Animals

In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 photo, University of Washington School of Medicine researcher Daniel Promislow, the principal investigator of the Dog Aging Project grant, rubs the head of his elderly dog Frisbee at their home in Seattle. Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Hoping to shed light on human longevity, scientists need 10,000 pet dogs for the largest-ever study of healthy aging in canines. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
November 14, 2019 - 7:18 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists are looking for 10,000 pet dogs for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope old dogs can teach us new tricks, or even shed light on human longevity. The project launched Thursday will collect a pile of pooch data. And a small group will test a pill that could...
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Mac's Mission animal rescue founder Rochelle Steffen holds a 10-week-old golden retriever puppy with a small tail growing between his eyes, dubbed "Narwhal," Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Jackson, Mo. The puppy's condition has led to widespread online notoriety and, Steffen said, a flood of adoption offers. (Tyler Graef/The Southeast Missourian via AP)
November 13, 2019 - 7:04 pm
JACKSON, Mo. (AP) — A rescued puppy is attracting a lot of attention because of his resemblance to a unicorn. The nearly 10-week-old puppy, named Narwhal, has a tail-like appendage growing from his forehead. Narwhal was rescued over the weekend and sent to Mac’s Mission in Jackson, which...
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Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg waves from the 48-foot (15-meter) catamaran La Vagabonde as it departs Salt Ponds in Hampton, Va., on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. Thunberg left North America on a return trip across the Atlantic hitching a renewable-energy ride with an Australian family aboard their catamaran. (Rob Ostermaier/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
November 13, 2019 - 12:24 pm
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg hitched a renewable-energy ride back to Europe on Wednesday, sailing into the Atlantic on a trip she hopes will get her to Madrid in time for another climate conference, and then home for the holidays. Thunberg tweeted as she took to...
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A gin tasting session is held at the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, near Mossel Bay, South Africa, Monday, Oct. 23, 2019. After about five sizeable bags of dung are collected for a batch of 3,000 to 4,000 bottles of the gin, the droppings are dried and crumbled, then washed to remove dirt and sand. Eventually only the remains of the fruits, flowers, leaves and bark eaten by the elephants are left behind. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
November 12, 2019 - 3:50 am
MOSSEL BAY, South Africa (AP) — The makers of a South African gin infused with elephant dung swear their use of the animal's excrement is no gimmick. The creators of Indlovu Gin, Les and Paula Ansley, stumbled across the idea a year ago after learning that elephants eat a variety of fruits and...
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Former White House strategist Steve Bannon arrives to testify for the federal trial of Roger Stone, at federal court in Washington, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Al Drago)
November 08, 2019 - 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's campaign viewed Roger Stone as an "access point" to WikiLeaks and tried to use him to get advanced word about hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton that the anti-secrecy group released during the 2016 presidential race, a former top presidential adviser...
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In this Oct. 22, 2019, photo, plastic sits in the decomposed carcass of a seabird on Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Midway is littered with countless bird skeletons that have brightly colored plastic protruding from their now decomposing intestines. Bottle caps, toothbrushes and cigarette lighters sit in the centers of their feathery carcasses. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
November 07, 2019 - 1:15 am
MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. But on the ground, there's a different...
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A man holds bones of the previously unknown primate species Danuvius guggenmosi in his hand in Tuebingen, Oct.17, 2019. Palaeontologists have discovered fossils in southern Germany that shed new light on the development of the upright corridor. (AP Photo/Christoph Jaeckle)
November 06, 2019 - 8:09 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The remains of an ancient ape found in a Bavarian clay pit suggest that humans' ancestors began standing upright millions of years earlier than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday. An international team of researchers says the fossilized partial skeleton of a male ape that...
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In this Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 photo, Hatty's primary handler and victim witness specialist Stephanie Coehlo, left, holds the black lab as Hatty is sworn in by Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx at the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. Hatty will provide comfort and assistance to young and mentally disabled victims of sexual assault and violence. (Camille Fine/Chicago Tribune via AP)
October 31, 2019 - 12:51 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — It was a real dog of a ceremony this week during a swearing-in at the state's attorney's office in Chicago. The newly sworn-in worker is a Labrador retriever named Hatty. The 2-year-old will be on a 9-to-5 human schedule. But she's being asked to work like a dog, to just do what...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2011, file photo, two Koalas climb a tree at a zoo in Sydney, Australia. Conservationists fear hundreds of koalas have perished in wildfires that have razed prime habitat on Australia’s east coast. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
October 30, 2019 - 4:52 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Conservationists fear hundreds of koalas have perished in wildfires that have razed prime habitat on Australia's east coast. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital President Sue Ashton said she hoped wildlife carers would be allowed to begin their search of the fire zone for...
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Brazil's Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo speaks during a press conference on the Defense Committee's action in response to the ongoing oil spill on beaches in the northeast region, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. Since the start of September, a mysterious oil spill has sullied almost 250 beaches on Brazil's northeastern coast. According to the Navy, which is overseeing an investigation, its primary hypothesis is that the oil it spilled from a boat navigating off Brazil's shore. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
October 29, 2019 - 9:05 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Navy said Tuesday it is preparing for an oil spill to possibly reach one of the country's largest coral reef systems, amid public outcry regarding the government's early response to the spill. Adm. Leonardo Puntel said three ships are already onsite at the reef with...
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