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Jaguar Used In Olympic Torch Ceremony Escapes, Is Shot Dead

The Brazilian army says a soldier fatally shot the jaguar, which had slipped out of its leash shortly after it was displayed as part of an Olympic torch relay event in the Amazonian city of Manaus.
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The Future of Zoos

The recent shooting death of Harambe the gorilla has reignited debate over the role of zoos when it comes to conservation, education, and entertainment. A conversation about the value of modern-day zoos, and how they could look different in the future.


Fish Have Feelings, Too: The Inner Lives Of Our 'Underwater Cousins'

Jonathan Balcombe, author of What A Fish Knows, says that fish have a conscious awareness — or "sentience" — that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory.

Colorado Mother Fights Off Mountain Lion To Save Her Son

A Colorado woman managed to fight off a mountain lion that was attacking her 5-year-old son. During the harrowing rescue, she reportedly reached into the cat's jaws to free her child's head.

#NPRreads: Make A Wager On These 3 Stories This Weekend

Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.

After Protests, National Aquarium To Move Dolphins To Oceanside Site Under Human Captivity

NPR's Scott Simon talks to John Racanelli, CEO of the National Aquarium, about the decision to move eight bottlenose dolphins to an oceanside sanctuary.

National Aquarium Announces Plans For North America's First Dolphin Sanctuary

The aquarium says its decision is driven by new understanding of the needs of these highly intelligent mammals. It says a seawater habitat will better allow the dolphins to form social groups.

Alligator Grabs 2-Year-Old Near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

The animal attacked the child after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, pulling him into the water. Authorities believe the boy is dead.

To Fight Floundering Attendance, SeaWorld Turns To Roller Coasters

SeaWorld Orlando's new Mako rollercoaster is the area's fastest, longest and tallest coaster. It's a hypercoaster, designed for "airtime."

For The First Time In Decades, Herring Are Spawning In A Hudson River Tributary

The herring are spawning in New York's Wynants Kill tributary after a dam was removed. It's seen as an environmental success and is aimed at restoring the river's health.