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A Pelican Shows Us What It's Like To Fly

What happens when a young pelican needs help from humans? Say he gets lost and needs some pointers on learning how to fly. That was the case recently in Tanzania.
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To Save Endangered Tortoises, Conservationists Deface Their Shells

The ploughshare tortoise's ornate golden shell makes it a popular black market pet. In California, the Turtle Conservancy is trying to give the threatened species a second chance.
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Koala Escapes From Zoo, Naps And Then Gets Hungry

Mundu went missing from his exhibit at the San Diego Zoo on Tuesday. He escaped his enclosure and fell asleep — spending the day in a tree nearby. Zookeepers lured him back with eucalyptus.
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Team USA Hockey Player Adopts 2 Stray Dogs From Sochi

The stray animal population in the Russian resort town received a lot of international attention during the games. David Backes hopes his "Olympic souvenirs" will raise awareness.
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Pit Bulls One Step Closer To Losing 'Inherently Dangerous' Status In Maryland

Pit bull owners and the landlords who rent to them have been faced stricter liability concerns since a Maryland court ruling found them "inherently dangerous."

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Killers Were Tiny, Victims Were Huge At Chile's Whale Graveyard

Millions of years ago, dozens of the massive sea creatures washed ashore. Their fossils were discovered in 2011. Scientists have worked to figure out what killed them. Now they have an answer.
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Winter Blahs Got You Down? 'Crowboarding' Video Can Help

If the snow and ice have cramped your style, you might take cues on how to make the best of things from a crow. The bird was filmed using a jar lid as a sled, over and over.
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Deadly MERS Virus Circulates Among Arabian Camels

A new virus in the Middle East has sickened more than 180 people and killed an alarming 43 percent of them. But scientists haven't been sure where the virus originates or how people catch it.
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How Dogs Read Our Moods: Emotion Detector Found In Fido's Brain

Anyone who's had MRI knows how hard it is to lie motionless. But the dogs that participated in this brain-scanning experiment aced the test. Maybe the treats did it.
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Virginia Bill Would Discourage Pet Stores From Doing Business With Puppy Mills

The Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote on a Senate-approved bill aimed at making sure dogs being adopted in the state don't come from puppy mills.

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