Animals/Wildlife

4:21pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Shots - Health News

Salmonella Undermines Hedgehogs' Cuteness Overload

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 2:19 pm

We have no reason to think this little guy isn't clean as a whistle, but some hedgehogs carry salmonella.
Flickr

Salmonella is one of the most common illnesses people get from food. Undercooked ground beef is risky. And some of the biggest recalls ever involved eggs potentially contaminated by the bacteria.

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1:27pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Owls Spin Their Heads Without Tearing Arteries

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 5:56 am

How does a great gray owl do that? Now we know.
Martin Meissner AP

The human neck is a delicate stem. Torque it a bit too much, and the carotid and vertebral arteries can rip, causing deadly strokes. People have torn their neck arteries riding roller coasters, doing yoga, going to the chiropractor, being rear-ended in the car – even leaning back for a beauty-parlor shampoo.

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6:26am

Wed January 30, 2013
Around the Nation

Seagull Attacks A Vatican's Dove Of Peace

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 8:44 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

The Caravan of Peace is an annual march at the Vatican. As Pope Benedict looked on, two doves, symbolizing peace, were released into St. Peter's Square. It was beautiful until a seagull assaulted one of the doves. Time magazine got one of the finest headlines ever seen outside The Onion: Pope's Dove of Peace Attacked by Seagull of Irony. But the symbolism grew deeper when the surprisingly tough Dove of Peace fought off the much larger seagull.

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2:28pm

Tue January 29, 2013
Animals

Killer Kitties? Cats Kill Billions Of Creatures Every Year

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 12:29 pm

Out For Lunch? Researchers estimate that billions of birds and small mammals are killed by cats in the U.S. annually.
Vishnevskiy Vasiliy iStockphoto

The battle between cat lovers and bird lovers has been going on for a long time. Cats and birds just don't mix. But trying to get a handle on how many birds and other animals are being killed by cats isn't easy. Just figuring out how many cats there are is tough enough.

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4:35pm

Mon January 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Westminster Dog Show Welcomes Two New Breeds

Tank, a treeing Walker coonhound dog, sizes up Legs, a Russell Terrier.
Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images

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