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French special forces dog awarded top UK gallantry medal

London - A French special forces dog called Leuk was on Friday awarded a British animal charity's top award for gallantry, after he saved lives by cornering insurgents during an anti-terrorist operation in Mali.

A whale chorus reveals how climate change may be shifting migration

Apo - Eerie wails, explosive trumpets and ghostly moans. The sounds from the underwater recorders had a story to tell, even without a single intelligible word: the whales had stayed put.

'Narcocat' intercepted with drug delivery for Panama prison

Panama - Authorities in Panama on Friday intercepted an unlikely smuggler, a fluffy white cat, bearing an assortment of drugs in a pouch tied to its body as it tried to enter a prison.

WHO urges halt to sale of live wild mammals in food markets

Geneva - The World Health Organization called on Tuesday for a halt to the sale of live wild mammals in food markets to prevent the emergence of new diseases such as Covid-19.

Rhino population in Nepal grows in conservation boost

Kathmandu - Nepal's population of endangered one-horned rhinoceros has grown by more than a hundred over the past six years, officials said, with campaigners hailing the increase as a conservation "milestone".

Argentine zoo transfers two rare Bengal tigers to the US

Buenos Aires - Two rare white Bengal tigers from Argentina are due to arrive Saturday at a spacious sanctuary in the US state of Colorado in hopes of a "better quality of life," their space-challenged Eco-park in Buenos Aires said.

Ecuador policeman held over 185 baby tortoises in suitcase

Quito - An Ecuadorian policeman has been arrested after airport officials in the Galapagos Islands discovered 185 baby giant tortoises stuffed in a suitcase to be trafficked, prosecutors said Monday.

Animal abuse surges in Qatar as strays displaced

Doha - Freya the dog was found with "half her face blown off", Bernie was stabbed and badly burnt, Diana is struggling to raise her puppies after being riddled with pellets: strays in Qatar are facing a spike in abuse.

From poaching to avocados, Kenya's elephants face new threat

Makindu - Just after dawn, Tolstoy lumbers into view. A wandering giant, with tusks almost scraping the earth, this great elephant has roamed beneath Mount Kilimanjaro for nearly 50 years.

Frosty reception for China hotel with polar bears on show

Bejing - A Chinese hotel built around a central polar bear enclosure for the non-stop viewing pleasure of its guests opened Friday to immediate condemnation from conservationists.

Kosovo's abused 'restaurant bears' move to greener pastures

Mramor - Having only just woken up from hibernation, a brown bear named Ero lazily strolls between the trees under a snow-capped mountain in central Kosovo, enjoying life alongside his chubby partner Mira.

From the White House to the dog house: Biden's pooches sent home after 'biting incident'

Washington - President Joe Biden has sent his two dogs back to his family home in Wilmington, Delaware, after the younger of the two German Shepherds was involved in a "biting incident" with a White House security agent, US media said Monday.

Flamingos poisoned by illegal lead pellets in Greek lagoon

Portari - On a country road that the locals have dubbed 'Flamingo Street' Stavros Kalpakis walks alongside the tall reeds of Agios Mamas, a small northern Greek lagoon, peering through binoculars.

Australian teen dies after box jellyfish sting

Brisbane - An Australian teenager has died after a suspected box jellyfish sting, authorities said Thursday, in a rare case believed to be the country's first such death in 15 years.

Climate disasters prompt Australia's first platypus refuge

Sydney - The world's first dedicated platypus refuge will be established to rescue the unique Australian animals from climate change-fuelled crises, as bushfires and drought increasingly threaten their habitat.

Egypt's 'Scorpion King' turns venom into money

Mut - Surrounded by thousands of live scorpions in a laboratory deep in Egypt's Western Desert, Ahmed Abu al-Seoud carefully handles one of the curved-tailed arachnids before extracting a drop of its venom.

Taiwan prepares white rhino 'Emma' to find mate in Japan

Hsinchu - Emma, five years old, slim build with a gentle demeanour, is looking for love overseas. Hobbies include hanging with friends and studying Japanese. Seeks fellow rhino for companionship and mating.

Indian rooster kills owner with cockfight blade

New Delhi - A rooster fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight in southern India has killed its owner, sparking a manhunt for the organisers of the event, police said Saturday.

Germans turn to hunting to 'ethically' source food

Aspisheim - With her dreadlocks and nose piercing, Shanna Reis doesn't exactly look the part of the camouflage-clad hunter tracking game in the forest.

Aussie sheep sheds huge coat after years on the lam

Melbourne - A wild sheep found wandering the wilderness of the Australian bush has been sheared of a huge 35-kilogram (77-pound) coat after an estimated five years of unchecked growth.

Joy as whales refloated at notorious New Zealand stranding spot

Wellington - A group of 28 pilot whales were successfully refloated at a notorious New Zealand beach where more than a dozen of the marine mammals died this week, jubilant rescuers said Wednesday.

Stranded whales refloated in New Zealand but concerns remain

Wellington - Rescuers successfully refloated 28 pilot whales stranded on a notorious stretch of New Zealand's coast Tuesday, but the mammals remained close to shore and could beach themselves again, wildlife officials said.

India's endangered lion prides conquer disease to roam free

- Three years after a deadly virus struck India's endangered Asiatic lions in their last remaining natural habitat, conservationists are hunting for new homes to help booming prides roam free.

Dozens of whales strand at notorious New Zealand bay

Wellington - Rescuers were racing Monday to save dozens of pilot whales that beached on a stretch of New Zealand coast notorious for mass strandings, wildlife officials said.

'Bite Club': Shark attack survivors find solace in unity

Johns River - The first rule of Bite Club is you talk to Dave Pearson, a shark attack survivor who connects hundreds of people from around the world to support each other "beyond the bite".

Dozens of whales die stranded on Indonesian beach

Jakarta - Forty-six small whales stranded on a beach in Indonesia have died, after rescue efforts succeeded in saving three others, local officials said Friday.

Larry the Cat marks 10 years' ruling Downing Street roost

London - A stalwart of the British political scene, Larry the Cat has ruled the roost in Downing Street for a decade, serving three prime ministers and becoming a legend in his own naptime.

No kidding: video calls with goats boost British farm

Blackburn - A British farmer came up with a jokey idea to rent out her goats to liven up video call meetings -- and found an unexpected source of lockdown income.

Seoul launches Covid tests for pets

Seoul - Pet cats and dogs with a fever, cough or breathing difficulties will be offered coronavirus tests if they have been exposed to carriers, the Seoul metropolitan government said Monday.

On-the-loose tiger captured alive after Indonesia zoo escape

Menteng Dua - An escaped tiger that killed a keeper at a zoo on Borneo island has been captured alive after a day on the loose, police said.
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