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Wayward sea lion named Freeway is once again found exploring urban San Diego

The sea lion found early this year on a freeway was discovered in a creek in San Diego.
San Diego’s wayward sea lion, now named Freeway, was discovered in a storm drain in a pretty dense, urban part of town and more than a mile from ocean water.
San Diego’s wayward sea lion, now named Freeway, was discovered in a storm drain in a pretty dense, urban part of town and more than a mile from ocean water.
8d ago

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won't run in Preakness, ending Triple Crown bid

Owner Rich Dawson made the stunning announcement Thursday, 10 days before the race in Maryland.
Rich Strike with Sonny Leon up wins the the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2022, in Louisville, Ky.
Rich Strike with Sonny Leon up wins the the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2022, in Louisville, Ky.
9d ago

James Cromwell, 'Babe' and 'Succession' actor, glues self to NYC Starbucks counter in protest

Cromwell, a noted animal rights activist, said customers shouldn't have to pay more for plant-based milk substitutes.
James Cromwell
James Cromwell
10d ago

1,000-pound great white shark from Canada named Ironbound spotted near North Carolina

The shark, tagged in 2019 near West Ironbound Island, Nova Scotia, pinged Monday off Cape Hatteras. It has also been detected near the Jersey Shore recently.
Great white shark Ironbound
Great white shark Ironbound
13d ago

'Long shot' only begins to describe Rich Strike's path to Kentucky Derby victory

Fire destroyed trainer Eric R. Reed's stables in 2016, long before the colt's birth. The blaze killed 23 horses, but Reed redoubled his efforts.
Trainer Eric Reed, center, Jockey Sonny Leon, left, and Owner Rick Dawson, right, celebrate with the trophy after Rich Strike won the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.
Trainer Eric Reed, center, Jockey Sonny Leon, left, and Owner Rick Dawson, right, celebrate with the trophy after Rich Strike won the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.
13d ago

Rich Strike overcomes 80-1 odds to win Kentucky Derby

The 148th Run for the Roses produced the second biggest upset in the race’s history, as favorite Epicenter finished second followed by Zandon.
Rich Strike (21), with Sonny Leon aboard, wins the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.
Rich Strike (21), with Sonny Leon aboard, wins the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.

California condors soar over northern coast redwoods for first time in more than a century

Two captive-bred endangered California condors were released in Redwood National Park Tuesday. The birds were last spotted in the area around 1892.
California condors released into the wild.
California condors released into the wild.
17d ago

Fox breaks into bird habitat and kills 25 flamingos at Smithsonian National Zoo

There were 74 flamingos in the Washington, D.C., zoo's flock before the attack, authorities said.
Image: Flamingos
Image: Flamingos
18d ago

Video shows bear trapped inside Connecticut car and 'freaking out'

Cody Gillotti found a black bear in his mother-in-law's vehicle in Cornwall, in the state's rural northwest, after it tore up the inside of his truck.
A bear entered a man's truck in Cornwall, Conn.
A bear entered a man's truck in Cornwall, Conn.

Don't judge a dog by its cover: New research gives insight into canine behavior

Breed type explains just 9 percent of variation in behavior of dogs, according to a new study that looked at the DNA of more than 2,000 dogs.
According to the findings, breed only explains 9% of the behavioral variation in individual dogs.
According to the findings, breed only explains 9% of the behavioral variation in individual dogs.

Russia's vulnerable Black Sea fleet appears to have an unconventional defense: Dolphins

The dolphins may be tasked with preventing Ukrainian divers from infiltrating the Sevastopol harbor underwater and sabotaging warships there, according to a naval analyst.
Satellite images appear to show dolphin pens at Sevastopol bay in Crimea.
Satellite images appear to show dolphin pens at Sevastopol bay in Crimea.