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Addercadabra: Python's homing trick stuns scientists

The Burmese python has a built-in compass that allows it to slither home in a near-straight line even if released dozens of kilometres away, researchers said Wednesday. Capable of growing over five metres (16 feet) long, pythons are among the world's largest snakes. Although native to South and Southeast Asia, the snakes have taken up residence in South Florida's Everglades National Park, possibly after being released as unwanted pets. They have adapted so well to their new habitat that they now pose a serious threat to several species which they hunt as prey.

18-foot Burmese python found in Florida Everglades

MIAMI (Reuters) - Engineers in the Everglades stumbled upon a near-record-breaking Burmese python measuring more than 18 feet long during a routine inspection of levees on Tuesday, a water management district spokesman said. The snake, measuring at 18 feet 2 inches, fell short of the state record by 6 inches, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

18-foot Burmese python found in Florida Everglades

MIAMI (Reuters) - Engineers in the Everglades stumbled upon a near-record-breaking Burmese python measuring more than 18 feet long during a routine inspection of levees on Tuesday, a water management district spokesman said. The snake, measuring at 18 feet 2 inches, fell short of the state record by 6 inches, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Hopes fade for 41 stranded Florida whales

Rescuers in Florida said they faced dwindling odds Thursday of saving 41 stranded pilot whales from the shallow waters of a remote area of Everglades National Park. With 10 whales already dead, it remains unclear why they got into difficulty in water less than three feet (0.9 meters) deep, in the southern part of the Sunshine state. Blair Mase, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the outlook for a successful rescue mission "does not look good."

10 Whales die, 40 others stranded on beach in southwest Florida

Miami, Dec 4 (EFE).- At least 10 pilot whales died and 40 others are still stranded after a pod beached itself in a remote area of Everglades National Park in southwest Florida, officials said Wednesday. Several television stations broadcast images of the whales, which were stranded on the beach as the tide went out and could not make it to deep water. Rescue teams from Everglades National Park aboard four boats have been trying to keep the pilot whales alive until they can be shifted - or swim - to deeper water.

4 Whales die, 30 others stranded on beach in southwest Florida

Miami, Dec 4 (EFE).- At least four pilot whales died and 30 others were stranded when a pod beached itself in a remote area of Everglades National Park in southwest Florida, officials said Wednesday. Several television stations broadcast images of the whales, which were stranded on the beach as the tide went out and could not make to deep water. Rescue teams from Everglades National Park aboard four boats are trying to keep the pilot whales alive until high tide.

Dozens of whales beached in Everglades National Park in Florida

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Dozens of whales were beached in the Everglades National Park in southwest Florida, and rangers and wildlife workers were trying to keep the animals stable until the tide rose enough to allow them to return to sea, a park spokeswoman said on Wednesday. About 30 whales were stranded in shallow water, and 10 more were on the shore, in a remote park of the Everglades near the Gulf of Mexico when the pod was first sighted Tuesday, park spokeswoman Linda Friar said.

Vehicles taking a toll on Florida panthers, officials say

Miami, Nov 6 (EFE).- Vehicles killed 16 endangered Florida panthers in 2012, but the big cats' population "remains stable," a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or FWC, spokesman said. "We counted a total of 16 panthers killed by vehicles in 2012 and six others that died in fights between them or for unknown reasons," FWC specialist Dave Onorato told Efe. "Florida is doing everything possible to accommodate new residents, houses, schools and the road network. But as we grow, the habitat of panthers and other wildlife is reduced," the FWC specialist said.

How U.S. government shutdown ripples across nation

By Daniel Trotta (Reuters) - Science was put on hold, normally bustling stores went quiet and families depending on government aid feared losing their baby food as a government shutdown rippled across the country. The budget impasse in Washington shut all but essential U.S. government services for the second straight day on Wednesday, while neither political party appeared willing to budge.

How U.S. government shutdown ripples across nation

By Daniel Trotta (Reuters) - Science was put on hold, normally bustling stores went quiet and families depending on government aid feared losing their baby food as a government shutdown rippled across the country. The budget impasse in Washington shut all but essential U.S. government services for the second straight day on Wednesday, while neither political party appeared willing to budge.
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