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Inuka, first polar bear born in the tropics, is put down

Fpo - Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics, was put down Wednesday after a rapid decline in health, with Singapore Zoo mourning the loss of one of its best-loved animals.

Australian dog receives police honours for keeping lost child safe

Sydney - A deaf and partially blind dog that kept a lost three-year-old girl safe in Australian bushland overnight was awarded police honours Saturday after leading rescuers to the child.

Brick-throwing China zoo-goers kill kangaroo, injure another

Shanghai - Visitors to a zoo in southeastern China killed one kangaroo and injured another by throwing bricks at them in an attempt to get a reaction from the big marsupials, state media reported.

Shark fears cancel elite surf competition in Australia

Sydney - An elite global surfing championship in west Australia was cancelled Wednesday after two shark attacks near the event, organisers said.

Faithful storks keep long-distance love alive in Croatia

- A faithful male flying thousands of miles each year to join his handicapped female who cannot fly -- the story of two storks in Croatia, Klepetan and Malena, is one of love and devotion beating the odds.

Popularity of tigers, lions, bears could be their downfall: study

Tampa - Iconic animals like elephants, tigers, lions and panda bears are everywhere in movies, books and toystores. But their wide pop culture presence skews public perception of how endangered these animals really are, researchers said Thursday.

Inuka, first polar bear born in the tropics, may be put down

Fpo - An elderly polar bear at Singapore zoo, one of the site's most beloved animals, may be put down after its health deteriorated markedly, the zoo operator said Thursday.

Race for Mexico's 'cocaine of the sea' pushes 2 species toward extinction

San Felipe - The dried fish parts don't look like much to the novice eye, but the totoaba swim bladders discreetly displayed in this shop in Guangzhou, China sell for up to $20,000.

Export ship blocked after 'shocking' Australia sheep footage

Sydney - An export ship due to carry more than 50,000 sheep to the Middle East has been blocked from leaving Australia after secret footage emerged of distressed animals dying and struggling to breathe in filthy conditions.

Smiles and slapstick as Rohingya refugees learn to corral elephants

Chhota Angutia - A trumpet fills the air as two "elephants" charge, scattering Rohingya refugee actors at a training session in a camp which cuts deep into Bangladeshi forest once reserved for the protected species.

Bollywood hero Khan now Prisoner 106 in fight for bail

New Delhi - Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, now Prisoner 106, will have to spend at least another night in jail as he fights a five-year prison term for killing endangered wildlife.

Bolivia's jaguars facing threat from Chinese fang craze

La Paz - Bolivia's once-thriving jaguar population is loping into the cross-hairs of a growing threat from poachers responding to growing Chinese demand for the animal's teeth and skull.

Bollywood in shock over superstar's jail term

Mumbai - Hundreds of disbelieving fans flocked to the home of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on Thursday in protest against the five-year jail term given on the action hero for poaching endangered antelopes.

Malaysian state wants Koranic recitals for cows

Kuala Lumpur - Cows in a conservative Malaysian state could be played Koranic recitals in the hope it will help them relax and improve the quality of their beef, a senior official said Thursday.

Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to five years for killing antelopes

Jodhpur - Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was sentenced to five years prison on Thursday by an Indian court for killing endangered wildlife nearly two decades ago.

Baby believed snatched by monkey in India is found dead

New Delhi - Indian police say a 16-day-old baby boy believed to have been snatched by a monkey has been found drowned in a well.

Feline pampered: Basra moggies set paw in Iraq's first cat hotel

Basra - Cats in Iraq's southern city of Basra are purring with delight as the country's first feline hotel opens for guests.In a part of the country where many struggle to make ends meet, a prime venue for cat naps may seem like a luxury.

Indonesian 'house pet' orangutans rescued by activists

Jakarta - Young orangutan Utu clings to one of his rescuers as he is freed from the tiny wooden cage that has been home for five years.The tiny primate, covered in fuzzy auburn hair, is one of three Bornean orangutans saved in Indonesia over the past two weeks.

More than 130 pilot whales die in mass Australia beaching

Perth - At least 135 short-finned pilot whales died Friday after a mass beaching in Australia as rescuers worked to herd those still alive back out to sea.

Tyson the stray hippo captured in Mexico

Mexico - A stray hippopotamus that had been roaming around the countryside in Mexico has been captured after a 10-day hunt and relocated to a wildlife refuge, authorities said Tuesday.

Hong Kong shops defy ban on trade in pangolin scales

Fpo - On a winding Hong Kong street where shops keep a dizzying array of dried produce, one highly valued ingredient is still being sold despite being subject to an international ban: deep-fried scales of endangered pangolins.

Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, dies aged 45

Nairobi - Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya at the age of 45, after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his subspecies from extinction, a fate that only science can now prevent.

Last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya: keepers

Nairobi - The last male northern white rhino has died in Kenya at the age of 45, his keepers announced Tuesday, leaving only two females of his subspecies alive.

Spotted marsupial returned to mainland Australia after half century

Sydney - A species of spotted marsupial devastated by foxes has been returned to the wild in mainland Australia for the first time in almost 50 years in a rare and landmark conservation success story.

Horror, bewilderment after bulldog pup dies on United plane

Washington - Shock over a puppy's death on a United Airlines plane has renewed scrutiny over airline handling of pets, after a flight attendant demanded the animal travel in an overhead bin where it apparently suffocated.

Philippines seizes hundreds of smuggled animals

Manila - Authorities seized on Tuesday hundreds of exotic pets smuggled into the Philippines, which is a regional hub in the illicit animal trade.

Pretty polly or pests? Dutch in a flap over parakeets

Den Haag - To their detractors, they're dirty alien invaders whose incessant chatter ruins Sunday morning lie-ins. To their supporters, they're beautiful, cheerful reminders of warmer climes amid the winter chill.

Rumble in the jungle: mother bear fights off Indian tiger

New Delhi - Tourists on a wildlife safari in central India were treated to a rare and vicious fight for survival between a sloth bear defending its young and a huge Bengal tiger.

1.5 million penguins discovered on remote Antarctic islands

Paris - A thriving hotspot of some 1.5 million Adelie penguins has been discovered on the remote Danger Islands in the east Antarctic, surprised scientists announced Friday.

Puppy love: Russian teen ice princess to get beloved Japanese dog

Toukyo - Russia's gold-medal-winning teenage skating sensation Alina Zagitova is finally set to realise her dream of owning an Akita, a breed of large Japanese dogs once presented as a gift from Japan to President Vladimir Putin.
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