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An estimated 5,500 Komodo dragons live in Komodo National Park. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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Amid Tourism Push, Concern Grows Over Indonesia's Komodo Dragons

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Santa Anita Park, shown here in 2012, has halted races and training to try to determine what is causing the horse deaths. Frederic J. Brown /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A rare photo of "type D" killer whales off South Georgia island, located between South America and Antarctica, shows the whales' blunt heads and tiny white eye patches. Courtesy of J.P. Sylvestre hide caption

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Mysterious Type Of Killer Whale, Sought After For Years, Found In Southern Ocean

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will propose lifting protections on the gray wolf, seen here in 2008. The species' status under the Endangered Species Act has been contested for years. Gary Kramer/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/AP hide caption

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A plump rat stuck in a manhole cover spurred volunteer firefighters and animal rescue workers to act in Bensheim, Germany, over the weekend. Berufstierrettung-Rhein-Neckar/AP hide caption

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A GPS tracker strapped to the leg of a chicken means "that people who potentially will buy that chicken will know every step that that chicken has taken," says food historian Robyn Metcalfe. Jodi Pudge/Radius Images/Getty Images hide caption

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The Chicken Is Local, But Was It Happy? GPS Now Tells The Life Story Of Your Poultry

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An American coot flies over Brooklyn's Prospect Park Lake on Feb. 5. Courtesy of August Davidson-Onsgard hide caption

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Talkin' Birds: The Great Backyard Bird Count

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