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Dog Who Was Homeless For 10 Years Moves Into A Warm, Loving Home 27.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Donations are pouring in to make sure that a dog who spent the last decade outside in a New York City park will never want for anything, ever again. Charlie -- who is also known as Ricky -- had been seen around Highbridge Park in upper Manhattan for about 10 years before a group of residents banded together to save him this month. Post by Ricky Charlie Highbridge Park Dog . Neighbors like Yuliya Avezbakiyeva and her mother, who'd been bringing Charlie food for years, thought the dog seemed more vulnerable after the pack he used to spend time with disappeared over the last half-decade. Dog walker Denise Lauffer told The Huffington Post that recently, she'd felt Charlie seemed to be having trouble with his hips, too. They and and others grew even more concerned this winter after noticing their favorite wild canine wasn't eating the food that folks in the area left out for him. With the weather growing harsher -- the average minimum temperature in New York was 9 degrees the week that Charlie was finally ...
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Oregon Gray Wolf Population Rebounding, But Remains Fragile 26.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore., Feb 25 (Reuters) - Oregon's once decimated gray wolf population has rebounded to at least 77 animals, and the wolves are now pairing off and breeding across a wide region, state officials with the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife said on Wednesday. Gray wolves, native to Oregon but wiped out in the state by an eradication campaign in the early 20th century, first returned there in 2008 and have now spread out to multiple parts of the Pacific Northwest state. "The wolf population continues to grow and expand, and for the first time we've had wolf reproduction in southern Oregon," said Michelle Dennehy, spokeswoman for the state wildlife department. "And we had eight breeding pairs last year. We also documented six new pairs of wolves, and 26 pups." But as population growth triggers a review of state Endangered Species Act restrictions on harassing or killing wolves that threaten livestock, conservationists cautioned it remained too early to ...
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Maple The Dog Will Probably Be Your New Favorite Vine Star 25.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This is Maple . She's a fetching border collie/golden retriever/Sheltie mix that loves to hang out with her human, a multi-instrumentalist and fingerstyle guitarist that goes by the moniker Trench . A photo posted by Trench (@acoustictrench) on Sep 12, 2014 at 4:44pm PDT The duo have uploaded dozens of videos on Vine jamming to everything from Lady Gaga to Bob Marley.* *Make sure to hit the sound button in the bottom right hand corner of the Vine window. And despite the admittedly frigid winter that's hit much of the East Coast, Maple spends quite a bit of time playing in the snow, oh-so-majestically. A video posted by Trench (@acoustictrench) on Jan 10, 2015 at 7:03am PST Oh, and she's totally into throwbacks and is all about that cowbell. And just look at that nose. Take a look at some of Maple and Trench's other Vines here, and follow them on Instagram @acoustictrench ...
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Watch Adorable Baby Otters Adorably Eating Breakfast 24.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Breakfast has never been cuter. Just look at bits of food get stuck on the chin of one of these rescued baby otters! OK, so it's the pups who really supply the charm, but you get the message. The little critters can make anything more adorable. Post by Conservancy of Southwest Florida . This particular pair was found unresponsive in Naples, Florida, and taken to von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida by the hospital director herself, Joanna Fitzgerald. Both are doing much better , CSF staff wrote on Facebook. If breakfast isn't the most important meal of the day, these two have certainly made it the most ...
