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New Evidence That Urban Water Pollution Is Harming Birds

Researchers have linked the polluted run-off from cities to hormonal problems in chicks.

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2014 Has Been a Brutal Year So Far for Urban Wildlife Rescuers

The long, harsh winter was even harder on animals than it was on us.

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If Savanna Animals Took the Subway

A new photo project dreams up a Paris Metro commute for lions, giraffes, and the whole gang. 

A Brief, and Disgusting, History of 'Ratzillas'

An uber-rodent recently found in a Swedish kitchen is not the first humongous rat to horrify the world.

Laurence Arnold

After Centuries Away, the Endangered Nene Goose Returns to Oahu

Hawaii's state bird hadn't been seen on the island since the 1700s.

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No, Wikipedia, the World Is Not Overrun With Sewer Rats

Debunking the total-world-domination myth of the common rat.

Squirrels Hibernate So Hard You Can Juggle Them

This has actually been proven by science.

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Are Police Horses a Dying Breed?

The ascendancy of stats-based policing has made keeping mounted units harder.

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How Urban Light Pollution Could Be Killing Rainforests

And it's probably not in the way you think.

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Plastic Packing Bands Are Strangling Seals and Sea Lions

A common packing strap is responsible for more than half of Alaska's Stellar sea-lion entanglements.

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Yes, There's a War on Swans

One of our more attractive invasive species is finally coming under fire.

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Climate Change Is Directly Responsible for Killing Baby Penguins

Torrential downpours and abnormal heat could kill nearly half of penguin chicks in a single year, say researchers.

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The Long Regulatory Road to America's First Cat Cafe

Pending a whole lot of permits, one could open in San Francisco this summer.

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The Cougar Next Door

The U.S. mountain lion population is on the rise for the first time in a century. And more are finding their way into populated areas.

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Of Course Scientists Are Attaching Cameras to Alligators

Meet the "Crittercam."

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Say Hello to Your Newest Urban Animal: the Snowy Owl

The fluffy-white hunters are everywhere this year, from New York to Baltimore all the way down to Florida.

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The Forgotten History of How Cities Almost Killed the Common Squirrel

At last, historians have charted the great "squirrel experiments" of the 1800s, which saved the humble creature from urban extinction.

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The Oceans Are Vibrating With Humanity's 'Background Hum'

These maps show how shipping vessels are creating loud neighborhoods for oceans and the animals that live there.

On a Mission to Help Neighborhoods With Scarce Resources for Pets

You've heard of food deserts, but what about pet food deserts?