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Cat Fight In Rome: Beloved Shelter Faces Closure

Stray cats prowl freely among many of the city's ancient monuments. At the Torre Argentina ruins, a cat shelter has been caring for felines for two decades. But archaeological officials now say the shelter, built in the foundations of an ancient temple, must be closed.
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Caught: Lobster Cannibals Captured On Film Along Maine Coast

Gotcha! An underwater camera caught large Maine lobsters gobbling up their younger brethren along the coastline. Biologists think this turn to cannibalism may be due to a recent spike in the Maine's lobster population, combined with a decrease in the numbers of their natural predators.
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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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