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This Is A Darlin' Of A Marlin 24.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It was a fight to the fin-ish. Brooklyn's own Kai Rizzuto, 16, was fishing with his grandfather off the coast of Hawaii last week when he caught a 1,058-pound, 14-foot-long blue marlin, according to CNN. It took 30 minutes to reel in the catch, which was about 300 pounds short of the International Game Fish Association's 1982 world record for blue marlin, CNN said. "It was jumping straight out of the water, fully breached, shaking its head trying to free itself," Kai told CNN. "I was really hoping and praying that nothing would happen to this fish and that it wouldn't break off [the line]." McGrew Rice, the captain of the fishing boat where Rizzuto caught the fish, told NBC News the marlin was "the fish of a lifetime." "That's like hitting a grand slam home run in the last inning of the World Series," Rice said. But the fish didn't go down without a fight, Rizzuto told the New York Daily News. "I've never felt anything close to that amount of force,” he said. “There's nothing I can compare it ...
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Lions Rescued From Circuses In Peru Get Their Teeth Fixed 21.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LIMA, Peru (AP) — King was unable to chew normally because most of his teeth had been pulled by the circus owners. Simba's front claws had been removed and his fangs broken. The lions were among 21 rescued from Peruvian circuses in 2014 by members of Los Angeles-based Animal Defenders International. Activists say the lions were kept in appalling conditions. "In the circuses they often break their teeth and remove their claws," said Eva Chomba, a Peruvian veterinarian with Animal Defenders. "It's a painful process in which they do not use anesthesia and those doing it are not veterinarians." On Friday, a team of veterinarians sedated King and Simba to perform dental surgery on the big cats, which weigh more than 160 kilograms (352 pounds) and are 17 and 7 years old, respectively. U.S. veterinarian Peter Emily, founder of the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, said a previous oral surgery on King had created a small hole between his mouth and nose that had become badly infected. The ...
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Biodiversity may reduce threat of disease 20.2.2015 Environmental News Network
Biodiversity level changes can have consequences for species and habitats around the world. A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, reaffirms previous findings that higher diversity in ecological communities may lead to reduced disease threat. The study concludes that higher amphibian diversity in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest is linked to a lower infection rate of a fungus that is devastating amphibian populations around the world. 
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Unprecedented California Sea Lion Strandings Linked To Warmer Pacific 19.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Mary Papenfuss SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 18 (Reuters) - The strandings of a record number of sea lion pups along the California coast this year are linked to a puzzling weather pattern that has warmed their Pacific Ocean habitat and likely impacted fish populations they rely on for food, federal scientists said on Wednesday. Some 940 stranded sea lions, mostly pups, have been treated by marine mammal centers in California so far this year, according to Justin Viezbicke, West Coast Stranding Coordinator for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That is well above the 240 strandings typically seen through April, and scientists suspect the emaciated pups are prematurely leaving Southern California sea lion rookeries to seek food on their own after their mothers failed to return swiftly from hunting trips to nurse. "These little pups, so desperate and so thin, are leaving the rookeries long before they're capable of hunting effectively," said Shawn Johnson, director of ...
