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Chicago's Orphaned Otter 'Pup 681' Gets A Real Name

The southern sea pup now known as Luna was found on a beach in California in October. She was transferred to the Shedd Aquarium, where a naming contest was held this month.
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Birds Of A Feather Aren't Necessarily Related

Geneticists have revised the evolutionary tree of birds, revealing some unlikely relationships.
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Venison As Benison: Food Banks Score From Deer Overpopulation

With the start of hunting season, wildlife managers are tackling the overabundance of deer in parks around the country. Some of that meat is being salvaged and processed to distribute to the hungry.
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New York City Council Will Weigh Ban On Horse-Drawn Carriages

The city council gets the controversial bill at Mayor Bill de Blasio's request, one day after the editorial board of The New York Times urged, "Dump the bill. Keep the horses."
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When A Stray Dog's In Trouble, Katmandu's Canine Rescuers Jump To It

The city is home to some 20,000 strays. They roam the streets, they beg for food, they howl and fight at night and they often need medical help.
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Chlorine Gas Leak In Chicago Disrupts 'Furries' Convention

At least 19 guests were treated and released at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, where several thousand people, many dressed as animal characters, were attending the annual Midwest FurFest convention.
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The Mystery Of The Missing Martins

In Skunk Bear's latest video, join the search for an enormous flock of missing songbirds, and learn some bizarre facts about Shakespeare and Doppler radar along the way.
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California Bans Coyote Killing Contests

California's Fish and Game Commission voted on Wednesday to ban coyote hunting derbies. Those are contests where hunters vie to kill the most coyotes, or the biggest, for prizes.
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A Drug Might Heal Spinal Injuries By Sparking Nerve Growth

A neurologist's unorthodox thinking led to an experimental drug that allows trapped nerve fibers to grow again. And that growth helps amplify signals that restored movement in laboratory rats.
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How Dogs Understand What We Say

Dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices, but what about the meaning of words? A clever experiment with 250 canines shows that dogs understand more of our speech than previously thought.

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