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Essential Science: Animal magic, kangaroos can 'talk' to us

Challenging the notion that only certain domesticated animals can engage in communication with each other and, to and extent, with humans, new research finds that it is not only dogs and horses that have the ability to visually 'talk', kangaroos do too.

Covid-19 pandemic will not be the last: WHO chief

Geneva - The coronavirus crisis will not be the last pandemic, and attempts to improve human health are "doomed" without tackling climate change and animal welfare, the World Health Organization's chief said.

What's up doc? Donkey therapy eases Spain medics' stress

Hinojos - Walking into a dusty paddock, a young nurse is quickly surrounded by a group of donkeys gently nudging her for attention as she strokes their soft noses and feeds them carrots.

Race to rescue animals as Brazilian wetlands burn

Matupa - Wildlife guide Eduarda Fernandes steers a speedboat up the Piquiri river in western Brazil, scanning the horizon for jaguars wounded in the wildfires ripping through the Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands.

Leviathan task: saving the whales in Dublin's 'dead zoo'

Dublin - A huddle of specialised staff at Dublin's "dead zoo" perform a high-wire puzzle, delicately disassembling two whale skeletons that have dangled airborne for over a century.

Grisly series of horse mutilations mystifies France

L'isle-adam - Didier Fruchet, owner of a horse club with some 80 animals outside Paris, looks with concern at his stables. "It's stressful to be thinking, 'what happened tonight?' When we arrive in the morning we don't know what we are going to find.

Brain gain: Early stimulation gives mice life-long benefits

Washington - Mice that grow up in stimulating environments not only become smarter and more curious but are also more likely to develop individualized "personalities," a new study showed Wednesday.

Paws for thought on International Cat Day

Fpo - Videos of frolicking felines and gifs of purring pussies will be how most animal enthusiasts mark International Cat Day on Saturday.

Natural toxins likely killed hundreds of Botswana elephants: govt

Johanesburg - Hundreds of elephants that died mysteriously in Botswana's famed Okavango Delta probably succumbed to natural toxins, the wildlife department said Friday.

China aims to phase out sale of live poultry at food markets

Bejing - China on Friday vowed to gradually phase out the slaughter and sale of live poultry at food markets, in a move welcomed by animal rights activists amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Can the novel coronavirus be transmitted on animal fur?

While there exists a possibility that household pets can become infected with coronavirus (albeit a low one), to what extent can pet fur or skin be a transmission route for viral infection to a human?

'Impossible to bear': Ukraine zoo struggles to survive in lockdown

Kiev - Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in Ukraine, animals in Mykhailo Pinchuk's cash-strapped zoo have had to make do with leaner diets. High-quality beef has been partially replaced by other meats, and broccoli swapped for cheaper cabbage.

Hundreds of abandoned animals die at Pakistan pet markets

Karachi - Abandoned when Pakistan's largest cities went into lockdown, hundreds of caged cats, dogs and rabbits have been found dead inside pet markets hurriedly shuttered as the coronavirus spread.

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.
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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.
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Signed poster from R.E.M.
Pic taken by me  a peacock near the King s Palace  dubai.
Pic taken by me, a peacock near the King's Palace, dubai.
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Montage of cat photos
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Making new friends is also one of the best parts of visiting the dog park.
Making new friends is also one of the best parts of visiting the dog park.
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Piglet which may be "Kim Gordon". The tour didn't cover this area and all I did learn was that Kim is doing well.
These photos were taken on October 4  2012 at Wolf Lake Park in Davie  Florida. They were shot with ...
These photos were taken on October 4, 2012 at Wolf Lake Park in Davie, Florida. They were shot with a Kodak easy-share 16 MP digital camera with a 5x optical aspheric lens.
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.
Two tigers rest in the grass.
Two tigers rest in the grass.
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.
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 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.
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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.
Two birds sit on a fence at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors the Cal...
Two birds sit on a 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.
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.
A black bear rests behind a rock at the Calgary Zoo. This image is part of a photo album that honors...
A black bear rests behind a rock 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.
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.
Ducks and geese share this pond.
Ducks and geese share this pond.
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Photos of various animals in the womb, including elephants
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