Animals/Wildlife

10:45am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

In Close Vote, 'Monkey See' Readers Chose Cats Over Dogs; What Say You?

Nikon (left) and Zoia, two pals in Poland.
Janek Skarzynski AFP/Getty Images

We're curious about whether Two-Way readers agree or disagree with Monkey See readers about this "important" issue:

Which is better: cats or dogs?

Your Two-Way hosts know which way we would vote. But we would never, ever try to influence anyone's opinion with stories about the tail-wagging, barking, "I'm so glad to see you!" greetings we get when we arrive home each evening.

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7:55am

Wed November 14, 2012
Europe

In Berlin, A Boar Of A Story

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 8:29 am

Some 3,000 wild boars are estimated to roam Germany's capital. This 2008 picture provided by the Berlin Forestry Commission shows a sow and her offspring that decided to make their home outside an apartment building. Recently, a wild boar attacked and injured four people in a Berlin neighborhood.
Thorsten Wiehle Berlin Forestry Commission

"PIGS" are a hot topic in Germany's capital.

Attend any press briefing about how German Chancellor Angela Merkel is going to solve the European debt crisis, and you're likely to hear that acronym, which stands for "Portugal, Ireland (or Italy), Greece and Spain."

But recently, pigs of an altogether different variety made headlines in Berlin.

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1:49pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Shots - Health News

Malaria-Like Disease Follows Lyme's Path In New England

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 11:07 am

As white-tailed deer have returned to New England in the past century, they've brought with them tick-borne parasites that cause human diseases.
marcinplaza iStockphoto.com

There's more than deer lurking in the New England woods these days.

Diseases carried by ticks that hitch rides on deer are rising in the Northeast, researchers said Monday at a meeting about tropical diseases.

In particular, babesiosis — a disease that mimics malaria — is catching up with Lyme disease in some communities.

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3:45am

Sun November 11, 2012
The Salt

Wild Turkeys Gobble Their Way To A Comeback

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 1:38 pm

European settlers almost wiped out North America's native wild turkey. But conservation efforts have proved successful. There are now nearly 7 million birds found across 49 states.
Larry Price, National Wild Turkey Federation NWTF.org

Wild turkeys and buffalo have more in common than you might guess. Both were important as food for Native Americans and European settlers. And both were nearly obliterated.

There were a couple of reasons for the turkey's decline. In the early years of the U.S., there was no regulation, so people could shoot as many turkeys as they liked. And their forest habitat was cut down for farmland and heating fuel. Without trees, turkeys have nowhere to roost. So they began to disappear.

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10:22am

Mon November 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Boy Killed By Dogs At Pittsburgh Zoo: Onlookers' Screams 'Just Kept Coming'

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 11:28 am

A security guard closes the gate at the Pittsburgh Zoo, where a 2-year-old boy was killed Sunday.
John Heller AP

Witnesses describe a horribly heartbreaking scene Sunday at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium after a 2-year-old boy fell into an exhibit housing wild African dogs.

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