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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.

Birds get new wings at Brazil rehab center

Serop - Not a single wing flutters in the Seropedica aviary near Rio de Janeiro, where aras and others parrots are learning how to fly again after they were rescued from traffickers.

200 sheep chased down ravine by bear in southern France

Foix - More than 200 sheep have fallen to their deaths after apparently being chased down a gorge in the Pyrenees by a brown bear, officials said Monday.

3 tigers resettled in France after Lebanon rescue

Birut - Three Siberian tigers rescued in Lebanon from an attempt to smuggle them into war-ravaged Syria were being resettled to France on Tuesday, an animal rights group said.

Pakistani purr-petrator charged with taking lion on car ride

Karachi - A Pakistani man who took his pet lioness for a ride in the back of a pickup truck was charged with public harassment Thursday after footage from startled bystanders went viral.

Costa Rica says no to animal cruelty

San Jos - Thousands of animal lovers packed a major San Jose avenue Sunday, many with pups in tow, to celebrate Costa Rica's new animal cruelty law and its fines and jail time for violators.

Lactate helps vets to diagnose sick cats

With sick cats suffering with illnesses that lead to low blood pressure a study has found animals with a normal level of lactate are more likely to survive. This could lead to a new treatment option.

UN wants to shift $40 mln to Haiti cholera fund

New York - The United Nations is proposing that $40.5 million from the unspent budget of the UN mission in Haiti be poured into a special fund to help its cholera victims, according to a report released Tuesday.

Minecraft to change controversial parrot feeding mechanic

Minecraft developer Mojang has said it will change the way parrots are fed in the game after community members realised it could kill real birds. A feature of an upcoming update, parrots are currently fed with chocolate which would actually poison them.

Gamers help scientists understand animal camouflage

University of Exeter researchers have shown how online computer games can help researchers to understand animal camouflage and color vision. This is the result of a project more than 30,000 people have played a series of video games.

Environmentalists welcome end to turtle hunting in Canada

Toronto - Environmental groups have welcomed the decision by the regional government of Ontario to stop hunting the endangered snapping turtle.

Spiders are top of the global predator chart

Lund - Spiders sit atop of the global predator chart according to a new biological study. This is based on the calculation that spiders consumes 400 million to 800 million tonnes of primarily insect prey every year.

Rabbit farming gets EU lawmakers hopping mad

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Tuesday urged Brussels to help improve the lives of 340 million rabbits raised for food in Europe every year, mainly in cramped cages.

Dubai arrests man behind video of cat fed alive to dogs

Dibai - Police in Dubai have arrested a man who was behind a gruesome video showing a cat being fed alive to dogs as a punishment for eating birds, local press said Tuesday.

Hounded out: battle to save beloved British dogs

Birmingham - Eclipsed in the rush for so-called designer dogs, some famous British breeds are now threatened with extinction, the world's biggest dog show Crufts warned as it kicked off its annual showpiece event.

Breaking the bank: Thai vets remove 915 coins from turtle

Bangkok - A sea turtle dubbed 'Piggy Bank' has had her fortunes restored after Thai vets removed 915 coins from her stomach -- a deposit built up after years of gulping down good luck pennies tossed into its pond.

Breaking the bank: Thai vets remove 915 coins from turtle

Bangkok - A sea turtle dubbed 'Piggy Bank' has had her fortunes restored after Thai vets removed 915 coins from her stomach -- a deposit built up after years of gulping down good luck pennies tossed into its pond.

Breaking the bank: Thai vets remove 915 coins from turtle

Bangkok - A sea turtle dubbed 'Piggy Bank' has had her fortunes restored after Thai vets removed 915 coins from her stomach -- a deposit built up after years of gulping down good luck pennies tossed into its pond.

McCartney gives fashion gentle leathering over animal skins

Paris - Fashion designer Stella McCartney claimed that fake leather was now as good as the real thing Monday as she charged into the animal cruelty debate that dogs the fashion industry.

Why pandas are black and white revealed in new study

Ever wondered why pandas are black and white? A new zoological study has unraveled the answers. The giant panda's distinct black-and-white markings have two functions: camouflage and communication.

Fresh call to protect Canadian caribou

Canadian conservation activists have called on ministers at all levels of government to put in place measures to recover Canada’s imperilled woodland caribou herds. This needs to be addressed through habitat management.

Thai police seize record three tonnes of pangolin scales

Bangkok - Thai customs police on Thursday unveiled a massive three-tonne cache of seized pangolin scales intended for Asia's lucrative wildlife markets, where feverish demand for the "scaly anteater" has turned it into the most trafficked mammal on earth.
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A close-up photo of a sea turtle
A close-up photo of a sea turtle
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Radiograph of a cat with an identifying microchip located above the spine.
Radiograph of a cat with an identifying microchip located above the spine.
Joelmills
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.
Pic taken by me  a Squirrel at a resort in Goa.
Pic taken by me, a Squirrel at a resort in Goa.
Pic taken by me  a peacock near the King s Palace  dubai.
Pic taken by me, a peacock near the King's Palace, dubai.
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.
Female pigs which have been rescued.  They can end up weighing 700 lbs.
Female pigs which have been rescued. They can end up weighing 700 lbs.
HUNGER: An emaciated young sea lion waits to be cared for at the Marin Mammal Center in Sausalito  C...
HUNGER: An emaciated young sea lion waits to be cared for at the Marin Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif. Scientists suspect climate issues are behind this year's spike in sea lion mortality along the 1,200-mile California coast.
U.S. Parks Department
Barn within the farm complex
Barn within the farm complex
Close-up of some of those who support Farm Sanctuary s work
Close-up of some of those who support Farm Sanctuary's work
A baby dolphin photographed in the womb
A baby dolphin photographed in the womb
Courtesy Channel 4
Two tigers rest in the grass at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the...
Two tigers rest in the grass 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.
Close-up photo of an elephant
Close-up photo of an elephant
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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
Jean-Claude Martin and his boar Juliette (screenshot from Europe 1 report on Dailymotion)
Jean-Claude Martin and his boar Juliette (screenshot from Europe 1 report on Dailymotion)
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.
There are a lot of squirrels that enjoy the park as well  and many of the dogs  especially the terri...
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.
Description of  downed  animals
Description of 'downed' animals
White lions are not albinos. They are the same African Lions as the coloured family with a recessive...
White lions are not albinos. They are the same African Lions as the coloured family with a recessive gene that inhibits colour so they are blonde to near white.
A game of chase has worn this Beagle out as well.
A game of chase has worn this Beagle out as well.