U.S. seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

Aug 29, 2014

U.S. seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The U.S. Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than ...

Fewer South Koreans now eating dog meat

Aug 29, 2014

Fewer South Koreans now eating dog meat

For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. In her twenties, Oh traveled around South Korea to learn dog meat recipes from each region. During a period of South ...

Aug 28, 2014

Shaun the sheep, when shorn, may turn out to be world's woolliest

Two Australian farmers may have found the world’s woolliest sheep, whose estimated 25-kg (55-pound) coat, if confirmed, could shatter the world record, currently held by New Zealand. Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, ...

Aug 28, 2014

U.S. protects 20 species of coral as threatened

The U.S. government is protecting 20 types of coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change. As with the polar bear, much of the threat to the coral species is because of future expected problems due to ...

For some Thai farmers, insects become cash crop

Aug 26, 2014

For some Thai farmers, insects become cash crop

Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country’s poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence. And then they discovered bugs. At Boontham Puthachat’s ...

I want you: A dog named Abbey

| Aug 24, 2014

I want you: A dog named Abbey

Though Abbey can be rather intimidating due to her low, husky voice and size, people with a bit of experience with big dogs will soon see that she's really just a big softie.

U.S. National Zoo puts on birthday bash for panda cub Bao Bao

Aug 24, 2014

U.S. National Zoo puts on birthday bash for panda cub Bao Bao

A rambunctious panda bear cub celebrated a rare first birthday with a special cake and traditional Chinese gifts at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington on Saturday. Bao Bao, a 44-pound female, is the second panda in the zoo’s history to live a full ...

Aug 24, 2014

Australian spider grows bigger in city: study

A new study has found that at least one species of spider thrives on city life, growing bigger in urban areas. The University of Sydney’s Elizabeth Lowe said that while research shows invertebrates are sensitive to urbanization, not all species are negatively affected by ...

Aug 19, 2014

U.S. national parks ban drones to protect wildlife

Drones are now off limits in two national parks in Utah. Officials in the Arches and Canyonlands national parks say the unmanned aircrafts disrupt wildlife and are an intrusion on visitors looking for tranquility. The National Park Service’s office in Moab, Utah, announced the ...