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Rhinos return to same location to poop, and for good reason

White rhinos return to the same communal spot to poo, according to a new study. This allows the animals to pick up information about each other from the dung. The area acts as a type of 'social network.'

Population of chimpanzees fashion drinking sticks

A population of chimpanzees in the Ivory Coast have been observed fashioning tools to use as drinking sticks. The findings provide further evidence about different subcultures within chimpanzee populations.

Sky's the limit for Thai baby elephant swimming back to health

Pattaya - After losing part of her foot in a snare in Thailand, baby elephant 'Clear Sky' is now learning to walk again -- in water.

Czechs detect bird flu on 2 farms, in dead swans

Prague - Czech authorities on Wednesday said they had detected highly-contagious bird flu at two small poultry farms and in dead swans in the first such cases in a decade.

Archers to the rescue in Madrid as boars trespass

Spain - It's a scene straight out of mediaeval times set in modern-day Madrid: an archer dressed in camouflage gear, stationed in a tree at night, waiting for the kill.

Cheetahs facing extinction risk

The world's cheetah population is rapidly moving towards extinction according to a new study into declining numbers. There are only 7,100 of the world's fastest animals left.

Japan culling 230,000 more birds over avian flu

Toukyo - Japan has mobilised its military to help with a second mass cull of 230,000 chickens amid a spreading outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, officials said.

Japan culling 330,000 birds to fight avian flu

Toukyo - Japan has begun slaughtering more than 330,000 farm birds to contain its first outbreaks of a highly contagious strain of avian flu in nearly two years, the government said Tuesday.

Fur flies over stuffed animals in Russian art show

Sanktpeterburg - Taxidermy tabbies, as well as the stuffed and suspended corpses of dogs, rabbits and swans are not the only artwork in Jan Fabre's Hermitage Museum show, but they're raising the hackles of the Russian establishment.

Shelter lends helping paw to animal victims of Syria war

Sahnaya - In the sandy yard of a shelter near the Syrian capital Damascus, a three-legged dog bounds excitedly, her tongue swinging as she runs despite her amputated limb.

Earth's vertebrates fall drastically over four decades

The Earth’s wildlife is facing something of a crisis. Earth's vertebrates have fallen 58 percent in past four decades, according to a new survey.

What can we learn from the way elephants walk?

African elephants walk on their tip toes, putting weight onto their front toes. Biologists have been studying these walking patterns to see if the movement can make the environment for captive elephants better.

Beasts of Bangkok booted from park lair

Bangkok - The hulking, prehistoric-looking monitor lizards that stalk the grounds of Bangkok's Lumpini park have long triggered fascination -- and fear -- from visitors to the city centre's main green space.

Belgium's first baby panda named 'Treasure of Heaven'

Brussels - A Belgian zoo on Thursday finally named a baby giant panda three months after its birth, calling it "Tian Bao", which means "Treasure of Heaven" in Chinese.

Will technology allow us to talk to our dogs?

Some scientists are hopeful that a device will be created to allow humans to 'directly' communicate to their dogs. This is based on dogs being able to 'understand' some aspects of human vocabulary.

Thousands rally in Madrid to demand bullfighting ban

Madrid - Thousands of Spaniards took to the streets of Madrid on Saturday to demand an end to the centuries-old but controversial tradition of bullfighting.

Four species of Giraffe revealed

From the early beginnings of biology giraffes have been thought of as one species. This is no longer so, according to new research based on genetic analysis. There are four species of giraffe.

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.
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A penguin plays in water at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Cal...
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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Just a few shots of my best friends, more to come
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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.
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Cage where chickens are kept in extremely crowded conditions.
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A mountain goat looks over a ledge 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 visit to the dog park seems to always bring a smile to the pooch's face.
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Don't be the guy on the sidelines! Choose your species...then get out and vote!
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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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Penguins gather to form a group 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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This little guy not only had a great time at the large dog park, he took time to pose of a picture.

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