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Russian School Kids Entertain Lion Cub

An elementary school pet is typically an animal that can be kept in a terrarium or small cage. For a short time, some Russian village kids cared for a far wilder creature. They found a lion cub after it escaped from the trunk of a car. Waiting for police to come and take it to a local zoo, the kids played with it in the gym.
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Bengal Tiger Killed At Richmond Zoo

A white Bengal tiger is dead after being attacked by another tiger at a Richmond zoo.

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The Sight Of Road Kill Makes A Pretty, Data-Rich Picture

Scientists and citizens are filling up a database on dead critters with their smartphones. The EpiCollect app pulls data such as location, speed limit and the carcass's condition. Wildlife ecologist Danielle Garneau says the project tracks animal movement and may help protect species in the future.
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National Zoo Unveils New 'Conservation Carousel'

The National Zoo is unveiling a new solar-powered attraction with a carousel that highlights the figures of endangered species.

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Will Florida Pythons Slither To Rest Of The U.S.?

Researchers from the University of Florida, National Geographic and other groups say Burmese pythons may not be as likely to spread across the Southeast U.S. as previous researchers have warned. Cold weather may beat them back.
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Overrun By Otters, Illinois Reinstates Trapping Season

More than 15,000 otters in Illinois are pilfering fish from fishermen and disrupting the local ecosystem. To deal with it, the state is allowing an otter trapping season for the first time in 87 years, starting this month. Bob Bluett, a biologist from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, joins Steve Inskeep to talk about the otter inundation.
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Apes, Humans Share A Happiness Dip Mid-Life

Host Scott Simon talks with University of Edinburgh professor Alex Weiss about his new study on ape well-being. He found that apes, like humans, experience a U-shaped pattern of life satisfaction that dips in middle-age, commonly known as a mid-life crisis.
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Virginia's Winter Crabbing Season Extended Two Weeks

Crab fisherman in Virginia's Chesapeake Bay are being allowed two extra weeks of fishing time this year to compensate for the heavy disruption to the season caused by Hurricane Sandy.

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