Wildlife

Ocean Dead Zone Off Oregon Dissipating
October 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

An ocean dead zone off Oregon that killed fish, crabs and sea worms in an area bigger than Rhode Island last summer lasted nearly three times longer than any of its predecessors before dissipating with autumn's change in the weather, scientists said Monday.

Bengal Tiger Gives Birth to Three Cubs
October 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Bengal tiger has given birth to three cubs while on a circus tour of the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, a media report said Saturday.

Belize Barrier Reef Suffers, Global Warming Blamed
October 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Mica Rosenberg, Reuters

A rainbow-hued parrot fish nibbles on a veined purple sea fan in the tranquil waters of Belize's barrier reef, the largest in the western hemisphere.

Four Dead, Hundreds Flee California Wildfire
October 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Jill Serjeant, Reuters

A brush fire blamed on arsonists swept through the desert hills near Palm Springs Thursday, killing four firefighters, sending residents fleeing and trapping hundreds more in a rural park for recreational vehicles.

Amazon Deforestation Lowest Since 1991
October 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Tales Azzoni, Associated Press

Deforestation in the Amazon rain forest has declined to its lowest level since 1991 due to strict enforcement of environmental regulations, the Brazilian government said Thursday.

Wildlife Officials Plan Rescue for Manatee that Made It 700 Miles up Mississippi to Memphis
October 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Woody Baird, Associated Press

A misdirected manatee apparently swam 700 miles up the Mississippi River to a chilly harbor near Memphis' downtown riverfront, prompting rescue plans by wildlife officials.

Study Reveals More Sharks than Estimated Killed for Fin Soup
October 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Up to four times more sharks than previously thought are being slaughtered to fill the increasing demand for shark fin soup, scientists said on Wednesday.

Washington Landowners to Help Pygmy Rabbits
October 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Shannon Dininny, Associated Press

On a sprawling central Washington wheat farm, state and federal officials signed a landmark agreement Tuesday to create a "safe harbor" for reintroduction of the tiny Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit.

Researchers Warn About Coral Reef Deaths
October 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Researchers warn that more than half of the world's coral reefs could die in less than 25 years, killed off by a deadly cocktail of rising sea temperatures, silt runoff from construction sites, algae and other toxic ingredients.

Indian UN Vet Treats Animal Victims of Lebanon War
October 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Alistair Lyon, Reuters

Amal al-Nimr flips a goat on its back in her muddy farmyard in south Lebanon to show the Indian vet how the shrapnel wound in its leg is healing.

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