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5 Amazing Stories of Devoted Dogs

A new book shows how our canine companions enrich our lives.<p><b>Dog owners know how how much joy our beloved canine companions bring to our lives.</b><p>They enrich us in small and undramatic ways every day—by making us laugh, keeping us company, and offering us unconditional love. My new National Geographic …

Treacherous Lake Turns Any Animal That Touches It into Stone

Lake Natron is a salt lake found in northern Tanzania, near the Kenyan border over at the eastern branch of the East African Rift. The lake gets its …

Rhinos to get microchips in horns as Kenya fights poachers

Conservationists in Kenya are to implant microchips in the horns of the country's rhinos in its fight against increasingly sophisticated poachers.<p>The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said it will use the chips along with DNA records to track the country's dwindling rhino population, which is thought to …

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Bao Bao is her name: National Zoo panda cub adorable at 100 days

Bao Bao is the name that's been chosen for the female giant panda cub at Washington's National Zoo, following a tally of 123,039 votes. In case you missed it, the name was announced Sunday, giving us all another opportunity to look at pictures of panda cubs.<p>Do it. You'll feel as warm and fuzzy as …

Cocaine Laced With Veterinary Drug Levamisole Eats Away at Flesh

Cocaine cut with the veterinary drug levamisole could be the culprit in a flurry of flesh-eating disease in New York and Los Angeles.<p>The drug, used …

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