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Clinton Calls For Tougher Fight Against Poaching

Last Thursday United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, put out the call for increasing the fight against poaching and cracking down on the increasing demands for ivory and rhino horn. At a meeting of the State Department Clinton outlined how animal trafficking has been becoming more widespread as the practice becomes more lucrative, more organized -- and more dangerous.

Scientists May Have Found First Gray Seal Pup Twins Ever

A pair of gray seal pups on the Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland in England, is suspected of being the first ever twins born to a gray seal mother in the wild. Scientists hope to confirm the momentous event through DNA. They were finally able to get close enough to samples earlier this month.

Mr. Stubs, The Alligator, Will Need Name Change After Receiving Prosthetic Tail

Mr. Stubs is an alligator who can't swim. That is because he is missing his tail. Alligators are cannibalistic and when Mr. Stubs was younger a larger alligator tried, and almost succeeded, in making a meal of him. As it was, Mr. Stubs just gave up a snack. Without a tail he can't move forward in the water, so he just splashes around in circles.

Grandma's Molasses Helps The Medicine Go Down For Elephants & Their Adoptive Parents

Adopting children from third world countries has become a trending exceedingly popular with celebrities, the likes of Madonna and Angelina Jolie. But what about elephants? Some are more in need of a home than you might think. And what if I told you, you didn't have to go all the way to Mali or South Africa to find one?

Mythical Monday: Phoenix Rising

Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for centuries. The phoenix, or fire bird, has been a part of the mythology of most ancient cultures in the Eastern Hemisphere. It is a universal symbol of rebirth and regeneration. Its most recent incarnation came to us as the cherished pet of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter book and movie franchise.

Teen Bitten By Snakes For Want Of A Cell Phone Signal

Earlier this month, a 16-year-old California girl, went in search of a cell phone signal while staying at her uncle's house east of San Diego. She had climbed a hill behind his house when she suddenly realized that she could hear the rattling sound all around her. In a panic she ran, accidentally running right into a nest of  rattlesnakes.

Butterball Turkey Accused Of Cruelty

Five farms in North Carolina that raise turkeys for the famous Butterball Turkey brand have come under fire for allegedly engaging in a regular pattern of abuse in the raising of its turkeys. Mercy For Animals released a hidden camera video on Wednesday that shows workers at these farms kicking, stomping, dragging and throwing the turkeys.

Colorado Television Station Shut Down By Skunk

Last Sunday a television station in Colorado Springs, Colorado was off of the air after a skunk attacked the workings of its transmitter tower in the way that only a skunk can -- by putting up a really big stink. The skunk had apparently been searching for a warm place to curl up when things started to go terribly wrong.

Smithsonian Zoo Successfully Breeds Tentacled Snake

Last month, after four years of trying, the Smithsonian Zoo finally succeeded in breeding the tentacled snake in captivity. The venomous Southeast Asia native has two tentacles on its snout, a feature that is unique among snakes. These tentacles are adaptations that the snakes have developed to be able to detect prey in the murky waters of lakes and rice paddies.

Dog-Friendly Boulder, Colorado To Become Less Friendly

For many years, rightly or wrongly, the city of Boulder, Colorado has been known as one of the most dog-friendly cities in the United States. One of the things that helped the city gain this reputation is its allowing people to walk their dogs off-leash on certain specified open-space areas. This week the city began rethinking this liberty.