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Primate of her life
In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 4, Gorilla Kira holds her baby at Moscow's zoo, Russia. The baby was born on July 22 and she's already living with her mother and other gorillas.
 
'Earth's fever rises': scientists' annual check-up
Earth's fever got worse last year, breaking dozens of climate records, scientists said in a massive report nicknamed the annual physical for the planet.
 
Wildfire strikes Montana
Tod McKay, spokesman for the Bitterroot National Forest, walks by a burned truck and shop at Dave Campbell's home in Judd Creek Hollow, in Hamilton, Montana, Tuesday, Aug. 2. Both were burned by a wildfire fire that blew up Sunday near Hamilton; however, his house survived the fire. "We're just trying to get people out of the way now," McKay told the Missoulian newspaper. "We can rebuild homes. We need to get people out of this area."
 
Uncontrolled burning is destroying orangutan habitats: primatologists
As soon as the door of her metal cage was opened, female Bornean orangutan Poco, 14, climbed to the top of a tree and settled herself on a branch. Shortly after, 13-year-old male Rich was released. He grabbed a hanging vine and swung himself toward her.
 
Fight continues against Big Sur fire; new blaze near Fresno
Crews battled a massive wildfire near California's Big Sur that is threatening thousands of homes as it burns for the tenth day, while a much newer fire in Fresno County quickly spread, damaging homes as it more than doubled in size Sunday.
 
Months after environmental officials killed a swan they determined to be aggressive, Connecticut is taking steps to better inform the public about nesting sites so people can avoid coming in contact with the birds.
 
In Akita Prefecture, four people assumed to be victims of bear attacks were found dead between May and June.
 
Monsoon-triggered floods kill more than 50 in India
Floods triggered by days of torrential monsoon rains have claimed more than 50 lives in eastern India this week, the country's home minister and reports said Saturday, with millions of people affected by surging waters.
 
Mexico's government has launched drones to back last-ditch efforts to prevent illegal fishing activities that have led to the near extinction of the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.
 
The lava flow from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano vent has attracted thousands of visitors since it began oozing down in May and finally reached the ocean this week.
 
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