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Detroit's Stray Dog Epidemic: 50,000 Or More Roam The City

Pit bulls dominate the population. But smaller, aggressive dogs are problems as well. "It's like Chihuahuaville," one mail carrier tells Bloomberg News of a neighborhood on her route.
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Donated Dog Blood Helps Give Cat Another Life

In New Zealand last week, Rory the cat was brought to the vet after eating rat poison. He needed a blood transfusion fast. There was no time to get a donor match, so the vet took a risk and used blood from a dog donor instead. The inter-species gamble paid off.
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More Seals Means More Great White Sharks In Cape Cod

Great white sharks are becoming a more common sight along the East Coast. Beach closures are not unusual along Cape Cod, but most beach-goers are taking the new threat in stride.
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National Zoo To Add Three Elephants To Herd Next Year

Three elephants from the Calgary Zoo will be joining the herd at the Smithsonian National Zoo next year.

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Obamas Welcome New Puppy To The White House

The Obamas have been joined at the White House by a new puppy, Sunny, who will now be a little sister to their current dog Bo. Like Bo, Sunny is a Portuguese Water Dog.
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Mid-Atlantic Dolphin Die-Off Leaves Scientists Puzzled

Some 160 animals have been found dead from New York to Virginia since July, and scientists say one possible cause is a virus that belongs to the same family as measles and distemper.

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Bill Would Keep Lead Ammunition Out Of Condors' Diet

California condor conservationists are among those pushing for a statewide ban on lead ammunition in California. Some of the critically endangered birds are dying of lead poisoning. The Los Angeles Zoo has been breeding condors in captivity for decades to restore the species' population. Now a major part of their job is treating birds who've dined on lead-tainted animal remains in the wild. They — along with a bill making its way through the Legislature — identify lead bullets as the top condor threat. But hunters and shooters question lead's environmental impact. And they say a ban would leave them with few affordable, convenient options.
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Dinosaurs: Big Digs And Local Fossil Finds

We get the latest on fossil finds in our region and learn about some of the challenges scientists face in collecting dinosaur remains and other ancient specimens.

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Chinese Zoo Substitutes Dog For Lion

A mother taking her son around a zoo in China thought her boy was mistaken when he pointed out the barking lion. But he was right. The zoo had taken their African lion away for breeding, and moved in an employee's large and hairy mastiff dog.
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National Zoo Goes On 24-Hour-A-Day Panda Pregnancy Watch

Officials at the National Zoo are watching to see if female panda Mei Xiang is pregnant—or merely pretending to be.

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