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Power Restored To New York Aquarium After Damage From Hurricane Sandy

The New York Aquarium at Coney Island was amongst the many businesses threatened when Hurricane Sandy caused ocean waters to surge last week. With the facility's power out and its life-support systems damaged, the fates of thousands of resident fish, mammals, birds and reptiles hung in the balance. Now, thanks to heroes inside and out of the aquarium, life in the (enormous) fish bowl is finally on its way back to normal.

Denver Zoo's Celebrity Sea Lion Euthanized

Gidget the sea lion was born at the Denver Zoo 27 years ago. The aging marine mammal suffered arthritis and on Wednesday zookeepers euthanized because she was suffering intense pain and started showing signs of being unable to move. She had also begun refusing food and medication. Sea lions normally live to be between 20 and 30 years old.

Curly-Haired Selkirk Rex Cats Shown To Be Genetically Distinct

Selkirk Rex cats, first described in 1987, belong to one of four recognized curly-haired cat breeds. Now a new study by Serina Filler of the University of Veterinary Medicine explains why the Selkirk Rex is genetically distinct from previously known curly-coated breeds.

Animal Trio Act Broken Up

Booger, Kitty, and Mousie, along with their owner, Greg Pike, were well known among the buskers along the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado. Their trademark pyramid style amazed patrons of the open-air mall for many years as folks marveled over their unusual friendship that defied their natural behavior. The act ended earlier this week when Booger passed away.

Fossil Of Coelacanth Found In Texas

The coelacanth is a fish that is also called the "living fossil" lives deep in the Indian Ocean. The fish has remained virtually unchanged for more than 400 million years. It was thought to have been extinct for more than 70 million years until a researcher discovered a specimen at a fish market along the coast of South Africa in 1938. A new fossil of a formerly unknown species of coelacanth has been discovered in Texas.

Koshik The 'Talking Elephant' Parrots His Owner's Speech (video)

Koshik is not the only elephant who can mimic sounds, but he's the first elephant on record who has developed a way to actually mimic the pronunciation of words spoken by his human trainers.  Confirmed by researchers from the University of Vienna, after studying Koshik's pronouncements at his zoo habitat in South Korea, Koshik's exceptional efforts to mimic humans is recorded online now in the journal Current Biology.

From Meme To Memory: RIP Marty, Nyan Cat's Inspiration

Marty, the 3-year-old cat who inspired Chris Torres to create the popular Internet phenomenon Nyan Cat has moved from meme to memory. If there's an afterlife for cats, Marty's most likely soaring through space trailing an 8-bit rainbow.

Newly Reopened Teddy Roosevelt Memorial Celebrates The President's Wildlife Conservation Legacy

As an avid hunter and a committed conservationist, Theodore Roosevelt's relationship to animals was complicated. The newly reopened Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall at the American Museum of Natural History in New York tells the story of Roosevelt's journey from young naturalist, to trained scientist, to "America's Conservation President." Can his passion for preserving wildlife inspire another generation of Americans to do the same?

Snake On A Plane

Workers at the airport in Glasgow, Scotland got quite a surprise last week when they were finishing up the arrival of a flight from Cancun. They found a snake curled up under one of the seats on the plane. The scaly little stowaway had either sneaked on the plane himself or secreted himself in a piece of carry-on luggage.

Presidential Campaign Goes To The Dogs, Prairie Dogs, That Is

There are several things that people living in Boulder, Colorado are very passionate. Among those things are wildlife and politics. This week it was discovered that the two had managed to come together when political campaign signs for both presidential front-runners showed up in two different prairie dog communities.


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