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Marine animals swim in similar ways

A diverse group of long-finned marine vertebrates and invertebrates use the same fin motion to swim with maximal speed. This example of a similar mechanical action is regarded as unusual.

New species extinction warning

New research suggests that around 60 percent of the planet's giant herbivores - plant-eaters - including rhinos, elephants and gorillas, are at risk of extinction.

New insight into the strength of sea sponges

The hair-like appendages that hold a sea sponge to the sea bed are fine-tuned for strength. The findings about the super-strong fibers could inform engineers about making load-bearing structures.

U.S. animal regulator's own facility closed for poor animal care

Washington D.c. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has stopped new research at its Meat Animal Research Center due to concerns about animal welfare-related conditions.

Ocean animals are getting progressively larger

Ocean animals have been getting larger over the millennium. According to a new analysis, reviewing thousands of species from the Earth’s seas since the Cambrian Period, there has been a gradual uplift in size.

Dutch artists make waves with 'dead animal' art

Den Haag - In a loft in a disused school, Dutch artist Noortje Zijlstra takes a frozen crow carcass from a refrigerator and cuts it open, pursuing her latest "dead animal art" project.

Fast and effective action is best for animal bites

A major cause of hand injuries each year relates to animal bites. A new survey has shown why an injury assessment, the use of antibiotic and other treatment methods to avoid infection are of great importance.

Japan culls 42,000 chickens after second bird flu outbreak

Toukyo - Japan on Monday ordered the slaughter of some 42,000 chickens after officials confirmed the country's second bird flu outbreak in less than a month.

Antibiotic resistance detected in monkeys

Veracruz - Antibiotic resistance is the scourge of modern medicine. Alarmingly, even animals that live far from humans are developing resistance to antibiotics.

Can animal euthanasia be made more humane?

In light of new research about more humane ways to kill laboratory animals, some institutions have said that they will change their protocols for rodent euthanasia.

Snake 'eats' man, sets off Internet tizzy

Washington - A young American naturalist, filmmaker and adventurer in the Amazon set off an Internet stir after he claimed he offered himself for dinner to a giant snake for a TV show.

Sex with animals to be banned in Denmark

Denmark's food and agriculture minister said the country plans on banning bestiality, following in the recent footsteps of Germany and Norway.

Antibiotic sales for farms are rising

Despite concerns that the use of antibiotics may contribute to drug resistance, sales for the use of antibiotics in livestock have increased in recent years.

Tiny animals could drive the motion of the oceans

A new study has shown that the collective swimming of brine shrimp impacts water currents. This has led some scientists to speculate that the motion of the world's oceans is dependent upon the swimming of tiny marine animals.

Animals around Fukushima are still suffering

Fukushima - Animals and insects in the vicinity of Fukushima show higher rates of death and disease, according to new research. Scientists attribute these to the consumption of contaminated food.

VIDEO: Tiny mongoose challenges pride of lions, wins

Narok - It's not everyday you see a mongoose challenging the "King of the Beasts", but that is exactly what one videographer witnessed while filming a pride of lions in Kenya.

Animal welfare groups raise concerns over laboratory animals

A strongly worded report from an animal rights group states that many accredited laboratories violate animal welfare rules, and that the mistreatment cases are generally more often than with non-accredited facilities.

Visitors to Minnesota State Fair warned to wash hands regularly

Visitors to this year's Minnesota State Fair are being warned by organisers to wash their hands regularly to prevent outbreaks of disease, contracted from the abundance of farm animals at the event.

Maroon 5 releases latest single 'Animals' from new album 'V'

Acclaimed pop-rock group Maroon 5 has just released "Animals," the sophomore single from their forthcoming fifth studio album "V."

Proposal to restrict antibiotic use on farms

A measure being taken through the California legislature requires farmers to obtain a prescription to administer antibiotics to livestock.

Study: Sheep with parasites reproduce better

Researchers have found that an animal's ability to endure an internal parasite strongly influences its reproductive success. The finding could provide the groundwork for boosting the resilience of humans and livestock to infection.

