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Prisoners, problem pooches help each other in Hungary jail

Debrecen - Friday is dog day at Hungary's Debrecen jail as Sergey, Cutie, Scottie, Tiny and Fatty, all abandoned canines from a nearby rescue home, happily lollop in for obedience training... with the inmates.

Korean dog meat farmers seek fresh start

Sogongdong - "It's a dying business," Gong In-Young said Wednesday as he watched US activists clear out the cages of the South Korean dog meat farm he has been running for the past decade.

Chernobyl zone turns into testbed for Nature's rebound

Chernobyl - What happens when the site of the world's worst nuclear accident is left all but abandoned for nearly 30 years?

Rare crane a boost to Taiwan's troubled wetlands

Taipei - It has a Facebook page, two books and its own brand of rice. A Siberian crane that landed in Taiwan after getting lost on migration over a year ago even made international headlines when it was found wandering outside a train station.

The smartness of crows revealed through brain study

Crows are one of the smartest birds known and they have an incredible memory. A new insight, based on brain activity in the birds, reveals why these birds have such effective memory recall.

Frog with yellow eyebrows discovered in Colombia

Estanzuela - A new species of terrestrial frog with yellow eyebrows has been found in Colombia's East Andes, researchers announced.

Realistic undercover robot animals help officials snare poachers

Wildlife officials have a new breed of undercover agents: Robotic animals that are more than just taxidermy specimens. These animals are actually so realistic they are used to snare poachers all across the U.S.

GM and lab grown meat for the agricultural future?

The future of agriculture is uncertain, given the changes to populations, migration, and climate. National governments and the United Nations have been predicting the state of food security in 2050.

150,000 Antarctica penguins die after iceberg grounding: Study

Sydney - Some 150,000 penguins died after a massive iceberg grounded near their colony in Antarctica, forcing them to make a lengthy trek to find food, scientists say in a newly-published study.The B09B iceberg, measuring some 100 square kilometres (38.

FBI will start tracking animal abuse cases in Ohio via database

The FBI has announced that it will create a national animal cruelty database similar to ones used for rape and violent crime cases.

Kyrgyzstan expels Briton after 'horse penis' Facebook comment

Bichkek - A Briton working at a Canadian-owned gold mine in ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan has been expelled after comparing a local delicacy to a horse penis in a Facebook post, an interior ministry spokesman confirmed Monday.

Kyrgyzstan detains Briton over 'horse penis' slur

Bichkek - A Briton working at a foreign-owned gold mine in Kyrgyzstan has been detained and faces up to five years in jail for comparing a local delicacy to a horse penis, authorities said Sunday.

Australia to use drones to track sharks from the air

Sydney - Testing of aerial drones to track the movements of sharks in Australian waters began Wednesday as the government admitted there was "no easy way" to protect swimmers from the predators.

SeaWorld to do away with killer whale show

Los Angeles - US theme park SeaWorld announced that it planned to phase out its signature killer whale show, which has come under intense criticism in recent years.

French abattoir probed over grisly animal cruelty video

Marseille - A French abattoir was put under investigation Thursday after undercover video emerged showing cattle having their throats slit while conscious, pigs being gassed in a cage and a horse being beaten with an electric prod.

Single shot animal contraceptive coming soon

The idea of an injectable contraceptive for pets, administered by injection, is coming closer to reality after some successful animal trials.

Review: Animal Tales, the best animal stories on display Special

London - Animal Tales is an exhibition currently running at the British Library in London. The exhibition goes on the trail of animals on the page, exploring what wild – and tamed – creatures say about us when they take on literary or artistic form.

U.S. navy agrees to limit sonar, explosives near marine mammals

Los Angeles - In a court settlement described as "historic" by conservation groups, the US Navy has agreed to limit its use of sonar equipment and explosives that harm whales, dolphins and other marine mammals.

Controversial badger cull to be extended

Bristol - The hotly debated issue of culling badgers in the U.K. has arisen again with plans by the British government to extend areas where shooting badgers is permitted to Dorset.

