Spider monkeys also diet to avoid obesity

SYDNEY - In the wild, spider monkeys restrict their daily protein intake in a similar way to humans in order to avoid obesity, suggesting common evolutionary origins.

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Snakes in a plane ground Qantas flights

SYDNEY - Qantas Airways took a Boeing 737 out of service after four pythons slithered out of their cage in the cargo hold during a flight from Alice Springs to Melbourne, Australia’s largest carrier said Thursday.

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Meet Mr Frog, age 37

SYDNEY - Researchers have stumbled upon a 37-year-old frog in New Zealand, making it one of the longest living frogs known to science.

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Eleven beached whales refloated in Australia

SYDNEY - The 11 survivors from a pod of 80 whales that beached themselves near Margaret River on Australia’s west coast were pushed back out to sea Tuesday.

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Missing 5-year-old may have been taken by crocodile

SYDNEY - The family of a five-year-old who went missing Sunday in far-north Queensland while out with his seven-year-old brother fears he may have been taken by a crocodile.

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Henry the reptile becomes dad at 111 years old

WELLINGTON - Henry, a tuatara reptile said to be 111 years old and a relic of the dinosaur age, has become a father for the first time, a newspaper reported Monday.

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Gourmets’ fondness for frog legs sounds species’ death knell

SYDNEY - Gourmets who who consume between 200 million and a billion pair of frog legs every year are already sounding the death knell of the species.

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Dog that died saving children to get animal bravery award

WELLINGTON - George, a Jack Russell terrier that died saving five children being attacked by pit bulls in New Zealand two years ago, is to get Britain’s highest award for animal bravery, a newspaper reported Thursday.

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Dolphins found using tools

SYDNEY - After monkeys were spotted cracking nuts with stones and birds were seen using sticks to trick termites out of their mounds, dolphins are the latest to join the ranks of tool using animals.

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