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Myth Busting: The Truth About Animals And Tools

Birds and wasps do it. So do octopuses, otters, polar bears and dolphins. A surprising number of animals use tools, and scientists say there are some widespread misconceptions. Among them: Using tools isn't a sign of intelligence, and animals don't need fingers to be crafty with tools.
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National Zoo's Baby Octopus Has A Name

The National Zoo's new baby octopus got a new name yesterday, thanks to one of the zoo's young fans.

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Homeless Prince William Co. Dog Needs Help

The Prince William County Animal Shelter is seeking help for ten-week-old Chihuahua mix Louie, in need of an operation to repair a large hernia in his abdomen.

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National Zoo Gets $4.4M Donation For Pandas

The National Zoo is going to be getting an early Christmas gift -- a donation that funds its panda program for the next five years.

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Ornithologist Discusses Causes Of Bird Downings

Melissa Block speaks with Kevin McGowen, ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, about the phenomenon of bird downings. Approximately 1,500 migratory birds died on Monday night after crashing into a Wal-Mart parking lot in Utah.

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