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Working Horses Can Now Breathe A Whinny Of Relief

The World Organisation For Animal Health has adopted its first standards to provide good care for equines — part of a broad agenda at its just-concluded powwow.
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New England, Back Away From The Seal Pups

Please do not take selfies with the animals, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration asks. It's pupping season, so there may be a tempting number of seals about this weekend.
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On The Trail Of The Wily Wild Hog

These descendants of wild boars were brought over from Europe decades ago. They're highly invasive and hugely destructive — threatening native bears and deer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Bella And Max Are Top Dog Names In New York City

Since 2008, Bella has been the city's most popular dog name. That's when the last of Stephenie Meyer's vampire-themed Twilight novels featuring heroine Bella Swan was published.
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Hunting And National Parks Don't Mix Except When It Comes To Feral Hogs

There's an aggressive hunting program going on in the back country of Great Smoky Mountains National Park targeting wild hogs. Hogs are invasive and hugely destructive to the natural environment.
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For Female Fruit Flies, Mr. Right Has The Biggest Sperm

It's not unusual for males to try to impress females with big body parts. Consider antlers on deer, or elaborate tails on peacocks. Some male fruit flies take a different approach: giant sperm.
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What Is The Meaning Behind The Moo?

Researchers are trying to figure out what cows are saying to each other — and us. Often, it seems that cows moo to communicate that something is wrong, or different.
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Why Your Dog Doesn't Respond To You When You're Angry

Researchers found that dogs responded more slowly when volunteers expressed negative emotions — like frowny faces, harsh tones and creased brows — while pointing to treats.
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We Followed A Snowy Owl From Maryland To Ontario

In the spring of 2015, a snowy owl named Baltimore was fitted with a backpack GPS transmitter. The data that transmitter collected over the past year shines a light on a mysterious species.
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Rhino-Horn Trade OK'd By South African Court, Lifting Domestic Ban

International trade of rhino horns is still banned, though illicit trade continues. South Africa has the world's largest rhino population; more than 1,000 were killed by poachers last year.

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