Georgia News Roundup
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Orangutan born at Zoo Atlanta healthy, male

ATLANTA (AP) — Zoo Atlanta officials say a Bornean orangutan infant born on Saturday appears to be healthy and is doing well in his mother's care.

Zoo spokeswoman Keisha Hines says the male infant was born to 21-year-old Miri and was expected to being exploring the zoo's outdoor Asian forest habitat this week.

Hines says with 14 individuals, the zoo is home to America's largest zoological collection of orangutans.

The infant's father, 20-year-old Sulango, is now living at the Columbus Zoo at the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums orangutan species survival plan.

Hines says Bornean orangutans are considered endangered and are subject to serious population decline because of the gradual loss of their natural habitat.

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UGA to hold symposium on veterinary medicine

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia is set to host its annual meeting on veterinary medicine.

The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine will host its annual Science of Veterinary Medicine Symposium on Oct. 10.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Noah Cohen, a professor of equine internal medicine and director of the Equine Infectious Disease Laboratory at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Cohen will speak on "Clinical Research and Scholarly Veterinary Practice."

A number of UGA professors will also be on hand to speak on various topics.

Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.


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Fire department plans training at Atlanta airport 

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta fire officials say they're holding a training session at the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

Department spokeswoman Janet Ward says the training exercises are scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and will cause a large amount of smoke.

The airport conducted a similar training exercise in late August that involved firefighters responding to a simulated blaze in a repurposed aircraft fuselage.

Officials have said these types of drills typically prompt phone calls from concerned citizens who see the smoke from the interstate or office buildings.

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Cow that wandered near freeway is corralled

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — A cow with a history of wandering into traffic on busy freeways south of Atlanta has been corralled.

Authorities say the animal was captured around 3:30 p.m. Monday, after it wandered into a pen built to ensnare it.

Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jill Goldberg tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that authorities corralled the cow and then tranquilized it.

The cow, known locally as "Kevin the Cow," sometimes grazed in the median of Interstate 675 and showed up from time to time near the highway in Clayton and Henry counties. Henry County police say 911 switchboards were lit up when the animal came out of the woods to graze by the freeway.

Police suspect it was responsible for at least one traffic accident near I-675, so they warned motorists to be on guard.

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