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The Key to Saving Starving Koalas Might Be…Their Poop

manonvanos/Getty A few years ago, koalas were literally dropping dead off tree branches in Cape Otway, Australia. “The trees just started dying and there was a big crash in koala numbers—I was burying them everywhere because they were stinking, it smelled so bad,” Frank Fotinas, who manages a campground in Cape Otway, told the Guardian…

I’ve Stayed Silent for Too Long: Opossums Deserve Our Love

How cute is this little angel?Shutterstock In the marsupial family, the opossum really got the short end of the stick: While their Australian cousins, including kangaroos, koalas, and wombats, are adored by the masses, opossums are outcasts. They’re the United States’ only native marsupial, but they’re virtually nobody’s favorite animal. They aren’t the star exhibit…

Trump Stings Honeybees While They’re Down

DanielPrudek/iStock/Getty Bees are in a world of trouble right now. A few years ago, the US Environmental Protection Agency took some steps to protect the insects by limiting the use of an insecticide called sulfoxaflor. Made by Corteva, the agricultural arm of DowDupont, sulfoxaflor is “highly toxic to bees and other pollinating insects,” and it also…