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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.

Europe rejects animal testing ban

The European Commission, composed of the nations of Europe, has rejected a call to ban all animal experimentation throughout the European Union. This decision came in response to a pan-European campaign.

New private zoo helps Ukrainians forget conflict

- A young girl in a bright pink dress tiptoes around the edge of a cage containing a white Bengal tiger, as couples stroll by with pushchairs.It might be a scene from an average family day out anywhere.

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.
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A game of chase has worn this Beagle out as well.
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Poster describing Foie Gras
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These sisters enjoy a stroll through Centennial's Small Dog Park.
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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.
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A penguin plays in water 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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