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Tenth rhino dead in Kenya after disastrous transfer

Nairobi - A tenth critically endangered black rhino has been reported dead after a botched operation to move the animals to a new reserve in southern Kenya, the country's tourism minister said on Thursday.

Seven rhinos die after move to a new park in Kenya

Nairobi - Seven out of 14 critically endangered black rhinos died after being moved to a new reserve in southern Kenya, wildlife officials admitted on Friday.

Whale dies in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags

Bangkok - A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, officials said, ending an attempted rescue that failed to nurse the mammal back to health.

Muslim animal slaughter must occur in approved abattoirs: EU court

Luxembourg - The EU's top court ruled Tuesday that animal slaughter without stunning can only occur in approved abattoirs, saying a ban on temporary slaughter houses does not violate Muslim religious freedom.

Australia builds world's longest cat-proof fence to save wildlife

Sydney - A conservation agency has constructed what is believed to be the world's longest cat-proof fence in central Australia to save native wildlife and vegetation ravaged by the feline predators.

Escaped bull sparks chaos in Peru shopping mall

- An escaped bull wreaked havoc in the Peruvian city of Cusco as it ran through the streets and into a shopping mall, injuring eight people in its path.

Chinese man jailed by Dutch court for smuggling rhino horn

Den Haag - A Dutch court Friday sentenced a Chinese man to a year in jail for smuggling five rhino horns and four other horn objects worth about 500,000 euros ($613,000) in his luggage.

Britain to ban ivory sales

London - Britain will ban sales of ivory in a bid to help preserve the world's dwindling elephant population, the government announced Tuesday.

Spotted marsupial returned to mainland Australia after half century

Sydney - A species of spotted marsupial devastated by foxes has been returned to the wild in mainland Australia for the first time in almost 50 years in a rare and landmark conservation success story.

Shipments of protected African species to Asia soar: study

Fpo - Shipments of protected African species including tortoises, pythons and parrots to Asia have soared since 2006 as demand grows in the Far East for exotic pets, meats and other animal products, a new study warned Tuesday.

Thai police arrest 'kingpin' in Asian wildlife trafficking

Bangkok - Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia's illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers.

Russian police on trail of weapons cache find crocodile

Sanktpeterburg - Russian police searching a suspect's home for a weapons stash in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg were surprised to encounter a large crocodile living in the basement, city police said Friday.

Facebook top choice for Philippines wildlife traders: monitor

Manila - Facebook has emerged as the top site for wildlife trafficking in the Philippines, a watchdog said Friday, with thousands of endangered crocodiles, snakes and turtles illegally traded in just three months.

Spanish village 'purifies' horses with fire in age-old ritual

San Bartolom - Thick smoke fills the cobbled streets of San Bartolome de Pinares as the clip-clop of galloping hooves edges ever closer to a bonfire crackling nearby.

When humans wage war, animals suffer too: study

Paris - When humans wage war, they harm more than just one another. Wild animals suffer too, and some have verged on annihilation in Africa's many anti-colonial and civil conflicts, researchers said Wednesday.

Monkeys killed in UK safari park blaze

London - A British safari park's entire troop of 13 Patas monkeys was killed in a fire that ripped through their shelter on Tuesday.

Dogs help children read in Lithuania library

Vilnius - Mona, a black flat-coated retriever, listens intently to eight-year-old Urte as she reads aloud from a children's book while they sit on a red pillow in Lithuania's grand national library in Vilnius.

Paris pledges ban on wild animals in circuses

Paris - The city of Paris on Wednesday pledged to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, in a move welcomed as a "small step forward" by animal welfare experts.

Britain unveils Brexit for animals plan

London - Brexit must work for animals too, Britain's Environment Secretary Michael Gove said Tuesday, promising that welfare standards would improve after leaving the European Union.

101 cremations: the rise of Bangkok's Buddhist pet funerals

Bangkok - Buddhist monks chant next to a pink coffin where Dollar's small body is nestled amongst flowers -- a $600 final farewell for the Shih Tzu at a Bangkok temple that administers elaborate pet funerals.

Miranda Lambert invites animal lovers and fans to join MuttNation

Country queen Miranda Lambert is inviting her fans and animal lovers to become citizens on MuttNation, as part of "Giving Tuesday."

Dolly the cloned sheep was not old before her time: study

Paris - When Dolly the sheep was put down before her seventh birthday in 2003, she was said to suffer from age-related osteoarthritis, raising red flags that clones may grow old faster.