Newborn panda twins vocal, 'very, very active': U.S. zoo

Washington - Twin cubs born to a rare giant panda called Mei Xiang were doing well Sunday, vocal and "very, very active" after the surprise back-to-back births at the Smithsonian National Zoo, her handlers said.

Rare wolf sighting in California

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has spotted the first wolf pack in California for almost 100 years. The sighting has led to a debate about encouraging the wolves to stay or pushing them back northwards.

Bamboo-zled: Panda surprises with birth of twins

Washington - A rare giant panda called Mei Xiang gave birth to twin cubs at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, apparently surprising delighted zoo officials who had expected just one baby.

Annual dog surfing competition takes place in California

Dogs of all shapes and sizes met on a beach in California last weekend, to fight it out for first place in the Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition.

Male animals are more sickly than females

Mexico - Which is the sickliest sex? Males or females? Across the animal kingdom is seems that males are more troubled with ill-health than females.

The three most interesting animal facts of the week

We're continually finding out new things about the animal world. This week three fascinating facts emerged about the animal kingdom, pertaining to bees, kangaroos and baboons. Digital Journal finds out more.

Cars threaten world's most endangered feline

Centro - The world's most endangered feline species, the Iberian lynx, is making a comeback in Spain after being pushed to the brink of extinction.But the costly efforts to reintroduce the spotted cat into the wild face an unexpected enemy -- cars.

Escaped tiger from Georgia zoo shot after killing man

Tbili - A tiger that killed a man in the central square of Georgia's capital Tbilisi Wednesday was shot dead, officials said, four days after hundreds of animals escaped from the city's zoo after deadly floods.

Fourteen dead, hundreds of zoo animals wiped out in Georgia floods

Tbili - Nine people were missing in Georgia's capital Tbilisi on Monday, a day after freak floods killed 14 people and swept away zoo animals, some of which were shot after being found prowling the streets.

Lions, tigers on the loose in deadly Tbilisi floods

Tbili - Lions, tigers and even a hippopotamus escaped from a zoo in the Georgian capital Tbilisi Sunday, adding to chaos caused by severe flooding that killed at least 12 people, officials said.

War of words continues over badger cull

London - The U.K. government is pushing ahead with its badger culls throughout England. However, in Wales, where there is devolved government, the authorities are administering vaccinations instead. The difference is about responding to the risk of tuberculosis.
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Pic taken by me  a Camel at a desert in Dubai.
Pic taken by me, a Camel at a desert in Dubai.
A tiger sits and looks beyond the fence at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that...
A tiger sits and looks beyond the fence at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo animals and was taken before the devastating June 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta.
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Animal cruelty investigations by the Ontario SPCA and its affiliated Humane Societies are governed by provincial legislation under the Ontario SPCA Act.
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A penguin photographed in the egg
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A rescued ram.
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Cage where chickens are kept in extremely crowded conditions.
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Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus, Columbus Zoo
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Jane Goodall's signed poster
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Just a few shots of my best friends, more to come
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Close-up of some of those who support Farm Sanctuary's work
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Exploring and "making their mark" is another favorite past time for many of the dogs.
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A woman transports her goods on a donkey on Mount Elgon slopes in Kapchorwa, eastern Uganda on October 20, 2010. Transportation is a problem in the area which has poor roads.
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Pic taken by me, a herd of Camels, Dubai.
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A primate undergoing experimentation at Covance in Vienna Virginia who were fined for violations of the Animal Welfare Act following a PETA investigation that exposed the horrors and cruelty.
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White lions are being reintroduced to the wild by the Global White Lion Protection Trust. What a beautiful creature.
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An animal being killed and skinned alive by China fur breeders on undercover animal activist tape
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Close-up of a camel at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo animals and was taken before the devastating June 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta.
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Pic taken by me, a Giraffe at Guwahati Zoo, Assam, India.
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Hamsters were confined to extremely crowded tubs before being shipped to PETCO stores according to PETA undercover investigator.
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