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Florida's Hunt For Giant Snails Leads To 'Smelly Easter Eggs'

The state has so far spent $6 million trying to eradicate the giant African land snail, an invasive species that devours gardens, carries disease and leaves behind a trail of foul-smelling mucus.
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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.
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Gray Vetoes Bill Allowing Humane Society Officers To Use Sirens

Mayor Vincent Gray wielded his veto pen this week, rejecting a bill passed by the D.C. Council that would allow Humane Society officers to use sirens when responding to animal emergencies.
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Russian Police Force Wants To Enlist Reindeer

The police in Russia's far north already have snowmobiles, but say the reindeer won't break down in the frozen tundra. Which is why criminals in that icy realm already use them as get-away vehicles.
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Ex-NBA Star Yao Ming Encourages Chinese To Stop Buying Ivory

Retired NBA player Yao Ming has embarked on a mission to stop the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa. Yao stars in the Animal Planet documentary Saving Africa's Giants With Yao Ming.
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Listen As Kids Review Bao Bao And The Giant Pandas At The National Zoo

Giant pandas have been the toast of D.C. since Tian Tian and Mei Xiang arrived in 2000, but Bao Bao is the real star, as some articulate young visitors explain.

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WATCH: Orphaned Sea Otter Pup Has Snack, Playtime

Found in late September along the California coast, "Pup 681" spent a month at the Monterey Aquarium before being transferred to her new home at the Shedd in Chicago.
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Why The 'Invasivores' Haven't Pounced On Bear Meat

Bear is traditional American grub, and hunting bear for meat can help control overpopulation. But bear meat isn't going to make its way into restaurants or onto the average dinner table anytime soon.
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Feds List Gunnison Sage Grouse As Threatened Species

The bird is now protected under the Endangered Species Act, which could stop some oil and gas development in Colorado and Utah — and will likely start a number of legal challenges.
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How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

There's more than one way to make color, nature tells us. And more than one way to use it to your own advantage.

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