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A Second Chance For Inmates And Horses In Maryland

Second Chances Farm in Sykesville, Md., rescues former race horses and recruits prison inmates to take care of them.


The Buzz On Bees: Why Many Colonies Are Collapsing

Bees have been dying off in increasing numbers over the past few years. Experts say that habitat loss and disease are the biggest culprits, and some believe that pesticides are to blame. NPR science correspondent Dan Charles explains the possible causes and what is being done to stop this trend.

From Pets To Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are popular pets in the U.S., but in parts of South America, they're a delicacy. Some environmental and humanitarian groups are making a real push to encourage guinea pig farming as an eco-friendly alternative to beef. And the animals are also showing up in more U.S. restaurants.


Park Service Uses Sharpshooters To Cull Deer In D.C. Park

Sharp shooters killed deer over the weekend in the nation's capital. The deer population has grown rapidly in recent decades, causing damage to habitat and car accidents. Protesters tried to stop the National Park Service from killing the deer in Rock Creek Park, but the hunt went ahead after a court sided with the Park Service.
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National Zoo Inseminates Giant Panda Mei Xiang

Veterinarians at the National Zoo say their female giant panda, Mei Xiang, is ready to breed again.


What's Behind The 'Fairy Circles' That Dot West Africa?

Fly from Angola down to South Africa and you'll see thousands of circles of bare dirt covering the land. They're up to 30 feet across and ringed by tufts of grass. The origin of the shapes has long been a mystery, but researchers now say hordes of termites may be acting as engineers.