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Kids, Go Catch a Raccoon

A decades-old book romanticizes a time when children were free to capture wild animals for pets.<p>No one today could get away with publishing <i>The Golden Book of Wild-Animal Pets</i>. A popular children’s hardback throughout the 1960s, full of tips on the capture and care of snakes, skunks, hawks, prairie …

Parenting

Fire ants, alligators lurking in floodwaters

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen shares some of the dangers that could be lurking in Harvey's floodwaters apart from sewage and bacteria.

Floods

The Link Between Animal Abuse and Murder

A forensic veterinarian is on a mission to convince law enforcement that people who harm pets often commit other serious crimes.<p>In August 2007, Michael Vick pleaded guilty to the case that jettisoned him from celebrity into notoriety. The Atlantic Falcons quarterback’s dogfighting ring had been …

Animal Abuse

Watch how easily a rat can get from city street to your toilet

With so many stories about all kinds of unwelcome creatures winding up in one’s toilet – snakes, alligators, rats – I’ve generally dismissed the …

Toilets

The Cat that Changed America (2017 Movie) Official Trailer

Los Angeles

While America Ignores A Disease Bigger Than Zika, Its Victims Remain Invisible

Some 300,000 in the U.S. have it. Many are afraid to come forward.<p><i>This article is part of HuffPost’s</i> <i>Project Zero</i> <i>campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them.</i><p>LOS ANGELES ― Pancha sits in her cramped living room and scoops her two little dogs into her lap. They …

Public Health

How a "Hawkward" Houston Animal Rescue Charmed the Internet

Before Hurricane Harvey descended on Houston, a hawk landed in a Texas man's cab, beginning a vlog series that charmed the internet.<p>On Sunday, …

Hurricane Harvey

Bringing Back the Light - National Wildlife Federation

Amid reports of firefly declines, you can help these iconic summer insects in your own backyard<p>05-30-2017 // Laura Tangley<p>A firefly flashes as the …

Mountain lion crashes through California woman's window, lands on her bed

<b>Video by FOX News</b><p>The crash of fireworks didn't rouse a California woman from sleep on July 4; however, the crash of a mountain lion hopping through …

Wildlife

The secret life of urban crows

On a blustery overcast morning this past April, Kaeli Swift walked across the campus of the University of Washington toting a weathered …

Birds

NYC launches $32 million plan to reduce rat population

New York City announced a $32 million multiagency plan on Wednesday to reduce its rat population.

New York City

How Boston Made Itself Bigger

Maps from 1630 to the present show how the city—once an 800-acre peninsula—grew into what it is today.<p>Last year’s drought had Boston worrying anew about a longstanding problem: The foundations beneath centuries-old homes and other buildings are at risk of rotting and crumbling.<p>It seems …

Cities

A Sea Lion Grabbed a Young Girl Off a Dock in Canada

A young girl was pulled underwater by a sea lion as she sat on a dock near Vancouver in Canada, and an onlooker captured the moment on video.<p>The …

Animals

Fox-hunting row: playing politics with animal welfare

If Theresa May’s announcement of a UK general election on June 8 was a surprise to many, her pledge to allow a free vote on repealing the Hunting Act …

The Secret Life of Urban Crows

…and why Seattle may be the Corvid Capital of the World.

Birds

All the Trees Will Die, and Then So Will You

The polyphagous shot hole borer, a brown-black beetle from southeast Asia, never gets bigger than a tenth of an inch. It breeds inside trees; …

Residents question 'senseless' killing of bear spotted in Scarborough

Bear in Scarborough may have been looking for food, curious, or disoriented, expert says<p>While some residents are questioning why a bear was shot and …

Anger

Massive python spotted on South African golf course

Enormous python slithers onto a golf course in in Zimbali, South Africa.

The 'Cat Man of Aleppo' loves dogs, too

Mohammad Alaa Jaleel is known as the "Cat Man of Aleppo." Due to the nonstop warfare being waged in Syria, families are often forced to flee their …

Friendly Felines: Cats Like People (Really!), Study Says

Do cats like being around people, or are they only using humans to open doors and operate can openers? A new study suggests that human contact is …

Vacant lots provide more ecosystem services than backyard trees | Anthropocene

Though vacant lots are often the most verdant spaces in a city-dweller’s everyday life, they’re not usually appreciated for the life they host. Sure, …

Catnip to cat lovers everywhere: your fluffy friend loves you right back

Research has shown that cats love human company above all else. That may be news to some – but not to me and my loyal, sociable sidekick<p>In very important news: cats are nice. Yes, that’s right – forget about Legs-it; purge your mind of Trump’s climate change idiocy (if only) and don’t worry about …

Cats

How the mouse came to live alongside humans

<b>Mice have been living alongside humans for 15,000 years, according to fossil evidence.</b><p>This is earlier than previously thought - and predates the dawn of agriculture.<p>Scientists believe wild mice crept into settlements in the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean) region to steal wild grains and seeds that …

Anthropology

New (free!) e-book shows why urban resilience and environmental justice MATTER

In an era rocked by environmental, economic, and political upheaval, our cities and communities must be resilient in order to survive. But what does …

Kedi might look like a glorified cute cat video, but it has plenty to say about people, too

At one point in <i>Kedi</i>, a documentary portrait of Istanbul’s many stray cats, one of the interview subjects explains why she regularly opens her door to …

Cats

Why the Planet Earth II Episode on Cities Is So Startling

It gives us a glimpse of our strange future.<p>It used to happen a lot: Teetering home drunk and disconsolate late at night through the shadowy semi-suburbs of north London, I would turn a corner and find, staring placidly at me on the street, the silhouette of a fox.<p>Looking directly into the eyes of …

Nature

Kedi, A Heartwarming New Documentary, Stars Istanbul's Street Cats

In Istanbul, the cat is king. The city is famous for its legions of feral felines. Even though no one technically owns them, these hundreds of …

Science

Hedgehogs vanish from British gardens

More than half of Britain’s gardeners did not spot a hedgehog, owl, frog, fox, mouse or bat, in their gardens in 2016, as wildlife experts warn that the once common animals are continuing to decline.<p>The annual survey by BBC Gardening World Magazine found there has been a further drop in hedgehog …

Gardening