Animals/Wildlife

8:57am

Fri October 4, 2013
World

Awww-some VIDEO: Little White Lion Cub Tries To Roar

Seven days old and roaring — or raring — to go. A white lion cub born last week at the Belgrade Zoo in Serbia.
Darko Vojinovic AP

3:16am

Fri October 4, 2013
StoryCorps

Out Of The Rat Race: Lucky Rodents Find Their Own 'Taj Mahal'

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 9:12 am

Dawn and Don Burke opened a rat sanctuary, The Rat Retreat, in their home in Boise, Idaho. Most people don't realize what affectionate pets rats can be, Dawn says.
StoryCorps

Dawn Burke had always thought of rats as filthy animals, she says, until her neighbor introduced her to his "soft and cuddly" pet rats. Years later, she stopped by a pet shop on a whim — and ended up coming home with a rat of her own.

From there, says Dawn's husband, Don Burke, "it grew very quickly from one rat to 72." Before long, the couple had opened a rat sanctuary in their home in Boise, Idaho.

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2:41pm

Tue September 24, 2013
The Salt

Global Love Of Bananas May Be Hurting Costa Rica's Crocodiles

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 12:22 pm

A Costa Rican banana worker carries a stalk of freshly harvested fruit on a plantation in Costa Rica, where many of the bananas that Americans eat are grown.
Kent Gilbert AP

Americans love bananas. Each year, we eat more bananas than any other fruit. But banana growers use a lot of pesticides — and those chemicals could be hurting wildlife. As a new study shows, the pesticides are ending up in the bodies of crocodiles living near banana farms in Costa Rica, where many of the bananas we eat are grown.

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1:58pm

Tue September 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Golden Eagle Attacks Deer, A Photo Of An Epic Confrontation

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 9:06 am

A camera trap captures a golden eagle attacking a young sika deer at Lazovskii State Nature Reserve in the southern Russian Far East on Dec. 1, 2011.
Dr. Linda Kerley via WCS

For decades, circumstantial evidence has shown that golden eagles do indeed attack large mammals like deer and even bear cubs.

But in a paper published Monday in the Journal of Raptor Research, Linda Kerley of the Zoological Society of London and Jonathan Slaght of the Wildlife Conservation Society unveiled stunning images of an adult golden eagle attacking and killing a young sika deer, weighing 88 to 100 pounds.

The images were captured by a camera trap the researchers set up to study Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East.

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12:01pm

Mon September 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Detroit Has Many Strays, But 'We're Not Tripping Over Dogs'

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 6:38 pm

A stray dog in Detroit last week.
Carlos Osorio AP

While there's a serious dog problem in Detroit, the initial results of an effort to count the number of homeless canines in the city indicate there are far fewer than the 50,000 strays that some news accounts have talked about.

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