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With meatpacking plants reducing processing capacity nationwide, U.S. hog farmers are bracing or an unprecedented crisis: the need to euthanize millions of pigs. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Millions Of Pigs Will Be Euthanized As Pandemic Cripples Meatpacking Plants

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A Piping Plover glares at Jones Beach, Long Island, N.Y. A couple of these endangered birds have reappeared in Chicago. Vicki Jauron, Babylon and Beyond/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: Endangered Bird Couple Returns To Chicago's Shore

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Vespa mandarinia, or the 'murder hornet', was first spotted in North America in 2019. Alastair Macewen/Getty Images hide caption

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Does that chiffchaff sound chirpier to you? Ornithologists say the homebound are just noticing the sounds of birds more. Mathias Schaef/McPhoto/ullstein bild via Getty Images hide caption

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Do Those Birds Sound Louder To You? An Ornithologist Says You're Just Hearing Things

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Episode 994: Making It Work

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Sweet Farm animal sanctuary in Half Moon Bay, Calif., is offering Goat 2 Meeting: a virtual visit to meet the farm's animals. Pictured is Juno the goat. InkPoetry/Courtesy of Sweet Farm hide caption

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Goat 2 Meeting: For Your Next Video Call, Invite A Farm Animal

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Daniel Streicker: What If We Could Stop A Virus At Its Animal Source?

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Nadia, a Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York, has tested positive for the new coronavirus. It's believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society/AP hide caption

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Even some of the darkest, wettest parts of the Australian landscape burned during the country's fire season. The incursion of fire into these damp refuges alarms ecologists like Mark Graham. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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Fires Where They Are 'Not Supposed To Happen' In Australia's Ancient Rainforest

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Karen Ford (left) and Lane Murraya stock rescued koalas with fresh eucalyptus branches. Ford has been collecting the branches on her property, which suffered fire damage. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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A recently dead pheasantshell mussel is rotting in its shell. Snails, crawfish and other river inhabitants will eat the flesh. "Nothing goes to waste," says Virginia biologist Tim Lane. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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Episode 977: Where's The Vaccine?

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