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Cincinnati Wants A Hippo For Christmas

The Cincinnati Zoo hasn't had a hippopotamus for a long time, but it's building a new exhibit and hopes to acquire a breeding pair. It'll take another $6 million to bring the hippos home, so this year, zookeepers are singing "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" to raise the money. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to zoo director Thane Maynard.
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Human Error, Not Zebra, Responsible For National Zoo Attack

An investigation into a zebra attack at National Zoo last month concluded that it was a mistake by the handler which allowed the incident to happen.

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WATCH: Goats Escape Avalanche

A herd of goats make a seemingly miraculous escape from an avalanche in the Alps.
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Fishery Closure Puts New England's Shrimp Season On Ice

After several years of declining shrimp stocks, regulators have imposed a moratorium on shrimping in New England waters. The closure could hurt commercial fisherman and future demand for the Gulf of Maine shrimp, but scientists say the move may be the only way to prevent the population from collapsing.
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Family Fun For Winter Break

Whether you've got relatives in town for the holidays or need to entertain the kids over winter break, we've got some ideas for fun and unusual things to do in our area.

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Some Stranded Whales In Fla. Moving Out To Sea

Rescuers say that they've spotted at least 20 pilot whales in deeper water — a positive sign after the animals were discovered beached in a remote area of the Everglades on Tuesday.
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Time Is A Factor As Groups Try To Rescue Stranded Whales

Wildlife groups will be back on the scene Thursday off the coast of Southwest Florida where more than three dozen pilot whales are stranded in shallow water. At least 10 of the whales have beached and died. Officials are not optimistic about the outlook for a rescue.
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Polar Bear Researcher Gets $100,000 In Settlement With Feds

The Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management admits no liability in the whistle-blower case brought by the scientist. The agency says it agreed to the settlement to avoid litigation costs.
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Man Killed In Shark Attack Off Maui

A shark bit the dangling foot of a kayaker who was fishing between Maui and Molokini, a small island that is a popular diving and snorkeling spot.
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VIDEO: Eagle Snatches Camera, Flies Away, Takes Great Selfie

Watch what happens as a bird in western Australia lifts off with a camera and then pecks away at the lens after carrying the device about 70 miles. It's the latest in a series of fascinating scenes from eagle cams.

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