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Woolly Mammoth: Shearer Saves Hugely Overgrown Sheep

NPR | Sept. 3, 2015 1:59 p.m.

A sheep found in the wild in Australia had to undergo emergency shearing — 89 pounds 3 ounces of wool was cut away. The sheep's body weight reportedly dropped by half.

World | Flora and Fauna | Science

WATCH: Octopuses Appear To Take Up Arms As Submarine Warfare Escalates

NPR | Sept. 3, 2015 12:25 p.m.

An Australian bay has gotten a bit too crowded for the local octopuses, who have been fighting and bullying each other. They now appear to be hurling shells as weapons — and there's video evidence.

Science | Flora and Fauna | Nation

Warning Calls Decoded: Squirrels Take Up Bird Alarms To Foil The Enemy

NPR | Sept. 3, 2015 10:33 a.m.

It can take more than just a keen ear to figure out what animals are saying. Sometimes, scientists are learning, you have to talk back to map the rich networks of conversation in a forest.

Arts | Flora and Fauna

Dean Jones, Herbie's Driver In Disney Movies, Dies At Age 84

NPR | Sept. 2, 2015 4:10 p.m.

Actor Dean Jones, who starred in The Love Bug, That Darn Cat! and other classic Walt Disney movies, also played the role of Bobby in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim's Company.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Nation

Fight To Save Sage Grouse Is A Fight To Save The West

NPR | Sept. 1, 2015 5:44 a.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether to list the greater sage grouse as endangered. Many groups, including some oil and gas firms and a conservation group don't want that to happen.

Flora and Fauna | Science

Small Shocks Help Enormous Birds Learn To Avoid Power Lines

NPR | Aug. 30, 2015 2:34 p.m.

With wingspans over 9 feet long, California condors are so big that they're at risk for electrocution when they fly into or land on power poles. One San Diego program seeks to change this behavior.

Science | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Nation

In The Stomach Of A Seabird, A Glimpse Of An Ocean Heating Up

NPR | Aug. 30, 2015 10:43 a.m.

As the Pacific Ocean warms, the diet of Alaska's seabirds has been changing along with it. Now, on the eve of President Obama's visit to the state, researchers aren't the only ones paying attention.

Food | Flora and Fauna | Nation

In A Remote Part Of Washington, A Scramble To Save Cattle From Flames

NPR | Aug. 28, 2015 4:14 p.m.

More than 1,000 square miles of wildfires are burning in the state. In the isolated Okanogan Valley, where power and phone lines have burned, cattle ranchers are doing what they can to spare herds.

Flora and Fauna | Nation

It's A Boy! National Zoo Reveals Surviving Panda Cub's Gender

NPR | Aug. 28, 2015 1:03 p.m.

Genetic testing also showed that he was sired by Tian Tian, the zoo announced.

Science | Flora and Fauna | Nation

Froggy Went A-Courtin', But Lady Frogs Chose Second-Best Guy Instead

NPR | Aug. 27, 2015 3:23 p.m.

Given two choices of attractive mates, female frogs pick the top vocalist. But add a third, inferior male to the mix, and females go for No. 2. The "decoy effect" shapes some human choices, too.