Animals/Wildlife

2:41pm

Tue September 24, 2013
The Salt

Global Love Of Bananas May Be Hurting Costa Rica's Crocodiles

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 12:22 pm

A Costa Rican banana worker carries a stalk of freshly harvested fruit on a plantation in Costa Rica, where many of the bananas that Americans eat are grown.
Kent Gilbert AP

Americans love bananas. Each year, we eat more bananas than any other fruit. But banana growers use a lot of pesticides — and those chemicals could be hurting wildlife. As a new study shows, the pesticides are ending up in the bodies of crocodiles living near banana farms in Costa Rica, where many of the bananas we eat are grown.

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1:58pm

Tue September 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Golden Eagle Attacks Deer, A Photo Of An Epic Confrontation

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 9:06 am

A camera trap captures a golden eagle attacking a young sika deer at Lazovskii State Nature Reserve in the southern Russian Far East on Dec. 1, 2011.
Dr. Linda Kerley via WCS

For decades, circumstantial evidence has shown that golden eagles do indeed attack large mammals like deer and even bear cubs.

But in a paper published Monday in the Journal of Raptor Research, Linda Kerley of the Zoological Society of London and Jonathan Slaght of the Wildlife Conservation Society unveiled stunning images of an adult golden eagle attacking and killing a young sika deer, weighing 88 to 100 pounds.

The images were captured by a camera trap the researchers set up to study Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East.

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12:01pm

Mon September 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Detroit Has Many Strays, But 'We're Not Tripping Over Dogs'

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 6:38 pm

A stray dog in Detroit last week.
Carlos Osorio AP

While there's a serious dog problem in Detroit, the initial results of an effort to count the number of homeless canines in the city indicate there are far fewer than the 50,000 strays that some news accounts have talked about.

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2:00pm

Fri September 20, 2013
Colorado Flood

Creating A Plan So That No Pets Are Left Behind

Sgt. 1st Class Keith Bart UH-60 Black Hawk (medevac) carries an animal to safety, during a flood rescue and recovery operations in Boulder, Colo., Sept. 16, 2013
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault/Released

1,918 square miles have been flooded in Colorado forcing 5,350 individuals to evacuate – many by air. Some of the helicopters conducting airlifts carried more pets than people to safety.

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3:07pm

Thu September 19, 2013
World

Beloved Brazilian Monkey Clings To A Shrinking Forest

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 9:15 am

The wild population of the golden lion tamarin, which lives only in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, fell to just 200 in the 1970s. Conservationists have helped the species rebound, but the monkeys are still at risk as development encroaches on their remaining habitat.
Andrea Hsu NPR

The tiny, copper-hued golden lion tamarin is so beloved in Brazil that its image graces the country's 20-real bank note. But this lion-maned monkey is in peril.

There's only one place on earth where the golden lion tamarin lives in the wild: in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, or Mata Atlantica, just north of Rio de Janeiro. Deforestation in the region has reduced the monkey's habitat, once a massive ecosystem stretching for a half-million square miles, to just 2 percent of its original size.

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