Animals

Environment
11:50 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Bear Spotted In Raleigh, 'Looking For A Place To Live'

Credit Casey Brown / Flickr/Creative Commons

Early Monday, officials were tracking a bear in the Five Points area of Raleigh. WRAL reported that information about the bear began to come in after midnight.

A mailman working in the area told WRAL News that a couple reported seeing the bear near a home under construction at the corner of Carroll and Whitaker Mill Road.

 

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Environment
7:52 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Scientists Rush To Find (And Name) Species To Save Them

Scientists are racing to catalog as many new species as possible before they go extinct. The data can be useful in preserving key habitat.
Credit Juan Rendon / Saving Species

Species are going extinct about 1,000 times faster than they should be because their habitat is being destroyed. That's according to new research led by Duke University.

Conservation Ecology Professor Stuart Pimm said the worse news is that nearly 90 percent of the species are unknown to scientists.

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Environment
12:53 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Broken Flipper, Collapsed Lung; Nichols The Sea Turtle Finally Back In NC Waters

Loggerhead sea turtle
Credit Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Topsail Island

In the fall of 2012 a severely injured loggerhead sea turtle was rescued off the coast of North Carolina.

The loggerhead was brought to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Island, and then was transported to North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine where a team worked on her injuries. The team named the turtle Nichols and began to figure out the extent of the damage.

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Environment
3:05 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Two Young Gorillas Must Leave NC Zoo, Here's Why

The gorilla family unit at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro
Credit wunc

This fall the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro will ship its five gorillas away.  The decision was made after a recommendation from the members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Gorilla Species Survival Plan. 

Here’s the problem—wild gorillas exist in groups that include one male, two or three females and their offspring.  Two baby male gorillas were born at the North Carolina Zoo this fall, Apollo and Bomassa, and all was well.

But then the father, Nkosi, died in November, which left no adult male role model for the two young gorillas.   

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The State of Things
9:46 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Rain Forest Diversity

spittlebug
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Rain forests are home to an incredible variety of species. From cute olinguitos to slimy spittlebugs, scientists are discovering creatures all the time. The exhibit "Rainforest Adventure" at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences educates kids on rain forest diversity and conservation.

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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 30, 2014 12:59 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:

The story behind this first swim involves 5 years of infertility, an anxious ten months, and a joyous birth day.

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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

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