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Thirsty Birds 'Burn The Engine' In Flight

Migrating birds fly hundreds of miles at a time with no break. A new study shows that they may be staying hydrated by burning up their own muscles and organs.
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Champion Swimmer Takes On Dolphins And Loses

Italian swimmer Filippo Magnini — a two-time world champion — took on 19-year-old King and nine-year-old Leah. King and Leah are dolphins. They edged out Magnini in the final strokes. The human swimmer was even given a handicap — the dolphins had to swim twice as many lengths.
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Activists Urge P.G. County To Reduce Cat Euthanization

A Maryland animal rights organization is pushing P.G. County to change their policy on stray cats to one where far fewer cats will be euthanized.

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Gator Wrestling: 'Not A Thinking Man's Sport'

Jay Young, owner of Colorado Gators, teaches brave souls willing to pay $100 how to wrestle alligators. His family once used the alligators as garbage disposals for their fish farm, but over the years the gators became the main attraction.

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District Announces Third Annual Doggie Day Swim

As summer winds down, dog owners will get a one-day chance to let their pets take a dip in some of the District's public pools.

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Rare Black-Footed Ferrets Blossom At National Zoo

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There has been a baby boom at the National Zoo for an animal once thought to be extinct in the wild.

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An Ice Age Beast Evolved To Beat The Cold

The recent discovery of a woolly rhino skull on the Tibetan Plateau suggests that the rhino was one of the few animals that was prepared for the Ice Age when it came along. Scientists wonder which isolated places on Earth today will be the cradle of evolution for the next big environmental change.
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Human Brain Responds To Animals, Cute Or Creepy

A part of the brain called the amygdala has cells specialized to detect animals, researchers have found. One reason we have these cells may be that some animals posed a threat to our ancestors. But researchers also found cells that respond specifically to cute animals like puppies or bunnies.
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Polar Bear Scientist Was Accused By Federal Worker

The controversial "polarbeargate" investigation into Arctic researcher Charles Monnett originated when allegations of scientific misconduct were made by a "seasoned, career Department of the Interior" employee. Until now, what sparked the investigation had been a mystery.

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