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Crete's mystery croc killed by cold snap

Heraklion - A man-eating crocodile that became an attraction on the Greek island of Crete last year after its mysterious appearance in a lake has died, probably of cold, an official said Monday.

Runaway rhino kills one, injures six in Nepal

Kathmandu - A rhinoceros that had wandered off a wildlife reserve rampaged through a town in central Nepal on Monday, leaving one woman dead and six people injured, police said.

Nearly 150 trafficked animals flown to Amazon freedom

Estanzuela - A Colombian Air Force plane whose cargo hold looked more like the hull of Noah's Ark delivered nearly 150 trafficked animals back to the Amazon on Tuesday following months of rehabilitation.

UK's Crufts plays down 'rumours' of five more dog poisonings

London - Britain's Crufts played down reports that several more dogs were suspected poisoned at the dog show, after the death of a prize-winning Irish Setter sent shockwaves through the breeding world.

Poisoning investigation after Crufts dog dies

London - The owners of a prize-winning Irish Setter who died after competing at the renowned Crufts dog show claimed their dog had been poisoned at the British event.

China ivory carving ban a 'symbolic' move: wildlife group

Bejing - Beijing has imposed a one-year ban on imports of ivory carvings as critics say rising Chinese demand threatens African elephants with extinction, but campaigners described the move as "more symbolic than effective" Friday.

Llamas go on the lam in U.S., Twitter explodes

Los Angeles - A pair of sprightly llamas jigged their way to immediate social media stardom after they led dozens of U.S. police a merry dance on the bemused streets of Phoenix, Arizona.

Ooowl, that hurt! Rogue bird sows terror in Dutch city

Den Haag - The northern Dutch town of Purmerend has advised residents to arm themselves with an umbrella when going out at night after a mysterious spate of bloody rogue owl attacks.

Fireworks 'send tiger plunging from Chinese high-rise'

Bejing - A seven-month-old tiger fell to its death from a Chinese high-rise building, state media reported Wednesday, apparently frightened by Lunar New Year fireworks.

Review: New reality series gives viewers crash course in filmmaking Special

This week’s releases include an Oscar nominee and one deserving of more recognition; a reality series that goes deep behind the camera; a couple of unexpectedly satisfactory horror pictures; and the inspiration for a ‘90s phenomenon.

Fighting animal cruelty in LatAm, one tweet at a time

San Jos - Veterinarian Carmen Soto is gently swabbing what is left of Grecia the toucan's bright beak, preparing to fit him with a prosthesis to replace the part hacked off by vandals.

Australian beaches reopen as sharks move on

Sydney - Australian beaches that had closed due to sightings of large sharks for a record nine days, reopened on Monday, officials said, but rough surf kept most swimmers away.

Toxic biscuits kill 14 monkeys in India

Kolkata - Fourteen monkeys have died after snatching and then eating biscuits laced with rat poison in eastern India, officials said Monday.

Shark sighting closes Australia's Bondi Beach

Sydney - Hundreds of swimmers were ordered out of the water and Sydney's Bondi Beach was briefly closed Friday after a shark was spotted, with lifeguards patrolling the sea until the animal swam away.

Argentine Orangutan unfazed by right to freedom ruling

Buenos Aires - Sandra the orangutan took her newfound fame in stride after an Argentine court upheld her right to be freed from a zoo, munching a melon and putting the rind on her head for the cameras.

Norway scraps controversial seal hunting subsidy

Oslo - Norway's much-criticised commercial seal hunt could grind to a halt following parliament's decision to scrap a hefty subsidy for the controversial practice.A majority of lawmakers voted late Thursday to cull a 12-million-kroner (1.3-million-euro, $1.

Six sperm whales die in rare mass beaching in Australia

Sydney - A pod of six sperm whales washed up dead Monday in a rare mass stranding on the South Australia coast, with animal welfare officials struggling over the logistics of handling the huge carcasses.

Understanding how dogs interpret human speech

Dogs tend to turn to the left when they hear emotional speech-like sounds, and right when they hear verbal commands from a robot, according to some fascinating new research into how dogs interpret sounds.

Video of train 'mowing down bear' shocks Russians

Moscow - Russians reacted with shock Friday and prosecutors launched an inquiry after a YouTube video went viral showing a train apparently mowing down a bear on the tracks as the driver shouts "crush him!

Tiger or tabby? France scales down cat hunt

Mont - French officials on Friday scaled down a frantic hunt for a mysterious big cat prowling on the outskirts of Paris after scotching earlier fears it was a tiger.

Police hunt for tiger on the loose near Paris

Mont - Police and firefighters were desperately hunting for a tiger on the loose near Paris Thursday after a local resident spotted the fearsome animal in a car park and sounded the alert, authorities said.

Chinese officials 'on illegal African ivory buying sprees'

Bejing - Chinese diplomatic and military staff went on buying sprees for illegal ivory while on official visits to East Africa, sending prices soaring, an environmental activist group said Thursday.

Thousands march worldwide for rhino, elephant protection

Johannesburg - Thousands marched in Africa and around the world to pressure governments to do more to stop the poaching industry that many fear is driving rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction.

White tiger kills youth at New Delhi zoo

New Delhi - A white tiger on Tuesday attacked and killed a youth who appeared to have jumped or fallen into its enclosure at a zoo in the Indian capital, witnesses said.

More than £1m floods in for British dogs' home after blaze

Manchester - A dogs' home in northern England said it was "overwhelmed" after an online appeal launched following a horrific blaze, which claimed the lives of 53 animals, raised £1 million in 24 hours.

Man killed by shark at popular Australian beach

Sydney - A man was killed by a shark in front of his wife Tuesday at a popular Australian beach after being bitten on the leg while swimming, officials said.

Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

Tokyo - The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.

Birth of rare 'geep' surprises petting zoo owner

Scottsdale - If you have never heard of a "geep", don't worry, neither did an Arizona woman, that is not until one of her ewes gave birth to one.

Mandela's 'starving' cows rescued by local officials

Johannesburg - The provincial government has stepped in to save dozens of starving cattle at the rural South African home of Nelson Mandela, the late anti-apartheid hero, a Sunday newspaper reported.

Bali to continue anti-rabies dog cull as gory video emerges

Denpasar - Among the white sandy beaches, luxury villas and temples, authorities on the Indonesian island of Bali are carrying out mass culls of dogs in an anti-rabies campaign, an official confirmed Sunday.
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