Wildlife

Scientist Says Dolphins are Dim-Wits
August 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Dolphins may have big brains but a South African-based scientist says lab rats and even goldfish can outwit them. One scientists says the super-sized brains of dolphins, whales and porpoises are a function of being warm-blooded in a cold water environment and not a sign of intelligence.

Whales Strike Out in Collisions with Ships
August 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz, Reuters

Collisions between whales and ships have become a fact of life in areas around Japan's main southwest island of Kyushu as well as the sea that separates South Korea and Kyushu, with about a dozen incidents reported in the past two and a half years.

Israeli Zoo Animals Show Signs of Stress
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Delpine Mathieussent, Associated Press

The baboons got stressed, the lions got fat and zoo officials worry the antelopes might have heart attacks. After 34 days in indoor shelters, many of the animals at the Haifa Zoo got a breath of outdoor air -- if not a taste of freedom -- for the first time on Tuesday.

Blue Whale Ancestor Was No Gentle Giant, Report Claims
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A ferocious-looking fossil with sharp teeth found in Australia shows that ancestors of today's toothless blue whales were not all "gentle giants", a report said on Wednesday.

Bringing Back the Woolly Mammoth -- Maybe
August 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Descendants of extinct mammals like the giant woolly mammoth might one day walk the Earth again. It isn't exactly Jurassic Park, but Japanese researchers are looking at the possibility of using sperm from frozen animals to inseminate living relatives.

Australian Farmers Called to Report Ugly Sheep
August 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A campaign called "Xtreme sheep" aims to study sheep with undesirable wool features to unlock the genetic makeup of the prized merino and ensure production of its high quality fleece.

Two Pairs of Panda Twins Born in China
August 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Two more pairs of panda twins have been born at Chinese breeding centers, the latest in a mini-baby boom for the rare, endangered animals, government media reported Sunday.

China Delays Animal Hunt Licence Auction
August 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China on Friday postponed an auction that would have allowed foreign companies to bid for licences to hunt wild animals following a public backlash, state media reported.

Wisconsin Banned From Killing Gray Wolves
August 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press

A federal court has issued a preliminary injunction barring Wisconsin from killing gray wolves, siding with animal welfare and environmental groups that argue the killing violates the Endangered Species Act.

Feds Agree to Review Rare Nevada Butterfly
August 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Federal officials agreed Tuesday to conduct a yearlong review of whether a rare Nevada butterfly at one of the largest sand dunes in the West should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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