Apr 15, 2015

Whale sets migration record, a 22,500-km Pacific round trip

A lone female Western North Pacific gray whale has set a record for long-distance migration, according to a study Tuesday. Nicknamed Varvara, the nine-year-old whale was tagged off Russia’s Sakhalin Island in 2011. She crossed from the northwestern to the northeastern side of the ...

Beached dolphins feared dead

Apr 11, 2015

Beached dolphins feared dead

Nearly half of about 150 dolphins stranded on a beach in Ibaraki Prefecture died while 45 were put back in the sea, a local official said Saturday. “We have yet to find out why they beached,” said Hitoshi Igawa of the Industrial Affairs Division ...

Florida fights cat-eating African lizards

Apr 11, 2015

Florida fights cat-eating African lizards

A cat-eating lizard native to Africa is being targeted by Florida state wildlife officials who say the creatures, known as Nile monitors, could be dangerous to pets and people. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday it is “increasing efforts to locate and ...

Apr 5, 2015

DNA testing for dog poop on the rise in Seattle

Frustrated with dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets, an increasing number of apartments in Seattle are opting to use DNA testing to identify the culprits. The Seattle Times reports that a company called BioPet Vet Lab from Knoxville, Tennessee, is ...

Scientists say polar bears won't thrive on land food

Apr 2, 2015

Scientists say polar bears won't thrive on land food

A group of researchers say polar bears that have been forced off melting sea ice will not find enough food to replace their current diet of fat-laden marine mammals such as seals — a conclusion that contradicts studies indicating that bears may be benefiting ...

Toddling polar bear wins fans at Hokkaido zoo

Mar 31, 2015

Toddling polar bear wins fans at Hokkaido zoo

An appealingly playful polar bear has become a major attraction at a zoo in Kushiro, Hokkaido, where onlookers delight in seeing the animal rear up on her hind legs. The 2-year-old bear, named Milk, was born at Oga Aquarium Gao in Oga, Akita Prefecture. ...