Animals - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Animals Science Says: Whale of a mystery solved? How they got so big WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists think they have answered a whale of a mystery: How the ocean creatures got so huge so quickly. A few million years ago, the largest whales, averaged maybe 15 feet long. That's big, but you could still hold a fossil skull in two hands. Then seemingly overnight, one type of whale — the toothless baleens — beca... Wed, 24 May 2017 03:30:00 GMT 2017-05-24T03:30:00Z Scientists Say They Know How Whales Got So Huge Scientists have solved a mystery that baffled them about the biggest of whales and how they evolved. A new study Tuesday says it all started with an ice... Wed, 24 May 2017 01:39:00 GMT 2017-05-24T01:39:00Z Agency-by-agency look at Trump's budget How President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion federal spending plan would affect individual government agencies. AGRICULTURE Up or down? Down 5 percent Highlight: The proposed budget would limit subsidies to farmers, including a cut in government help for purchasing crop insurance. Crop insu... Wed, 24 May 2017 01:03:00 GMT 2017-05-24T01:03:00Z After 9 months in space, mouse sperm yield healthy mice CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After nine months in space, mouse sperm has yielded healthy mice, Japanese scientists reported Monday. The freeze-dried sperm samples were launched in 2013 to the International Space Station and returned to Earth in 2014. The intense radiation of space caused slight DNA damage to the sperm. Yet, after in vitro fertilization on the ground, healthy ... Tue, 23 May 2017 02:35:00 GMT 2017-05-23T02:35:00Z PBS airing live nature special from Alaska this summer NEW YORK (AP) — PBS is collaborating with the BBC on a special live event this summer where cameras will try to catch bears, wolves, eagles and other wildlife in their natural habitat in Alaska. "Wild Alaska Live" will air over three nights on PBS on July 23, 26 and 30. Cameras placed in the Tongass National Forest, the Kenai Fjords National Park, in Hallo Bay and other loca... Tue, 23 May 2017 02:29:00 GMT 2017-05-23T02:29:00Z 'Winged' snake species from 5 million years ago discovered GRAY, Tenn. (AP) — A new species of snake that lived roughly 5 million years ago has been discovered at a fossil site in Tennessee. A study published in the Journal of Herpetology says the snake has been named Zilantophis schuberti, which roughly translates to "Schubert's Winged Snake." The snake is named in part after Blaine Schubert, ... Mon, 22 May 2017 21:41:00 GMT 2017-05-22T21:41:00Z South African hunter dies after Zimbabwe elephant trampling HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Authorities in Zimbabwe say a South African hunter died after being trampled by an elephant. A wildlife official said Monday that hunter Theunis Botha was with a client near Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park when he "unknowingly" walked into a herd of elephants on Friday. Simukai Nyasha, spokesman for the Zimbabwe ... Mon, 22 May 2017 11:08:00 GMT 2017-05-22T11:08:00Z Ringling Bros. shuts down the big top after 146 years UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — With laughter, hugs and tears — and the requisite death-defying stunts — the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation Sunday night as it performed its last show. "We are, forevermore, the Greatest Show on Earth," boomed Johnathan Lee Iverson, who has been the ringmaster since 1999. His son, who a... Mon, 22 May 2017 08:32:00 GMT 2017-05-22T08:32:00Z Final Curtain For 'The Greatest Show on Earth' Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation Sunday night as it performed its last show. The final performance ends a... Mon, 22 May 2017 05:37:00 GMT 2017-05-22T05:37:00Z Young whale finds its way out of Southern California harbor VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A humpback whale that made a big splash with boaters after wandering into a Southern California harbor was on the move again Sunday after finding its way back to the open ocean. "We have great news," an ecstatic Ventura Harbormaster John Higgins told The Associated Press. "The whale was able to find its way out." Authorities may hav... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:57:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:57:00Z Startling video shows sea lion snatching girl from pier RICHMOND, British Columbia (AP) — A college student has startling video of a sea lion snatching a girl off a dock and yanking her into the water on Canada's West Coast. It happened Saturday in Richmond, a Vancouver suburb. University student Michael Fujiwara tells CBC News that some people started feeding the animal breadcrumbs. In Fuji... Sun, 21 May 2017 15:21:00 GMT 2017-05-21T15:21:00Z Wayward humpback whale stuck in California harbor VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A humpback whale swam into a Southern California harbor and got stuck there, drawing spectators and news helicopters as boat crews try to guide it out to the open water. Ventura Harbor Patrol officials say the whale was spotted Saturday afternoon and has been swimming back and forth in the harbor. A wildlife exper... Sun, 21 May 2017 01:53:00 GMT 2017-05-21T01:53:00Z Fans thankful to see 'Greatest Show on Earth' a final time UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — For some circus fans Saturday, it was a chance to say goodbye to beloved childhood memories. For others, it was a bucket list fulfillment. Lions, tigers and clowns, no more. Oh my. It's curtains for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. This weekend, the most famous American circus ends its 146-year re... Sun, 21 May 2017 01:11:00 GMT 2017-05-21T01:11:00Z Appearance of young bear puts kibosh on high school game WELLS RIVER, Vt. (AP) — The appearance of a bear cub — a real one, not a mascot — forced the cancellation of a pair of high school baseball and softball games in Vermont. Blue Mountain Union High School and Oxbow High School gave up Friday after a curious black bear cub refused to be shooed away, and then wandered into a dugout. Oxbow b... Sat, 20 May 2017 13:29:00 GMT 2017-05-20T13:29:00Z Hugh Jackman's secret? He didn't know wolverines are real NEW YORK (AP) — After playing Wolverine in nine movies, Hugh Jackman arguably knows more about the superhero than anyone. But that wasn't always the case. He recalls researching the animal when he first got the role and being somewhat mistaken about the character. For one thing, he had no idea that a wolverine is a real creature. "I did... Fri, 19 May 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-05-19T22:11:00Z Oil company watches over pregnant polar bear under bridge ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A pregnant polar bear seeking to dig her maternity den chose an unlikely spot: a snow drift along a bridge leading to an artificial production island off the north coast of Alaska. As a threatened species, polar bears are entitled to peaceful pregnancies and the operating oil company, Hilcorp Alaska LLC, took vigorous measures to ... Fri, 19 May 2017 20:23:00 GMT 2017-05-19T20:23:00Z Police: Woman in dinosaur costume spooked carriage horses CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A woman wearing an orange dinosaur costume was charged with disorderly conduct after she scared two horses pulling a carriage of tourists in South Carolina, authorities said Friday. The owner of Palmetto Carriage Works suggested it was part of a stunt by animal activists who are becoming increasingly more brazen in protesting the p... Fri, 19 May 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-05-19T19:19:00Z Illinois Zoo Exhibits Endangered Pangolin The Pangolin, aslo known as the scaly anteater is the newest animal on dispaly at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago. The species, found in Africa and Asia,... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:06:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:06:00Z Survey: New Hampshire lost an average 65 percent of beehives CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A first-time survey by the New Hampshire Beekeepers Association shows the state lost an average of 65 percent of its beehives this winter. The survey covered Oct. 1, 2016, through March 31; data collected from 261 sites in 130 towns shows the number of hives dropped from 1,004 to 350, the Concord Monitor reports ( Merrimack County ... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:56:00 GMT 2017-05-19T16:56:00Z 'Drogon' the ant on annual Top 10 list of new species SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Drogon the ant joins a pink bush cricket and a freshwater stingray on this year's Top 10 list of new species. An international panel of experts compiles the list for the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. Also included are a tiny spider, a rat that eats plant and... Fri, 19 May 2017 11:37:00 GMT 2017-05-19T11:37:00Z Hugh Jackman says it's harder for his Wolverine character to love than fight Hugh Jackman feels it’s easier for Wolverine to fight than love while promoting a special version of “Logan.” The “X-Men” universe made him a star back... Fri, 19 May 2017 02:40:00 GMT 2017-05-19T02:40:00Z Unsuspecting Walmart customer takes down startled deer WADENA, Minn. (AP) — A confused white-tailed deer that wandered into a Walmart store in Minnesota ran into a startled customer who tackled the animal to the ground. Shoppers at the store in Wadena (wah-DEE'-nah), 150 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis, speculated that the young animal was searching for a snack Tuesday when it entered the store through the garden... Thu, 18 May 2017 18:01:00 GMT 2017-05-18T18:01:00Z APNewsBreak: Sesame Street, SeaWorld plan more joint parks ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Muppets fans are going to have more places to ask the question, "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?" SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. and the nonprofit behind Sesame Street announced Thursday that they are expanding their partnership to build another theme park by 2021, and possibly add more U.S. parks in the years beyond. ... Thu, 18 May 2017 13:05:00 GMT 2017-05-18T13:05:00Z Love bite? Snake bites Florida man who tries to kiss it BOSTWICK, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man leaned in to kiss a rattlesnake — but got bitten instead. News outlets report the unidentified man was bitten on the tongue Tuesday in the Bostwick area and had to be airlifted to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. WTLV in Jacksonville ( ) quote... Thu, 18 May 2017 11:22:00 GMT 2017-05-18T11:22:00Z Indonesia arrests Japanese man in reptile smuggling JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested a Japanese man who conservationists say is a major player in the illegal wildlife trade for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 250 reptiles out of the country. The head of law enforcement at Jakarta's international airport, Ridwan Alaydrus, said Thursday that Katsuhide Naito was arreste... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:42:00 GMT 2017-05-18T10:42:00Z Beehive Thief Busted By Fresno Authorities Investigators in Fresno say they've recovered a trove of beehives worth thousands of dollars and have arrested a suspect they say stole beehives from... Thu, 18 May 2017 01:52:00 GMT 2017-05-18T01:52:00Z Bee industry buzzing: Stolen hives recovered in California FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The bee industry is buzzing over the arrest of a man accused of stealing thousands of hives worth nearly $1 million from California's almond orchards in one of the biggest such thefts on record. The case has thrown a spotlight on a business many city slickers probably never knew existed: Beekeepers in the U.S. move their colonies aro... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:01:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:01:00Z California tortoises died trying to reproduce during drought LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists examining the deaths of female desert tortoises in Southern California said it appears the animals died while exhausting their water and energy to lay eggs during California's historic drought. Researchers want to know why female tortoises are dying in greater numbers than males in the Joshua Tree National Park. U.S. Geologic... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:48:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:48:00Z Florida woman finds iguana in toilet bowl, calls 911 MIAMI (AP) — What did a South Florida woman do when she lifted the lid on her toilet and found an iguana inside? She closed it again and called 911. Lt. Scott Mullin of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom One unit tells the Miami Herald ( ) it's the first time he's found an iguana in a toilet. Mullin ... Wed, 17 May 2017 18:40:00 GMT 2017-05-17T18:40:00Z Police: Drunken driving suspect had lizard in bra TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say a bearded dragon lizard was turned over to animal control after a woman suspected of drunken driving revealed she had the animal stuffed in her bra. Taunton police said in a Facebook post that the 39-year-old woman had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit Tuesday when she drove off the road, smashing into severa... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:57:00 GMT 2017-05-17T12:57:00Z