beavers Are More Than Simple Pests

Most people think of beavers as pests — they cause floods and block irrigation. But as Mel Babik tells NPR's Scott Simon, she's finding a new use for the buck-toothed critters in the Yakima Basin.
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Did You Hear About The Horse That Walked Into A Police Station?

In Winsford, England, the police superintendent wrote, "We were somewhat saddled with our unexpected guest. The visitor "quickly became the mane event of the night shift."
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Dolphins: Adorable, Playful, Not As Smart As You Might Think

Dolphins are often considered the geniuses of the ocean. But some researchers have begun to challenge that notion, saying many mammals have similar skills and dolphins might not be that special.
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Falcon Has Surgery To Remove Cataracts

A 4-year-old falcon in New Hampshire underwent eye surgery to remove cataracts and has received new synthetic lenses. It appears the surgery was successful.
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2 New Breeds Allowed To Compete At Westminster Dog Show

The Westminster Kennel Club will allow two new breeds to next year's show — the wirehaired vizsla and the coton de tulear.
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Is That A Lark I Hear? A Nightingale? Surprise! It's A Bat

There are animals famous for their songs. Whales sing. Birds sing. We humans have Aretha, Elvis, Ray Charles, Pavarotti. But bats — who knew?

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