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Who Knew? Seahorses Are Stone Cold Killers: VIDEO

Thanks to the shape of their heads, the inch-long creatures can creep up on their prey. Then they strike with lightning speed. Researchers have captured the way they attack on video.
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The Horse Who Picked Up A Paintbrush

After his career at the racetrack ended, Metro Meteor was adopted by an artist in Pennsylvania, who discovered the horse's gift. Now, his paintings raise money to treat his knee problems and to help other retired thoroughbreds find new homes.
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Report: Humane Association Covered Up Animal Abuse On Hollywood Sets

An investigation by The Hollywood Reporter alleges that the American Humane Association has tried to cover up instances of animal abuse and deaths on Hollywood sets. Melissa Block talks with Gary Baum, a senior writer for the magazine who reported the story.
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MPD Wants Stronger Penalties For Hurting D.C. Police Dogs

Sam the Bloodhound was lobbying D.C. Council members on Thursday to increase penalties for those who hurt police animals.

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National Zoo Creates 'Name The Panda' Contest

The zoo in Washington, D.C. says the name will be bestowed on Dec. 1 when the cub is 100 days old. In the meantime, the baby panda is getting acquainted with its surroundings.
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Iconic Sheep Return To Tucson Mountains, But Is It For Good?

The last desert bighorn sheep that roamed the mountains above Tucson, Ariz., died in the 1990s, the victim of human encroachment, mountain lions, and fire suppression. Now, the iconic Southwest animal — picture the Dodge Ram's grille — is back. A herd of 31 was released Monday morning after being transplanted over the weekend from the Yuma area in the far west of the state. Why would the sheep survive this time?
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Zebra Attacks Zookeeper At National Zoo

Zebras might not be the most intimidating animals at the National Zoo, but they're still potentially dangerous, as one zookeeper found out first-hand Monday after being attacked by an 800-pound male.

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National Zoo Panda Cub Weighs Nearly 10 Pounds

The National Zoo says its female giant panda cub has put on some weight.

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That Clam In Your Chowder Might Be Hundreds Of Years Old

A claim about a clam leads to a discovery for some of us: Those bivalves in our bowls may be centuries-old.
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Researchers Figure Out Found Clam Was 507 Years Old

A mollusk named Ming was that old when it was dredged up in the ocean off Iceland several years ago. It was named Ming in honor of the Chinese dynasty it was born into.

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