Wildlife

Eggs Hatching for Aurora the Octopus
April 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Aurora -- with all eight of her arms -- held tight to her dream of motherhood. The aging Giant Pacific octopus, a resident of the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, embraced her maternal instinct and was rewarded this week as her eggs finally began hatching.

Wholphin -- Part Whale, Part Dolphin -- Born in Captivity in Hawaii
April 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeanette J. Lee, Associated Press

A rare whale-dolphin mix has given birth to a playful female calf, said officials at a Hawaii water life park.

Baby Rhino Named for Designer Marc Ecko
April 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Designer Marc Ecko, who made a rhino logo into a fashion statement, now has a zoo rhino named in his honor.

Columbia River Spring Salmon at New Lows
April 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

Usually by now the Columbia River's spring chinook salmon are heading upstream over fish ladders in the tens of thousands to spawn. But not this year.

Mo. Pups Could Boost Gray Wolf Population
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Taylor, Associated Press

The endangered Mexican gray wolf population could swell by 10 percent this spring, after two wolves in captivity gave birth this weekend, and three more are expecting.

U.N. Presses India to Save Tigers
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Bulman, Associated Press

Even in their own reserves, they are rampantly poached for their "lucky" collar bones, fashionable skins and decorative claws. When they flee onto human territory, they are poisoned, electrocuted, shot or trapped. There is nowhere left for India's dwindling tiger population to turn.

Wal-Mart to Fund Wildlife Habitat
April 13, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, pledged Tuesday to spend $35 million compensating for wildlife habitat lost nationwide beneath its corporate "footprint."

Japanese Whaling Ships Leave for Controversial Research Hunt off Northern Coast
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Six ships left a port in northern Japan on Monday for a whale hunt in an offshore research program that critics have denounced as a cover for commercial whaling.

Sheep and Insects to Help Kill Exotic Weeds in Arizona Forests
April 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

Three of Arizona's national forests will soon be providing a smorgasbord for weevils, flies, moths, beetles and sheep. The critters are expected to be sent in as early as this summer to munch on dangerous and invasive weeds that are harming endangered and threatened native plants and wildlife.

Engineers Redesign Roads to Save Moose
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Trudy Tynan, Associated Press

At night on a dark country road, all that the headlights catch are the shadowy legs the size of tree trunks rising out of the pavement. Standing six feet at the shoulder, weighing up to 1,000 pounds, with massive antlers more than five feet across, moose tower over automobiles and have no fear of them.

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