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5:01 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Behind cute face, a cold-blooded killer: Study finds cats kill billions of animals

Emma looks out from her cage at a pet trade show in Dresden, Germany.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 4:00 pm

Maybe that New Zealand environmentalist we told you about — the one who wanted to rid the country of cats because of all the birds they kill — was on to something: A new study published in journal Nature Communications found that cats are some of the most efficient and successful killers.

In all, the study found, cats kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year.

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4:34 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

We can all agree baby pandas are cute. But why?

Tai Shan and his mother, Mei Xiang, enjoy frozen fruit treats at the National Zoo in 2006.
Avie Schneider NPR

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 10:05 am

Xiao Liwu made his public debut Thursday at the San Diego Zoo. Fans crowded around the exhibit, their camera lenses extended, hoping to catch a glimpse of the 5-month-old giant panda cub. If they're lucky and actually do see the 16-pound panda (his Chinese name means "Little Gift"), there'll be much oooing and aaahing.

You'd have to be heartless not to agree that pandas, especially the youngest of them, are as cute as all get-out. Right? But why?

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Animal fun
9:48 am
Thu March 29, 2012

First baby wallaby for Seattle zoo; Tiger debut in Tacoma

In a Wednesday, March 28, 2012 photo provided by the Woodland Park Zoo, a 5-month-old wallaby joey at Woodland Park Zoo peeks out of mama’s pouch. The joey is the first infant wallaby born at the zoo.
The Associated Press

A 5-month-old baby wallaby has started peeking out of its mother's pouch at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

The zoo says it's the first infant wallaby — known as a joey — born at the zoo. And, in Tacoma a tiger that the zoo there hopes will become a love interest for Jaya will be introduced to the public.

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Environment
11:41 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Ribbon seal far from Arctic home in good shape

In this photo provided by NOAA, a ribbon seal is seen Friday, Jan. 20 on a dock in Marysville, Wash. The ribbon seal is commonly found in the frigid waters off the coasts of Alaska and Russia, but has recently been spotted in the Seattle area.
The Associated Press

EVERETT, Wash. — An Arctic ribbon seal rarely seen in Puget Sound has had its southerly sojourn interrupted for a medical checkup that shows the male is in good health.

Marine mammal experts from NOAA fisheries in Seattle threw a net over the white-striped seal on an Everett dock Tuesday and held him for a 20-minute examination.

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Animals
3:21 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Just a cool photo of a beluga whale ... blowing a bubble ring

Itsuo Inouye Associated Press

A white whale, also known as beluga, puffs a ring at Kamogawa Sea World in Kamogawa, east of Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Dec. 25.

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11:42 am
Fri June 17, 2011

E. coli sickens four after visits to Everett farm

An animal farm run by Everett's parks department is thought to be the source of E. coli infections that have sickened four people.
Alex Flickr

Two children are among four people sickened by E. coli infections after recent visits to the city of Everett animal farm.

Dr. Gary Goldbaum of the Snohomish Health District says one child was hospitalized for several days but has since been discharged. All four people reported vomiting and diarrhea.

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Artscape
9:27 am
Sun March 6, 2011

A horse, a donkey and Seattle Opera's "Don Quixote"

Millie as Dapple and her human co-star Richard Bernstein in Seattle Opera's production of "Don Quixote."
Photo by Rozarii Lynch

Seattle Opera’s latest production is “Don Quixote.” The show is a spectacle, featuring sets that look like humongous books; computer-animated windmills; and flamenco dancers.

The cast also features a memorable pair from Bothell who is making its operatic debut: Millie, a donkey, and Desperado, a horse.

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