Animals

Environment
5:05 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

This mako shark looks like its ancient ancestors, but it's probably evolved to be even more terrifying.
Sam Cahir Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 8:20 pm

Sharks have looked more or less the same for hundreds of millions of years. But a newly discovered fossil suggests that under the hood, a modern shark is very different from its ancient ancestors.

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Animals
10:47 am
Mon March 24, 2014

VIDEO: Baby Otter Swims For the First Time, Story Behind This Long-Awaited Pup

Mother otter and 8 week old pup. March 2014
Credit N.C. Zoo staff

It doesn't get much cuter than this. A baby otter at the North Carolina Zoo swims for the very first time:

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Environment
10:55 am
Thu March 6, 2014

VIDEO: Cougar Kittens Arrive At NC Zoo

Credit NC Zoo - Still from video

Too cute for words. Kind of hard to imagine them growing into cougars:

Politics & Government
8:39 am
Wed March 5, 2014

“Kitten Season” Is Coming, And Animal Services Says That’s A Problem

March through November is 'kitten season,' a time when animal shelters are inundated with newborn litters that need homes.
Credit Jeffrey W www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreyww/4544016041/ / Flickr

Orange County Animal Services is looking for ideas from the public to handle the pet-overpopulation problem.

Director Bob Morotto said many cats are "unaffiliated" with a specific owner and haven't been spayed. They have high mortality rates and can spread disease to domesticated cats.

Morotto said the coming warm weather means "kitten season" is around the corner.  That's when cats begin having litters on litters, causing the population to spike.

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Bomb-Sniffing African Rats? - SOT Is Live At Museum

This rat trainee swaps a tea egg containing a sample of TNT he has just found for a banana treat.
Credit flickr.com / APOPO

Watch live streaming video from naturalsciences at livestream.com

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Science & Technology
2:29 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

[PHOTOS] Love Is In The Air With Lemurs, Duke Study Finds

Duke's Lemur Center houses many couples and infant lemurs. Here, Jovian jolds his 2 week-old infant daughter born January 5, 2014
David Haring Duke Lemur Center

Lemur couples with infants start to smell alike. Oh sure, they smelled differently before they had offspring. But pretty soon, the lemur lovers start mirroring each other's scents. Even their "scent-marking" odor begins to change. Researchers think the change in scent could be a way to mark territory, or it could be a way to advertise their relationship to all the other would-be mates.

The study findings are in the  February issue of  Animal Behavior.

Arts & Culture
7:27 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Behind The Big Top: A Conversation With An Elephant Handler

A baby elephant peeks through a fence at The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus in Greensboto
Jeff Tiberii

The 'Greatest Show On Earth' arrived in Greensboro this week. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus has been performing for nearly a century. That longevity has led to some circus family traditions that cover multiple generations. 

Young children in strollers and on shoulders are trying to contain their excitement as they wait on the side of the road across from the train tracks in Greensboro. And then, at dusk, from over a hill come a few elephants and several horses.

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Wed October 9, 2013

The Nifty Noses Of Forensic Canines

Credit catwarren.com / catwarren.com

Cat Warren is a North Carolina State University professor by day and a superhero by night. Well, sort of. Her dog Solo is a cadaver dog. Warren takes him out to suspected crime scenes to help police find the bodies of the missing and presumed deceased.

The hobby started innocently enough as a way to keep Solo’s energy in check. He wasn't very well behaved, and he flunked out of obedience school a number of times.

“He was a singleton, so he didn’t relate well with dogs," Warren said on The State of Things.

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Environment
11:06 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Ram Named 'Bubba' Still On The Loose In Durham

Bubba the ram has been spotted several times in Durham in the past week. He's still on the run.
Credit Steve Sbraccia, WNCN News

There’s a ram on the loose in Durham County whose escape tactics have outsmarted capture attempts by the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, a man with a tranquilizer gun and a local veterinarian with a lasso. The animal was first spotted near Odyssey Drive in Durham on Monday afternoon, August 25, and is thought to be a either a Barbados/Mouflon sheep or a Toggenburg goat. Deputy Paul Sherwin with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office was one of the officers who responded to Monday's call.

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The State of Things
11:29 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Connecting The Dots On the News Roundtable

A baby olinguito in La Mesenia Reserve in Colombia.
Credit Luis Mazariegos

A panel of experts discuss a wide range of issues and their common threads

A new carnivore was discovered in Latin America.  Bradley Manning was sentenced for leaking government secrets while Edward Snowden was on the run for a similar crime.  And a look back at the March on Washington sparked a conversation about civil rights in the Middle East.  Host Frank Stasio discussed a wide range of issues and their common threads with the news roundtable.

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