Polar bears crowd on Russian island in sign of Arctic change

Moscow - A boatload of tourists in the far eastern Russian Arctic thought they were seeing clumps of ice on the shore, before the jaw-dropping realisation that some 200 polar bears were roaming on the mountain slope.

Madrid to contest bullfighting ban on Balearic Islands

Madrid - Spain's government said Friday that it was contesting a law banning the killing of bulls in bullfights passed by legislators in the Balearic Islands.

Hugs for Pugs at London's latest pup-up cafe

London - Pugs are the new fashion must-have in Britain, with owners, in love with their saggy faces and big eyes, even taking them for cocktails and afternoon tea in Pug-dedicated cafes.

French resume foie gras exports to Japan

Paris - French foie gras can grace Japanese dinner tables once more, two years after Tokyo banned it following outbreaks of bird flu, French agriculture minister Stephane Travert said Friday."That's the good news of the night.

Africa poaching now a war, task force warns

Pretoria - The fight against poaching must be treated as a war, Africa's leading anti-poaching coalition said Thursday, as it called for the illicit wildlife trade to be monitored like global conflicts.

Lebanon gets first animal protection law

Baabda - Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday signed the country's first animal welfare bill into law, guaranteeing that domestic and wild animals will be legally protected from abuse.

Death of baby dolphin triggers outrage in Spain

Madrid - Spanish animal lovers reacted with fury on Wednesday after a baby dolphin approached a holiday beach, where it died as bathers played with it and took pictures.

Rescued Aleppo lion gives birth after Jordan move

Istanbul - A charity has successfully transferred 13 animals to a new home in Jordan via Turkey from a neglected Syrian zoo, including a lioness who gave birth to a healthy cub just hours after arriving, it said Monday.
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Pet owners in Tampa wait to have their pet receive a free microchip from Humane Society of Tampa Bay
Pet owners in Tampa wait to have their pet receive a free microchip from Humane Society of Tampa Bay
Humane Society of Tampa Bay
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Welcome sign
A giraffe eats at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo a...
A giraffe eats 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 single horned Rhino at Guwahati Zoo  Assam  India.
Pic taken by me, a single horned Rhino at Guwahati Zoo, Assam, India.
Near the Red Deer River  in the Alberta Rocky Mountains.
Near the Red Deer River, in the Alberta Rocky Mountains.
Residents of Tampa sign in to have their pets microchipped.
Residents of Tampa sign in to have their pets microchipped.
Humane Society of Tampa Bay
An animal being killed and skinned alive by China fur breeders on undercover animal activist tape
An animal being killed and skinned alive by China fur breeders on undercover animal activist tape
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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.
This photo was taken with a Kodak Easy-Share 16 MP digital camera with a 5x optical aspheric lens  a...
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.
Alicia Silverstone a spokeswoman for PETA s fur fight against fur  poses for the camera for a PETA a...
Alicia Silverstone a spokeswoman for PETA's fur fight against fur, poses for the camera for a PETA advertising campaign.
PETA Fur Campaign
A caribou sleeps at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Calgary Zoo...
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.
A donkey transport grass thatch on the Mount Elgon region of Kapchorwa in eastern Uganda on October ...
A donkey transport grass thatch on the Mount Elgon region of Kapchorwa in eastern Uganda on October 20, 2010. Transportation is a problem in the area which has a poor road network.
Pic taken by me  a Hippo at Guwahati Zoo  Assam  India.
Pic taken by me, a Hippo at Guwahati Zoo, Assam, India.
A mother buffalo and her calf  grazing in open fields.
A mother buffalo and her calf, grazing in open fields.
Dave Carter
This little guy not only had a great time at the large dog park  he took time to pose of a picture.
This little guy not only had a great time at the large dog park, he took time to pose of a picture.
This photo was taken on November 18  2012 at TY Park in Hollywood  Florida. It was shot with a Kodak...
This photo was taken on November 18, 2012 at TY Park in Hollywood, Florida. It was shot with a Kodak easy-share digital camera with a 5x optical aspheric lens.
A few animals  including an orphan foal  were part of a  petting farm .
A few animals, including an orphan foal, were part of a "petting farm".
Piglet which may be  Kim Gordon .  The tour didn t cover this area and all I did learn was that Kim ...
Piglet which may be "Kim Gordon". The tour didn't cover this area and all I did learn was that Kim is doing well.