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Researchers Examine The Ways Of Southern Coyotes

The number of coyotes in the Deep South is growing, but biologists know relatively little about their habits across the south and how they are diverging from their cousins out west.

Rats Blamed For Bubonic Plague, But Gerbils May Be The Real Villains

Rats have had a bad reputation ever since they were blamed for spreading bubonic plague. But perhaps the blame was misplaced. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the roles of rodents.

U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

Birders especially know that Cuba harbors hundreds of rarely seen, little-studied species. As the island nation opens to more U.S. visitors, scientists hope "green Cuba" can survive increased tourism.

Marine Biologist Eugenie Clark Remembered As Passionate Shark Advocate

During a career that spanned almost 75 years, Dr. Eugenie Clark was one of the world's foremost marine biologists and defender of sharks. Clark died Wednesday at the age of 92.

South Korea Cafe Lets Patrons Hang Out With Sheep

You may have heard of cat cafes — a spot where you can have coffee and play with resident cats. And now in the South Korean capital Seoul, there's a sheep cafe.

An Owl Is Attacking And Injuring Residents Of A Netherlands Town

Drones aren't the only airborne worry in Europe this week. An aggressive owl is terrorizing the Dutch town of Purmerend. Hormones, perhaps? Or maybe it's just hungry.
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Sale Of Pets From 'Puppy Mills' Facing Tighter Restrictions Under Virginia Bill

The bill limits pet shops to selling dogs that were obtained from humane societies, public or private animal shelters and qualified breeders.

Eyelashes Grow To Just The Right Length To Shield Eyes

Eyelashes keep dust out and fend off drying breezes, a study finds. To do that they need to be a very precise length. Extra-long fake eyelashes hurt more than they help.

Gerbils Likely Pushed Plague To Europe in Middle Ages

Shifts in climate in the Middle Ages likely drove bubonic plague bacteria from gerbils in Asia to people in Europe, research now suggests. Rats don't deserve all the blame.

Good News: More Crops! Bad News: More Plague!

Tiny patches of Tanzanian farmland contain more rats than do nearby forests. These rats are more likely to carry the bacteria that cause the plague in humans.