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2006-05-01 07:35:00

AMES, Iowa -- Max Rothschild has been trying to "build" a better pig for almost 30 years, since he took a job cleaning up after the hogs at his alma mater, the University of California, Davis. He's now a renowned swine scientist who has traded the dirty pigpens of his undergraduate days for a glistening Iowa State University laboratory dedicated to producing tastier chops, safer pork and healthier pigs. Rothschild is part of a national collaboration that earlier this year received a $10...

2005-09-08 07:25:00

By Tiffany Wu HSINCHU COUNTY, Taiwan (Reuters) - Outside a dumpling store in Beipu village, an enormous black swine dubbed "god pig" lolls on a mound of sand, immobile except for the occasional grunt and twitch of the snout. Weighing a colossal 1,819 pounds, the male pig measured nearly 6 feet 7 inches from nose to tail, with its black eyes and charcoal-gray face barely discernible under the rolls of fat that distorted its hairy body. Its masters and their friends perched on stools nearby,...

2005-08-10 09:20:10

By Lucy Hornby LONGQUAN, China (Reuters) - Three young pigs look up drowsily from a spotless sty as Chen Chunfu, tobacco pipe in hand, works out in his head their price three months from now. They'll need to gain a 100 more pounds before they can be sold, each pound helping to put his 15-year-old son through school. "I can't afford to lose money on them," Chen said from his spartan home in Peach Blossom Ravine in China's second-most populous province of Sichuan where a deadly bacteria has...

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2005-05-02 10:55:00

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Norm Macdonald rises each morning with the sun, grabs his .223-caliber rifle and slips into the passenger seat of a tiny, doorless helicopter for another day of shooting pigs. As the chopper skims over rugged terrain, Macdonald scans dozens of simple fence traps he's set up for the thousands of wild swine that have overrun this Southern California island. When there are pigs in the traps - and there always are - Macdonald leans out and pumps two bullets...

2004-11-30 18:00:06

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Firefighters rescued dozens of squealing pigs Sunday night as they extinguished a fire in a pig sty near a garbage dump. Two piglets died, while dozens of others were rescued in the fire. The fire burned a pig shelter near Marin Sanitary Service's Marin Resource Recovery Center. When firefighters arrived, they faced a chaotic scene with an estimated 30 to 40 pigs running around. Initially, fire crews had trouble reaching the blaze after a distraught sow blocked...


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Greater Mouse Deer, Tragulus napu
2012-10-27 17:02:44

The greater mouse deer (Tragulus napu), also known as the napu or the greater Malay chevrotain, is a species of even-toed ungulate that can be found in Borneo, Sumatra, southern areas of Thailand and Myanmar, peninsular Malaysia, and small Indonesian and Malaysian islands. It also appears on an island off the shore of Singapore, where it was thought to be extinct. It prefers a habitat within lowland tropical and subtropical moist forests. Its scientific name Tragulus is derived from the Greek...

Okapi, Okapia johnstoni
2012-10-01 08:48:10

The okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is a species within the Giraffidae family that can be found in Central Africa. Its native range includes the Ituri Rainforest, which can be found to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This species is most closely related to the giraffe, despite its resemblances to the zebra. Its habitat varies slightly depending on the area of its range. It occurs in swamps in the southeast, montane forests in the east, savannahs in the north, and woodlands in...

North Sulawesi Babirusa, Babyrousa celebensis
2012-08-14 08:24:23

The North Sulawesi babiruse (Babyrousa celebensis) is an animal that resembles a pig. It is native to the northern areas of Sulawesi and to the Lembeh Islands found in Indonesia. It prefers a habitat near rivers or lakes, in tropical forests or canebrakes. Both its common and scientific name is derived from the local Malay term, which translates to “pig-deer”. It is thought that the Babyrousinae subfamily branched off the warthog family during the Miocene or late Oligocene period....

Pronghorn, Antilocapra americana
2012-08-08 13:17:28

The pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) is native to the central areas of North America, where it is also known as the prong buck, or pronghorn antelope and antelope, although it only resembles true antelopes. The pronghorn is the only remaining species in the Antilocapridae family, which once held five other species. Its range stretches throughout the United States, and starts in Alberta and southern Saskatchewan in Canada. It holds five subspecies, including the Baja California Pronghorn,...

White-lipped Peccary, Tayassu pecari
2012-07-10 14:16:44

The white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari) is native to Central and South America. It can be found in arid forests, rain forests, and chaco shrub. It is a diurnal species, being most active during the day, and lives in groups between 50 and 300 individuals on average, although larger herds have been recorded. Its diet consists of many plant materials like grasses, roots, and palm nuts, but it will also eat invertebrates.  It is mainly hunted by the jaguar, but it can also fall prey to the...

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  • Remarkable; prodigious.
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