ATLANTA (AP) — The oldest giraffe at Atlanta's zoo has died after a sharp decline in health.
Zoo Atlanta said in a news release that its veterinarians had been monitoring 16-year-old Abu for several days and he had a poor prognosis.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A popular wildlife preserve in the San Francisco Bay Area has been stripped of accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums over concerns about the facility's care for animals.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) —
A large cat native to Africa that escaped from its suburban Detroit home was captured after spending several hours on the lam, according to an animal recovery group.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials at the Lincoln Children's Zoo announced Wednesday that five big cats at the zoo are being treated for COVID-19.
Two Sumatran tigers and three snow leopards were tested after they began showing signs of the virus during the weekend, spokeswoman Sarah Wood said in a release.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The zoo in New Orleans is vaccinating great apes against COVID-19, and plans to vaccinate cats, otters and animals related to otters.
The Audubon Zoo recently received enough of the two-dose animal vaccine for its four gorillas and four orangutans, spokeswoman Annie Matherne said Wednesday.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Officials at a Sioux Falls zoo say COVID-19 may have killed one of their snow leopards.
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported Wednesday that the animal, named Baya, died at the Great Plains Zoo on Thursday of a respiratory illness that might have been COVID-19.
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A rare two-headed diamondback terrapin turtle is alive and kicking — with all six of its legs — at the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts after hatching two weeks ago.
DAPHNE, Ala. (AP) — A coastal Alabama city is warning residents to be careful of alligators, which have been showing up in populated areas following recent heavy rains.
Baby alligators have been reported in parking lots on the causeway that crosses Mobile Bay and along heavily traveled U.S.
DYER, Ind. (AP) — Communities across Northwest Indiana are considering humane pet store policies that ban the sale of pets raised at puppy and kitten mills.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A tiger at a Sioux Falls zoo has contracted COVID-19.
KELO-TV reported that officials at the Great Plains Zoo say Keesa tested positive for the virus.
DAVIS, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia locations have been added to a new program to protect rare plant and animal species.
Bald Knob and the Canaan Valley wetlands are the first sites in the West Virginia Natural Areas Program, the state Division of Natural Resources said in a news release.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida town has begun a new program aimed at curbing the spread of a growing feral cat population.
The city of Delray Beach recently earmarked $25,000 to neuter and vaccinate cats that freely roam the area.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is reviewing its deer permitting system because of concerns that hunters aren't harvesting enough to adequately manage the population.
Maine's deer herd is around 300,000 and has been steadily growing for several years.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Dressed as endangered fish or tigers or wearing toy polar bears on their heads, demonstrators marched through Brussels on Sunday to push world leaders to take bolder action to fight climate change at the U.N.
California on Saturday enacted a law aimed at phasing out one of the nation's large canine blood banks and the practice of keeping dogs in facilities while their blood is drawn.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law to let veterinarians run community blood banks where residents can take their pets to donate blood and that can sell and transfer the blood supplies to clinics that need it.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man charged with fatally shooting an Albuquerque man after first wounding the man's service dog has been arrested in Gallup, Albuquerque police said Saturday.
Gallup police aided by state police arrested Xavier Marquez, 22, on Friday on a homicide warrant in the Sept.
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida veterinarian has been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for sexually abusing dogs, posting bestiality videos online and collecting child pornography.
MONROVIA, Calif. (AP) — The first mountain lion to be rehabilitated and returned to the wild in California has been found dead, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday.
The female cougar nicknamed Monrovia had been treated and released back into the wild in October 2020 after being burned in a Southern California wildfire, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday.
DENVER (AP) — On a hazy July afternoon, wolf expert Karin Vardaman returned to a spring-fed pond in Colorado’s northwestern-most corner. Enough rain had fallen to wet the ground around the watering hole.
COLOMA, Mich. (AP) — A rural amusement park popular for decades in southwestern Michigan is on the auction block.
Visitors could pet animals, ride a Ferris wheel or train and listen to music at Deer Forest in Coloma.
Hooters to Home of the Whopper: A look at popular restaurant chains that began in Florida
The Whopper was born here. So was the Bloomin’ Onion.
A state known for its famous cartoon mouse, pristine beaches and wild animal stories also served as the birthplace of some of the more popular restaurant and fast-food chains in the U.S.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — After a crude oil sheen was detected on the waters off the Southern California coast, environmentalists feared the worst: A massive spill that would wreck the ecosystem.
GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a bill that would have protected people from possible legal action if they fed birds in areas where deer and elk roam.
Whitmer said the bill conflicted with state efforts to keep the animals from congregating and spreading disease.
