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ONLY ON 3: Close call for weak pelican on busy highway

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videoFinally a bird story with a happy ending, but it didn't start out that way. An island is a good spot for a pelican, unless it is the center island on MLK Parkway in Wilmington. Full story...
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NC Zoo loses 41-year-old rhinoceros to illness

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One of the oldest and most popular residents of the North Carolina Zoo has been euthanized after a lengthy illness. Zoo officials say Alice, a 41-year-old Southern white rhinoceros was euthanized on Tuesday. Full story...
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Pet owners seek accountability from vet for dog's death

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video For many folks, pets are family, and when family gets sick, you do everything you possibly can. Brittany Barham said someone else's negligence led to her beloved dog's death. Full story...
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Fewer dead, injured pelicans washing ashore

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Possumwood Acres Sanctuary volunteers say in the past week the number of birds found has drastically decreased. The volunteers have found several birds suffering from frost bite, which is a natural occurrence during winter. Full story...
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UPDATE: Pelican deaths not malicious

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The Wildlife Resources Commission sent pelicans found on Topsail Beach to the University of Georgia for autopsies to determine their cause of death. Sara Schweitzer from the commission said although the results are not confirmed, early findings show the birds were not killed maliciously by people. Full story...
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Feds plan meeting on rash of pelican killings

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A federal agency is investigating the killings of dozens of pelicans along the North Carolina coast. Full story...
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Man pummeled by butting bull dies in hospital

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An elderly North Carolina man battered by an angry bull that escaped from its pasture has died, and the animal is headed to a slaughterhouse. Full story...
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2 bears killed on western NC roads

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Two bears have been killed after being struck by cars on roads in western North Carolina. Full story...
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Boy spends days in cold to help animals in shelter

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video Twelve-year-old Ari Garsh is spending his Christmas break collecting supplies for animals in the Pender County Animal Shelter. Full story...
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NC man critical after being butted by bull

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A North Carolina man in his 80s is in critical condition after being butted by a bull who escaped from his pasture. The Fayetteville Observer reported an Angus bull escaped Monday and the man was trying to coax the animal back behind the gate. Full story...
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More dead pelicans found at Topsail Island

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More dead pelicans have washed up on Topsail Beach, and investigators still have no idea who is killing them. Full story...
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13th rabies case identified in New Hanover County

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A New Hanover County resident has been notified of a possible rabies exposure after another rabid raccoon was found last week. Animal Control Services confirmed the resident’s dog fought and killed the raccoon Thursday evening. The dog was current on its rabies vaccination. Full story...
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Be prepared when giving certain gifts

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video 'Tis the season to make magic happen, but some surprises are better if they are well thought out. Full story...
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Bladen shelter waives adoption fees during holidays

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The animal shelter in Bladen County is making it easier for you to adopt a pet during the holidays. Full story...
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Group helps save animals from certain death at shelters

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video Many area animal shelters are filled to the brim with animals who need homes. Often, these dogs and cats remain unadopted and eventually may have to be put down in order to make room for the other animals. That's where a local organization steps in to help. Full story...
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