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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.

Kayaker stranded on Australian island after croc attack rescued

Sydney - A kayaker left stranded for days on a small Australian island after his craft was attacked by a crocodile was rescued by helicopter on Saturday, authorities said.

Kayaker stranded on Australian island after croc attack rescued

Sydney - A kayaker left stranded for days on a small Australian island after his craft was attacked by a crocodile was rescued by helicopter on Saturday, authorities said.

Kayaker stranded on Australian island after croc attack rescued

Sydney - A kayaker left stranded for days on a small Australian island after his craft was attacked by a crocodile was rescued by helicopter on Saturday, authorities said.

Crowds hamper effort to save flood-stranded elephant in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Huge crowds of villagers following a wild elephant stranded in Bangladesh for more than a month by floods are hampering efforts to rescue it, forest officials said Saturday.

Bangladesh, India mount rescue for flood-hit elephant

Dhaka - Bangladesh and India are mounting a major rescue effort for a wild elephant struggling to survive after it was separated from its herd by floods and then washed across the border.

Paris's 'animal church' cleared for wrecking ball

Paris - A Paris church known for its annual tradition of blessing people's pets was the scene of high drama on Wednesday as police forcibly removed its priest and 30 followers ready for the building's demolition.

WWF calls for crack down on 'tiger farms'

Geneva - The World Wildlife Fund on Thursday urged Asian states to investigate all tiger breeding centres and crack down on any involved in black-market animal trade.

Mystery of missing Jai, India's most beloved tiger

Mumbai - A massive search operation is underway in India for the country's most famous tiger, with millions of adoring fans worried sick about the big cat known as Jai who went missing three months ago.

Rare white whale 'Migaloo' sighted off Australia

Sydney - An extremely rare white humpback whale was Tuesday spotted off the Australian coast as he migrates towards warmer tropical waters to mate.

Bullfighting tensions rise in Spain

Madrid - Tensions over bullfighting are growing in Spain, where the death of a matador in the ring broadcast live on television has added fuel to a national debate over the centuries-old but controversial tradition.

China censors 'crush talk of beetle named after President Xi'

Bejing - Chinese censors have stepped in to crush underfoot talk of a newfound beetle species named after President Xi Jinping, reports said Tuesday -- to the dismay of its loyal discoverer.

Australian who bit off rat's head banned from owning pets

Sydney - An Australian man who filmed himself biting the head off a live rat and posting the video on Facebook was banned on Monday from owning pets for three years and ordered to do community service.

Spanish matador gored to death in the ring

Madrid - A Spanish bullfighter was gored to death in front of horrified spectators at a corrida, the first to be killed in the ring in more than three decades.

Deadly sheep tumble prompts anti-bear protest in France

Tarbes - Dozens of French farmers protested Tuesday against the presence of bears in the Pyrenees mountains, after a flock of 125 sheep took fright and fell to their death in a ravine.

China passes law to 'regulate' wild animal products

Bejing - China has passed a new wild animal protection law banning the sale of food made from endangered species, but allowing other products derived from them, state media said, amid controversy over its wildlife policies.

Israel's batwoman works in secret to heal winged friends

- Israel's batwoman works in secret, out of an erstwhile chicken coop in central Israel.There Nora Lifschitz, a purple-haired 29-year-old and longtime animal rights activist, nurses hundreds of fruit bats back to health.

Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee speaks against animal cruelty

Madrid - Nobel prize winning author J.M. Coetzee denounced animal cruelty in a rare public reading, calling for humans to treat them with "justice".

Hyena attacks teen in S.Africa's Kruger Park

Johanesburg - A 15-year-old was in a serious condition Monday after he was attacked in his tent by a hyena at South Africa's world famous Kruger National Park, officials said.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific bans shark fin

Hong Kong - Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific said Wednesday it will ban carrying shark fin on all its flights, a victory for conservationists concerned for endangered species of the predator.

Jaguar used in Olympic torch event killed in Brazil

Bras - A jaguar trotted out for the Olympic torch's passage through Brazil's Amazon was killed shortly afterward when it escaped its handlers and threatened a vet, the Brazilian military said Tuesday.

Jaguar used in Olympic torch event killed in Brazil

Bras - A jaguar trotted out for the Olympic torch's passage through Brazil's Amazon was killed shortly afterward when it escaped its handlers and threatened a vet, the Brazilian military said Tuesday.

Peru seizes 8 mn seahorses illegally bound for Asia

- Peruvian authorities seized eight million seahorses smuggled onto a Chinese-flagged ship bound for Asia, the government said.
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