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Red Deer Acting Sheepishly In England

In early December a herd of deer in Suffolk, England passed close by a herd of sheep. Somehow a juvenile buck got separated from his family herd and has apparently been adopted by the sheep. He eats, plays, and sleeps with them, and has even made a few close friends among the herd. You might say that he has taken to acting "sheepishly."

Dung Beetles Navigate Using The Stars

For centuries human travelers have looked to the stars to find their way in the dark. Scientists later learned that birds and seals use the same stars to find their way. Now researchers have added another creature to this small but illustrious group -- the dung beetle. Also known as scarabs, the beetles live off the dung of other animals that they collect into large balls. In order to keep anyone else from stealing their store of poop they hide it away.

Retired Racehorse Gives Human Artists A Run For The Money

It is not uncommon for a retiree to take up painting as a way to fill up the hours of his or her golden years. It is if you are a retired racehorse. Metro had been at the top of his career as racehorse Metro Meteor in 2009 when he was sidelined by knee problems. Life changed drastically as he was adopted by an artist and his wife. It wasn't long before he was no longer to do trail rides either. He needed something to keep his spirits up. That was when his new owner, Ron Krajewski, decided that a little art therapy was just the right medicine.

Stable Talk: What Kind Of Music Do Horses Prefer?

If you gave your horses a chance to pick which kind of music they preferred, would it be classical, jazz, rock, or country music?  British researchers at the Hartpury College in Gloucester, England, have researched this for you. The horses didn't dance or bob their heads in coordinated rhythm, but they did give away their preferences.

Seal Pup On The Dash In Scotland

A seal pup in Dumfries, Scotland, disturbed by stormy seas, was found wandering around the Cairnryan ferry terminal seeking a spot to wait out the weather. Concerned employees tried to return the animal to the sea, but the animal, later nicknamed "Smartie," wasn't ready just yet. He ended up finding the perfect place to wait out the storm -- on the dashboard of a car.

Vultures In Africa Being Poisoned

A new study shows that African vultures fly up to 140 miles a day in search of prey and prefer to hunt outside of national park areas. They do this to avoid competition with other predators over the available prey. This behavior, though designed to increase survival, may actually be placing them at greater risk.

Elderly Woman Dies From Exposure To Cockatiel

When the Charlie the cockatiel became a member of the household in 2002, no one would have guessed that his presence would have led to grandma's death. The bird had been bought as a pet for her grandson. A closer look at her death from lung disease was triggered by the fact that she had spent her working life employed in a cotton mill. An inquest determined that the disease that killed her was not work-related.

Army Dog Denied Burial With Handler's Army Family

Mina, a beautiful black Labrador retriever, was honorably discharged from the Army at the age of eleven and adopted by his handler, Sergeant Corey McCourt. Earlier this month the dog was euthanized at the age of 13 after suffering from a nasty lung disease. While McCourt continues to serve the country, his mother is struggling to serve Mina by finding her a proper and fitting place to be buried.

The Survival Of Cute: Hedgehogs On The Decline

The little mammals that are named for living among the hedgerows in Great Britain is in serious decline. The number of hedgehogs has declined by more than one-third over the past decade. This is largely due to the loss of those hedgerows, as well as other habitat areas. Pesticides have also reduced the amount of prey that hedgehogs are able feed upon.

Cold War Rivals Take Back Seat To Iran's Space Monkey

The Space Race was a mid-to-late 20th century competition between the Soviet Union and the United States for supremacy in space exploration. Between 1957 and 1975, the Cold War rivalry between the two nations focused on attaining firsts in space exploration, which were seen as necessary for national security and symbolic of technological and ideological superiority. So why over 5 decades later is Iran taking the lead in space travel?

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