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A live streaming, high-definition video camera recorded the scene as about 100 loggerhead sea turtles hatched in their nest on a Florida Keys beach Friday night. The 3-inch hatchlings headed for the ocean in the moonlight after emerging from a mound of sand. Infrared cameras were set up by the Florida Keys tourism council with the approval of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Infrared lighting was used so the baby turtles wouldn’t be confused by artificial light and would follow the moonlight to the water. They’re hoping to raise awareness about the need to protect sea turtles. Loggerheads are one of the five threatened or endangered sea turtle species that nest in Florida. The others include green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp's ridley turtles. — Watch it at NBC Miami
A new study shows that ranavirus, a lethal infection in amphibians, could lead to the extinction of isolated populations of wood frogs. Scientists had linked the decline of many amphibians to a fungal disease calledchytridiomycosis, but the new study shows ranavirus may also be to blame. Once exposed to ranavirus, a wood frog can die within three days. The researchers found that if small populations were exposed every year, they could be extinct in five years. If small populations were exposed every two years, it could take 25 to 44 years for them to go extinct. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists amphibians as the most imperiled of vertebrates. The study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis was published in the journal EcoHealth. — Read it at Live Science
A crowd of animal activists meowed and hissed at Andre Robinson, 22, after his hearing in Brooklyn Criminal Court Monday. Robinson was caught on video in May kicking a stray cat 20 feet in the air outside a housing project. The cat, named King, was rescued and treated, and has a new home in Manhattan. Animal rights groups have flooded the prosecutor’s office with calls and emails. Robinson faces up to a year in jail on animal cruelty charges. — Read it at the New York Daily News
When a baby fox got caught in a cricket net in a backyard in Britain, the homeowners called the Wildlife Aid Foundation for help. The nervous kit kept twisting and turning, entangling himself more in the net. The rescuer, who was wearing a GoPro camera, held the fox as he gently cut the net from the animal’s neck and carefully checked for wounds before letting him go. He said he’d seen the baby’s parents run off when he arrived, so he was hopeful they’d be reunited once the little one was free. The rescuer said he sees too many animals get caught in backyard cricket nets. The foundation reminds people never to try to help a wild animal themselves and to call a local wildlife center, like these people did. — Watch it at The Huffington Post
A new map from the Washington Post shows whether your state has more cats or dogs. There are slightly more U.S. households with dogs than cats, although cats outnumber dogs overall. According to the map, there are more cats in the Northeast and Upper Midwest, and more dogs in the South and Southwest. You can also see which countries around the world are more cat loving or dog loving. — See it at the Washington Post
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