Katherine the Great White Shark Is Back and Tweeting!

She’s baaaack!!  Katharine, the great white shark with 70,000 Twitter followers (we are jealous) who had not been heard from in about 18 months, has turned up again off the East Coast of the U.S.  Her Twitter account is active again too — making us chuckle and even a bit sentimental with her commentary about the news of the day COVID and the election.  “Katharine” tweeted about her absence and that when she resurfaced she was “wearing a mask.” Since the election, she has tweeted an homage to her namesake, Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote the lyrics for “America the Beautiful.”  Yes, Katharine, we DID miss you!

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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

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

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