Colombian Police Train Rats to Sniff out Landmines
May 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Hugh Bronstein, Reuters

Her name is Lola and she's at the top of her class of risk-running rodents being trained to sniff out landmines in Colombia, home to the world's highest number of mine-related deaths and injuries last year.

California Butterfly Numbers Near 40-Year Low
May 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

The number of butterflies migrating through the state has fallen to a nearly 40-year low as populations already hurt by habitat loss and climate change encountered a cold, wet spring, researchers said.

Glaxo Wins Injunction Against Animal Activists
May 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

GlaxoSmithKline Plc secured a rare high court injunction on Tuesday night against an unknown group of animal rights activists, preventing them from publicising names of its shareholders.

Indian Women Take 500-Year-Old Hunt to City Streets
May 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Dressed as men and armed with swords and spears, hundreds of tribal women in an eastern Indian state have taken an ancient hunting ritual to the streets, snatching domestic animals from frightened residents.

Chinook Finally Arriving at Oregon Dam
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Sarah Skidmore, Associated Press

Spring chinook salmon are finally moving up the Columbia River at Bonneville Dam, making their latest run on record.

Georgia to Revise Protected Species List
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Elliott Minor, Associated Press

The robust redhorse, a mystery fish that dropped off the scientific radar screen for 121 years until it was discovered in the Oconee River near Dublin, would become a rare, rather than endangered species, under a proposed new list of Georgia's protected species.

After Decades of Fear and Hostility, Are We Loving Orcas to Death?
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press

Orcas, actually a kind of dolphin found in all the world's oceans, are prime examples of what researchers call "charismatic megafauna," big critters with a passionate human following. But the species' San Juan population has paid a price for some forms of that adoration.

Dolphins, Like Humans, Recognize Names
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Bottlenose dolphins can call each other by name when they whistle, making them the only animals besides humans known to recognize such identity information, scientists reported Monday.

Some Vietnam Breeders Regain after Bird Flu Scourge
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Grant McCool, Reuters

Chicken breeders such as Huynh Thi Ba are just starting to break even more than two years into the avian flu epidemic that shattered the livelihood of some Vietnamese poultry farmers.

Hawaiian Waters Grow Crowded With Whales
May 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Alexandre Da Silva, Associated Press

Greg Kaufman says his whale-watching boat was doing everything by the book: cruising below 13 knots and staying 100 yards from any visible humpback as a crew member scanned the ocean atop a lookout.

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