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A Sea Lion's First Date At Smithsonian's National Zoo

Zookeepers at the National Zoo are excited to be introducing a a new male sea lion named Jetty to the population — the hope is he can get some needed genetic diversity to their harem.

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Police In Peru Treat Lost Penguin To Dinner

A penguin which apparently fell off of a truck led police on a wild, waddling chase. After finally apprehending the penguin, police took it to the station and prepared a meal of fish.
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Good Vibrations Key To Insect Communication

For some insects, sound waves or vibrations are the real social media — high-speed rumbles sent through the air and along leaf stems to help the bugs claim territory, send warnings and find mates.
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In Britain, Who's Tormenting The Queen's Swans?

Wild swans — which all belong by law to the queen — are among Britain's most cherished birds. But there's been an uptick in incidents of neglect and cruelty. Some swans are even being eaten.
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National Zoo Says Smaller Of Twin Panda Cubs Has Died

Washington's National Zoo says one of its two newborn panda cubs has died after three and a half days.
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1 Of The Twin Pandas Born At National Zoo Has Died

"We are sad to report that the smaller of the two panda cubs has died," the National Zoo announced Wednesday, in an update on the twin pandas that were born Saturday.
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Australian Wombat Is Looking For Love

Patrick is a celebrity at Ballarat Wildlife Park in Australia. He's got 30,000 Facebook followers. For his 30th birthday, he got a wheelbarrow. So like any good millennial, Patrick is now on Tinder.
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Another Sound From Nature Coming Up On Thursday's Show

There are the summer sounds we know: the buzz of a mosquito or the chirp of a cricket — and then there are the sounds we're only just discovering, like the thumping language of treehoppers.
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Decoding Nature: Ornithology Experts Solve A Double Mystery

We asked listeners to record sounds of backyard wildlife and invited the experts at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to identify them. Today's mystery sound comes from a listener in Boone County, Mo.
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'Pandamonium': It's Been A Decade Since Zoo's Panda Cam Went Live

The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is celebrating the weekend birth of twin pandas. The births were captured on the zoo's Panda Cam. (This essay first aired on August 26, 2005 on Morning Edition.)

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