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Albania seeks to liberate chained bears

Tirana - The two five-year-old Albanian bears carry physical and mental scars from their days of mistreatment and captivity -- Pashuk has marks from the tight chain on his neck, while Tomi is an alcoholic.

How CITES works, and 5 species to look out for

Johanesburg - The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is a treaty to protect wild animals and plants against over-exploitation through commercial trade.

French MPs propose mandatory cameras in abattoirs

Paris - French lawmakers on Tuesday proposed mandatory surveillance cameras for abattoirs to combat cruelty against livestock after an animal rights group published shocking slaughterhouse videos.

China aquarium refuses to deliver 'sad bear' Pizza to UK

Bejing - A Chinese aquarium keeping a forlorn-looking polar bear named Pizza said Tuesday it has "no need" for foreign interference, after activists offered to move the animal to a British zoo.

Orphaned baby koala finds fluffy toy friend

Sydney - An orphaned baby koala in Australia has found solace cuddling a fluffy toy marsupial in the absence of his mother as he recovers from the trauma of her death.

Orphaned baby koala finds fluffy toy friend

Sydney - An orphaned baby koala in Australia has found solace cuddling a fluffy toy marsupial in the absence of his mother as he recovers from the trauma of her death.

Orphaned baby koala finds fluffy toy friend

Sydney - An orphaned baby koala in Australia has found solace cuddling a fluffy toy marsupial in the absence of his mother as he recovers from the trauma of her death.

One dead after Sri Lanka temple elephants spark stampede

Colombo - Brawling elephants triggered a stampede at a temple in southern Sri Lanka which left one woman dead and a dozen wounded, police said Saturday.

Angering activists, Norway says to kill wolves

Oslo - Norway was accused of authorising the "mass slaughter" of its endangered wolf population on Friday after announcing that 47 of the predators would be killed by hunters.

French group uses rabbit cruelty video to urge angora ban

Paris - A French animal rights group on Thursday demanded a ban on raising angora rabbits for their prized fur, releasing a secretly recorded video during which the animals squeal while being shorn."The unedited images...

Sexploits of Diego the Tortoise save Galapagos species

Puerto Ayora - He's over 100 years old, but his sex life is the stuff of legend. Diego the Tortoise is quite the ladies' man, and his exploits have helped save his species from extinction.

Scuffles as Spanish town drops bull-spearing from festival

Tordesillas - Locals scuffled with animal rights activists Tuesday at a centuries-old Spanish festival held for the first time since the event was banned from spearing its half-tonne bull to death.

Eats shoots and rarely breeds: giant pandas 'still at risk'

Chengdu - The giant panda may have been taken off the endangered species list, but the emblematic black and white bear still faces a plethora of risks including epidemics and climate change, Chinese breeding centres say.

New parasite species is named after Obama

Miami - US scientists have discovered a new species of a parasitic flatworm that infects turtles in Malaysia, and named it after Barack Obama as a way of honoring the US president.

Drones give rare glimpse into Australian whales

Sydney - Scientists studying whales in Australia have gained rare images of a white calf swimming with its mother as part of a project they hope will help conservation efforts.

Drones give rare glimpse into Australian whales

Sydney - Scientists studying whales in Australia have gained rare images of a white calf swimming with its mother as part of a project they hope will help conservation efforts.

Drones give rare glimpse into Australian whales

Sydney - Scientists studying whales in Australia have gained rare images of a white calf swimming with its mother as part of a project they hope will help conservation efforts.

Controversial DNA research sparks ethical debate

Honolulu - Scientific techniques that can wipe out invasive species or alter mosquitoes' ability to carry disease are pushing ahead, raising concerns about the ethics of permanently changing the natural world, experts say.

Kabul's once battle-scarred zoo roars back to life

Kabul - Its scarred lion Marjan was for years a symbol of Afghan survival.

Deal with oil giant helps near-extinct whale recover

Honolulu - A decade ago, there were just 115 western gray whales left in the world, and their feeding grounds near Russia's Sakhalin Island, north of Japan, were being drilled for oil.

Study sounds alarm for slow-breeding forest elephants

Paris - Even without poachers, Central Africa's forest elephants would need almost a century to get their numbers back up to 2002 levels, said a study Wednesday that pried into the elusive creatures' slow-breeding ways.

Jungle school helps rescued orangutans return to wild

Indonesia - Ignoring the shrieks of his rowdy, wrestling classmates, baby orangutan Otan practises swinging alone at his "jungle school" on Borneo island, switching hands and hanging upside down as he builds confidence high above the forest floor.

More than 300 reindeer killed by lightning in Norway

Oslo - More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lightning in southern Norway, officials said Monday, in the largest such incident known to date.

Moon is key to when jellyfish hit beach, study finds

Jerusalem - Swimmers wanting to avoid being stung by jellyfish may want to watch the sky as much as the sea after Israeli researchers found a link between their arrival and the phase of the moon.

Victims to blame in fatal tiger attack in China, probe finds

Bejing - The Beijing wildlife park whose tigers killed one woman and injured another this summer was not to blame for their deaths, an official investigation concluded Wednesday.

Laziz the tiger and friends leave Gaza for new life

Erez - Gaza's last tiger left the war-ravaged Palestinian enclave Wednesday with monkeys, emus, a porcupine and other animals from a zoo dubbed the "world's worst", heading for a new life in South Africa and elsewhere.

France seizes 2,000 dead seahorses en route to Vietnam

Paris - French customs officials said Friday they had intercepted some 2,000 dead seahorses, prized in Asia for use in traditional medicine and as aphrodisiacs.

Vienna zoo hails rare birth of tiny giant panda twins

Vienna - A giant panda on loan from China to Austria has given birth to two naturally conceived twins, an exceptionally rare event for the endangered species, Vienna's famous Schoenbrunn Zoo said Tuesday.

Greenland sharks may live 400 years, researchers say

Miami - Greenland sharks are the Earth's longest-lived vertebrates -- or creatures with a spine -- with a lifespan that can last as long as 400 years, international researchers said.

Indian cricketer Jadeja fined $300 for lion selfies

Ahmedabad - Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja has been fined $300 for taking selfies with endangered Asiatic lions in the country's west despite a ban on such photos, a senior forest official said on Wednesday.
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