Animals

In this Dec. 30, 2019, photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, a dead Asian giant hornet is photographed in a lab in Olympia, Wash. The world's largest hornet, a 2-inch long killer with an appetite for honey bees, has been found in Washington state and entomologists are making plans to wipe it out. Dubbed the "Murder Hornet" by some, the Asian giant hornet has a sting that could be fatal to some humans. It is just now starting to emerge from hibernation. (Quinlyn Baine/Washington State Department of Agriculture via AP)
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May 04, 2020 - 7:21 pm
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The world's largest hornet, a 2-inch killer dubbed the "Murder Hornet" with an appetite for honey bees, has been found in Washington state, where entomologists were making plans to wipe it out. The giant Asian insect, with a sting that could be fatal to some people, is just...
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Fernando, the two-toed sloth, reaches for a yellow rose to eat inside his habitat at the Phoenix Zoo Monday, April 27, 2020, in Phoenix. The pandemic has jeopardized zoos around the world that have been forced to close but rely on ticket sales. The struggle has some zoos turning to social media to engage with people who can no longer visit and raise some much-needed cash. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 04, 2020 - 10:41 am
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Zoo, struggling like others worldwide during coronavirus closures, has found an unlikely savior in a sloth. While Fernando may be a slow mover offline, the 4-year-old Linne’s two-toed sloth has risen rapidly on the internet. Since Fernando joined Cameo, a video-sharing...
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Teachers and students stand up for Vietnamese national anthem as they start a new week in Dinh Cong secondary school in Hanoi, Vietnam Monday, May 4, 2020. Students across Vietnam return to school after three months of studying online due to school closure to contain the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
May 04, 2020 - 7:37 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Students across Vietnam started returning to their classrooms Monday that had been closed to curb the coronavirus. “I am so excited to go back to school, to be with my teachers and my classmates after three months,” said Chu Quang Anh, a sixth-grade student at Dinh Cong secondary...
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In this photo taken on Monday, April 27, 2020, volunteer Nadezhda Minyaeva, wearing a face mask and gloves to protect from coronavirus, takes Russian pensioner Margarita Donchenko's dog Sopha for a walk in a courtyard outside the apartment building in Moscow, Russia. In an effort to observe social distancing, the pensioner ties the dog's leash to the door handle, closes the door, after which Nadezhda unties the leash and takes the dog for a walk. Donchenko knows how much attention a dog needs and she is glad that when she can't give her fluffy little black-and-white pooch what she needs, there's volunteer Nadezhda Minyaeva to show up once a day for a walk. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
May 04, 2020 - 6:12 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Stuck at home during Moscow's coronavirus lockdown, Alexandra Novatova opted to use a delivery service — a big decision, because she was ordering more than a pizza or a shipment of toilet paper. She got a dog brought to her door. She chose the mutt, a shepherd mix with a scythe-like...
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In this April 21, 2020, photo, a woman walks on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii has some of the lowest coronavirus infection and mortality rates in the U.S. As cases started to rise in March, the governor did something no other state can — effectively seal the borders. People who do come face a two-week quarantine. That's cut off the flow of tens of thousands of tourists a day. But it’s walloped an economy that relies on tourism, and officials say travel restrictions will be among the last to end. Of the few remaining places in the world with no confirmed infections, nearly all are islands in the Pacific. American Samoa, a U.S. territory west of Hawaii, is the nation’s only jurisdiction with no cases to date. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
May 03, 2020 - 9:33 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Flying to a faraway beach might seem like the perfect way to escape a pandemic, but for isolated Pacific islands, controlling the coronavirus means cutting off tourism. Hawaii has among the lowest COVID-19 infection and mortality rates in the U.S. As cases rose in March, Gov. David...
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In this photo taken April 27, 2020, provided by Michael Kopack III, amateur bird watcher Michael Kopack Jr. holds his camera in the background while two nuthatches land nearby in Angier, N Kopack has gotten deeply involved in bird-watching during the coronavirus pandemic and put up a birdhouse for the first time this spring. (Michael Kopack III via AP)
May 02, 2020 - 8:38 am
Conner Brown, a 25-year-old law student at Stanford University, spent the early days of the pandemic following his brother as he spotted and collected characters in the Pokemon Go mobile game. Then, Brown noticed the birds. “I thought, ‘Why don’t I take up birding?’ It’s like real-life Pokemon Go...
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FILE- In this March 28, 2018, file photo, Harbor, an 8-week old Labrador retriever, takes a nap during a news conference at the American Kennel Club headquarters in New York. America’s dogs are having their day as the coronavirus keeps many people at home more with their pets and is spurring so much adoption and fostering that some shelters’ kennels have emptied. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
May 01, 2020 - 6:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — America's dogs are having their day as the coronavirus keeps many people at home more with their pets and spurs so much adoption and fostering that some shelters' kennels have emptied. But while much is changing for people and pooches around the country, here’s something holding as...
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In a photo provided by Joey Morvant, Emily Istre, of Lafayette, La., holds a squirrel she named Willamina on April 21, 2020. She took care of the squirrel, which she also called One Eyed Willa, for several weeks after her mother found it alone in a backyard. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries took the squirrel from Istre on Thursday, April 23, 2020, and sent it to a wildlife rehab specialist. (Joey Morvant via AP)
April 26, 2020 - 7:03 pm
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A one-eyed squirrel that gained a social media following is being returned to nature. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries took Willamina the squirrel from Emily Istre of Lafayette on Thursday, the Acadiana Advocate reported. Istre created an Instagram account...
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April 26, 2020 - 4:39 pm
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — A planning commissioner of Vallejo, California, has resigned after throwing his pet cat and apparently drinking a beer during a Zoom meeting between city officials that was made public, according to a newspaper report. During the April 20 teleconference of the city's Planning...
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April 25, 2020 - 12:42 pm
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Around this time of year, Floridians don't just have to worry about aggressive drivers on the road — they should be on the lookout for aggressive alligators, too, according to officials who on Friday had to remove a 9-foot (2.8-meter) gator from a county road. The Manatee...
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