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Rare white whale 'Migaloo' sighted off Australia

Sydney - An extremely rare white humpback whale was Tuesday spotted off the Australian coast as he migrates towards warmer tropical waters to mate.

Bullfighting tensions rise in Spain

Madrid - Tensions over bullfighting are growing in Spain, where the death of a matador in the ring broadcast live on television has added fuel to a national debate over the centuries-old but controversial tradition.

China censors 'crush talk of beetle named after President Xi'

Bejing - Chinese censors have stepped in to crush underfoot talk of a newfound beetle species named after President Xi Jinping, reports said Tuesday -- to the dismay of its loyal discoverer.

Australian who bit off rat's head banned from owning pets

Sydney - An Australian man who filmed himself biting the head off a live rat and posting the video on Facebook was banned on Monday from owning pets for three years and ordered to do community service.

Spanish matador gored to death in the ring

Madrid - A Spanish bullfighter was gored to death in front of horrified spectators at a corrida, the first to be killed in the ring in more than three decades.

Deadly sheep tumble prompts anti-bear protest in France

Tarbes - Dozens of French farmers protested Tuesday against the presence of bears in the Pyrenees mountains, after a flock of 125 sheep took fright and fell to their death in a ravine.

China passes law to 'regulate' wild animal products

Bejing - China has passed a new wild animal protection law banning the sale of food made from endangered species, but allowing other products derived from them, state media said, amid controversy over its wildlife policies.

Israel's batwoman works in secret to heal winged friends

- Israel's batwoman works in secret, out of an erstwhile chicken coop in central Israel.There Nora Lifschitz, a purple-haired 29-year-old and longtime animal rights activist, nurses hundreds of fruit bats back to health.

Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee speaks against animal cruelty

Madrid - Nobel prize winning author J.M. Coetzee denounced animal cruelty in a rare public reading, calling for humans to treat them with "justice".

Hyena attacks teen in S.Africa's Kruger Park

Johanesburg - A 15-year-old was in a serious condition Monday after he was attacked in his tent by a hyena at South Africa's world famous Kruger National Park, officials said.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific bans shark fin

Hong Kong - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific said Wednesday it will ban carrying shark fin on all its flights, a victory for conservationists concerned for endangered species of the predator.

Jaguar used in Olympic torch event killed in Brazil

Bras - A jaguar trotted out for the Olympic torch's passage through Brazil's Amazon was killed shortly afterward when it escaped its handlers and threatened a vet, the Brazilian military said Tuesday.

Jaguar used in Olympic torch event killed in Brazil

Bras - A jaguar trotted out for the Olympic torch's passage through Brazil's Amazon was killed shortly afterward when it escaped its handlers and threatened a vet, the Brazilian military said Tuesday.

Peru seizes 8 mn seahorses illegally bound for Asia

- Peruvian authorities seized eight million seahorses smuggled onto a Chinese-flagged ship bound for Asia, the government said.

Disney installs gator warnings, barriers after boy's death

Miami - Disney World said it was installing alligator warning signs and temporary barriers at its Florida resorts following the death of a toddler who was snatched from the shore of a lake.

Disney to post alligator warning signs after boy's death

Orlando - Florida's Walt Disney World plans to put up signs warning of the danger of alligators following the death of a toddler snatched from the shore of a resort lake, US media reported.

Frozen in time: India's last taxidermist keeps on stuffing

Mumbai - When Santosh Gaikwad, India's last-known practising taxidermist, first started stuffing animals 13 years ago he would keep dead birds in his family's freezer at home, much to his wife's consternation.

Killing Nemo: Cyanide threat to tropical fish

Paris - Many of the real-life Nemos swimming in children's fish tanks are caught using cyanide, said research Thursday which highlighted the danger to corals.

Foreign protesters' bark unleashes Chinese dog eaters' bite

Yulin - International groups and celebrities, backed by millions of foreign petitioners, have rallied against an annual dog meat festival in the Chinese city of Yulin: but the protests may have backfired, residents say, spurring more people to eat man's best f...

Artists, scientists urge North America to save Monarch butterfly

- Some 200 intellectuals, scientists and artists from around the world urged the leaders of Mexico, the United States and Canada on Wednesday to save North America's endangered migratory Monarch butterfly.

U.S. toddler's body found after gator attack at Disney resort

Orlando - A US family's desperate search for their toddler son, who was snatched by an alligator off the shore of a lake at a Disney resort, ended when divers found the two-year-old's body in murky water.

U.S. toddler believed dead after gator attack at Disney resort

Orlando - One US family's Disney vacation has turned to tragedy -- a two-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at the shore of a resort lake and dragged underwater is believed dead, authorities said Wednesday.

India snares 'man-eating lion' after human tissue found

Ahmedabad - Forestry officials in western India may have identified a man-eating lion suspected of a spate of attacks, they said Wednesday, after finding traces of human hair and tissue in the animal's faeces.

Alligator snatches toddler at Florida Disney resort hotel

Orlando - An American family's Disney vacation turned into a nightmare when an alligator snatched their two-year-old boy at the shore of a resort lake and the father was unable to pry the toddler from the animal's jaws, officials said Wednesday.

Japanese man loses finger in latest bear attack

Toukyo - A Japanese man lost his little finger after being attacked by a bear in western Japan on Wednesday, police and reports said, the latest attack by the animals on humans.

Japan bamboo-pickers defy bear attack warning despite deaths

Toukyo - Residents seeking seasonal bamboo shoots in northern Japan are ignoring warnings to avoid a mountain despite four deaths from apparent bear attacks, officials said.

Slovenian brown bear released in Pyrenees in survival plan

Barcelona - A brown bear imported from Slovenia has been released in Spain's northern Pyrenees mountains as part of a programme to ensure the species' survival in the region, local officials said Tuesday.

Hunt on for shark that killed Australian diver

Sydney - A hunt was underway Monday for a monster six-metre shark blamed for a fatal attack on a diver in western Australia, despite allegations it amounted to a "revenge killing".

Hunt on for shark that killed Australian diver

Sydney - A hunt was underway Monday for a monster six-metre shark blamed for a fatal attack on a diver in western Australia, despite allegations it amounted to a "revenge killing".

Hunt on for shark that killed Australian diver

Sydney - A hunt was underway Monday for a monster six-metre shark blamed for a fatal attack on a diver in western Australia, despite allegations it amounted to a "revenge killing".
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