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Parrot missing for years returns speaking Spanish A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — and the bird now speaks Spanish. The reunion was brought about by a Southern California veterinarian who mistook Nigel, an African gray parrot,... - Posted on October 17, 2014
Cat, dog, lasers: A senior portrait to remember A teenager and his cat, a principal and her dog, and lasers. They all came together in Draven Rodriguez's senior portrait. It ended up with him holding his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, and Schenectady High School Principal Diane Wilkinson holding her Chihuahua, Vivienne. The 16-ye... - Posted on October 8, 2014
Invading bullfrogs will eat almost anything! An invasion of American bullfrogs that will eat just about anything, including each other, is spreading downstream along Montana's Yellowstone River. They pose a potential threat to native frogs, government scientists say. Bullfrogs were found in surveys along a 66-mile stre... - Posted on October 7, 2014
Wall of walrus: 35,000 come ashore in Alaska What's the plural of walrus? Walrus. Pacific walrus that can't find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska. An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed Saturday about 5 miles north of Point Lay, accordi... - Posted on October 7, 2014
Ever seen a wirehaired viszla? The wirehaired viszla and the coton de tulear are the latest breeds to be added to the nation's premier dog competition. It's the Westminster Kennel Club show, set for Feb. 16-17. The wirehaired viszla is a rugged, versatile hunter conditioned to withstand frosty Hungarian w... - Posted on October 6, 2014
Falcon couldn't see. Now it flies with better eyes. With a huff, and a puff, and a turn of her head to the side, Banner the lanner falcon announced Monday afternoon that yes, she had made it through her surgery just fine, thank you. Would everyone please stop staring at her now? Banner belongs to Jim and Nancy Cowan at the Ne... - Posted on October 3, 2014
How do dolphins sleep without drowning? Dolphins aren't like fish, which can breathe underwater. They're mammals and they have to get to the surface to breathe air periodically. And a lot of them – like everyone's favorite, the bottlenosed dolphin – can only hold their breath for seven minutes or so.... - Posted on October 2, 2014
Want a job with no pay, lousy hours and stinky? Help Wanted: No pay, hours can be lousy, and sometimes it stinks. That plea from animal shelters and rescues across the country doesn't sound very appealing. But thousands of volunteers answer the call every day. "I don't know how we could function without volunteers,... - Posted on October 1, 2014
How do you cheer up an unhappy ape? With a harp! Terri Tacheny long enjoyed taking her young daughters to Como Zoo in St. Paul, except for the Primate House, where she thought the gorillas, orangutans and monkeys often seemed to lack energy. Her solution was a little music. Now Tacheny, a volunteer, plays once a month for ... - Posted on September 30, 2014
Officials catch cougar roaming Utah neighborhoods A young mountain lion was let back into the wild Monday, a day after roaming into a Salt Lake City neighborhood and forcing dozens of families to stay inside their homes for hours. No people or pets were injured. But the hunt for the 2-year-old cougar caused quite a commotio... - Posted on September 25, 2014