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Hawaii Tropical Fish Collector Spared Jail After Scuba Scuffle 18.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Alex Dobuzinskis Feb 17 (Reuters) - A Hawaii diver who was catching tropical fish when he faced off underwater with a conservationist and ripped the breathing apparatus from her mouth pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a charge stemming from the scuba diving scuffle, a prosecutor said. Jay Lovell was diving when he was caught on camera on May 8, 2014, off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island, pulling the regulator off Rene Umberger, director of the coral reef conservation group For the Fishes. Umberger has said that at the time she and her group were videotaping Lovell and another diver as they collected fish for the aquarium trade, which is legal but nevertheless unpopular with conservationists. She reinserted the regulator, which is essential for breathing under water, and slowly swam back to the surface. Hawaii County deputy prosecuting attorney Jeff Burleson, who handled the case, said he has never encountered one in which a scuba diver is accused of using force against another diver. Lovell ...
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Sea Lion Pup Hitches A Ride On A Kayak In Santa Barbara Harbor 18.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
“ At first it felt like he was pushing the kayak . We felt him back there,” Rodney Gist told KTLA. “Next thing you know, I could tell he had climbed aboard.” Gist was on the kayak with his 10-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son while his wife and 8-year-old daughter watched from another kayak, KABC reported. " My wife is somewhat freaking out , thinking about this experience, this wild animal on board with us," Gist told KEYT. The family quickly bonded with the pup, which they nicknamed Cecil. "About five, 10 minutes in, I was able to touch him and pet him . He was putting his head up underneath my arm, trying to get on my lap," Gist told KABC. "I thought he was going to be slimy. He was more like a dry, short-haired dog is what it felt like." It's generally not a good idea to touch the wildlife. All animals, even adorable ones, can become aggressive. In 2012, singer Shakira learned this lesson when she was scratched by a sea lion in South Africa while trying to pet it . Gist said the pup stayed with ...
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This Friendly Porcupine Loves Corn On The Cob And Cuddles. He Represents So Much More. 18.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We almost couldn't imagine wanting to head to Alaska in the middle of winter, except that's where you'll find Snickers the friendly porcupine. Through his ridiculously photogenic love of cuddles and corn on the cob, Snickers serves as an ambassador for all the conservation efforts and four-legged creatures at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center -- including a small herd of bison that will be the first such mammals to roam the United States wild in over 100 years. Snickers was first picked up as a wee porcupette by a local firewood harvester. "The man took him home and Snickers lived with his family and even slept with his children!" says Scott Michaelis, AWCC's spokesman. "However, it is illegal to take an animal from the wild, so the Alaska Department of Fish and Game transferred the porcupine to AWCC." That happened in 2007. Snickers, who's about 7 now, has been at the AWCC's 200-acre sanctuary outside Anchorage ever since. There, on a typical day, this little prickler might be found up in a ...
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Tiny Oregon Minnow Is Now First Fish Taken Off Endangered Species List 17.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — It's official. A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe was to make the announcement Tuesday afternoon at a wildlife refuge outside Corvallis. The action comes 22 years after the 3-inch-long fish was first listed as an endangered species, and five years after it was upgraded to threatened. Paul Henson, Oregon director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, said the Oregon chub demonstrates that a lot of species can be brought back from the brink of extinction, if key needs are met, such as a safe place to live, even in an urban landscape. "This doesn't mean that all of a sudden it's hands off, and we never need to do anything for them," Henson said. "But we can at least put them back in the group of species that need attention, but don't need to go into the emergency room of the ...
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Punxsutawney Phil Offered Protection By New Hampshire Resort After Police Threats 15.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — The groundhog jokes continue in snowy New Hampshire, where there appears to be no end to winter.

