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Smithsonian Team To Investigate Rise In Dolphin Deaths In Virginia

A team from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will help uncover why a higher-than-usual number of dead dolphins have washed up on Virginia shores this year.

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Working To Save The Painted 'Zonkeys' Of Tijuana

Americans once waited in line for the chance to be photographed atop the striped donkeys on this famed tourist strip. But 9/11, the recession and the Mexican drug war have stifled tourism and nearly put the "zonkeys" and their owners out of work. A new push is on to save the historic icons.
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Climate Change Could Spell Final 'Chuckle' For Alpine Frog

The Cascades frog used to occupy alpine zones from California to the Canadian border, but its range is shrinking as global temperatures increase and snowpack declines. Scientists are hiking deep into the mountains of the Northwest to study the tiny frog, which makes a call that has been described as a "chuckling" sound.
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Dolphins Recognize The Calls Of Long-Lost Friends

Scientists have known that dolphins recognize each other by the sound of each animal's signature whistle. But new research shows that dolphins remember and respond to these whistles for an incredibly long time — even after they've been separated from each other.
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Dozens Of Rescue Dogs Make Their Way To D.C. Area

Dozens of animals rescued by the Humane Society from an Arkansas residence are now up for adoption at local rescue operations.

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Why Were The Baboons So Sad? Many Theories, No Answers

At a zoo in the Netherlands, 112 baboons suddenly started acting oddly. They turned their backs to visitors. They moped around. They didn't want to eat. It was a week before they got back to normal. Were they upset by a storm or an earthquake that people didn't feel? Maybe aliens? It's a mystery.
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Goats In The Graveyard: Congressional Cemetery To Get Capra Cleaning

One-hundred Capra hircus—that's goats to you—will be let loose on Congressional Cemetery today, where they will graze away weeds and plants that are killing local trees.

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Want To Be A Chicken Farmer? Try It Before You Commit

The idea of raising backyard chickens has become very popular. But people who follow through on the idea don't always know what they are getting into. So a few companies are letting would-be chicken farmers try out the experience — for a fee.
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Researchers Focus On Sharks' Point Of View

The term "shark attack" is under attack by the leading society of shark researchers. They're calling on the media to stop labeling any sort of interaction with humans as an "attack." They suggest using specific terms like: shark sightings and shark encounters.
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Area Beaches See Rise In Dolphin Deaths

As many as 44 dolphins were found dead on Virginia beaches, just last month, which has marine biologists searching for a cause.

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