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Seizure Alert

Seizure Alert – dogs trained to aid seizure victims Stephen Sawicki Gifted canines can be the first line of defense for their seizure-prone companions. Close to eight years ago, life dealt Leana Beasley a hand as unfair as it gets. This mother of one was in Panama, where her husband was serving with the U.S. […]

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Fledgling or Foundling? – tips for spotting young animals that need help

Fledgling or Foundling? – tips for spotting young animals that need help Joni Praded Each spring well-meaning folks often do more harm than good `rescuing’ infant wildlife. Tips for knowing how–or if–to help. Every year, Arthur Howell can count on performing a certain spring ritual. He goes into the woods near his northern Maine outpost, […]

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Navy’s Sonar Program Turns Deaf Ear to Whales’ Welfare – endangered species

Navy’s Sonar Program Turns Deaf Ear to Whales’ Welfare – endangered species – Brief Article The U.S. Navy and animal activists are squaring off over a new sonar system that could have deadly consequences for whales. The military has asked for an exemption from the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act so that it can use […]

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Compassion: A Team Effort

Compassion: A Team Effort – Brief Article Gus W. Thornton Every day, humane societies across the country strive to prevent cruelty to animals. One of their most challenging problems is dealing with people who amass large numbers of animals, most often cats or dogs, beyond their means to care for them. As Stephen Sawicki points […]

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on the wane in the West, the weasel’s numbers are waxing in the East

The fortunes of fishers: on the wane in the West, the weasel’s numbers are waxing in the East Deborah Knight The first two fishers Sally Beckwith raised for release to the wild were orphaned adolescents, and they took her to fisher school. They leapt horizontally between trees and stuck like Velcro balls. They chased each […]

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From sea to noisy sea – undersea noise pollution

From sea to noisy sea – undersea noise pollution – Special Report Sy Montgomery When they began their study of sperm whales 14 years ago, researchers Lindy Weilgart and Hal Whitehead were astonished by what happened the first time they tried to enter the water with their giant study subjects. The whales they were watching […]

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Allure of the Weasel

Allure of the Weasel – ferrets Pamela H. Sacks The pet ferret is here to stay–with the right owners, we hope! Ann Rudich laughs when she recalls the time she arrived home from work to find her ferret, Jagger, lying exhausted in the middle of a huge pile of socks and pantyhose. He had spent […]

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Running Strong New Help for Bum Knees

Running Strong New Help for Bum Knees Joni Praded If you’ve ever been in a locker room full of athletes, you know that bum knees are almost as common as dirty socks. Some tennis and basketball players have faced the knife more than 10 times to keep their joints in competing shape. But there are […]

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THE Cyber—Trackers – computerized recording of Bushmen’s knowledge about animals helps protect African wildlife

THE Cyber—Trackers – computerized recording of Bushmen’s knowledge about animals helps protect African wildlife Joni Praded Stone-age skills team with space-age technology to help conservationists learn more about–and protect–Africa’s wild animals. The first reports came in 1995. In the seemingly impenetrable rainforests tucked in the northeast corner of the Republic of the Congo, biologists began […]

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Beyond Evolution: The Genetically Altered Future of Plants, Animals, the Earth … and Humans. – Review

Beyond Evolution: The Genetically Altered Future of Plants, Animals, the Earth … and Humans. – Review – book review Elaine L. Birkholz Beyond Evolution: The Genetically Altered Future of Plants, Animals, the Earth … and Humans. By Michael W. Fox. 256 pages. Lyons Press. $24.95 hardcover. Transplant-ready organs. Cures for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Frost […]