Wildlife

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Relax, It's Only a Piranha

Never mind its savage reputation. The piranha is a pussycat— most of the time

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Stories in Stone Read From Ancient Leaves

A Smithsonian scientist studies the relationship between Eocene insects and the plants they ate

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The Peaceful Primates

Costa Rica's squirrel monkeys are adorable, charismatic, sexy and critically endangered

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If You're a Bear, These Dogs Will Give You Paws

When grizzlies and black bears start hanging around people, Carrie Hunt and her feisty Karelians persuade them to go away

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Great Blues Are Going Great Guns

These ubiquitous herons are learning to live with people

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What is Bugging Barbara Norfleet?

A photographer's imaginary insect world mirrors our own, with beetles flying kites and six-legged warriors on the march

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When Clock Birds Sing

Caution: Unexpected birdsong can cause flashbacks that lift the listener out of time and place

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Tracking America's First Dogs

Carolina dogs, discovered in the Southeast woods, may provide clues to the primitive dogs that arrived with the first humans in America

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To Save a Falcon

An American biologist treks the steppes and the Gobi to rescue a Mongolian raptor that's in deep trouble

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Trailing the Big Cats

For a walk on the wild side, follow the tracks of a tiger or look at a lion close up at the National Zoo

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When Monkeys Move to Town

Loitering on sidewalks and begging at shops, macaques are familiar, but not always welcome, sights in cities across Asia

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Let's Root for the Coot

This feisty waterbird is very common. That's part of the problem

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The Enemy Within

Termites are covert destroyers. You don't hear them or see them until they come swarming out of the woodwork on their spectacular mating flight

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Steaming into the Future

An ungainly monster, the steam traction engine helped turn the buffalo's pasture into America's breadbasket

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Dance With the Devilfish

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New Breeds Down on the Pharm

Plain old barnyard animals — with genes from other species added — are producing medicines that keep people alive

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The Horse Whisperer

Legendary trainer Buck Brannaman relies on trust, not terror

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Fly Away Home

Winging south, Operation Migration embarks on a remarkable odyssey

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Making Room for Prairie Dogs

These rodents are cute— if you're not a suburban homeowner watching your grass disappear. Millions live on the prairies, yet the rascals are in trouble

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The Joys of Rehabbing

Rehabilitating injured or abandoned wildlife fulfills the longing of many animal lovers to know other bloods

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