Snake Island: The small piece of land that plays a major role in Russia’s war against Ukraine

CNN – It is only 46 hectares of rocks and grass without fresh water (nor any snakes), but Snake Island in the Black Sea has acquired a totemic significance in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The island – known as Zmiinyi Ostriv in Ukrainian – is located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) off the … Read more

Everybody Clap! Endangered Seal Species Hits Comeback Milestone

One of the world’s most endangered seal species has some flippin ‘good news. The population of Hawaiian monk seals, an animal found in the wild only in Hawaii, has surpassed 1,500 seals, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this week. A young Hawaiian monk seal relaxing on the beach. NOAA Fisheries (NMFS Permit # … Read more

LA County Fair Starts Today in Cool May Instead of Blistering September – NBC Los Angeles

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India may become a hotspot of zoonotic diseases, study reveals

A recent study has revealed that India and China could become the biggest hotspots for new zoonotic viral diseases. According to the study, these that spread from wildlife to other mammals may very likely affect humans over the next few decades. The scientists claim that the human pressure on forests and increasing human-wildlife interactions may … Read more

Bronx Zoo announces birth of rare Matschie’s tree kangaroo

A baby tree kangaroo that’s just poking its nose out of its mother’s pouch is the first of its species born at the Bronx Zoo since 2008, zoo officials announced Friday. The birth of the Matschie’s tree kangaroo joey “is an exciting birth for the Bronx Zoo and a unique opportunity for people to observe … Read more

‘I refuse to surrender,’ says author fighting to keep gender identity issues in books for young adults

CNN  —  Author Melissa Hart refuses to give in to other parents challenging the content of books aimed at children and young adults. While parents, lawmakers and others speculate about the intent of authors and educators, the mother of a nonbinary teen is determined to promote inclusive content because “representation is critical,” she told CNN. … Read more

California mom fatally stabs family’s pit bulls after they attack child

A California mother fatally stabbed her family’s pit bulls after the dogs attacked her one-year-old daughter and other family members on Sunday night, a report said. The two dogs attacked the toddler when she started crying at the family’s home in Pico Rivera, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told KABC. The girl suffered a … Read more