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Famed Tortoise Dies In Galapagos Islands

The giant tortoise known as Lonesome George has died. Morning Edition reported on the tortoise in 2008 when Lonesome George mated with a female from a similar species. The hope was his subspecies would be carried on. But the eggs turned out to be infertile.
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Ugly Mugly Wins Ugliest Dog Contest

A Chinese crested from the UK has taken this year's ugly dog title. "I think that he is the most beautiful dog from the inside out and want the world to know that too," his owner says.
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Bird Flu Research Illustrates Dual-Use Issues

A scientific journal has finally published the details of how to make mutant forms of bird flu. These viruses were created last year by a lab that's trying to stay ahead of a possible flu pandemic, so that the world can get ready. But the work is highly controversial. The government is grappling with how to manage the risks of this kind of research without blocking scientific progress.
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Why We Love Music: A Harmonica-Playing Elephant Explains

An elephant at the National Zoo has been moonlighting as a musician, thanks to her surprising harmonica skills.

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A Moonlighting Matchmaker Juggles Multiple Roles

Mirah Horowitz is a matchmaker. In her day job, she matches high-level executives with top employers. In her weekend gig, she matches rescue dogs with adoptive and foster families.

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What's In A Name? Ask The Zoo's Howler Monkey

The Smithsonian National Zoo is seeking public input in picking one of four names for their baby male howler monkey, born in March.

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Blue Lobster Caught Off Ocean City Gets Home At National Aquarium

A rare blue lobster turned up off the coast of Ocean City, Md. earlier this month, and the fisherman who caught it is turning it over to the National Aquarium to be put on display. 

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Massive N.M. Fire Threatens Endangered Fish

Ash and charred debris from the largest wildfire in New Mexico's history are threatening the survival of the Gila trout. Biologists are trying to save the fish by using electroshock to temporarily stun the trout and re-locate it to a hatchery. The trout is an endangered species that can be found only in four streams within the Gila Wilderness. Melissa Blocks talks to Jim Brooks, Project Leader of the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, about his team's efforts to save the trout.

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