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Spineless, And Now Homeless: National Zoo Closes Animal Exhibit

Invertebrates make up about 99 percent of all species. But they're no longer being featured at the National Zoo after the exhibit was shuttered due to budget issues.
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Summer Has Arrived And So Have The Great Whites

A new report finds a big jump in the number of great white sharks off the East Coast — up to 5,000 of them.
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National Zoo To Unveil Three New Asian Elephants This Week

The National Zoo is adding three new Asian elephants to its herd, and they will make their public debut this week.
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LA Mountain Lion A Poster Cat For California's Rat Poison Problem

Reports that Griffith Park's famous four-legged resident became ill from exposure to rodenticides have heightened concerns about the use of the poisons in California.
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Black Bear Captured, Tranquilized In Bethesda

Michael England, with the Rockville Police, says officers tried to direct the bear away from commercial and residential areas. It was later tranquilized and transported to a wooded area.
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New York Passes Bill To Outlaw Tattooing Pets

Getting Fido inked or pierced, except for purposes of medical identification, will be against the law in New York after Gov. Cuomo signs the measure.
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Inside The Oyster Research Lab Known As The 'Room of Doom'

Is there a turning point at which Chesapeake Bay oysters fail to survive? That's the question Smithsonian researchers are trying to answer.

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Goats In The City? Making A Case For Detroit's Munching Mowers

Goats aren't allowed in Detroit, but billionaire Mark Spitznagel thinks they could help revitalize blighted neighborhoods. Goat raisers in other cities say the animals can be eco-friendly landscapers.
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Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat?

Museums are filled with dead insects, birds, fish, mammals and reptiles meticulously gathered worldwide in the name of scientific discovery. But some researchers now say scientists should think twice.
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Red Fish, Blue Fish: Where The Fish Flesh Rainbow Comes From

From ruby red tuna to turquoise lingcod, the fish we eat can span the color spectrum. Flesh color can also tell us something about where a fish came from, its swimming routine and what it ate.

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