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Pink The Pelican Released After Pouch Surgery

In April, a California brown pelican's pouch was brutally slashed. Pink the pelican was released this week after successful surgery. NPR's Scott Simon talks with veterinarian Dr. Rebecca Duerr.
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House Committee Votes To Effectively Ban Horse Meat

After a five-year hiatus, in 2011 processing horse meat was once again allowed in the United States. But the ban may be coming back.

Zoo: Keeper Accidentally Shot With Tranquilizer Was NOT In Gorilla Suit

The Loro Parque Zoo in Tenerife, Spain, made headlines after a zookeeper was accidentally hit with a tranquilizer dart. He's doing fine, and the zoo wants to clarify: No gorilla suit was involved.

Tracking Road Kill? There's An App For That, Too

A team from Utah State University have developed a smartphone application so "citizen scientists" can help them track animal-vehicle collisions.
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Riding Along With The Animal Rescuers Of The Washington Humane Society

In a special Animal House-Metro Connection collaboration, we'll embed ourselves with the animal control officers who work day and night to rescue ill, injured, and unwanted animals in the District.

At 'Pestaurant,' Grasshopper Burgers Win Over Eaters Who Say 'Yuck'

A pest control company and a venerable Washington, D.C., grill teamed up to offer gourmet bugs to anyone who'd try them. The selection included roasted crickets, spiced mealworms and ant lollipops.
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Mapping Earth's Final Frontier — The Ocean Floor

USGS scientists in Reston, Virginia, want to map unknown territory at the bottom of the Atlantic, but the proposal is the source of some controversy among animal rights groups.

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Slots Revenue Revives Horse Racing in Maryland

In anticipation of this weekend's Belmont Stakes, and in honor of Triple Crown contender California Chrome's Maryland roots, Kojo explores how revenue from slot machine gambling has revived horse racing and breeding in Maryland.


Why Is It So Hard For A Horse To Win The Triple Crown?

It's been 36 years since a horse won racing's ultimate trifecta. For California Chrome to break the drought Saturday, the colt must contend with challenges that have stymied a dozen horses before him.

Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away

Scientists seem to have answered a fundamental question about the nature of memory. They have found compelling evidence that memories are made by strengthening connections between certain brain cells.