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FLORIDA COUPLE EVACUATES HUNDREDS OF BIRDS AHEAD OF HURRICANE

PINE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — When officials ordered Florida a couple to leave their home on Pine Island as Hurricane Ian drew near, Will Peratino and Lauren Stepp saw it not as an evacuation, but an abandonment. That’s because they didn’t want to leave without their animals, which included two lemurs and a flock of birds. Make that a big flock; they own 275 parrots, including some of the rarest members of that species. So officials launched a rescue mission called “Operation Noah’s Ark.” The mission: to catch, cage and ferry the birds off the island. In turn, that got Peratino and Stepp to follow in the animals’ paw-steps — and leave themselves.

ENDANGERED TURTLE SPECIES BREEDS AT SAN DIEGO ZOO

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Turtles are thought of as being notoriously slow. So it should come as no surprise it has taken a while for a rare and endangered turtle species to produce offspring. Officials at the San Diego Zoo say after waiting nearly two decades, 41 tiny Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle hatchlings have arrived. Why so long? A news release from the zoo notes the turtles in question can take close to 10 years to reach sexual maturity. What’s more, the reptiles lay their eggs at night and cover them with dirt, which makes it harder for humans to spot the nests.

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