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With populations thriving, are bobcats the next urban pest?
As someone who has studied bobcats for almost four decades, wildlife ecologist John Litvaitis remembers many times returning from the field without spotting a single one of these solitary and shy creatures that often hunt at dusk.
 
Young whale finds its way out of Southern California harbor
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.
 
The people have spoken and the albino orangutan has a name
The rare animal has been named "Alba" after thousands of suggestions were sent from around the world.
 
Could this machine be the future of farming?
Strange things are happening on the rooftop of a family house in Kalanki, Nepal. Lush green plants are sprouting out of plastic barrels wrapped in aluminum foil. The sight of the plants' dark green hues in contrast to the metallic sheen from the aluminum foil is both beautiful and alien. Could this be the future of farming?
 
Wild dolphins are sicker than captive ones, says US study
Wild dolphins are exposed to more pollutants than their captive counterparts, which could explain why they face higher rates of illness and disease, U.S. researchers said Wednesday.
 
Faced with exploding populations and steadily rising temperatures worldwide, cities must make haste in reinforcing defenses against climate change-induced flooding and heat waves, experts warned this week.
 
Invasive species battle goes high-tech
A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant wing-like nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest.
 
The newborn fawn walks unsteadily among the trees that were once part of the Chinese emperor's hunting grounds, where more than a century before its forebears died out in their native China.
 
Key South African leopard population 'crashing,' science journal warns
The leopard population in a region of South Africa once thick with the big cats is crashing, and could be wiped out within a few years, scientists warned Wednesday.
 
Say hello to Billy
Billy, a male Asian elephant, roams in his habitat at the Elephants of Asia exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday, April 18.
 
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