Some owners willing to give up chimpanzees, but sanctuaries are full and need more funding

Owners struggle to find sanctuaries for chimps

Russ Cochran fondly recalls the fun he had with his chimpanzee when the animal was younger, taking him for rides in the car and to his cabin on the river. Boaters would stop to see Sammy, who would jump in canoes and help himself to food and drinks from the cooler.

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Jack Russell terrior does what neither rain, sleet or snow could do: Mail halted in W.Va. homes

Dog does what rain or snow can’t: Halt mail

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Cozmo the Jack Russell terrier has done what neither rain, sleet nor the gloom of night has been able to do — keep postal carriers in Clarksburg from their appointed rounds. Postal Service spokeswoman Cathy Yarosky said mail delivery to seven homes on Milford Street was halted because of the 20-pound terrier.

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Jack Russell terrior does what neither rain, sleet or snow could do: Mail halted in W.Va. homes

Dog does what rain or snow can’t: Mail halted

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Cozmo the Jack Russell terrier has done what neither rain, sleet nor the gloom of night has been able to do — keep postal carriers in Clarksburg from their appointed rounds. Postal Service spokeswoman Cathy Yarosky said mail delivery to seven homes on Milford Street was halted because of the 20-pound terrier.

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Snake pays ultimate price for blacking out Missouri Capitol, stranding people in elevators

Snake blacks out Missouri Capitol, pays price

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri legislators spent about an hour in the dark Tuesday because of a power outage at the state Capitol — and a snake took all the blame and paid the price.

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Chachi the Chihuahua back home in Florida after being found more than 700 miles away in Ohio

Dog back home in Fla. after being found in Ohio

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Chachi the Chihuahua is back home in Florida, thanks to a couple who found the pooch in southwest Ohio 10 months after it went missing. Owner Robert Bartman, of Gainesville, Fla., said he doesn’t know how the dog ended up 700 miles from home.

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Smithsonian launches project to fight fungus blamed for dozens of frog extinctions

Project launched to fight frog-killing fungus

WASHINGTON — Zoos in the U.S., Panama and Mexico are deploying researchers in Central America to develop new ways to fight a fungus blamed for wiping out dozens of frog and amphibian species as part of a project announced Monday.

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Researchers say 75-million-year-old pregnant turtle fossil in Utah is country’s 1st such find

Rare prehistoric pregnant turtle found in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Paleontologists say a 75-million-year-old turtle fossil uncovered in southern Utah has a clutch of eggs inside, making it the first prehistoric pregnant turtle found in the United States.

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T.G.I. Friday’s: Snake head was planted in dish of broccoli at upstate NY restaurant

T.G.I. Friday’s: Snake head wasn’t cooked

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — T.G.I. Friday’s says a severed snake head found in a dish of broccoli at one of its upstate New York restaurants was apparently planted in the meal.

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T.G.I. Friday’s says severed snake was likely planted in dish of broccoli

T.G.I. Friday’s says snake likely planted in meal

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — T.G.I. Friday’s said a severed snake head found in a dish of broccoli at one of its upstate New York restaurants was likely planted in the meal. Diner Jack Pendleton said he found the snake head the size of his thumb mixed in with his vegetables at T.G.I. Friday’s in Clifton Park on Sunday. The Ballston Lake man said he thought at first it was a mushroom.

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Animal on board: Ways to fly cheaper and hassle-free with pets on a plane

Ways to fly cheaper and hassle-free with pets

NEW YORK — We dress them up. We feed them gourmet foods. We treat them like members of the family. So when we have to fly — whether it be on a beach vacation or to grandma’s house, our pets are often a first-class priority.

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