Wildlife

Slow Down and Watch Out for Whales, Spain Tells Ships in Strait of Gibraltar
February 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Daniel Woolls, Associated Press

Spain wants ships to slow down and watch out for whales while passing through the Strait of Gibraltar, one of the world's busiest maritime routes. The recommendation drew praise Saturday from environmentalists who sought the measure for years to prevent collisions with whales.

Exotic Animals Seen Where Antarctic Ice Used to Be
February 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Spindly orange sea stars, fan-finned ice fish and herds of roving sea cucumbers are among the exotic creatures spied off the Antarctic coast in an area formerly covered by ice, scientists reported Sunday.

Chimps Using Spears to Hunt Bushbabies
February 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Nafeesa Syeed, Associated Press

Researchers have witnessed a chimpanzee skewering a lemur-like creature for supper, but it's unclear whether the spectacle was a bit of luck or an indication that chimps have a more advanced ability to hunt than was thought.

Number One Milk Company Says No to Clones
February 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

The nation's biggest milk company, Dean Foods, said Thursday it will refuse milk from cloned cows. The Food and Drug Administration gave preliminary approval to meat and milk from cloned animals and could grant final approval by the end of the year.

New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid
February 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

A fishing crew has caught a colossal squid that could weigh a half-ton and prove to be the biggest specimen ever landed, a fisheries official said Thursday.

Sea Turtles Returned to Gulf of Mexico
February 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

Nearly 90 sea turtles rescued after a cold snap left them comatose have been returned to the Gulf of Mexico. Jeff George, curator at Sea Turtle Inc., a nonprofit turtle rescue group on South Padre Island, said 42 of the endangered juvenile green turtles were released Tuesday and 46 on Wednesday.

Milk Thirst Threatens Rare Desert Oasis in Mexico
February 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Robin Emmott, Reuters

Mexican dairy farming is endangering an ancient oasis in the Great Chihuahuan Desert that scientists say can help them understand earth's beginnings, global warming and the chances of life on Mars.

Rare Loon Deaths in New Hampshire Faze Scientists
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Brian Early, Reuters

Scientists are struggling to explain the rare death of 17 loons in New Hampshire, saying warm weather may have confused the threatened species of bird which typically heads to the ocean for winter.

Israeli Chief Rabbi Issues Fur Edict
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Jews must not wear fur skinned from live animals, Israel's chief rabbi said in a religious ruling on Tuesday. Animal rights campaigners in Israel and abroad say that animals are skinned alive at fur farms in China.

South Africa Finalizes Lion Hunting Laws
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Clare Nullis, Associated Press

South Africa's environment minister announced long-awaited restrictions on hunting Tuesday, declaring he was sickened by wealthy tourists shooting tame lions from the back of a truck and felling rhinos with a bow and arrow.

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