Pet 7-foot gator removed from Texas home
Texas Game Wardens and zoo staff captured and removed a 7-foot-long alligator from a Texas home. The woman raised it as a pet.
Florida's prohibited reptiles: Group files motion against rules
The United States Association of Reptile Keepers, Florida, recently filed a motion against the state that, if approved, would repeal Florida’s rule restricting reptile ownership.
Owl on mend after rescue from storm shutter
An owl is on the mend after getting stuck in a storm shutter in Miami Gardens, and rescuing the bird out of there was no easy task. It took several minutes to free the owl with the homeowner's help. They placed the bird in a kennel and took it to the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in Miami. The owl is now being treated for a broken foot.
Dog vs shark: Standoff thrills tourists on Bahamas boat tour
The sight of a massive hammerhead shark was a rare treat for 32 travelers on a tour boat in the Bahamas this week. But then, something stranger still: A dog dove from a nearby dock to confront the monstrous sea creature.
Puppy grams for Valentine's Day
A Florida animal shelter is offering up "puppy grams" for Valentine's Day. This is the second year that Nate's Honor Animal Rescue in Bradenton has offered visits with a puppy at the workplace in exchange for a donation to the rescue.
Florida man fights off bobcat to save dog
An Orlando, Florida man fought off a bobcat when it attacked his dog. Paul Broadhurst said he was walking his daughter's dog, Koda, Saturday morning in Orlando when a bobcat attacked them.
Chiefs or Eagles in Super Bowl: Orlando Science Center animals make their picks
Who will win Super Bowl LVII, the Kansas City Chiefs or the Philadelphia Eagles? The Orlando Science Center put some of its animals to the test. See who Captain, the macaw; Memphis, the skunk, and Poppy, the chinchilla, picked to win Super Bowl 2023.
Dozen of cats abandoned along I-75 in Florida
Twenty-six cats were found abandoned along Interstate 75 in Florida. The cats are being cared for by the St. Francis Animal Rescue which said they were cold, hungry, confused, and endangered by passing vehicles on the highway. They're all being evaluated to see which will be good pets or good outdoor worker cats.
Manatee raising rare twin calves at Blue Spring State Park
Researchers have confirmed a manatee mother is raising twin calves at Blue Spring State Park. Manatee twins are incredibly rare, they said. The Save the Manatee Club has been tracking their mother, Estelle, and her visits to Blue Spring since 2019. Both calves are In good health.
Invasive iguanas may be adapting to cold in Florida
When it gets cold in South Florida, the National Weather Service will often issue warnings about falling iguanas. Ongoing research suggests Florida’s falling iguana phenomenon could be rarer in the future — both due to climbing global temperatures from unchecked climate change and a shift in cold hardiness in the lizards themselves.
Pups take center stage at Florida canine costume contest
Wondering what to do around Central Florida this weekend? While Halloween may be over, the holiday fun continues with Franklin's Friends Howl-O-Ween dog walkathon and costume contest.
Florida therapy dogs to support grieving families in Texas
Families grieving from the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas will be getting a visit from comfort dogs from Central Florida.
Florida panther killed in Polk County marks 11 deaths since start of 2022
A Florida Panther was killed on Polk Parkway near Auburndale, marking the 11th killed in the state since January.
Incurable parasite found in Cuban tree frog
University of Florida researchers report that the rat lungworm parasite, which can cause deadly disease in humans and in animals, has been found in a new host in Florida with its discovery in Cuban treefrogs, an invasive species.
Focus on wellness with goat yoga
High blood pressure, anxiety, and physical pain could be alleviated with a popular wellness trend known as goat yoga, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Effort to save manatees hits snag
An unprecedented, experimental attempt to feed manatees facing starvation in Florida has started slowly. However, a feeding station established along the state’s east coast has yet to entice wild manatees with romaine lettuce even though the animals will eat it in captivity, officials said on a news conference held remotely.
Betty White Challenge: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando receives $50K in donations
The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando received an outpouring of support thanks to supporters of the Betty White Challenge.
SeaWorld Orlando caring for manatees
SeaWorld Orlando is caring for a manatee that was found on the side of a road near Crystal River in Citrus County. It is just one example of how that park has helping Florida's gentle giants.
Doorbell camera shows mama bear and cub trying to enter Florida home
A Florida resident was shocked to see a mama bear and her cub at the door of her home on Christmas. Even more shocking? Her Ring camera caught the curious pair trying to push the front door open.
Second eaglet emerges from egg in southwest Florida
One day after an eaglet hatched at a well-known nest in southwest Florida, its sibling also emerged from its egg, making bald eagles Harriet and M-15 the proud parents of two tiny new eaglets.