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China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours

Yulin - A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with sellers torching the hair off carcasses, butchers chopping slabs of canines and cooks frying up dishes, dispelling rumours that authorities would ban sales this year.

China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours

Yulin - A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with butchers hacking slabs of canines and cooks frying the flesh despite rumours that authorities would impose a ban this year.

China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours

Yulin - A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with butchers hacking slabs of canines and cooks frying the flesh despite rumours that authorities would impose a ban this year.

China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours

Yulin - A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with butchers hacking slabs of canines and cooks frying the flesh despite rumours that authorities would impose a ban this year.

Australia builds huge cat-proof fence to save native animals

Sydney - Australia has begun constructing a huge cat-free zone in the desert so it can reintroduce native animals that have been pushed to the brink of extinction by the feral predator.

Indonesia seizes pangolins, scales worth $190,000

Medan - Indonesian authorities have seized hundreds of critically endangered pangolins and scales in a haul worth $190,000 after uncovering a major smuggling operation, an official said Wednesday.

Panda Watch: Tokyo zoo says new cub in good health

Toukyo - A baby panda whose birth this week delighted Japan and has dominated news coverage ever since appears to be in good health, the zoo said Tuesday.

Panda Watch: Tokyo zoo says new cub in good health

Toukyo - A baby panda whose birth this week delighted Japan and has dominated news coverage ever since appears to be in good health, the zoo said Tuesday.

Panda Watch: Tokyo zoo says new cub in good health

Toukyo - A baby panda whose birth this week delighted Japan and has dominated news coverage ever since appears to be in good health, the zoo said Tuesday.

Japan zoo toasts birth of panda cub, snug in mum's furry hug

Toukyo - A Japanese zoo celebrated the first birth of a baby panda in five years Monday, with the tiny cub small enough to fit in the palm of a human hand.

Australian bodyboarder survives bump from shark

Sydney - A bodyboarder swimming close to shore survived a close encounter with a large shark Sunday after being bumped by the marine predator off Western Australia.

Australian bodyboarder survives bump from shark

Sydney - A bodyboarder swimming close to shore survived a close encounter with a large shark Sunday after being bumped by the marine predator off Western Australia.

Australian bodyboarder survives bump from shark

Sydney - A bodyboarder swimming close to shore survived a close encounter with a large shark Sunday after being bumped by the marine predator off Western Australia.

DiCaprio, Mexico in push to save vaquita porpoise

Mexico - Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto agreed Wednesday to increase efforts to save the vaquita marina porpoise, burying the hatchet in a Twitter feud over the endangered species.

DiCaprio, Mexico in push to save vaquita porpoise

Mexico - Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto agreed Wednesday to increase efforts to save the vaquita marina porpoise, burying the hatchet in a Twitter feud over the endangered species.

DiCaprio, Mexico in push to save vaquita porpoise

Mexico - Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto agreed Wednesday to increase efforts to save the vaquita marina porpoise, burying the hatchet in a Twitter feud over the endangered species.

Angry zoo investors feed live donkey to tigers

Bejing - Visitors to a Chinese zoo got ringside seats to a shocking live feeding after a group of investors tossed a live donkey into a tiger pit.

Angry zoo investors feed live donkey to tigers

Bejing - Visitors to a Chinese zoo got ringside seats to a shocking live feeding after a group of investors tossed a live donkey into a tiger pit.

Angry zoo investors feed live donkey to tigers

Bejing - Visitors to a Chinese zoo got ringside seats to a shocking live feeding after a group of investors tossed a live donkey into a tiger pit.

Culls, poultry transport ban as S. Korea fights bird flu outbreak

Seoul - South Korea has imposed a temporary nationwide ban on poultry transportation as it struggles to contain a fresh outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 virus, which has led to the slaughter of some 190,000 birds.

Myanmar's edible bird nest industry comes home to roost

Kanchanaburi - The cries of amorous swiftlets echo around the dark room, an unlikely gold mine for traders in southern Myanmar who are cashing in on rising demand for the edible nests from China's growing middle class.

Sri Lanka saves pod of stranded whales

Colombo - Sri Lanka's navy and local residents rescued a pod of about 20 stranded pilot whales off the island's northeastern coast on Wednesday, an official said.

Copenhagen's iconic little mermaid statue vandalised over whaling

Stockholm - The "Little Mermaid" statue in Copenhagen, the city's most famous monument, was doused in red paint on Tuesday by animal rights activists outraged over whaling, police said.

Great white shark jumps into Australian fisherman's boat

Sydney - An elderly Australian fisherman has lived to tell the tale after a great white shark leapt into his boat, surviving with only an injured arm after he was sent flying by the thrashing beast.

Great white shark jumps into Australian fisherman's boat

Sydney - An elderly Australian fisherman has lived to tell the tale after a great white shark leapt into his boat, surviving with only an injured arm after he was sent flying by the thrashing beast.

Great white shark jumps into Australian fisherman's boat

Sydney - An elderly Australian fisherman has lived to tell the tale after a great white shark leapt into his boat, surviving with only an injured arm after he was sent flying by the thrashing beast.

In China, maggots finish plates, and food waste

- Thousands of voracious white maggots wiggle frenetically while tearing through trayfuls of leftover meat, vegetables and fruits in an unusual farm in southwestern China.

Elephant crushes S. African hunter to death: reports

Harare - A South African big-game hunter was crushed to death when an elephant picked him up and then fell on him after being shot, Zimbabwean officials and media reports said Monday.

Feline good: Cats counter stress at Tokyo firm

Toukyo - Workaholic Japan is known for long office hours and stressed out employees, but one company claims to have a cure: Cats.A total of nine fluffy felines eat, sleep and walk freely in the small office of IT firm Ferray in Tokyo.

Talk of China dog meat festival ban all bark, no bite: restaurants

Bejing - Animal rights groups say dog meat has been banned at a controversial festival in China, but local restaurants claim they haven't heard anything about the purported prohibition.
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