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Mark Freeley with Storm, his 6-year-old English Labrador retriever, who pulled a fawn from Port Jefferson Harbor several days ago, in Port Jefferson - JOHNNY MILANO,NYT

Oh Deer! Hero Dog Saves Drowning Fawn

(DOGS/ANIMAL RESCUE) NEW YORK — A 6-year-old English Labrador retriever named Storm is making headlines after pulling a drowning baby deer to shore in Port Jefferson Harbor this past weekend. The heroic dog’s guardian was taking Storm for a walk Sunday when the dog suddenly dove into the water, swam out toward the fawn, grabbed the animal […]

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Cat sitting on steps

Mysterious Epidemic Killing Modern-Day House Cats

(CATS/PET HEALTH) Feline hyperthyroidism is an increasingly common problem in cats over the age of 10, and it’s become one of the most mysterious diseases in veterinary medicine. Vets regularly screen senior cats for hyperthyroidism nowadays, and typically around 10 percent are found to have the disease. While there is no known genetic predisposition for hyperthyroidism, studies link […]

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Photo Credit: Joshua Sokol via The Atlantic

People & Panthers: Can Humans Coexist With Big Cats?

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/BIG CATS) Endangered panthers are no longer on the brink of extinction in southwest Florida. Meanwhile, southwest Florida’s human population has grown at one of the fastest rates in the nation, and it shows no sign of stopping. Florida faces a challenge to preserve these big cats, but in order to do so, the […]

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Early victim: one of the more than 100 elephants poisoned in Hwange national park in September 2013. Photo Credit: AP

A Common Crime: 10 More Elephants Poisoned By Poachers

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/POACHING) In a major loss for the animal kingdom, 10 elephants–including a mother and her young calf–were poisoned by poachers at Zimbabwe’s Hwange national park last week. A bucket of poison (typically a dilute sodium cyanide solution and/or paraquat, an extremely toxic agricultural herbicide) was found near the scene and three arrests were made […]

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A protester at the March for Science in Philadelphia in April. Photo Credit: Mark Makela for The New York Times

Trump To Planet: Drop Dead

(CLIMATE CHANGE/OP-ED) Thursday marked a new low for President Donald Trump after he announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, the global plan to address and thwart climate change. Trump famously referred to global warming as a Chinese hoax during his campaign, and with this latest decision he’s recklessly asserting […]

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Why Does My Dog Circle Before Lying Down?

(DOGS/ANIMAL BEHAVIOR) Does your dog walk in a circle before he/she lays down? Experts claim the bizarrely cute ritual is most likely a habit residing from the days our dogs’ ancestors lived out in the wild. Circling around a spot is a way for dogs to subconsciously stamp down grass and leaves in order to […]

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‘How can we understand the miserable failure of contemporary thinking to come to grips with what now confronts us?’ Photo Credit: Piyal Adhikary/EPA

The Great Climate Silence: Denying Our Earth’s Decline

(CLIMATE CHANGE/GLOBAL WARMING) How can we plan for a future when we’re damaging the Earth in ways that threaten its very survival? Simply put, human activities are disrupting Earth’s ability to function. Yet despite surmounting evidence, influential voices–including our own president–claim nothing is happening and that scientists are deceiving us. But (believe it or not) […]

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Approximately 50 percent of sea turtles around the globe ingest plastic. Photo Credit: ShutterStock

Shell-ebrate World Turtle Day! Save Sea Turtles From Extinction

(TURTLES/OCEAN CONSERVATION) Today, May 23 marks World Turtle Day! Effective since 2000, World Turtle Day is a time to celebrate turtles and tortoises, and bring awareness to their diminishing habitats. While sea turtles have been around for millions of years, all seven sea turtle species are currently classified as endangered, with some facing extinction. Activists […]

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Kenya the lion was one of the animals euthanized at Lion's Gate Sanctuary. Photo Credit: Lion's Gate Sanctuary

Senseless Slaughter: Colorado Sanctuary Controversially Euthanizes All Of Its Animals

(ANIMAL NEWS/WILDLIFE SANCTUARY) Lion’s Gate Sanctuary in Central Colorado suddenly euthanized all 11 of their animals–which included 3 lions, 3 tigers, and 5 bears–after Elbert County commissioners denied the refuge’s request to move to a nearby, more urban location, citing safety concerns. The wild animal sanctuary maintains the animals had to be euthanized because recurring […]

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Buyers and sellers at Zhoushan fish market. China has depleted the seas close to home. Photo Credit: Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

The King Of The Sea? How China’s King-Sized Appetite Is Sinking The Global Fishing Industry

(OVERFISHING/OCEAN CONSERVATION) As the world’s biggest seafood exporter, China has the largest fleet of deep-sea fishing vessels and an enormous population that accounts for more than a third of all fish consumption worldwide. However, this insatiable demand has a drastic impact on our world’s oceans as desperate fishermen are sailing farther to exploit waters across […]

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