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After Losing Half A Beak, Grecia The Toucan Becomes A Symbol Against Abuse

After the famous toucan received a prosthetic replacement, it's story has helped spark a national movement against harming animals in Costa Rica, where a new anti-abuse bill is also gaining traction.

Why Do We Only See Dragonflies In The Summer?

NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Dr. Jessica Ware about dragonflies in this next installment of the summer series "What's Bugging You?"

Animal Rights Activist On Trial In Canada For Giving Water To Pigs

Anita Krajnc is facing charges of criminal mischief because she gave water to pigs bound for the slaughterhouse. If convicted, she could be sentenced to six months in jail or a $5,000 fine.

Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins Show Strain Of Not Getting Enough Sleep

It turns out dolphins are just like us — they need their sleep. Ann Garrett of the National Marine Fisheries Service explains a proposed rule that's intended to help the dolphins get some sleep.

Fish Killing Disease Shuts Down Stretch Of Yellowstone River In Montana

Results are in from a preliminary investigation into the fish killing disease that's caused the unprecedented closure of a long stretch of the Yellowstone River in Montana.

A Happy Ending For An Australian Ultramarathoner And Chinese Stray Dog

"This day is one of the best days of my life," Dion Leonard said after being reunited with his beloved dog, Gobi, ending a frantic search for the pup he met during an ultramarathon.

It's Been A Good Week For Goats

They're helping needy families in Cameroon as part of a Red Cross giveaway. And in Indiana, a kid got a soul serenade from Grammy winner Anthony Hamilton.

Extinct 'Micro Lion' Is Named For Sir David Attenborough

Microleo attenboroughi was a tiny, marsupial lion that lived some 18 million years ago. Paleontologists in Australia said they named it after the famed naturalist "for his dedication and enthusiasm."
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The New Science Of Animal Psychiatry

Dr. Nicholas Dodman talks animal psychology. He says animal emotions and thoughts can be treated more like our own. Why he believes we can improve the mental health of our pets, and what animals teach us about human medicine.


'Googly-Eyed' Stubby Squid Captures Internet's Attention

Researchers from the Nautilus exploration vessel came upon the bright purple creature with giant eyes. It may look like a cartoon character, but it's real. It's also pretty tough, a researcher says.