#DOTUS On Instagram

Normalcy will return to the White House in January — the First Family will again have pets!  The Bidens have two dogs, Champ and Major, and now an Instagram account with 60,000 followers, and even their own hashtag #DOTUS.  The Obamas had two dogs, Sunny and Bo, and the Bushes had two cats and a dog while they lived in the White House.  Every first family for the preceding 100 years had pets, but the Trumps broke that tradition. The Biden’s dogs were quite popular during the campaign– there was even an affinity group for them called Dog Lovers for Joe. Its slogan: “Choose your humans wisely.”  Indeed!

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Baby Sharks Enfeebled by Warming Ocean Waters

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by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new study suggests that baby sharks are being born tiny, tired, and malnourished as a result of rising temperatures in the ocean. Scientists analyzed the effects of warming waters on young epaulette sharks — a small, egg-laying species that lives in the Great Barrier Reef. These researchers examined […]

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Two San Diego Zoo Gorillas Contract COVID-19; Mink Farms Hit Hard By the Virus

Last week, two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo were infected with COVID-19. An asymptomatic zoo staff member transmitted the disease to them.  So far they are fine.

Why this Matters: The virus can mutate in animals and spread back to humans, producing newer —and potentially deadlier—variants of COVID-19, though this is rare.

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The Lonely Existence of the Last Two Northern White Rhinos

The Lonely Existence of the Last Two Northern White Rhinos

In a story for the New York Times, Sam Anderson documents the lonely lives of the two beautiful creatures and details what we lose when a species vanishes before one’s eyes — it brings gravity to the extinction process that numbers and statistics just can’t.

Why This Matters: In 2019, the United Nations released a report detailing accelerating extinction rates.

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