Tortoise Makes Slow Getaway From Japanese Zoo

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A giant tortoise recently made a hasty retreat from a zoo in Japan. Well, maybe not exactly hasty. The 35-year-old tortoise, named Abuh, meandered out of Shibukawa Animal Park in Okayama prefecture at the beginning of August. Zookeepers became worried after there was no sign of the tortoise for two weeks. It … Continued

Dolphin Calf Dies After Being Surrounded by Beachgoers

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Tourists in southern Spain are being blamed for the death of a baby dolphin. The female calf, which had become separated from its mother, was stranded in waters off Mojacar. After spotting the dolphin, beachgoers started touching and posing with the animal. Equinac, a non-profit organization that conducts marine animal rescues, … Continued

Rare Right Whale Sighting in Bering Sea

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Endangered North Pacific right whales went almost a decade without a sighting. The streak ended Aug. 11, when National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers found two of the camera-shy whales in the Bering Sea. Scientist Jessica Crance tracked the whales using acoustic technology that records ocean sounds. They first picked up … Continued

91 Volcanoes Found Beneath Antarctica’s Ice Sheet

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Antarctica might be the last place on Earth you’d expect to find dozens of volcanoes, but scientists now say the continent is home to more volcanoes than anywhere else on the planet — and that could be bad news for the environment. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh announced Aug. … Continued

Rare White Moose Captured on Video in Sweden

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A mysterious — almost legendary — animal has been captured on camera in southwestern Sweden. According to Swedish radio station Sveriges Radio, local politician Hans Nilsson spent three years searching for a pure white moose in Värmland county. On Aug. 11, Nilsson got his wish. He recorded video of the bull moose … Continued

Bear Breaks Into a Car and Goes for a Ride

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Colorado resident Ron Cornelius woke up Aug. 4 to an early-morning crash in his yard. A neighbor’s car had been broken into, and rolled down the driveway, colliding with Cornelius’ mailbox. It wasn’t until a little investigating was done, they found out the joy rider was a bear. Bear excrement in … Continued

Baculovirus Turns Caterpillars Into Zombies

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A virus is turning caterpillars into zombies. There is no need to panic, the world isn’t ending, but in the northwest of England caterpillars are suffering from the exploding Baculovirus. The virus is manipulating the caterpillar to change it’s behavior, behaviors the insect has learned over time to help it survive. Chris … Continued

Honeybee Population Bounces Back

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — American honey bee populations are starting to recover after a third of the country’s colonies were wiped out last year. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of commercial honeybee colonies jumped 3 percent year on year as of April 1, 2017. The USDA said Aug. 1 that the … Continued

Tiny Sea Creatures Gnaw on Australian Teen’s Legs

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — It’s a story that has some netizens asking if Australia has anything that doesn’t want to kill you. A 16-year-old boy ended up in the hospital after tiny sea creatures chewed into his legs. It happened Aug. 5 in Australia. Sam Kanizay soaked his legs at Dendy Street Beach in … Continued

Court Rules Gray Wolves Should Remain Federally Protected

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Gray wolves in the Great Lakes region will remain on the endangered species list. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 1 that the animals should continue to be federally protected under the Endangered Species Act. The court upheld the ruling of a district judge who said the U.S. Fish … Continued