A ski resort is offering asylum to Punxsutawney Phil after police in Merrimack posted a gag on Facebook looking for the Pennsylvania groundhog who predicted six more weeks of winter.

A spokesman for the Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford said Saturday that the resort is enjoying a great winter and is concerned with "the sensationalist attack on one of America's true winter heroes."

Merrimack Police Chief Mark Doyle says the joke campaign to get Phil was an attempt to lighten the mood after a series of snowstorms that have buried New England.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf responded by saying the state would do what is necessary "to protect our beloved weather-predicting groundhog."
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Meet Rudy, The Dog Who Is Being Raised With Science 13.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Rudy the staghound gets to enjoy a lot of the things that many pets do: trips to the beach, playtime at the dog park, napping on the couch. But Rudy's adventures and home life are examined a lot more closely than those of an ordinary pet, because he's being raised with science . That's how Australian canine researcher Mia Cobb puts it on a blog, charmingly called "Do You Believe In Dog?" , that she co-writes with fellow canine scientist Julie Hecht. "It means we're putting all that we know about what dogs need to live a healthy, happy and engaging life into practice," Cobb explains. "From using learning theory in how we train him, to what we know about how to familiarize young dogs with loud noises, how to enjoy visiting new places, what rewards are most effective to get the behavior we want, how to be comfortable being alone if we're not home, socializing him with other dogs, how to interact safely with adults and children -- there's been scientific research in all these areas and many more. "We're ...
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Endangered Monkey Deaths At Louisiana Zoo Blamed On Worker's Negligence 13.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
An employee's negligence on the coldest night of the year in central Louisiana killed two tiny endangered tropical monkeys last month, says the spokeswoman for the city of Alexandria. The employee had worked at the Alexandria Zoological Park since 2008 and admitted failing to properly check the cotton top tamarins on Jan. 7, Cynthia Jardon said. The black-and-white monkeys, which have a fan of white hair on their heads, are among the smallest new-world monkeys, topping out at a bit over a pound. They need temperatures of 76 to 85 degrees. The overnight low early Jan. 8 was in the teens. "As a result of this single person's act of negligence we lost Kate, 12 years old, and her 2-year-old baby girl," Jardon wrote in an email to The Associated Press. The 14-year-old male, Eddie, survived, Jardon said. Eddie was the largest of the three, and that bit of extra bulk may have saved his life, she said. He has been at the zoo since May 2008, joining Kate, who arrived in November 2007. Their daughter was called ...
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Cat On The Skylight Is A True Delight 12.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Skylights are a double-edged sword. They basically ensure that you will be woken up by the glaring sun earlier than you'd like to be. On the plus side, they look cool and sometimes a cat will sit on them. It is much better for a cat to be sitting on your skylight than biting your feet, jumping on your feet, scratching at your feet, etc. They like feet. Also, sometimes they try to prevent you from leaving the bathroom by pushing the door closed when you're trying to get out. Cats are surprisingly ...
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Emaciated Young Sea Lion Rescued From A San Francisco Boulevard 12.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Official say that an emaciated sea lion yearling that was probably looking for food was rescued along a major San Francisco boulevard, more than 1,000 feet from the ocean. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1zNt5la) the young male pinniped had dragged himself uphill, through shrubbery and over the busy road before being discovered Wednesday by two motorists. A park ranger driving through the area stopped to help and took the animal to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, where the ranger named him "Percevero," which mean perseverance in Latin. Officials say the sea lion weighs 28 pounds instead of a normal 80 pounds. Hundreds of sick and starving sea lion pups and yearlings are turning up on California beaches. But wildlife officials say it remains unclear what's separating the animals, who should be nursing, from their ...
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Wolf Shot In Utah Was Previously First Wolf Spotted In Northern Arizona In More Than 70 Years 11.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal wildlife officials say DNA tests confirm a wolf accidently shot by a hunter in Utah was the same one seen in the Grand Canyon area last year.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday the 3-year-old female killed in late December was the first wolf seen in northern Arizona in more than 70 years.


Spokesman Steve Segin says geneticists at the University of Idaho compared the DNA from the northern gray wolf killed in southwestern Utah with samples taken from the wolf seen near the Grand Canyon last fall.


Officials have said the Utah hunter mistook the wolf for a coyote. Wolves are protected in Utah under the Endangered Species Act, and officials are investigating the death.


The wolf had worn a radio collar since January 2014.

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The Story Of One Nebraska Family's Fight To Keep A Blind Baby Goat At Home 11.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
— KTIV News Four (@ktivnews) February 10, 2015 Refusing to be discouraged by the ordinance, the Williams family launched a petition asking the city council to allow them to keep Gizmo in their home and rallied members of their community to their cause. This week, the story of the family’s love for their pet goat has gone viral in Nebraska and beyond . On Tuesday, the Williamses -- with the encouragement of a “ large crowd of supporters ,” according to radio station US92 -- brought their petition before the city council. The family said they hoped the council would consider either changing the ordinance or making an exception for Gizmo, given his special needs. In the end, the council was willing to offer a limited compromise. According to US92, the council made the “emotional decision” to allow Gizmo to stay with the Williams family for 30 more days . “We do appreciate the city for allowing us to keep him so he can get stronger and hopefully he will be able to thrive out on the farm later on,” David ...
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Study: Cats, foxes behind Australia's alarming extinctions 10.2.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Australia has always been unique, from its geographical isolation at the bottom of the Earth to its infamous bevy of venomous creatures. Now, scientists have uncovered another unique -- and disturbing -- facet of Australian life: the country's mammals are going extinct at an alarmingly high rate, due in large part to a couple of critters with voracious appetites.
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