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Pigeons Fly In Fear As Rufus The Hawk Guards Wimbledon's Grass

At the tennis tournament this year, as in years past, a Harris hawk named Rufus has been soaring above the stadium. His job is to keep pigeons from trespassing onto the iconic grass on Centre Court.
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Washington Humane Society Wants Lights And Sirens For Its Vehicles

The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would allow the Washington Humane Society to use emergency lights and sirens on their vehicles.
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Oh, Pooh: Bear Cub Gets Head Stuck In Cookie Jar

A plastic jar of animal crackers was too enticing for a young bear in New Jersey, which got its head irretrievably wedged
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Ukraine Wants Its Dolphins Back

When Russia invaded the Ukrainian area of Crimea, it also seized Ukraine's military dolphins. A Russian news site reports Ukraine demands Russia return the dolphins as it has other military equipment.
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For Pablo Escobar's Transplanted Hippos, Colombia's A Wonderland

During his lifetime, legendary Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar assembled as a status symbol a private zoo, which included four hippos. In the 20 years since his death, far from their natural home in Africa, Escobar's hippos have multiplied in the wild. Veterinarian Carlos Valderrama talks to Robert Siegel about the hippos and the challenges they're presenting Colombians.
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Author Plumbs The Human Psyche Through 'Animal Madness'

Laurel Braitman's new book was born out of a near-tragedy: her frantic dog almost leaped to its death from a third-story window. She talks to NPR's Don Gonyea about mental illness and Animal Madness.
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Lone Passenger Pigeon Escapes Pie Pan, Lands In Smithsonian

Passenger pigeons used to be the most abundant bird in North America. But hunters drove them to extinction, and by 1914, only one was left. A century later, that pigeon, named Martha, is on exhibit.
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As Pig Virus Spreads, The Price Of Pork Continues To Rise

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has killed more than 7 million piglets in the past year. There's no cure, but a vaccine that may protect piglets has been approved even though it's still being tested.
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A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

This technique for manipulating genes borrows a strategy from the way bacteria fight viruses. It's still experimental, but the possibilities excite medical researchers hoping to tailor treatments.
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A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

Unrelated lineages of electric fish all use the same small set of genes to create their voltage, a genetic search shows. Maybe the same genes could one day power pacemakers, bioengineers suggest.

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