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More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters Are Superheroes Of The Marsh

Sea otters are furry and photogenic, but those aren't the only reasons to save them from extinction. Turns out that just by eating, they can preserve their entire estuarine ecosystems.
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Mega-Irruption Of Snowy Owls Will Continue, Just Not In D.C. This Year

A once-in-a-century irruption of snowy owls last year prompted sightings of the birds across the D.C. region, including one famously at The Washington Post building. Scientists don't expect a repeat this year.

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How Can You Tell If Your Goat Is Happy? Now We Know!

Farmers raise millions of goats. But little has been known about how to tell if a goat is doing OK — until now. A new study reveals the signs of a happy ruminant.
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Electric Eels Jolt Their Prey By Remote Control

The electric eel creates its own electricity, sure. But Vanderbilt University professor Ken Catania tells NPR's Scott Simon that what's shocking is how the eel uses it to remotely control prey.
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Chicago's Orphaned Otter 'Pup 681' Gets A Real Name

The southern sea pup now known as Luna was found on a beach in California in October. She was transferred to the Shedd Aquarium, where a naming contest was held this month.
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Birds Of A Feather Aren't Necessarily Related

Geneticists have revised the evolutionary tree of birds, revealing some unlikely relationships.
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Venison As Benison: Food Banks Score From Deer Overpopulation

With the start of hunting season, wildlife managers are tackling the overabundance of deer in parks around the country. Some of that meat is being salvaged and processed to distribute to the hungry.
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New York City Council Will Weigh Ban On Horse-Drawn Carriages

The city council gets the controversial bill at Mayor Bill de Blasio's request, one day after the editorial board of The New York Times urged, "Dump the bill. Keep the horses."
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When A Stray Dog's In Trouble, Katmandu's Canine Rescuers Jump To It

The city is home to some 20,000 strays. They roam the streets, they beg for food, they howl and fight at night and they often need medical help.
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Chlorine Gas Leak In Chicago Disrupts 'Furries' Convention

At least 19 guests were treated and released at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, where several thousand people, many dressed as animal characters, were attending the annual Midwest FurFest convention.

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