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Perth zoo recovers stolen baby meerkat

Asia Pacific / Offbeat Nov 15, 2018

Perth zoo recovers stolen baby meerkat

It wasn't grand theft. It was tiny. But the snatching of a baby meerkat from a zoo has not only become a major story in the Australian city of Perth, it has led to the arrest of three people. In September, Perth Zoo was ready to ...

Mountain gorilla populations slowly rebounding

World / Science & Health Nov 15, 2018

Mountain gorilla populations slowly rebounding

There are more gorillas in the mist — a rare conservation success story, scientists say. After facing near-extinction, mountain gorillas are slowly rebounding. On Wednesday, the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature updated mountain gorillas' status from "critically endangered" to "endangered," a more promising, ...

Huge lizard that terrified Florida neighborhood caught

World / Offbeat Nov 9, 2018

Huge lizard that terrified Florida neighborhood caught

Florida authorities have caught a huge lizard that terrified residents of a suburban Miami neighborhood for months. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Thursday the Asian water monitor lizard measures more than 8 feet (2.5 meters) long. The lizard is an escaped pet. It ...

Man wields surfboard to fight off shark in Australia

Asia Pacific Nov 7, 2018

Man wields surfboard to fight off shark in Australia

A surfer fought off a shark with his board after being bitten in the leg Wednesday on Australia's east coast, authorities said, just days after a swimmer died in another attack. The 43-year-old was surfing off popular tourist spot Shelly Beach in Ballina, 750 kilometers ...