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Ohio's bald eagle population is making a strong comeback, according to the 2020 nest census from the Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Kyle Schmitz adopted a dog named Dexter after losing his medical school placement during the coronavirus pandemic.
Courtesy of Kyle Schmitz

At the end of a coronavirus press conference earlier this month, Gov. Mike DeWine was grilled by a Dayton Daily News journalist.

“In reporting, you always want to get the dog’s name,” asked reporter Laura Bischoff. “Can you tell me the dog’s name? Your new puppy?”

An elephant at the Columbus Zoo, which is closed under the state's coronavirus orders.
Columbus Zoo / Facebook

Columbus Zoo officials already had their pandemic plan in action when the Bronx Zoo reported a tiger tested positive for the coronavirus. Three other tigers and several lions at that zoo are showing symptoms.

Hippos can get hungry. Very hungry. So when zoos shut their doors to the public because of the coronavirus, zookeepers keep showing up to work to make sure everyone is fed.

Jenna Wingate feeds Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo's 3-year-old, 1,300-pound hippo. Fiona was born premature, and Wingate has been looking after her since two hours after she was born.

Animal shelters are doing what they can to take care of their populations while closing their doors to the public and limiting volunteers. Employees are still allowed to care for animals as they're considered "essential" under Ohio's stay-at-home order.

Tech Tuesday: Saving Disappearing Species

Feb 25, 2020
The ground pangolin in South Africa.
David Brossard / Flickr

Transformative technologies expand the ways that wild animals can be tracked and monitored, providing new hope for conservation efforts.

Bald eagles were once almost wiped out of Ohio. Now, the state has more than 220 nesting pairs.
Jim Kaftan

On a recent weekday morning, Ohio Division of Wildlife biologist Laura Kearns used her binoculars to spot a bald eagles’ nest high in the tree branches on Columbus’ Northwest Side.

Updated: 3:44 p.m.

When you're the darling of Cincinnati a simple sheet cake just won't do. Fiona the hippo turns three on Friday and she celebrated a day early with a tiered confection combining all her favorite treats.

Snowy Owl
Jongsun Lee / Wikimedia Commons

Researchers at Black Swamp Bird Observatory near Toledo are studying the migration patterns of snowy owls as part of a research effort called “Project SNOWstorm.”

A white lion famously donated to the Cincinnati Zoo by magicians Siegfried & Roy has died. The zoo says the lion named "Prosperity" was "humanely euthanized" Monday.

Birds And Climate Change

Dec 30, 2019
White-throated sparrow
MIKE'S BIRDS / Flickr

Nearly two-thirds of North America’s birds could be at risk of extinction due to climate change.

According to a report from the National Audubon Society, if the global temperature rise by 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100, 389 species of birds around the continent will be at risk for extinction. 

Bird Rescue And Rehabilitation In Ohio

Dec 27, 2019
Dick Daniels / Wikimedia Commons

Naturalist, artist and writer Julie Zickefoose in May 2017 took on the role of savior to a sick and orphaned baby Blue Jay.

In her new memoir, Zickefoose recalls the process of saving and then releasing the Jay, and also how the jay she named Jemima saved her in return. 

Ten Animals Killed In Fire At Ohio Wildlife Park

Nov 29, 2019
Giraffe
Eric Kilby / Flickr

At least 10 animals were killed in a barn fire that erupted at an Ohio wildlife park, officials said.

Cruelty to animals is now a federal crime under a new law signed by President Trump on Monday.

The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) is a bipartisan initiative that bans the intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impalement or other serious harm to "living non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, or amphibians."

The law also bans "animal crush videos," meaning any photograph, motion picture film, video or digital recording or electronic image that depicts animal cruelty.

The Senate has approved a bill to make severe animal cruelty and torture a federal crime. With the House having passed an identical version of the bill last month, the measure now goes to President Trump, who is expected to sign it into law.

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