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For the Birds

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Today, a lady with a bird in her backyard upends our whole sense of what we may have to give up to keep a wild creature wild.

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Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The plight of the nearly 30-year-old polar bear, who lost his enclosure mate two years ago, has attracted attention from well-wishers the world over who want him moved.

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Fresh Air

Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.

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Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.

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An Animal Makes A $10,000 Deposit, But Not At The Bank

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Beverly Hills auction house has an unusual fossil for sale. It's not an ancient animal. It's something an ancient animal left behind — and it's very, very long.

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All Things Considered

Thousands Of Migrating Birds Take Their Layover In A Texas Parking Lot

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For one month every summer, hundreds of thousands of purple martins stop by an abandoned shopping mall parking lot in Austin, Texas, on their way to the Amazon Basin. Reporter Luke Quinton visited this year's roosting and offers a glimpse of the phenomenon.

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Morning Edition

'Our Birds': Migratory Journeys Converge In Baltimore Gardens

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A program that provides food and shelter to migratory birds has enlisted immigrant women in the effort. "When I see them here," says one woman, "it reminds me of my garden back home in Mexico."

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All Things Considered

Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Florida native Lauren Arrington discovered that invasive lionfish, which usually live in the ocean, could survive in nearly fresh water. The 12-year-old's experiment blew away professional scientists.

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400,000+ Sign Petition To Move 'Sad Bear' To Better Life In Canada

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Arturo the polar bear, living in a cramped and hot zoo enclosure in Argentina, is the subject of an online campaign that includes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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In Tracking Bats, It Helps To Find Them Adorable

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Julia Hoeh is a bat tracker. For $350 a week plus basic housing in rural Tennessee, she stays up long after midnight to affix radio trackers to bats and collect samples of their DNA.

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Morning Edition

When It Comes To Thinking, 2 Fish Heads Are Better Than 1

Friday, July 18, 2014

Maybe we can learn from fish — they don't call a group of them a school for nothing. Researchers found that when 2 fish swim together, they make better decisions than when 2 fish are swimming alone.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Great White Sharks Are Making a Comeback in NY and NJ

Thursday, July 17, 2014

After decades of decline, the population of great white sharks seems to be increasing off the Northeast coast.

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Dogs Carry Kissing Bug Disease In Texas And Latin America

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

From shelter mutts to show dogs, Texas canines are getting a parasite that causes heart problems in people. Dogs don't spread the parasite directly to humans. But they help to make it more prevalent.

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WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School

Friday, July 11, 2014

The largest school of the tiny fish seen in 30 years was spotted earlier this week off La Jolla, Calif.

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Elephant Featured In Film 'Alexander' Killed By Thai Poachers

Friday, July 11, 2014

The 50-year-old Asian elephant, named Phlai Khlao, was apparently poisoned before his tusks were hacked off. Thai authorities are questioning a suspect who is a former elephant handler.

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All Things Considered

Plants Know The Rhythm Of The Caterpillar's Creep

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

According to new research, plants can hear the sounds of insects chewing. A University of Missouri study reports that plants can recognize the sound of a predator using the vibrations of their leaves.

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Study Shows Penguins Endangered By Waning Antarctic Ice

Sunday, July 06, 2014

A new study argues emperor penguins should be classified as an endangered species because of shrinking ice. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with scientist Hal Caswell, who co-authored the study.

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All Things Considered

Pigeons Fly In Fear As Rufus The Hawk Guards Wimbledon's Grass

Saturday, July 05, 2014

At the tennis tournament this year, as in years past, a Harris hawk named Rufus has been soaring above the stadium. His job is to keep pigeons from trespassing onto the iconic grass on Centre Court.

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Oh, Pooh: Bear Cub Gets Head Stuck In Cookie Jar

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A plastic jar of animal crackers was too enticing for a young bear in New Jersey, which got its head irretrievably wedged

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Morning Edition

Ukraine Wants Its Dolphins Back

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

When Russia invaded the Ukrainian area of Crimea, it also seized Ukraine's military dolphins. A Russian news site reports Ukraine demands Russia return the dolphins as it has other military equipment.

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