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  • Some Argentines turn to unusual pandemic pets for comfort

    Millions of people have found solace during the pandemic in cuddling a dog or cat. For a few, comfort comes in other forms — those of a horse or a pig, perhaps a possum-like sugar glider or even a tarantula.
  • Wiggling twin panda cubs are born at the Madrid Zoo

    MADRID (AP) — Madrid’s panda family grew Monday with the birth of twin cubs, a boost to the popular species that is considered China's national treasure.
  • Ex-UK Marine leaves Kabul with dogs, cats but no local staff

    LONDON (AP) — A former U.K. Royal Marine who waged a high-profile campaign to leave Afghanistan with almost 200 rescued dogs and cats has flown to safety — with the animals, but without his charity’s Afghan staff, who were left behind in Kabul.
  • Second beluga in failing health after move to Connecticut

    Mystic Aquarium says that a second of the five beluga whales it imported in May from a marine park in Canada is in failing health.
  • Aquarium chair: Dressing-room video wasn't 'boys being boys'

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — When a high-ranking woman at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium spotted a security camera in a room where visiting workers changed clothes, it should have prompted a swift investigation and an apology to the women who were “accidentally and unintentionally” recorded, but instead it was hushed up for six months, an internal investigation found.
  • Hundreds of volunteers help crews tackling Turkey wildfires

    MUGLA, Turkey (AP) — Actor Tevfik Erman Kutlu was on a break from filming in Istanbul when wildfires that devastated swaths of southern Turkey first erupted.
  • Giant panda in French zoo gives birth to 'lively' twin girls

    PARIS (AP) — A giant panda on loan to France from China gave birth to female twin cubs early Monday, a French zoo announced, declaring “they are very lively, pink and plump.”
  • EXPLAINER: What’s making mid-Atlantic songbirds sick?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A mysterious ailment has sickened and killed thousands of songbirds in several mid-Atlantic states since late spring. While scientists are still racing to confirm the cause, it seems juvenile birds may be most susceptible. The U.S.
  • Mexican wolf breeding program gets boost from zoo

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Five gray wolf pups born at Mexico City’s Chapultepec Zoo are giving a boost to efforts to broaden the endangered species’ genetic diversity amid continuing efforts to reintroduce the animals to the wild decades after they were reduced to captive populations.
  • US bans dogs brought in from 100 countries with rabies risk

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials Monday announced a one-year ban on bringing in dogs from more than 100 countries where rabies is still a problem.

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