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Big chill: Warmed-up sea turtles freed off Florida
AP - They came in crowded trucks and left by flipper: Hundreds of endangered sea turtles are being released back into the Atlantic Ocean now that Florida's weather has warmed enough. -> Read Original Article
Veterinary relief efforts expected following Haiti earthquake
AVMA - The devastating earthquake that occurred in Haiti on Tuesday, Jan. 12, is tragic. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is closely monitoring the early response in Haiti to determine if and how we and others involved in animal welfare and health may assist in the Haiti response and recovery efforts. -> Read Original Article
Animal behavioral studies can mimic human behavior
EurekAlert.org - Mice and humans with same human gene abnormality behave similarly according to study in journal Science -> Read Original Article
Online survey helps improve bite prevention programs
MorrisAnimalFoundation.org - Dog bites are a significant cause of injury in children, and dogs that bite are often relinquished to shelters. -> Read Original Article
Farmers cut back on antibiotics
Omaha.com - Farmers in Nebraska and Iowa say they are curbing their use of antibiotics in livestock in response to growing national concern about the proliferation of drug-resistant infections in people. -> Read Original Article
Alligators' Lungs May Explain Dinos' Dominance
The alligator's bird-like lungs may explain how the ancestors of dinosaurs breathed their way to global dominance. -> Read Original Article
Do Animals have a 'Sixth Sense' About Earthquakes?
After earthquakes and tsunamis, stories often circulate of animals acting strangely or seeming to know of the disaster long before humans. Following the December 26, 2004, Asian tsunami, some (erroneous) news reports claimed that no dead animals had been killed ... -> Read Original Article
Understanding Why Leopards Can't Change Their Spots
New research reveals something about how cats end up with spots and stripes. It demonstrates for the first time that at least three different genes are involved in the emergence of stripes, spots and other markings on domestic cats. Researchers have also determined the genomic location of two of these genes, which will allow for further studies that could shine scientific light on various human skin disorders. -> Read Original Article
Raft or Bridge: How Did Iguanas Reach Tiny Pacific Islands?
Scientists have long puzzled over how iguanas, a group of lizards mostly found in the Americas, came to inhabit the isolated Pacific islands of Fiji and Tonga. For years, the leading explanation has been that progenitors of the island species must have rafted there, riding across the Pacific on a mat of vegetation or floating debris. But new research suggests a more grounded explanation. -> Read Original Article
Unlocking the Mystery of the Duck-Billed Platypus'
Abandon any notion that the duck-billed platypus is a soft and cuddly creature -- maybe like Perry the Platypus in the Phineas and Ferb cartoon. The males can deliver a mega-sting that causes immediate, excruciating pain, like hundreds of hornet stings, leaving victims incapacitated for weeks. Now scientists are reporting an advance toward deciphering the chemical composition of the venom, with the first identification of a dozen protein building blocks. -> Read Original Article