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'Spy vulture' held in war-torn Yemen

Sanaa - Griffon vulture Nelson crossed into war-torn Yemen in search of food but ended up in the hands of Yemeni fighters -- and temporarily in jail for suspected espionage.

Australian father rescues toddler from dingo's jaws

Sydney - A father rescued his son from a dingo's jaws after the infant was dragged from a campervan at an Australian tourist island, authorities said Friday, in the third such attack this year.

Kakapow! Rare world's fattest parrot has record breeding season

Wellington - The world's fattest parrot, the critically endangered kakapo, has enjoyed a record breaking breeding season, New Zealand scientists said Thursday, with climate change possibly aiding the species' unique mating spree.

Malaysia arrests Vietnam poachers, seizes tiger, bear parts

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian authorities have arrested two suspected poachers from Vietnam and seized body parts from tigers and bears, a minister said Tuesday, as the country clamps down on rampant wildlife trafficking.

Death in China zoo puts rarest turtle on cusp of oblivion

Shanghai - The world's rarest turtle has moved a step closer to extinction after a female specimen died in a Chinese zoo, leaving behind just three known members of the species.

Russian officials agree to free 'whale jail' animals

Moscow - Russian officials said Monday they will work towards freeing all orca and beluga whales from a notorious facility in the east of the country, after a visit by US-based marine mammal advocates.

Rhino poacher crushed by elephant, devoured by lions in S.Africa

Johanesburg - A suspected rhino poacher was trampled to death by an elephant and his body devoured by lions in South Africa's Kruger National Park, officials said Monday.

German state to turn 'save the bees' petition into law

Munich - Germany's Bavaria state said Wednesday it will pass into law a popular "save the bees" petition that promises drastic changes in farming practises.

Rare Sumatran tiger cubs make public debut at Sydney zoo

Sydney - Three rare Sumatran tiger cubs ventured into public view for the first time Friday in what Sydney zookeepers called a "wonderful success" for the future of the critically endangered species.

Plastic microparticles threaten unique Galapagos fauna

- Armed only with gloves and large sacks, park rangers and volunteers are battling the scourge of plastic waste blighting the idyllic Galapagos Islands and their unique creatures.

Critically endangered vaquita porpoise found dead in Mexico

Mexico - A vaquita marina, a critically endangered porpoise of which about 20 are believed to remain, was found dead in a fish net off the coast of Mexico, environmentalists said Thursday.

Stray pup emerges top dog in elite Indian sniffer squad

Kolkata - Some 18 months after been rescued from stone-throwing children, an Indian street mutt has emerged top dog in an elite bomb- and drug-sniffing squad.

Climate change forces Arctic animals to shift feeding habits: study

Apo - Seals and whales in the Arctic are shifting their feeding patterns as climate change alters their habitats, and the way they do so may determine whether they survive, a new study has found.

Dingoes put down after French tourists mauled on Australian island

Sydney - Two dingoes have been put down after a French mother and son were mauled at an Australian tourist island, authorities said Sunday, the second attack in the popular spot in just over a month.

Meat slaughtered without stunning animals not organic: EU court

Apo - Halal meat from animals slaughtered by religious ritual without having first been stunned cannot be labelled organic, on animal welfare grounds, a top European Union court ruled Tuesday.

Rare oarfish, seen as harbingers of doom, snagged in Japan

Apo - Two rare oarfish, giant deep-sea serpents long believed by locals to be a harbinger of earthquakes and tsunamis, have been caught off the Japanese island of Okinawa.

In Russia, a battle to free nearly 100 captured whales

Moscow - Dozens of orcas and beluga whales captured for sale to oceanariums have brought Russia's murky trade into the spotlight, but efforts to free them are blocked by government infighting.

Giant tortoise thought extinct is found on Galapagos

Quito - Conservationists in the Galapagos Islands have found a giant tortoise from a species thought to have become extinct more than a century ago.

India's newly launched fast train hits cattle hurdle

New Delhi - India's first semi-high speed train broke down Saturday after colliding with a cow on the tracks, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new passenger service.

Hong Kong seizes $1m of rhino horn in record airport haul

Fpo - Two men carrying at least 24 severed rhino horns were arrested in Hong Kong airport by customs officers who said it was their largest ever seizure of rhino contraband smuggled by air passengers.

Planned hippo cull in Zambia sparks fury

Lusaka - Zambia plans to slaughter 2,000 hippopotamuses to control overpopulation, officials said Wednesday, as conservationists lashed the scheme as a ploy to make money from trophy hunters.

Spain police seize over 200 stuffed endangered animals

Madrid - Spanish police said Tuesday they had seized more than 200 stuffed endangered animals, including giraffes, rhinos, lions and tigers, from an illegal taxidermy workshop that was selling them online.

London Zoo not to blame for death of Sumatran tiger: manager

London - London Zoo on Monday denied it was responsible for the death of an endangered Sumatran tiger mauled by a potential mate brought in as part of a breeding programme.

Mini mice architecture draws crowds in Sweden

Malm - With a grin spreading across his face, a man bends down to take a photo of a miniature rubbish bin and street sign at the foot of a building in the southern Swedish town of Malmo.Lost items from a dollhouse?

India milks a profit in quest to bump camel numbers

Rani - On the edge of the Indian desert, Lakshman Raika boils tea with fresh milk from one of his camels, gently stirring the brew his tribal herdsman have consumed for generations.

'World's loneliest duck' Trevor dies on tiny Niue

Sydney - A lone duck named Trevor that lived on the tiny Pacific island nation of Niue has died, officials say, sparking an outpouring of grief from as far away as New Zealand.

Climate change pushing killer whales to migrate north

Paying no attention to nearby divers, a killer whale and her calf hunting for food frolic in a snowy Norwegian fjord.Their favourite meal, herring, abounds, but climate change means both predator and prey must increasingly migrate further north.

'No winners' as 100 mushers brave tough Czech sled dog race

Strechov Nad Sazavou - Only half of the 100 mushers who braved one of Europe's toughest sled dog races, the Czech Long Trail, finished the competition which ended on Saturday.

Spanish police arrest 182 people at illegal cockfight

Madrid - Spanish police said Monday they had arrested 182 people who took part in a "national" cockfighting competition, an ancient sport that continues in some regions despite being banned.

Animated film to spotlight bear that served in WWII

Warsaw - During World War II, Wojciech Narebski and his fellow Polish servicemen had to lift crate after heavy metal crate of artillery. Fortunately for them, one of the soldiers had superhuman strength: Corporal Wojtek, a Syrian brown bear.
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A cat called Gizmo.
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An artistic hand painting by Guido Daniele, depicting a dog
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