'Hero' the Calf's story of survival and inspiration

Greenville - "Hero" survived a case of frostbite that should have killed him. It took his legs but he received prostheses which help him move normally. Soon he will be the star of a children's book series.

VIDEO: Double amputee puppy newest GoPro star

Vancouver - A Vancouver Washington puppy refuses to let the double amputation of his hind legs get in his way of living life to the fullest.

Tiny hedgehog birthday video goes viral

A series of videos made by Hello Denizen about tiny animals in surreal situations has proved to be a hit on YouYube. One about a hedgehog birthday party has received almost 1 million hits in five days.

Largest ever flying bird had wingspan as wide as soccer goalmouth

Charleston - From fossilized remains, scientists have identified an extinct bird of gargantuan proportions whose wingspan was as wide as a soccer goalmouth.

'Industrial scale poaching' threatens African elephants

Geneva - Entire elephant populations are dying out in many African countries due to poaching on a massive scale, wildlife regulator CITES warned Friday, while also hailing the continent for clamping down on ivory smuggling.

'Industrial scale poaching' threatens African elephants

Geneva - Entire elephant populations are dying out in many African countries due to poaching on a massive scale, wildlife regulator CITES warned Friday, while also hailing the continent for clamping down on ivory smuggling.

Africa surpasses Asia in ivory seizures: CITES

Geneva - Several African countries have made great strides in clamping down on ivory smuggling, with large seizures for the first time exceeding those made in prime destination Asia, UN wildlife regulator CITES said Friday.

New software can track animals anywhere and everywhere

An advanced computer program, developed by animal behavior researchers, automatically tracks individuals in a group, like fish in a school or ants in a colony.

The hard science behind koalas and trees

Melbourne - Ever wondered why you always see Koalas calmly but passionately hugging trees? There is a hard science basis for this particularly cute behavior.
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West African dwarf crocodile babies and eggs just hatching.   This would be a hard find in the wild.
West African dwarf crocodile babies and eggs just hatching. This would be a hard find in the wild.
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Just a few shots of my best friends, more to come
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Turkeys
Close-up of a camel at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary ...
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.
A visit to the dog park seems to always bring a smile to the pooch s face.
A visit to the dog park seems to always bring a smile to the pooch's face.
Pic taken by me  a Camel at a desert in Dubai.
Pic taken by me, a Camel at a desert in Dubai.
A mother buffalo and her calf  grazing in open fields.
A mother buffalo and her calf, grazing in open fields.
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This album features the Calgary Zoo before the June flood 2013. I was about to revisit the Calgary Z...
This album features the Calgary Zoo before the June flood 2013. I was about to revisit the Calgary Zoo on the June 21 weekend, but the flood happened which disrupted the animals and forced them from their home at the zoo. This album honors their presence and how much joy and amusement they bring to the people of Calgary and other visitors.
Pic taken by me  a Giraffe at Guwahati Zoo  Assam  India.
Pic taken by me, a Giraffe at Guwahati Zoo, Assam, India.
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Signed poster from the group Boston
Pic taken by me  a single horned Rhino at Guwahati Zoo  Assam  India.
Pic taken by me, a single horned Rhino at Guwahati Zoo, Assam, India.
A black bear rests behind a rock at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors...
A black bear rests behind a rock 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.
A large butterfly rests on a leaf at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honor...
A large butterfly rests on a leaf 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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A squirrel monkey
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Welcome sign
The green remains for a bit longer in Toronto for local wildlife to play in the grass.
The green remains for a bit longer in Toronto for local wildlife to play in the grass.
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A peacock struts along a pathway at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors...
A peacock struts along a pathway 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.
White lions are not albinos. They are the same African Lions as the coloured family with a recessive...
White lions are not albinos. They are the same African Lions as the coloured family with a recessive gene that inhibits colour so they are blonde to near white.
A peacock struts along a pathway at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors...
A peacock struts along a pathway 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.