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Animals

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE NEXT DOOR: The Snake Man

When many people think of snakes, they don't exactly have warm and fuzzy feelings. But for Dean Ripa, the slithery creatures are beautiful and majestic.

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NC State Fair moves to limit exposure to livestock

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Health and agriculture officials are taking steps to prevent a repeat of the E.coli outbreak that sickened 25 visitors to the N.C. State Fair in 2011. Full story...
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Man leaves more than $3M to NC Zoo

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A Stanly County man left his entire estate worth more than $3 million to the North Carolina Zoological Society. Full story...
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Two-county sting busts puppy mill

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video In a two-county sting operation sheriff’s offices coordinated to bust a dog breeding operation Friday afternoon. It was profitable for the owners, but deplorable for the animals. Full story...
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NC Zoo welcomes 3 kudus

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The North Carolina Zoo has welcomed three newborn kudus. The kudus are living in the zoo's 37-acre African Plains exhibit. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Hear the 911 call from OIB animal bite

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video New details to the animal bite yesterday at Ocean Isle Beach. WWAY obtained the 911 call from the incident, in which an animal bit a 12-year-old boy in the water Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: OIB first responders not sure what bit boy in water

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video Another scare this morning in Brunswick County, as emergency workers responded to an apparent animal bite in the water off the 100 block of West 1st Street in Ocean Isle Beach. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: 'Turtleman' hopes to teach through interaction with gentle giants

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video There are a lot of things to see along roads in our area, but a herd of ancient animals is sure to grab anyone's attention. Randy Gallagher is the "Turtleman." He travels the region showing off his prehistoric pets. Full story...
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Sea turtle recovers after trip to Raleigh for special surgery

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video Summer is in full swing, and that means it's busy season at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital in Topsail Beach. The facility is full of turtles in need of help. And one in particular just got some special attention. We told you yesterday about an injured sea turtle taken to Raleigh for surgery. Today, we stopped by the hospital to check on patient. Full story...
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Veterinarians perform experimental surgery on turtle rescued from Holden Beach

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Veterinarians from NC State University have successfully completed experimental skull surgery on an endangered sea turtle. Full story...
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EEE reported in New Hanover, Bladen, Robeson

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Two horses were euthanized this month after contracting a mosquito-borne disease, known as Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, or EEE. Full story...
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Firefighters save six pets from burning house

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video Firefighters contained a morning house fire to one bedroom limiting the damage inside. But it's what else the firefighters saved that have the residents thankful. Full story...
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Man sentenced for drug deal that killed police dog

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A man charged in a cocaine bust that led to the death of a Brunswick County Sheriff's K-9 will spend more than 11 years in prison. Full story...
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Cops track escaped monkey in NC town's treetops

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An 8-pound monkey escaped from a North Carolina university research facility is avoiding traps and tranquilizer guns as it traipses through treetops to live on the lam. Full story...
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Pender deputy defends how animal shelter is run

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video We've reported before about problems at the Pender County Animal Shelter. Now shelter volunteers are unhappy with the facility's management, and they blame the sheriff's deputy now in charge. Lt. Keith Ramsey says he's just following protocol. Full story...
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