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Wildlife ravaged by Australia fires could take decades to recover

Sydney - The bushfires raging across Australia have had a devastating impact on the country's unique flora and fauna, with some estimates putting the death toll at nearly half a billion animals in one state alone, and experts believe it could take decades for w...

Dozens of monkeys die in German zoo fire

Berlin - Flames from flying New Year's Eve lanterns might have sparked a blaze that killed dozens of monkeys at a zoo in northwestern Germany, management and security services said Wednesday.

Dogs are found to count in a similar way to humans

It’s established that dogs can count numbers up to a given level. New research shows that dogs undertake this function in the same brain region as humans, which suggests a common neural mechanism as part of mammalian evolution.

Elephants in Thailand 'broken' for lucrative animal tourism

Chiang Mai - Separated from their mothers, jabbed with metal hooks, and sometimes deprived of food -- many Thai elephants are tamed by force before being sold to lucrative tourism sites increasingly advertised as 'sanctuaries' to cruelty-conscious travellers.

African swine fever kills nearly 30,000 pigs in Indonesia

Jakarta - Tens of thousands of pigs have died from African swine fever in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, officials said Thursday, the first time the virus has been detected in the country.

'Mega fire' forms north of Sydney

Sydney - Several Australian bushfires have combined to form a "mega fire" that is burning out of control across a swathe of land north of Sydney, authorities said Friday, warning they cannot contain the blaze.

Manmade noise a 'major global pollutant': study

Paris - It is well known that human hubbub can have a negative impact on some animals, but a new study Wednesday says the noise we make should be treated as a "major global pollutant".

'It's a sin': Cambodia's brutal and shadowy dog meat trade

Siem Reap - Cambodian dog meat traders drown, strangle and stab thousands of canines a day in a shadowy but sprawling business that traumatises workers and exposes them to deadly health risks like rabies.

New York bans foie gras on animal cruelty grounds

New York - New York can stake a claim to being the culinary capital of the world, but one famous dish is about to be taken off the menu: foie gras.The city council voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to ban the sale of the French delicacy from 2022.

Thai park where 11 elephants died in waterfall strengthens fences

Bangkok - Five more dead elephants have been found at the bottom of a Thai waterfall known as "Hell's Abyss", the environment minister said Wednesday, as rangers reinforced barriers to try to stop the creatures wandering into the dangerous area.

Pig farmers pessimistic as China tries to talk down swine fever

Bejing - Sun Dawu sighs sadly when asked about the death of thousands of his pigs, killed by the African swine fever outbreak that has been decimating hog herds across China.

More than 2 million animals perish in Bolivia wildfires

La Paz - More than two million wild animals, including jaguars, pumas and llamas, have perished in weeks of wildfires that devastated huge swaths of Bolivian forest and grassland, environmental experts said Wednesday.

Cats are securely bonded to their people: New research

Cats have a reputation for being aloof and being willing to swap human hosts where food and shelter are involved. However, a new study suggests the socio-cognitive abilities of cats and the depth of their human attachments have been underestimated.

Seoul confirms 4th swine fever case, asks Pyongyang for cooperation

Seoul - South Korea confirmed its fourth case of African swine fever on Tuesday, as Pyongyang was yet to respond to Seoul's request to make joint efforts to tackle the deadly animal disease.

South Korea confirms first swine fever outbreak

Seoul - South Korea on Tuesday reported its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from China to North Korea, pushing up pork prices worldwide.

Hide and squeak: scientists reveal the playful lives of rats

Washington - The next time you come across a rat darting furtively for cover, consider this: It might just want to have a playful game of hide-and-seek.

New assisted reproduction techniques to save endangered rhinos

A team of scientists have completed a procedure which will enable assisted reproduction techniques to help save an endangered species - the Northern White Rhinoceros - from potential extinction.

Russia releases last orcas from 'whale jail'

Moscow - Russian environmentalists celebrated a "huge victory" on Tuesday after the last of a group of killer whales kept in a notorious facility were released into the sea following year-long captivity.

