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Crafty cockatoos master dumpster diving and teach each other

A few years ago, a Sydney scientist noticed a sulfur-crested cockatoo opening his trash bin. Not every resident would be thrilled, but ornithologist Richard Major was impressed by the ingenuity. It’s quite a feat for a bird to grasp a bin lid with its beak, pry it open, then shuffle far enough along the bin’s […]

World’s tallest horse, Big Jake, dies in Wisconsin at age 20

The world’s tallest horse has died in Wisconsin. The 20-year-old Belgian named Big Jake lived on Smokey Hollow Farm in Poynette. Valicia Gilbert, wife of the farm’s owner, Jerry Gilbert, said Big Jake died two weeks ago but declined to give the exact date of death when The Associated Press reached her Monday via Facebook. […]

Montana couple rescues horse from drowning in river

A western Montana couple were able to save a horse from drowning in the Bitterroot River on Father’s Day, and may have made a new friend in the process. Matthew and Christina Eickholt of Hamilton were floating down the river on Sunday with Matthew’s parents at a spot called Bell Crossing north of Victor when […]

Aquarium to auction off chance to name 3 beluga whales

A Connecticut aquarium plans to auction off the chance to name three of its five recently arrived beluga whales to raise money for their care and to offset the cost of transporting them from Canada. President and CEO Stephen Coan said the Sea Research Foundation has teamed with the New York-based auction house Guernsey’s to hold a […]