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Texan Mama Dog Does It Bigger – Gives Birth to 20 Puppies

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They say everything is bigger in Texas. For one pregnant mama dog in Tyler that goes for litters of puppies, too. Image Lynn Marsh Harty Facebook Luna is a heeler lab mix who was picked up by Smith County Animal Control on a county road in Winona. It was obvious that labor was going to […]

New Plan for Bears Ears National Monument Draws Fire over Tree-Clearing

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When President Donald Trump in 2017 shrank Bears Ears National Monument by about 85 percent, tribal leaders, conservationists, and outdoor recreationists were aghast. The redrawn boundaries cleared the way for oil and gas drilling on once-protected land, they warned, and left out gravesites, artifacts, and other cultural resources held sacred by local tribes.  Now those […]

Heroic Pit Bull Saves Woman from Vicious Stabbing, Finds Forever Home

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Dogs protect their handlers in warzones and in law enforcement. Pups are known to stand up for their human family in the face of a threat. But what about a dog that has no connection to a human? One homeless Pit Bull didn’t need an emotional attachment to save someone. When he saw a woman […]

These Photos Reveal the Pollination Secrets of Florida’s Most Elusive Flower

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The ghost orchid is one of the rarest and most mysterious flowers in North America. Until recently, scientists could only guess at how the 2,000 or so plants that cling to the trees in Florida’s remote old-growth swamp forests are pollinated—no one had ever photographed the event before. The ethereal flowers thrive in difficult-to-access, flooded forests […]

UK Government Introduces Tougher Punishments for Animal Cruelty

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The United Kingdom’s Parliament approved a new bill to protect some of their most vulnerable inhabitants from harm. The new law is aimed at keeping animals safe. The Parliament also increased potential prison sentences. Three cheers to the UK! Law of the Land The new Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill has a harsh sentence for people […]

The Female Scientist Who Discovered the Basics of Climate Science—And Was Forgotten By History

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Two hundred years ago today, on July 17, 1819, Eunice Foote was born. Thirty-some years later, the amateur climate scientist made the remarkable discovery that when sunlight shines on carbon dioxide in a closed container—our atmosphere, for example—heat builds up inside. Carbon dioxide's warming ability is fundamental to climate science, and it explains why our […]

Hear the Wild Way Magnificent Frigatebirds Attract Mates

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This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide. 190807-magnificent-frigatebird-drum-roll.mp3 Transcript: This is BirdNote. Male birds give it their all to get a female’s attention during the breeding season. Some males sing, and some build intricate nests. But then […]

A Simple Technology Could Help Stop Birds From Colliding With Power Lines

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During spring migration, more than half a million Sandhill Cranes visit the shores of Nebraska’s Platte River, a critical stopover where the species has roosted for thousands of years. But for some unlucky birds, this ancient place of respite is a modern deathtrap. Every year, dozens to many hundreds of cranes suffer deadly collisions with two […]

Did This Plant Evolve to Look Like a Bunch of Hummingbirds?

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In nature, mimicry is often more than just flattery: Everything from baby birds to caterpillars use this strategy to avoid being bugged or eaten. But is that the case with a flower whose uncanny resemblance to a hummingbird could be more of an optical illusion than evolution? The question stems from a viral Reddit thread […]

Is My Dog A Healthy Weight?

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Food is one way we express love to our dogs. We love to watch them get excited about a heaping serving at mealtime and we enjoy seeing them get excited over between-meal treats. Just like with humans, though, we have to be careful to give our dogs the right balance of food and activity to […]