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Owner Optimistic Stolen Parrot Will Be Returned

The owner of an African grey parrot says he believes the thieves will soon return the bird that was taken recently in England. It seems Chico loves to squawk a song by Queen. The parrot's owner says the thieves will soon tire of hearing "We are the Champions."
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How To Spot A Mimic Octopus — The Mystery Revealed

Here's a handy guide to the amorphous and vibrant mimic octopus, courtesy of the webcomic xkcd.
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'A Huge Loss': Program Helps Families Grieve Pets Who Pass

When a pet dies, many families are unsure of how to grieve. Prince George's County is offering counseling to help them through those tough times.

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Choking Dog Somehow Dials Phone For Help

Police in Britain received a call to their emergency number and all they could hear was heavy breathing. Officers rushed to the home and found George, a two-year-old Basset Hound. The dog was panicking because his neck was tangled in a phone cord.
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Tiny Pup May Take Crown For World's Smallest Dog

Beyonce was born in an animal shelter in Northern California. She's tinier than a tea cup, and at birth fit into a spoon. Since making the news, the shelter says adoption offers have poured in for the dog.
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9-Year-Old Boy Petitions Congress To Stop Horse Slaughter

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) was joined by a 9-year-old political activist at the capitol on Tuesday to call for a permenant ban on the slaughter of horses for consumption in the U.S.

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Shad Are Angling To Once Again Be The Tasty Harbinger Of Spring

For centuries, the shad run signaled that spring had arrived. But pollution, dams and overfishing decimated the once-mighty American shad. Now young chefs are working to rekindle a taste for this seasonal, local treat.
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Camera Live-Streams Baby Eagles From Richmond

A camera trained on a bald eagle's nest in Richmond live-streamed the hatching of two bald eagle chicks last weekend while the world watched. 

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