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Save a Baby Woodpecker? You’re Fined!

When 11-year-old aspiring veterinarian Skylar Capo came across a baby woodpecker about to be cat lunch, she sprang into action and saved it. When she couldn’t find the baby’s mom, she took it home to take care of it … that’s when she (and the bird) ran into a danger far worse than the feline [...]

Survival Training, Ferret Style

At one time, the black-footed ferret was one of the rarest animals in the world. They were native to the Great Plains, but thought to be extinct. Then in 1981, 18 ferrets were found and rounded up for their own safety. Captive breeding programs produced 7,000 ferrets since then. They are being introduced into the [...]

The Ins & Outs of Exotic Animal Smuggling

This article originally appeared in mental_floss magazine. If you’re in a subscribing mood, here are the details. by Ethan Trex Earlier this week, airport authorities in Wellington, New Zealand, caught a smuggler as he tried to slip onto a flight. The German citizen wasn’t smuggling drugs, guns, or cash, though. His cargo was a bit more alive: [...]