Fungus Blamed for Washington Porpoise Deaths
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A microscopic fungus native to Australia and blamed for the death of people and animals in British Columbia is now linked to the deaths of porpoises and at least one cat in Washington state.

Groups Find Colorful Bird in Colombia
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Lauren Drake, Associated Press

A colorful bird new to science has been discovered in a previously unexplored Andean cloud forest, spurring efforts to protect the area, conservation groups have announced.

Once All but Disappeared, Texas Bighorn Sheep Now Numerous Enough for Hunting
October 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Betsy Blaney, Associated Press

Bighorn sheep had all but disappeared about 50 years ago from the West Texas mountains where they once flourished. Now there are so many that they're being hunted.

Book Predicts Great Lakes Water Fight to Heat Up
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Peter Annin recalls staring in horror at what had been the coast of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan, now a wasteland strewn with scrub brush and corroded hulls of abandoned fishing boats.

Pakistani Villagers Taught Animal Care in Wake of Quake
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Waheed Khan, Reuters

For a community that lives off its livestock, caring for animals hasn't been a strong point in the villages of Pakistan's Sirin Valley. It is only in the wake of last year's horrendous earthquake that some fresh ideas have arrived to shake up a community that has been following the same wasteful practices for generations.

Hungry Critters Attack NYC Ships, Piers
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Samanth Gross, Associated Press

New York's waterfront is getting cleaner, and bothersome river critters not seen in hundreds of years are once again attacking wooden ships and piers.

War Disturbs Turtles in Unlikely Lebanese Refuge
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Alistair Lyon, Reuters

Ghost crabs scuttle along an empty beach in south Lebanon, but other predators have already eaten the last green turtle hatchlings of the season -- foxes driven from the hills by Israeli-Hezbollah fighting.

U.S. Pet Lovers Send Dentistry to the Dogs
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Alexandria Sage, Reuters

Welcome to the office of Anson Tsugawa, one of the 100-plus certified veterinary dentists around the world whose daily routine ranges from cleaning to capping canine teeth, root canals to reconstructing jaws.

Illegal Ivory Trade Prospers in Angola
October 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The Cafe del Mar looks like any other expensive restaurant on Ilha de Cabo, the fashionable beach playground for foreigners and rich Angolans in Luanda. But it has a special attraction: a small but well stocked curio kiosk with neat rows of ivory carvings.

Mad Deer Disease May Spread With Saliva
October 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press

Deer probably spread a brain-destroying illness called chronic wasting disease through their saliva, concludes a study that finally pins down a long-suspected culprit. The key was that Colorado researchers tested some special deer.

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