Animals and Wildlife

Florida's animal cruelty law challenged

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  • Nobody arrests the chef who drops a live lobster into boiling water. That's the defense being floated by a slaughterhouse operator accused of starving, beating, stabbing and even boiling alive pigs destined for Miami dinner tables. Saying that Florida's animal-cruelty law is vague and unconstitutional, Gregorio Santa Ana is now asking a Miami-Dade judge to dismiss the charges.
  • 3/8/2016
  • Album ID: 2027676

Lolita swims through controversy at Seaquarium

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  • For more than four decades, the 20-foot, 7,000-pound killer whale named Lolita has never failed to delight the crowds at Miami Seaquarium, the marine park on Virginia Key. But activists have long said the killer whale should be retired or even returned to her real family in the Pacific Ocean.
  • 10/6/2014
  • Album ID: 1854018

Two boys captured a 14-foot anaconda in 1961

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  • Everything was fine until Mike Richey, 13, tried to yell for help. That's when the snake wrapped itself around Mike's chest and squeezed. John Griner, 14, sped to the rescue. What the two Hialeah eighth graders stuffed into their burlap bag was a squirming 14-foot anaconda.
  • 8/5/2011
  • Album ID: 1298257

Birds of Florida

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  • Florida's amazing bird population and its protection has fascinated and concerned observers since ornithologist John James Audubon.
  • 5/13/2010
  • Album ID: 1003480

Who's walking whom?

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  • Kelly Chambers, 6, exercising her dog Buddy, in 1975. The photo was shot on the Fourth of July, but wasn't published until July 9, probably as a filler. The caption writer had to use some real imagination to fill out the cutline. To fill space the writer wondered whether Kelly was walking Buddy or Buddy was walking Kelly. The photograph chosen for use in the paper was a different picture from the one filed in the archives. Perhaps the photographer printed his favorite shot on oversize paper, which presented a storage problem for librarians.
  • 5/13/2010
  • Album ID: 1003436

Pythons in the Everglades

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  • Until 2000, only about a dozen pythons had ever been documented in the park. The following years documented a steady and disturbing climb. The python problem was initially caused by pet owners no longer able or willing to care for a critter that is capable, potentially, of crushing the life out of them. A few owners have been strangled by overgrown pets. While dumping is still considered a major source of snakes, the larger concern is that a foreign species has not only managed to survive but thrive. The Burmese are breeding, producing offspring that eat just about anything - and a lot of anything.
  • 5/7/2010
  • Album ID: 999730

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

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  • It was once considered a vast, useless, mosquito-infested swamp. But "There are no other Everglades in the world," Marjory Stoneman Douglas wrote in her 1947 book "The Everglades: River of Grass." It became the Bible for conservation of Florida's wetlands. Douglas dedicated many of her 108 years to the cause.
  • 3/11/2010
  • Album ID: 960854