Wildlife

Albatross Migration Attracts Celebrities, Punters
May 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

With electronic jockeys on board and carrying the hopes of celebrity owners and punters from around the world, 17 unlikely athletes have taken off in an endurance race deemed by some as the toughest in the world.

United Nations Meet to Seek Safer Ways to Kill Insect Pests
May 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A U.N. meeting this week will seek new ways to kill mosquitoes and termites as part of a plan to bolster a 2004 ban on use of a "dirty dozen" toxic chemicals. Some pesticides on the blacklist of 12 industrial toxins are still in use to keep humanity's worst insect foes at bay even though they have been blamed for deaths, cancers or birth defects in humans and animals.

Government Researchers Locate Concentration of Lost Fishing Nets
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Researchers using satellites and aircraft have located a concentration of lost or abandoned fishing nets that drift through the oceans posing a danger to fish and other wildlife.

Hybrid Catfish Nears Commercial Use
May 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Garry Mitchell, Associated Press

Like any farmer, catfish growers have a taste for higher yields. Now after three decades of research, a hybrid catfish developed at Auburn University may satisfy that appetite for profit. There are other hybrids in the ponds -- strains of catfish crossed naturally -- but Auburn's hybrid catfish is the first manually fertilized for commercial use, according to its developers.

Exploding Toads May Have Been Pecked by Birds for Their Livers, Veterinarian Says
April 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Surman, Associated Press

What's making toads puff up and explode in northern Europe? More than 1,000 toad corpses have been found at a pond in an upscale neighborhood in Hamburg and over the border in Denmark after bloating and bursting.

Gorilla Gossip Scotched by Ugandan Reappearance
April 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Daniel Wallis, Reuters

A family of "missing" gorillas reappeared in Uganda, scotching speculation in the national media that they had been lured to neighbouring Rwanda. Ugandan wildlife officials have consistently scoffed at the flurry of conspiracy theories in the Ugandan national press, which accused Rwanda of spiriting the apes away to beef up its tourist trade.

Zoo Reverses Vasectomy on Bush Dog
April 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Cheryl Wittenauer, Associated Press

Three yapping, cuddly South American bush dog pups at the Saint Louis Zoo are making fertility history among wild canids, with implications for the rest of the animal world.

Kangaroo Leather Sales Bill Advances in California
April 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

California lawmakers gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would lift the state's blanket ban on the sale of products made from kangaroo leather.

35 More Wild Horses Killed in the West
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Thirty-five more wild horses rounded up in the West were slaughtered Monday, but the Interior Department acted quickly to save the lives of 52 other mustangs by enlisting last-minute financial help from Mustang sports car maker Ford Motor Co.

Australian Officials Announce Wild Camel Cull
April 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Meraiah Foley, Associated Press

Thousands of wild camels in Australia's Outback will be shot and killed from helicopters as part of an attempt to control the animals' burgeoning numbers, a state official and local media said Tuesday.

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