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Caught For Fins, Sharks Die At Unsustainable Rate, Study Finds

The study estimates that 100 million sharks are killed globally every year. Shark populations are especially vulnerable because they do not reproduce quickly or early on in life. New protections are up for consideration at an international conference Sunday.
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In Alaska's Iditarod Sled Race, Vets Are A Dog's Best Friend

It's called the "Last Great Race on Earth" and spans nearly 1,000 miles. Along the trail, veterinarians will be there at checkpoints to make sure the dogs competing are healthy enough to make it through the final dash.
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A Kenyan Teen's Discovery: Let There Be Lights To Save Lions

Richard Turere, 13, put his father's cows in a pen at night. That's when the trouble would start. Lions would jump in the shed and kill the farm animals. One night he was walking around with a flashlight and discovered the lions were scared of a moving light. A light went on inside him and an idea was born.
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Wild Bees Are Good For Crops, But Crops Are Bad For Bees

When it comes to pollinating our favorite crops — from coffee to watermelon — honeybees can't do it alone. Wild bees in the field play a critical role in creating bumper crops, a massive new study reports. But these bees are disappearing, and scientists say the rise of crop monocultures is partly to blame.
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Runaway Bald Eagle Captured After 3 Days

When Sequoia, a bald eagle at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, got caught in a strong wind while spreading her wings at a local park, she took off. The San Jose Mercury News reports it took three days for the bald eagle's handlers to track her down.
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Underwater Hunger Artist: Giant Isopod Fasts For 4 Years

From Japan comes news of a giant isopod that knows all there is to know about the hunger game. How else to explain the fasting behavior of the animal that, his minders say, hasn't eaten in more than 1,500 days? The male giant isopod, known simply as No. 1, last ate on Jan. 2, 2009 — or, to put it in perspective, 18 days before President Obama began his first term.
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Federal Cuts Could Affect National Zoo

The federal cuts are expected to affect thousands of jobs, and may even shut down popular exhibits at the National Zoo.

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