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Volunteers walk NC coast to save sea turtles

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video Volunteers along North Carolina's coast are walking through muck and going out on kayaks to rescue sea turtles that get stuck in sounds when the water turns cold, stunning them and leaving them helpless to save themselves. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Fish kill reported at Masonboro Island

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videoState environmental officials report hundreds of thousands of dead Atlantic menhaden fish this week at Masonboro Island off of Wrightsville Beach. Full story...
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Two cold-stunned loggerheads head home

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videoIt happened much sooner than expected. The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher released two loggerhead sea turtles to the care of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for an Atlantic release. Full story...
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Bald Head Island finishes deer cull

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videoBald Head Island has finished a cull of the island's deer population. It's the first step in the village's plan to launch a birth control program for the animals. The cull, which ended this morning, killed a total 20 does and 10 antlerless bucks. The meat will be processed and donated to local food pantries. Full story...
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Aquarium cares for cold-shocked loggerheads

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videoThe North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher opened its doors to eight injured loggerhead sea turtles New Years Day. Full story...
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Unclear whether live marsupial used at Possum Drop

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The organizer of a New Year's Eve Possum Drop in western North Carolina is keeping folks guessing as to whether he used a live specimen to ring in 2013. Full story...
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Brasstown still having possum drop, with changes

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A possum drop that attracts thousands of people to a tiny western North Carolina town each New Year's Eve will go on this year, with some changes. Full story...
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'Turtleman' gives kids a Christmas treat

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videoWhile kids will wait for Santa's superfast flying reindeer to make their global trek tonight, it was a much slower set of animals that grabbed attention in Leland today. Full story...
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Pet Pals: Making sure Christmas with pets is merry

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videoAmid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, don't forget about your four-legged friends. Whether you're looking to adopt an animal to give as a gift, or already have one of your own, you can follow some quick and easy steps to keep everyone's spirits bright. Full story...
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Aquarium tracks young turtles to learn more about them

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videoA new program at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is keeping tabs on some young sea turtles. The staff has tagged the reptiles with trackers for the very first time. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Dead whale washes back onto Bald Head Island

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video The Bald Head Island Conservancy says the beached whale that was pushed back into the ocean yesterday, washed back on shore dead this morning. Full story...
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House fire kills family's dog

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video A fire in Wilmington last night killed a family pet and caused significant damage to the home. The Wilmington Fire Department says crews responded to the home at 725 Ivey Circle around 11:30 p.m. Full story...
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Tagged Great White tracking toward our coast

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videoMary Lee is a 16-foot, two-ton Great White shark. She was first satellite tagged by scientists in Cape Cod in September. In just three months, she has made it all the way down the eastern seaboard and is making her way back north. Full story...
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Lejeune Marine charged crimes against nature

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video A Camp Lejeune Marine is behind bars after being accused of crimes against animals. After receiving a tip from a concerned citizen and Onslow County DSS, Mark David Harpel was arrested for crimes against nature. Full story...
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UPDATE: Former Navassa cop says town is wrongfully withholding pay

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video A day after a Brunswick County judge ordered he can keep his K9, former Navassa police officer Kevin Smith says the town is withholding compensation owed to him out of retaliation. Full story...
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