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Lost Penguin Expected To Be Home For The New Year

Back in May a two-year-old Fjordland penguin that has been dubbed Katrina turned up on a beach in South Australia. She was over 1,800 miles from her home turf in New Zealand and weighed less than 3 pounds. The emaciated bird required surgery to repair a gash in her stomach and six months of recovery. Now she is headed home.

Bieber Vs. Hamster: Pop Star's Gift Angers Animal Organization

Teen pop star Justin Bieber has drawn criticism from an unlikely source: the California Hamster Association. Why, you might ask? It seems that the singer gave his pet hamster Pac to an adoring fan at a recent concert in Atlanta, Georgia. New hamster owner Victoria Blair says the gift "made her Christmas", so what could be wrong with such a sweet gesture? The CHA says it's only looking after the hamster's best interests.

Trivial Tuesday: Reindeer Round-Up

There are a few things that you may not know about reindeer. So here is a short round-up of reindeer, starting with the fact that reindeer are on the decline in spite of their popularity at this time of year. Loss of habitat is the largest factor in the reduction in their numbers.

Mythical Monday: Santa And The Reindeer Girls

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for centuries. One of the favorites among Western Christian and secular cultures has long been the flying reindeer that accompany Santa on his holiday marathon of worldwide gift-giving. For nearly two centuries we have all assumed that the reindeer were male -- and we were wrong.

In Southeast Asia, Dogs Go Incognito

Like a masquerade party gone to the dogs, or something out of a spy movie, the latest craze in Southeast Asia is to disguise your dog as something other than a dog. For instance, while the Giant Panda is on the endangered species list (only 800 are currently alive in the wild), the Chinese have found a way to add to their population -- namely by disguising their dogs to look like baby pandas.

Would You, Should You, Shell Out For A Turtle Burger?

What tastes like chicken, looks like beef and smells a little fishy? Turtle Burgers, that's what. The Paradise Bar & Grill is one of a number of Grand Cayman island eateries offering farm-raised Green Sea Turtle dishes to adventurous and morally ambiguous diners.

Study Results: Why Rudolph Has A Red Nose

Scientific research into a herd of Arctic reindeer is showing evidence of the possibility of the animals actually having red noses, and not just from drinking too much eggnog. Researchers in the Netherlands and from the University of Rochester examined and compared the noses of a couple of reindeer with those of five human volunteers with surprising results.

Brits Battling Black Widows

Being a small island nation, England is especially susceptible to and careful of invasive non-native species. One of the latest threats is coming from North America in the form of black widow spiders. The toxic arachnid is perhaps most famous for killing and eating her mate once her eggs have been fertilized -- once he has outlived his usefulness.

Baracknophobia or Trapdoor For Fiscal Cliff?

The fear of an Obama presidency seems to be less of a phobia today than it was when he was elected for his first term. However a recent association with spiders might be giving ammunition to the naysayers who don't particularly consider 8-legged creatures as anything close to a pet.

New Uses For Hagfish Slime

Slime: what is it good for? Absolutely nothin'! Right? Not so fast. Scientists at the University of Guelph in Canada have recently discovered how to harvest hagfish slime and spin it into threads. As it turns out, there are some very useful applications for one of nature's grossest substances. Hagfish slime just might revolutionize the worlds of medicine, manufacturing, and even fashion.



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