Animals/Wildlife

12:14pm

Thu February 28, 2013
The Two-Way

In Maui, Wild Chicken Spurs Power Outage At Airport, Surrounding Area

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 2:31 pm

Why are so many feral chickens crossing the road in Maui? To get a rental car, of course.
Stephanie Federico NPR

A roaming chicken's close inspection of a transformer caused a power outage and brief delays at Maui's Kahului Airport this week. The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon, when the bird wandered into a transformer at the airport's rental car area, leaving parts of the facility without power for more than an hour.

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3:12pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Guinea Pigs Could Help Autistic Children

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 11:18 am

A guinea pig does its part for science and human relations by sitting on the lap of an autistic child.
Erin Burnett Courtesy of Maggie O'Haire

Feeling a little awkward? Consider skipping the alcohol and grabbing a pet instead.

As any dog walker knows, it's easy — unavoidable, even — to strike up conversations with strangers when accompanied by a canine friend. Smaller animals like rabbits and turtles can also lubricate social interactions.

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8:57am

Wed February 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Man Killed By Shark Off New Zealand Beach

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 9:06 am

People grieve outside New Zealand's Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club after the fatal shark attack at Muriwai Beach on Wednesday.
Phil Walter Getty Images

Authorities think it was a great white shark that was responsible for a fatal attack on a swimmer Wednesday off a beach near Auckland, New Zealand — the first such incident in at least four years.

Adam Strange, a 46-year-old filmmaker, was swimming about 650 feet off Muriwai Beach on Wednesday afternoon when witnesses on shore saw the attack by what authorities estimate was a 12- to 14-foot great white.

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7:15am

Wed February 27, 2013
Animals

PHOTO: Is That A Porcupine In A Tree?

Today we learned that porcupines are excellent tree climbers and spend most of their time up on the branches.
Credit Ann Hough, National Elk Refuge volunteer / USFWS

5:31am

Wed February 27, 2013
Animals

Runaway Bald Eagle Captured After 3 Days

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 5:39 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renée Montagne. Bald eagles are the definition of cool, but apparently they spook easily. So when Sequoia, a bald eagle at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, got caught in a strong wind while spreading her wings at a local park, she took off to other suburbs. The San Jose Mercury News reports it took three days for the bald eagle's handlers to track her down. And then she was treated with a feast of mouse and quail. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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