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Fugitive giraffe found dead in Thai canal

Bangkok - A giraffe whose daring escape from convoy en route to a Thai breeding station won hearts online was found dead in a lotus-clogged canal on Thursday after a two-day search using drones and hang gliders.

Long road to freedom: fugitive giraffe legs it in Thailand

Bangkok - A giraffe that bolted from a convoy destined for a Thai safari park was on the run Wednesday, as vets scoured farmland near the escape zone in an almost 24-hour search gripping the public.

China's animal trade to spawn more viral outbreaks: experts

Shanghai - The animal-borne SARS virus 17 years ago was supposed to be a wake-up call about consuming wildlife as food, but scientists say China's latest epidemic indicates that the practice remains widespread and a growing risk to human health.

China bans wild animal trade until viral outbreak eases

Bejing - China on Sunday ordered a temporary ban on the trade in wild animals as the country struggles to contain a deadly virus believed to have been spawned in a market that sold wild animals as food.

China's animal trade to bring more viral outbreaks: experts

Shanghai - The animal-borne SARS virus 17 years ago was supposed to be a wake-up call about consuming wildlife as food, but scientists say China's latest epidemic indicates that the practice remains widespread and a growing risk to human health.

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.
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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.
An orphaned baby bat at Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Centre
An orphaned baby bat at Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Centre
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Pic taken by me  a Squirrel at a resort in Goa.
Pic taken by me, a Squirrel at a resort in Goa.
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.
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A Swift during convalescence after an accident
Gorilla and baby behind their cage at the Toronto Zoo.
Gorilla and baby behind their cage at the Toronto Zoo.
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Cruelty of confinement poster
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Tinka helps hubby on the Internet
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
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.
Radiograph of a cat with an identifying microchip located above the spine.
Radiograph of a cat with an identifying microchip located above the spine.
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Signed poster from the group Boston
Pic taken by me  a Camel at a desert in Dubai.
Pic taken by me, a Camel at a desert in Dubai.
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Montage of cat photos
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A snow leopard gazes intensely at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors t...
A snow leopard gazes intensely 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.
Exploring and  making their mark  is another favorite past time for many of the dogs.
Exploring and "making their mark" is another favorite past time for many of the dogs.
Pic taken by me  a Hippo at Guwahati Zoo  Assam  India.
Pic taken by me, a Hippo at Guwahati Zoo, Assam, India.
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.
Penguins gather to form a group at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors ...
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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