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Rescued lions roar into South Africa after flight from Peru

Johanesburg - The roaring of 33 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia echoed through Johannesburg's international airport Saturday after they arrived in their ancestral homeland for the first time.

Pop goes the weasel as Hadron Collider shuts down

Ginebra - A weasel shut down the world's most powerful particle smasher when it wandered onto a 66,000-volt transformer and caused a short circuit, Europe's physics lab CERN said Saturday.

33 rescued lions to fly from Peru to South Africa

- A total of 33 lions rescued from abuse in Peruvian and Colombian circuses will be taken by plane on Friday to South Africa, in what campaigners are calling the largest-ever airlift of big cats.

33 rescued lions to fly from Peru to South Africa

- A total of 33 lions rescued from abuse in Peruvian and Colombian circuses will be taken by plane on Friday to South Africa, in what campaigners are calling the largest-ever airlift of big cats.

33 rescued lions to fly from Peru to South Africa

- A total of 33 lions rescued from abuse in Peruvian and Colombian circuses will be taken by plane on Friday to South Africa, in what campaigners are calling the largest-ever airlift of big cats.

Cambodia firm to reduce elephant work hours after heatstroke death

Phnom Penh - A Cambodian tour operator said Tuesday it would reduce work hours for elephants during high temperatures following the collapse and death of an animal which had been ferrying tourists in 40C heat.

German scientists seek way to end live chick shredding

Dresden - In a basement of Dresden University, German scientists are busy refining a technique that could save millions of fluffy chicks from being shredded to death moments after they hatch.

Rare tiger dies at Indonesia's 'death zoo'

Jakarta - A critically endangered Sumatran tiger has died at a notorious Indonesian zoo where hundreds of animals have perished in recent years, an official said Wednesday.

Tiger kills Florida zookeeper in attack: Official

Miami - An endangered Malayan tiger attacked and killed a zookeeper in its enclosure in Florida as the woman prepared to give a talk to visitors, officials and media reports said.

White tiger kills keeper, escapes El Salvador zoo

Sansalvador - A white tiger being kept in a private zoo in El Salvador fatally attacked its keeper on Friday and escaped but was recaptured hours later, police said."It was a horrible situation," a police inspector, Mario Macal, told AFP.

Wild elephant kills five in India's northeast

New Delhi - A rampaging elephant killed five members of a family including a nine-day old infant in a remote village in India's northeastern frontier, a local official said Tuesday.

Sumatran rhino dies weeks after landmark discovery

Jakarta - A critically endangered Sumatran rhino has died weeks after its chance discovery on the Indonesian part of Borneo island was hailed as a landmark conservation success, an official said Tuesday.

Croatia showcases lovebird storks to draw visitors

Zagreb - Croatia is trying to attract more visitors to its stunning Adriatic coast by showcasing the enduring love story of a male stork which has been flying thousands of miles every year to join his handicapped mate.

Fugitive S. African lion caught after latest escape

Johanesburg - A runaway South African lion who may be euthanized after repeatedly escaping from a national park has been re-captured, officials said Thursday, adding that a decision would soon be made on his fate.

New French abattoir abuse video prompts nationwide inspections

Maul - The emergence of a new secretly recorded video showing abuse of livestock at a French slaughterhouse prompted the agriculture minister Tuesday to order nationwide inspections of the facilities."Despite stepped-up checks...

France's Marineland accused of 'mistreating orcas'

Antibes - Environmental campaigners said Sunday they were taking legal action against a French marine park, Europe's largest, over the treatment of its orca whales and other animals after many were killed in a recent storm.

Japan fleet returns from Antarctic whale hunt

Toukyo - A Japanese whaling fleet returned home Thursday from its annual Antarctic hunt, the government said, a trip that angered environmentalists and nations opposed to the slaughter.

First contact in decades with rare rhino in Indonesia's Borneo

Jakarta - Environmentalists have made physical contact with a Sumatran rhino on the Indonesian part of Borneo island for the first time in over 40 years, the WWF said Wednesday, hailing a "major conservation success".

In Florida, calls to keep 'saving the manatees'

Crystal River - When Brandy Pounds swam in central Florida's Crystal River earlier this month, she came so close to an endangered manatee that she could feel the sea cow's breath tickling her toes.

Rampaging elephants kill five villagers in India

Kolkata - Five people have been killed by wild elephants that went on the rampage, triggering panic in a village in eastern India, a local official said Monday.

'FARC frog' caught up in Colombian conflict

Estanzuela - The little green frog's natural camouflage reminded the professor who discovered it of the guerrilla fighters hiding out in the very same Colombian forest.

Russian military seeks five combat dolphins

Moscow - Russia's defence ministry is looking to buy five dolphins, the government revealed on Wednesday, as the country strives to revive its Soviet-era use of sea mammals for military tasks. The military has opened the bidding on a 1.

Tiger on the loose in Doha traffic jam

Doha - A tiger was spotted wandering through a traffic jam on one of Doha's busiest roads on Tuesday, and government officials said they would investigate the incident after footage appeared online.

Australia's 'ugly' animals attract less study

Sydney - Koalas and kangaroos are subject to more scientific study than Australia's twitching rodents and bats, according to new research which finds 'ugly' animals attract less funding and investigation.

Cruelty charges for Australian who 'bit head' off live rat

Brisbane - A man known as "Mad Matt" appeared in an Australian court Monday after filming himself allegedly biting the head off a live rat and posting the video on Facebook.

Japan 'robo' dogs eyed for quake rescue missions

Fujimi - Rescue dog Gonta, outfitted with a GPS-enabled backpack but driven by his own innate sense of smell, jumps onto a pile of collapsed rubble to find buried survivors.

Turtles' vulnerable start to life on Philippine coast

Morong - Hundreds of tiny turtle hatchlings emerge above a Philippine beach at night and immediately look to the sea, hoping to beat huge odds and start a remarkable trans-oceanic journey lasting decades.

French abattoir shut down over video of alleged animal abuse

Le Vigan - An abattoir in southern France was shut down Tuesday pending an investigation after an animal rights group released a video purportedly showing abuse of livestock at the facility.

Sumatran elephant found with leg almost severed by rope

Jakarta - A Sumatran elephant calf lies stricken in the jungle in Indonesia as conservationists fight to remove a rope tightly wound around its leg that almost caused the critically endangered animal to lose a limb.

German court rejects animal sex ban challenge

Berlin - Germany's highest court on Thursday threw out a challenge against a ban on bestiality brought by two individuals who "feel sexually attracted to animals".
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