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Overrun By Otters, Illinois Reinstates Trapping Season

More than 15,000 otters in Illinois are pilfering fish from fishermen and disrupting the local ecosystem. To deal with it, the state is allowing an otter trapping season for the first time in 87 years, starting this month. Bob Bluett, a biologist from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, joins Steve Inskeep to talk about the otter inundation.
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Apes, Humans Share A Happiness Dip Mid-Life

Host Scott Simon talks with University of Edinburgh professor Alex Weiss about his new study on ape well-being. He found that apes, like humans, experience a U-shaped pattern of life satisfaction that dips in middle-age, commonly known as a mid-life crisis.
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Virginia's Winter Crabbing Season Extended Two Weeks

Crab fisherman in Virginia's Chesapeake Bay are being allowed two extra weeks of fishing time this year to compensate for the heavy disruption to the season caused by Hurricane Sandy.

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Obama To Pardon 2 Thanksgiving Turkeys

As the story goes, pardoning a turkey dates back to President Lincoln, when his young son Tad begged his father to let the White House Thanksgiving meal live. On Wednesday, Obama pardons Cobbler and Gobbler.
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Moonlighting As A Musician... When You're An Animal

An elephant at the National Zoo is moonlighting as a musician these days. Does her harmonica-playing equate to music?

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Turkeys En Route To White House For Presidential Pardon

Two turkeys are taking the trip of their lives — from Rockingham County to the Rose Garden this week, where they are to be pardoned from appearing on someone's dinner table, a Thanksgiving tradition.

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Pig Genome Project May Pave The Way For Better Bacon

Scientists have sequenced all of the DNA in the cells of a female pig. While this information will likely be used to create happier pigs that get sick less often, it could be used to create tastier pork products.
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A Millipede That (Almost) Lives Up To The Name

No millipede actually has 1000 feet--but the species Illacme plenipes comes closest, with up to 750. Etymologist Paul Marek, who rediscovered the rare species a few years ago in California's coastal mountains, calls counting legs and measuring millipedes a "guilty pleasure."

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