Lab accident or jump from animals? Hutch virus expert calls for a new probe of COVID-19’s origins

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A computational biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is leading a renewed push for a thorough investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter published Thursday in the journal Science, lead author Jesse Bloom and 17 fellow scientists say so many unanswered questions remain that it’s impossible to rule out either of the leading theories: that the virus spilled over naturally from animals, or that it was released in a lab accident in Wuhan, China.

“Understanding how the pandemic emerged is going to be really critical to our efforts to prevent future pandemics,” Bloom said

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Dead animals found in suspected satanic ritual in Texas

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The bodies of a number of dead animals found dumped by the side of a ride in El Paso, Texas, are suspected to have been part of a satanic ritual.

About 15 animals were found dead, cut-up and decapitated, close to an intersection in the northeast of the city on Sunday.

Animal-cruelty investigators are working the case, after a resident of El Paso alerted authorities to the finding.

Captain Ray Spears, of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), told news channel KVIA: “It did not look like the portions for eating were removed from the goats. The bodies

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START Pets of the Week: Meet Jack and Genie

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LITTLE FALLS, NJ – Jack and Genie are this week’s START Pet’s of the Week. They are looking forward to finding their forever homes.

Jack is a beautiful orange and white boy who loves to be loved! Born in January 2018, he was rescued from a local yard. Having the personality of a house cat, there is no telling how he ended up fending for himself on the streets. In his foster home he gets along well with other cats and would love a forever family to call his own. Jack is vaccinated, altered, FeLV/FIV tested negative and microchipped.

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UK recognizes animals as sentient beings

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While anybody who’s ever had a pet knows that animals are sentient beings, the U.K. government is legally recognizing animal sentience for the first time. The new laws are a victory for animals and the people who care about them. Legislation will offer many new protections for furry, finned and feathered U.K. residents.

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“We have long been calling for UK legislation that recognises animals as sentient beings and for sentience to be given due regard when formulating and implementing policy,” said James West, senior policy manager at Compassion in World Farming, as reported by

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“Put the baby bunny back.” Why you shouldn’t approach baby animals

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Springtime is the busiest time of the year for Raven Ridge Wildlife Center.

“Everything is having babies,” says Tracie Young, the center’s rehabber. But this year is shaping up to be a bit unusual.

“We are just booming with baby foxes. Last year it was skunks, this year it was foxes. We have eight foxes here right now, we have about ten baby great-horned owls.”

Why so many foxes and owls is anybody’s guess. If Tracie tends to use the word “about” when talking numbers, it’s because the critter count

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