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.

Penguins Corralled on Texas Highway after Accident
August 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Twenty-one penguins were rescued on a hot east Texas highway Tuesday after a truck carrying the wildlife to a temporary home south of Houston overturned, said a state trooper.

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.

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