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The further north the more likely a dog will have a limp tail

Edinburgh - According to a new study, dogs are far more likely to develop limp, hard-to-wag tails (erect-tail dysfunction) the further north they live.

Russia anthrax outbreak infects 21

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday confirmed 21 cases of anthrax, including one fatality, after an unusual heatwave melted permafrost in its remote far north, releasing potentially lethal spores from the soil.

Anthrax outbreak kills boy in northern Russia

Moscow - A 12-year-old boy has died in an anthrax outbreak in remote far northern Russia while dozens have been hospitalised on suspicion of infection, the region's governor said Monday.

Larry the cat staying put at 10 Downing Street

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron is leaving his official 10 Downing Street residence this week to make way for Theresa May, but one resident is staying put: Larry the cat.

Exotic pet trade sends Florida bird rescues soaring

Miami - In this small animal hospital perched on Miami's sun-splashed harbor, some of the most exotic creatures fly in and out of Carla Zepeda's life.

Killing Nemo: Cyanide threat to tropical fish

Paris - Many of the real-life Nemos swimming in children's fish tanks are caught using cyanide, said research Thursday which highlighted the danger to corals.

Scientists declare the first mammal extinction because of pollution

An Australian research team declared the first mammal to become extinct due to human-made climate change and pollution. However, there's still a very small chance that some undetected populations of the rodent still exist.

'It's a boy!': Chinese panda gives birth in Belgium

Brussels - A giant panda on loan to Belgium from China gave birth to a cub in a Belgian zoo on Thursday, a rare event for the endangered species that numbers fewer than 2,000 in the wild.

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.
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The San Diego Zoo’s 6-month-old jaguar  Tikal  enjoyed rolling a jack-o’-lantern around his exhi...
The San Diego Zoo’s 6-month-old jaguar, Tikal, enjoyed rolling a jack-o’-lantern around his exhibit.
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There are a lot of squirrels that enjoy the park as well, and many of the dogs, especially the terriers, love to try and find them.
A buffalo rests peacefully at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the C...
A buffalo rests peacefully 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 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.
PETA
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Residents of Tampa sign in to have their pets microchipped.
Humane Society of Tampa Bay
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A bestiary, or Bestiarum vocabulum is a compendium of beasts.
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This photo was taken with a Kodak Easy-Share 16 MP digital camera with a 5x optical aspheric lens, at Wolf Lake Park in Davie Florida.
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Hamsters were confined to extremely crowded tubs before being shipped to PETCO stores according to PETA undercover investigator.
PETA
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Momma goat wears a bra so that her baby can't nurse from her as the baby is lactose intolerant.
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Just a few shots of my best friends, more to come
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A caribou sleeps 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 beautiful mummy and its case.
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A bear playfully bites a fence at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors t...
A bear playfully bites a 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.
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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A flock of sheep
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This photo was taken with a Kodak Easy-share 16 MP Digital Camera with a 5x optical aspheric lens at Greynold's Park in Miami Florida.
The endangered Giant Panda photographed hiding in the long brush eating bamboo.  Pandas spend most o...
The endangered Giant Panda photographed hiding in the long brush eating bamboo. Pandas spend most of their time eating as their diet of 99% bamboo requires them to eat steady to get the nutrients they require.
Crate where female pigs are secured and kept ina constant state of pregnancy
Crate where female pigs are secured and kept ina constant state of pregnancy
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.
A different angle of a puppy resting in his mom s womb
A different angle of a puppy resting in his mom's womb
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