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Opinion: Tiny movers of earth, and also our hearts

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Monkey thieves, drunk elephants — Mary Roach reveals a weird world of animal 'crime'

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A late Triassic-era rausuchian, one of the rival reptile lineages who lost out to the dinosaurs. Dmitry Bogdonav/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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This image from a video shows rescuers in shallow waters with whales near Strahan, Australia, on Thursday. Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP hide caption

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Sean Murphy, lead author of a new malaria vaccine study, demonstrates how participants got their dose: by placing an arm over a mesh-covered container filled with 200 mosquitoes whose bites delivered genetically modified malaria parasites. Annette M Seilie hide caption

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In this photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, yellow crazy ants are seen in a bait testing efficacy trial at the Johnston Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in December, 2015. An invasive species known as the yellow crazy ant has been eradicated from the remote U.S. atoll in the Pacific. Robert Peck/AP hide caption

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One of 14 dead sperm whales lies washed up on a beach at King Island, north of Tasmania, Australia, on Tuesday. Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania via AP hide caption

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Staff and volunteers load a camel into a vehicle to be evacuated from Feldman Ecopark in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on May 4. The zoo has been shelled repeatedly during the Russian invasion. At least five staff or volunteers were killed and nearly 100 animals at the zoo died as of April. Carol Guzy for NPR hide caption

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Dodging Russian bombs, these volunteers risk it all to save Ukraine's animals

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White-nose syndrome, a fungus that attacks bats during hibernation, is decimating bat populations across North America, including the tricolored bat pictured above. Darwin Brock/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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A gray kangaroo hops along a hill side in the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve near Taralga, southwest of Sydney, Australia, in August 2016. A 77-year-old man has died after a rare kangaroo attack in remote southwest Australia, police said on Tuesday. Rob Griffith/AP hide caption

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A float displaying corgi dogs with a crown is part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. Queen Elizabeth II had a strong affinity with the breed, specifically Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Alberto Pezzali/WPA Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Eebbers, an 11-year-old explosive detection canine, has retired after nearly a decade of service. Transportation Security Administration hide caption

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The puss caterpillar has venomous barbs along its hairy body. A sting from the insect causes extreme pain and can result in blisters that can last for weeks. North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation hide caption

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UK scientists discover that bright lights in crab pots make scallops flock through the door like it's Studio 54. Maria Valladares/NOAA/Flickr hide caption

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Darshan Chudasama, a graduate student in the Bhamla Lab at Georgia Tech, emerges from Sulphur Cave in Steamboat Springs, Colo. with a vial containing toxic spring water and the worms who live in it. City of Steamboat Springs hide caption

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