Wildlife

Washington Abuzz with Arrival of Snow Leopard Cub
August 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Sandra Maler, Reuters

Washington diplomatic circles were abuzz Tuesday with the imminent arrival of a new foreign dignitary -- an orphaned snow leopard from Pakistan.

China to Let Tourists Hunt Endangered Species
August 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China is to auction licences to foreigners to hunt wild animals, including endangered species, a newspaper said on Wednesday. Hunting of animals is popular with Chinese who like to eat exotic meats or use animal parts in medicines for their perceived aphrodisiac or medicinal properties.

Gray Birds Cover 40,000 Miles Annually
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Sooty shearwaters may not look like much, but when it comes to travel they put marathoners, cyclists and pretty much everyone else to shame.

Giant Panda Gives Birth to Giant Cub
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A giant panda has broken two records in China by giving birth to the heaviest cub born in captivity after the longest period in labour, an exhausting 34 hours, Xinhua news agency said.

Florida Manatee Takes Rare New York Tour
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Marine preservationists said a manatee had swam up the Hudson River past Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and then 100 miles upstate. It was the first confirmed sighting of the mammal in New York in 10 years.

New Shrimp Nets Help Save Troubled Fish Stocks
August 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Fishing nets with "exit holes" being introduced under a project to salvage depleted world fisheries are helping shrimp trawlers reduce unwanted extra catches by up to 70 percent, a U.N. study showed on Sunday.

Sea Urchins Dying Off California Coast
August 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hundreds of dead or dying purple sea urchins have washed up into tide pools at a Southern California marine refuge center in recent days, but no one is certain what is killing them.

Experts Think DNA Technique May Save Whales
August 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Australian researchers said Thursday that analyzing the skin flakes of some whales could help determine their age, a development that could invalidate one argument for killing them.

NASA Joins Search for Elusive Woodpecker
August 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

NASA used a laser-equipped research aircraft to fly over the Big Woods area of the Mississippi Delta to learn more about the ivory-billed woodpecker's potential habitat, the U.S. space agency said Thursday.

Israelis Work to Save Pets Abandoned Because of Hezbollah Attacks
August 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Delphine Matthieussent, Associated Press

A government official says up to a few thousand pets may need to be fed or rescued, in part because hundreds of thousands of Israelis have fled northern Israel over the past three weeks.

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