Animals

Fans mourned Koko's passing, and the foundation's website experienced excessive traffic on Thursday.
June 21, 2018 - 5:35 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Koko the gorilla, whose remarkable sign-language ability and motherly attachment to pet cats helped change the world's views about the intelligence of animals and their capacity for empathy, has died at 46. Koko was taught sign language from an early age as a scientific test...
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June 21, 2018 - 3:32 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man who ran through a New Hampshire apartment complex terrorizing residents while naked, also threw glass at police officers and beat a dog before being hit with a stun gun and arrested. The Concord Monitor reports that 28-year-old Irakoze Ildephonse had appeared high on...
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In this photo taken in May 2018 in Canada and provided by Interpol on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, a Canadian wildlife officer inspects a Polar Bear pelt for trade compliance. International police agency Interpol said a giant operation against illegal trade in wildlife and timber resulted in millions of dollars-worth of seizures and the identification of 1,400 suspects across the world. (Interpol via AP)
June 20, 2018 - 8:57 pm
PARIS (AP) — Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers. The live animals recovered in the stings included turtles in...
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June 19, 2018 - 7:08 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho couple has sued the U.S. government, saying their teenage son still suffers headaches after a predator-killing trap that federal workers mistakenly placed near their home doused him with cyanide. Mark and Theresa Mansfield of Pocatello filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S...
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This June 11, 2018 photo provided by the National Park Service shows a mountain lion kitten identified as P-68. This is one of four new mountain lion kittens found by researchers studying the wild cats living in Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains. They’re the first litter of kittens found in the Simi Hills, a small area of habitat between the Santa Monica and Santa Susana mountains ranges just north of Los Angeles. (National Park Service via AP, File)
June 19, 2018 - 1:14 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Four new mountain lion kittens have been found by researchers studying the wild cats living in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains, wildlife officials announced in video posts Tuesday showing the blue-eyed babies meowing and one feisty one hissing and even...
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June 19, 2018 - 8:10 am
HELSINKI (AP) — An improvised method of getting rid of a snake in a garden by spraying it with gasoline kicked off a chain reaction that ended up with a house on fire in southern Finland. Finnish public broadcaster YLE reported Tuesday that some of the flammable liquid spread by an ill-fated...
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Colombia's President Elect Ivan Duque celebrates his victory in the presidential runoff election, in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Duque defeated Gustavo Petro, a former leftist rebel and ex-Bogota mayor. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
June 18, 2018 - 2:36 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Uncertainty loomed over Colombia's fragile peace deal on Monday with the victory of one of its most hawkish critics in a bruising presidential runoff that laid bare deep divisions in the South American nation as it emerges from decades of bloody conflict. Ivan Duque, a law-...
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Artist Christo attends the unveiling of his first UK outdoor exhibit, The London Mastaba, on the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, central London, Monday June 18, 2018. The sculpture consists of 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels on a floating platform in the lake. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
June 18, 2018 - 9:14 am
LONDON (AP) — The ducks, geese and hardy cold-water swimmers in London's Hyde Park have a new neighbor: a monumental floating structure made from 7,506 stacked barrels colored bright red, mauve and blue. "The London Mastaba," unveiled Monday, is the latest installation by Christo, a master of...
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This 2017 photo provided by the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden shows Ali, a bull elephant that once lived at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch briefly escaped its enclosure on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville, Fla. The zoo said the elephant wandered through a gate that was accidentally left open and wound up in a courtyard. (Jacksonville Zoo and Garden via AP)
June 18, 2018 - 8:11 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An elephant that once lived at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch briefly escaped its enclosure at a Florida zoo. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens posted on Facebook that Ali the bull elephant wandered through a gate that was accidentally left open Sunday and wound up in a...
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This undated photo provided by Rich Hatfield shows a western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis) lands on Canada goldenrod. The Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas for Idaho, Oregon and Washington that started this month aims to accumulate detailed information about bumblebees with the help of hundreds of citizen scientists spreading out across the three states. (Rich Hatfield/The Xerces Society via AP)
June 17, 2018 - 12:20 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hundreds of citizen scientists have begun buzzing through locations across the Pacific Northwest seeking a better understanding about nearly 30 bumblebee species. Bumblebees, experts say, are important pollinators for both wild and agricultural plants, but some species have...
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