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Virginia Zoo Discontinues Keeper Aide Program

Volunteers at the Virginia Zoo can no longer work with exotic animals.

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Sniffing Out Bombs In Afghanistan: A Job That's Gone To The Dogs

Highly trained dogs are part of the U.S. military's fight against improvised explosive devices, which are the No. 1 killer of civilians and troops in Afghanistan. The dogs can search places that high-tech equipment simply can't.
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Young Adult Prairie Dogs Dig Living In Mom's Basement

Most animals leave their home turf when they reach adulthood to avoid competing with relatives. But here's an exception. More than three decades of dogged research shows that prairie dogs are more likely to disperse when all their family members are gone.
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Coroner: Zoo Intern May Have Been Killed After Lion Lifted Cage Handle

Dianna Hanson was apparently surprised by the big cat as she was cleaning an enclosure and talking on her cell phone to a co-worker.
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Elephant Poaching Pushes Species To Brink Of Extinction

Forest elephants in central Africa are being slaughtered in record numbers for their ivory tusks, a decade-long study finds. The U.S. government and wildlife advocacy groups are struggling to slow the killings as poaching is overcoming laws and treaties intended to protect the species.
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Kentucky City Fights Migratory Bird Invasion With Air Cannons, Lasers

Audie Cornish talks with Geoff LaBaron, an ornithologist with National Audubon Society, about a strange blackbird invasion in the town of Hopkinsville, Ky.

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