Understanding animal brains to improve robotics

Researchers have been considering evolution and animal brains as the basis for making improvements to machine learning, as the basis for helping to improve the way robots operate. especially when performing tasks that seem simple to people.

High steaks: Cows go from roofs to plates in Pakistan for Eid

Karachi - Syed Ejaz Hassan's annual ritual in Pakistan’s megacity of Karachi has kicked off, which will see his cows transported from a roof to plates over the coming days ahead of next week's Eid al-Adha holiday.

Let's talk about gay penguins: Munich zoo joins Pride week

Munich - Organisers of this year's Gay Pride week in Munich have a group of rather wild partners -- penguins, giraffes and lions at the city zoo where tours are being run about same-sex love in the animal kingdom.

Orcas loaded onto trucks as Russia releases more from 'whale jail'

Three orcas were loaded onto trucks at a controversial facility in Russia's Far East on Thursday as the country continues to release animals from what the media have dubbed a "whale jail".

The Dugong Show: 24-hour webcast shows star Thai sea cows

Bangkok - A round-the-clock webcast starring two beloved baby dugongs in Thailand named Mariam and Jamil went live Sunday, allowing a more in-depth look at the celebrity sea cows.

China says pork production recovering as swine fever cases decline

Bejing - New cases of African swine fever have declined and pork production is returning to normal, Chinese officials said Thursday, after millions of pigs were culled because of the deadly disease.

Zebras' stripes control their body temperature: Study

Oxford - It's been a long standing conundrum for biologists, relating to the issue of why zebra have stripes? For some scientists there is no purpose; for others it is camouflage. As to the real answer? Scientists are getting a little warmer.

Despite culls, import bans, swine fever to hit pork market for years

Hanoi - Millions of pigs have been culled as African Swine Fever cuts through China and beyond, devastating global food chains, with pork prices expected to soar from the food markets of Hong Kong to American dinner tables.

Thousands of reptiles rescued in global police op

Den Haag - Police have rescued thousands of live snakes, lizards and geckos and stopped some 20 crocodiles and alligators from becoming high-end fashion products, Europol said Monday, after a coordinated global police operation.

Dog breeds with the highest risk of biting children identified

A new study has identified the dog breeds, together with the the physical traits of the animals, that pose highest risk of biting children. The results, pulled from U.S. data, are not always so clear cut.

Lions, other animals to be saved from Gaza zoo: welfare group

Gaza - Forty animals including five lions are to be rescued from squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip, an animal welfare group said on Wednesday.

Student stung by scorpion on-board aircraft to Calgary

Calgary - A female student on board an Air Transat flight from Toronto to Calgary was sitting comfortably until she stung by a scorpion shortly. moments before the plane landed.
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These Photos were taken on November 7  2012 at Greynold s Park in Miami  Florida. They were shot wit...
These Photos were taken on November 7, 2012 at Greynold's Park in Miami, Florida. They were shot with a Kodak easy-share 16 MP digital camera with a 5x optical aspheric lens.
Ducks and geese share this pond.
Ducks and geese share this pond.
Taken at Australia Zoo in Beerwah  Queensland  AU
Taken at Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland, AU
Pic taken by me  a Hippo at Guwahati Zoo  Assam  India.
Pic taken by me, a Hippo at Guwahati Zoo, Assam, India.
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.
Poster describing Foie Gras
Poster describing Foie Gras
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.
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 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.
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.
One of these sheep may look like a bit like a jailbird  but the coat was just to keep the animal cle...
One of these sheep may look like a bit like a jailbird, but the coat was just to keep the animal clean before the show.
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San Diego Humane Society
A mother buffalo and her calf  grazing in open fields.
A mother buffalo and her calf, grazing in open fields.
Dave Carter
Pic taken by me  Lions at Guwahati Zoo  Assam  India.
Pic taken by me, Lions at Guwahati Zoo, Assam, India.
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.
Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo
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.
A bestiary  or Bestiarum vocabulum is a compendium of beasts.
A bestiary, or Bestiarum vocabulum is a compendium of beasts.
A tiger sits and looks beyond the fence at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that...
A tiger sits and looks beyond the 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.
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

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