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Fictional King Kong Mirrors Odd Island Facts
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters
King Kong may be a far-fetched creation of Hollywood but scientists say the big ape has some basis in biological fact: Animals on islands often evolve into gigantic versions of their mainland kin.
Conservation Officers Shoot Whales after New Zealand South Island Stranding
January 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Wildlife officers shot 41 pilot whales that beached on New Zealand's South Island, the Department of Conservation said.
New Orleans Aquarium Restocking after Huge Hurricane Losses
January 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Sharon Cohen, Associated Press
Like New Orleans itself, the aquarium is now on a long road back. And like the city, the revival will depend, in part, on hardy holdouts and returning evacuees, some still living far away.
Tiny American Pika Seen Headed toward Extinction
January 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters
Human activity and climate change may be pushing the tiny American pika toward extinction in the mountains of western North America.
Rare Seabirds Being Spotted in California
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Scientists are stumped about why thousands of rare seabirds are suddenly being spotted on land in Northern California.
Experts Say British Ladybugs in Danger
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Rashi Khilnani, Associated Press
British ladybugs are in danger of being overrun by insects from Central and Southeast Asia that are encroaching on their food supply, experts said.
Idaho Ranchers Can Kill Wolves Harassing Livestock
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters
The image of a wolf howling at the moon has long embodied the American West, but that romantic symbol is about to get a taste of harsh reality in Idaho.
Zoo Boise Works on Plan for Environmental Education
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman
Ten Northwest zoos and aquariums have formed an alliance designed to help folks make smart choices that could protect species found in the Northwest.
Caviar Smugglers Seen Foiling 2006 Export Rules
December 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Illegal caviar sales via the Internet and lax policing are likely to let smugglers of the delicacy thrive in 2006 despite tighter world trade rules from Jan. 1, a major importer predicted Wednesday.
Ho, Ho, Swat: Festive Flies Drive Australians Crazy
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - James Regan, Reuters
Australians would be smart to keep their mouths shut and clothes on this holiday season. Christmas comes at the height of summer Down Under and summer brings flies -- billions of them.