Scientists discover first protein-based amphibian toxin in Chinese tree frog

WASHINGTON - Scientists in China have discovered the first protein-based toxin in an amphibian -a 60 amino acid neurotoxin found in the skin of a Chinese tree frog, which may help shed more light into both the evolution of amphibians and the evolution of poison.

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Human stress genes send monkeys on a booze binge

LONDON - Researchers have identified a gene variant which causes some macaque monkeys to drink more alcohol in experiments.

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THE CREATURE FEATURE: At overloaded shelters, summer is ‘cat season’; some turn to giveaways

Summer is cat season at shelters, now overflowing

Patrick Boehringer of Canton, Mich., couldn’t be a more satisfied customer. He calls Apricot, his Certified Pre-Owned Cat, “the best animal I ever had.”

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Costa Rican man’s best pal is a deadly 17ft crocodile!

LONDON - A daredevil fisherman loves to splash water with his best pal who just happens to be a deadly 17ft crocodile named Pocho.

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Chinese store offers tattooed fish to woo luck!

MELBOURNE - “Fortune fish” tattooed with patterns and characters are being offered in pet shops in a city in southwest China for those looking to woo luck.

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Brit dog owner ends up in court for being too slow to pick up pet’s poo!

LONDON - A Brit dog owner, who was fined 75 pounds for being too slow to pick up his pet’s mess, as he had to walk five yards to his car to fetch a plastic bag, took his case to court.

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Meltdown swamp-style: Louisiana’s alligators see recession saving their skins

Respite for reptiles as demand drops for skins

NEW ORLEANS — As conspicuous consumption loses some of its cachet during the recession, the swamp’s most conspicuous consumers have less to fear from humans.

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Like humans, monkeys too prefer mimics

WASHINGTON - Humans are not the only ones who recognise imitation as the sincerest form of flattery - monkeys too have a thing for those who ape their behaviour, a new study has found.

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Expert supports mother’s claim it might have been dog and not her who mutilated infant son

Expert says dog could have severed genitals

HOUSTON — An animal behavior expert testifying for the defense told jurors in Houston that a small dachshund could have severed an infant boy’s genitals, something which prosecutors accuse the child’s mother of doing.

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Migratory birds not choosy about selecting their rest stops

WASHINGTON - A new study Purdue University study researchers has found that migratory birds are not choosy about selecting their rest stops.

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