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The Daily Word in Mubarak's potential release, bear maulings and Pistorius' indictment

Egyptian officials are calling for the release of former President Hosni Mubarak from prison, which some say could result in more violence in Egypt.

A study shows that US unemployment rates increased in more than half the states in July, and hiring, which has been steady since January, took a slow decline in July as well.

Oscar Pistorius, Paralympic champion, is being indicted for premeditated murder for the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

This is why I don't go jogging in Michigan, Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming … or pretty much anywhere.

I don't care if you raised the prices. We came to see some polar bears!

UNM has incorporated a new system where students can log in online to report crimes they witness on campus. … because phones are so last year.

It's not every day that you pay 25 cents upon receiving a parcel from China. … and then get arrested for it.

Just in case you ever wondered what would happen if you stuck a fork into your meat and two veg, a 70-year-old Australian man has the answer.

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The Daily Word in baby rhino, Hostess closing and suspicious coin

The zoo recently welcomed a baby Rhino. Starting on Monday there will be a contest to name him. Look for it then on the BioPark’s Facebook page.

Hostess Brands is shutting it’s doors for good. Fear not, you can make Twinkies at home!

Apparently LiLo had no idea that she now has a half sister.

How exactly do you get a giant tree to Rockefeller center?

Ikea apologizes after previous forced labor charges resurface.

What would we do without the internet?

The reviews are in for Breaking dawn part 2.

Sandoval County voters lash out over election day mess ups.

“Suspicious coin” causes great concern.

NM Land Commissioner bans coyote killing contest that would have taken place on state land.

Shepherd in Germany raises adorable baby lamb.

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Deadly snake watch

King Cobra comes to the BioPark

Adult king cobras can reach up to 18 feet
Adult king cobras can reach up to 18 feet

In April the BioPark acquired two deadly sea snakes. Now it has added another deadly herpetological specimen to the fold.

There is no venomous snake in the world that can reach the length of a fully grown king cobra (up to 18 feet). But the BioPark says not to worry about this slithery 12-foot addition, who hails from Iowa. "Although king cobras are normally aggressive and eat other snakes, this cobra is quite docile and eats mice," the park writes in a press release.

But not so fast. The press release also says that fully grown cobras are capable of killing adult elephants, and that they show "signs of advanced thinking such as problem solving."

If I were locked in a cage and were an advanced problem solver, I can think of about one problem I would try to solve first. After accomplishing such a task, I could then think of a few other problems to solve—namely with the use of my almighty venom.

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Poisonous Sea Snakes Invade BioPark

... Run!

Indiana Jones would not be happy
Indiana Jones would not be happy

Like many of you, I find snakes as fascinating and seductive as I do terrifying. They can be unpredictable and intimidating in their exotic, alluring beauty.  Wait—are we still taking about snakes here? Anywho, it seems the BioPark decided it would be the ideal place to raise two venomous snakes rescued from an "accidental capture." Apparently, the snakes got tangled in with a fish shipment of some sort, and ended up in Cali. These snakes, dear cowboys and girls, are not your average rattlers. They are Hydrophis fasciatus, sea snakes from India considered to be among the deadliest species on planet Earth.  I imagine I'm not the only citizen of the Duke City that considers this a bad idea. The irony here is that these snakes are also among the more fragile of reptiles and almost never survive in captivity. Experts are on the case and reptile enthusiasts are aroused by the prospect of these two slinky scoundrels making the BioPark their long-term crib. Will this be a break-through for zoo keepers and serpent-lovers alike, or a deadly tragedy for some unlucky zoo-goer that most obviously could have been avoided? To snake lovers partial to the two-eyed variety, I say visit the BioPark this summer if you must, but be sure to bring your anti-venom.

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Valentine’s Day at the BioPark

The whole gussied-up, dinner-and-a-movie Valentine's date is so passé. Why not skip the formalities, get right down to the nitty-gritty and embrace our animalistic instincts? Today starting at 2 p.m., head down to Birds and the Beasts at the Rio Grande Zoo (903 10th Street SW) or Love Bugs at the Rio Grande Botanic Garden (2601 Central NW). There, find out what really goes on between the animal kingdom's sheets and learn about the reproductive techniques and mating rituals of insects, arachnids and other wildlife. Both programs cost $10, and space must be reserved by calling the Zoo at 764-6214 or the Botanic Garden at 848-7180. Sorry, kids; this primal performance is for adults ages 18-and-up. For more, stop by cabq.gov/biopark

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Are you a friend to animals?

There are baby snow leopards at the zoo. These are not them. But they are probably this cute. Some of you want to eat them to deomonstrate your might as ruler of the food chain.
There are baby snow leopards at the zoo. These are not them. But they are probably this cute. Some of you want to eat them to deomonstrate your might as ruler of the food chain.

Now someone has to make a joke about their teeth being friendly to animals and then say “mmm, spotted owl.” I’ll wait ...

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... but seriously folks, the BioPark is looking for adults to lead tours and talk about the creatures and greenery on exhibit. Volunteers can also travel to schools around the state. Everything you need to know will be discussed over 12 Saturdays, beginning on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m.

If you do this, you could directly help save endangered species, says the news release. “Because people are more likely to help protect animals they understand and care about, volunteer teachers are vital to the protection of endangered species.” You would also get the inside info on the future Insectarium (words that end in “arium” are pleasant, no?) and free regular admission to the BioPark facilities. Lope over to cabq.gov/biopark or call (505) 764-6214.

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