Noomi Rapace flew into Iceland to film “Lamb” on a Sunday and on Monday morning, she was literally delivering baby lambs on camera. There wasn’t time to wait or practice. It was the last week of lambing season and the crew had already told the mother sheep that they could not give birth until Rapace arrived.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Three men have been sentenced for their roles in an interstate dog fighting network operating in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has lost its most important accreditation, a major blow to an institution once widely admired in its industry and by the general public.
The zoo said it plans to appeal the decision announced Wednesday by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, considered the nation's top zoo-accrediting body, one day after the Ohio zoo announced its new leader.
PINGREE GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Two zebras that escaped from a suburban Chicago pumpkin farm had travelers on a state highway doing double takes as the exotic animals hit the road during their brief taste of freedom.
WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A woman who drowned a 10-week-old puppy that was found submerged and in a weighted cage in a northern New Jersey pond two years ago has been sentenced to six months in jail.
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. government ordered the destruction a $15,000 shipment of pineapples from Costa Rica after agriculture inspectors in Mississippi found butterfly larvae that they said could be harmful.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials on Monday dramatically scaled back the number of wolves hunters can kill during the state's fall season in open defiance of its policy board.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Since a pipeline spilled crude off the California coast this weekend, only a handful of oiled birds have been recovered in what environmental advocates said could be a hopeful sign for the region's wildlife.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The two polar bears living at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore are moving to new locations after recommendations from a non-profit organization which focuses on animal care and welfare, officials said Monday.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Crews on the water and on shore worked feverishly Sunday to limit environmental damage from one of the largest oil spills in recent California history, caused by a suspected leak in an underwater pipeline that fouled the sands of famed Huntington Beach and could keep the beaches there closed for weeks or longer.
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — The operator of a suburban Chicago kennel where 29 dogs were killed in a 2019 fire has been convicted of charges of animal cruelty and violation of owner’s duties.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's hunting seasons are entering a busy October stretch in which the seasons for all the state's “big four” game animals will be taking place.
The most prized game species in Maine are black bears, white-tailed deer, moose and wild turkeys.
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials are urging residents to keep pets up to date on their rabies vaccination after a fox and a bat tested positive for the disease.
A rabid fox in Travelers Rest north of Greenville exposed one person and two dogs to the virus, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Thursday.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a suspect accused of killing another Albuquerque man after the victim’s service dog was shot and wounded for reportedly barking at the gunman, police said.
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed a man's conviction on three felony counts of dogfighting.
Tommie Queen was arrested in November 2017 and found guilty in November 2019.
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — An animal rights groups is offering a reward to try to recover five turtles that were stolen from a nature preserve in an Atlanta suburb.
The box turtles were taken last week from the Autrey Mill nature preserve in Johns Creek, WSB-TV reports.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Peanut has met several visiting European leaders since becoming Greece’s top dog back in April.
On Thursday, the golden-haired former stray decided to give himself a louder introduction -- briefly interrupting a news conference being held by the prime ministers of Greece and Slovakia.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A young giraffe named after a former Louisiana football star died recently after undergoing anaphylactic shock, experts at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine said Wednesday in shedding more light on the mysterious death.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Wednesday it will draft rules to govern the killing of wild birds by industry and resume enforcement actions against companies responsible for deaths that could have been prevented, a longstanding practice that ended under President Donald Trump.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Death’s come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species: The U.S. government on Wednesday declared them extinct.
It’s a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a plant or animal, but government scientists say they've exhausted to find these 23.
BEIJING (AP) — A city in northern China has killed three housecats after they tested positive for COVID-19, according to a local media report Wednesday, as the country takes increasingly strict measures to contain new outbreaks.
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. regulators on Tuesday banned swimming with Hawaii's spinner dolphins to protect the nocturnal animals from people seeking close encounters with the playful species.
Swimming with dolphins is a popular tourist activity in Hawaii.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Animal rights groups on Tuesday welcomed the South Korean president's offer to look into banning consumption of dog meat.
Dog meat is neither legal nor explicitly banned in South Korea.
PHOENIX (AP) — A rare orange lobster has found a home at an Arizona aquarium instead of becoming someone’s dinner.
The unique lobster was discovered over the summer by staff at the Japanese restaurant Nobu in Scottsdale, ABC15 reported Monday.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Three gray wolves from a large pack in Yellowstone National Park that’s popular among tourists have been killed by Montana hunters, park officials said Monday.
The two female pups and a female yearling from the Junction Butte pack were killed outside the park's northern boundary in the first week after wolf season opened earlier this month, park officials said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of Alaska’s largest city often contend with bears and moose, but state officials are warning of another wild animal that has been causing problems: river otters.
SEATTLE (AP) — In an early version of a story published September 24, 2021, about a judge’s recommendation that a Native American tribe in Washington state once again be allowed to hunt gray whales, The Associated Press erroneously reported that an animal welfare organization didn’t respond to an email for comment.