Mass animal sacrifice provokes protests in India

2014-11-28 16:07

The Gadhimai festival in the town of Bariyarpur is held every five years, and protestors have been attending the last three times in the hope that one of its central rituals, animal sacrifice will be abolished.

Obama pardons 2 turkeys for thanksgiving

2014-11-27 12:29

It is an odd tradition, to be sure. Every year, on the eve of Thanksgiving, the president of the United States 'pardons' a turkey at the White House.

Tracker dog hunts poachers from chopper

2014-11-26 20:46

A German shepherd called Alpha has been trained to catch rhino poachers by jumping from helicopters.

Beloved macaws bring harmony to Caracas' chaos

2014-11-26 12:56

In one of the world's most-hostile urban jungles, the spectacle of rainbow-coloured tropical birds streaking across the sky has become a natural respite from rampant crime and choking pollution.

Scientific reasons why cats rule, dogs drool

2014-11-25 08:22

Popular web videos showing that 'cats rule and dogs drool' have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking.

Refuge for smuggled monkeys in Chile

2014-11-24 08:50

Elba Munoz was working as a midwife when she took in her first monkey in 1994. Then she took in another and another, and now her shelter for illegally smuggled primates in Chile has 160 inhabitants.

Police seize 1 000 stuffed turtles in Vietnam

2014-11-21 17:02

Police in southern Vietnam have seized more than 1 000 stuffed sea turtles which were found in two warehouses belonging to an illegal taxidermy business, a report says.

2 endangered elephants found dead in Indonesia

2014-11-21 05:15

Two endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead in western Indonesia and authorities believe they were killed by poachers.

Polar bear numbers down 40% in Arctic

2014-11-19 12:02

Polar bears in the Arctic suffered sharp declines in the first decade of this century, losing about 40% of their population, according to US and Canadian scientists.

2 penguin chicks hatch at California academy

2014-11-19 10:04

Two African penguin chicks have recently hatched at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, officials say.

Ireland's gay bull saved from slaughterhouse

2014-11-18 22:27

He faced execution for failure to perform. But Benjy, the gay bull of Ireland, has been saved following a worldwide appeal backed by The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon.

SMS alerts cut deaths from elephants in India

2014-11-18 13:03

Tea plantation workers are able to scramble to safety in southern India as herds of elephants rampaged through villages thanks to an alert on their mobile phones.

Peruvian frog juice may help your sex life

2014-11-18 08:48

Frogs from Peru's Lake Titicaca are the main ingredient in a juice blend that some Andean cultures believe has the power to cure asthma, bronchitis and a low sex drive.

Lion gives birth to 3 cubs at Cincinnati Zoo

2014-11-17 13:19

An African lion named Imani has given birth to three cubs at the Cincinnati Zoo, officials say, adding she is not letting anyone near her or the cubs.

San Francisco Zoo gorilla pen unsafe

2014-11-14 21:11

The San Francisco Zoo enclosure where a baby gorilla died is outdated and needs replacing.

Chimpanzee study reveals the value of being a bully

2014-11-14 14:21

Scientists say a study of chimpanzees in Tanzania spanning 17 years found that males that subjected females to long-term aggressive behaviour, often including physical attacks, greatly improved their chances of fathering babies with them.

Tiger still on the loose near Paris

2014-11-14 08:12

A tiger remains on the loose near Paris after fire-fighters and police have called off the search following a fruitless all-day hunt, with worried residents told to stay indoors.

US vets issue advice on pets that may have Ebola

2014-11-12 21:25

A US veterinarians' group has put out guidance on handling pets that may have been infected by Ebola.

Dallas Zoo's new baby giraffe has a name: Kopano

2014-11-11 11:35

The Dallas Zoo's newest giraffe finally has a name. It's Kopano, which means “united” in the Tswana language of the African nation of Botswana.

UN gives 31 new species protection

2014-11-10 12:07

Polar bears, whales and sharks were among 31 new species granted new protection status by the UN conservation body, following six days of 'intense' talks by leading conservationists.

SA study sheds light on tortoise evolution

2014-11-10 10:56

Evolutionary processes that led to tortoises developing shells and how this affected their respiratory systems is the subject of research written by South African scientist Dr Tyler Lyson.

Would you take 74 lashes to love your dog?

2014-11-07 13:38

Dog lovers in Iran could face up to 74 lashes under plans by hardline lawmakers that would ban keeping the pets at home or walking them in public.

2 million rats call the Big Apple home

2014-11-07 09:23

There may be 8 million stories in the Big Apple, but one of them, that New York City is home to 8 million rats, or one for every human resident is probably a tall tale, according to new research.

Invasive species threaten global biodiversity

2014-11-06 12:40

Until a few decades ago, there were no beavers in Patagonia. That changed when 20 pairs of the tree-chewing creature were introduced with the hopes of creating a fur industry.

Panda triplets doing well

2014-11-05 17:18

The only surviving panda triplets born 100 days ago are doing well and now each weigh 5 kg and have two teeth.


Prayers as lioness attacks car

2014-11-28 11:38

As fear struck three KwaZulu-Natal holidaymakers in a car being chased by a pride of lions, they burst into prayer believing their lives were in imminent danger.

Rare white lion cub born at Omaha zoo

2014-11-27 10:00

A rare white lion cub has been born at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, zoo officials say.

Mandela estate commits to cattle care

2014-11-26 16:54

Family of the late president Nelson Mandela have undertaken to ensure the welfare of cattle at his Qunu homestead in the Eastern Cape, the NSPCA says.

Woman finds pet dog lost after Philippines typhoon

2014-11-25 13:29

A Filipino woman has been reunited with her dog a year after the pet went missing in the chaos of the country's deadliest ever typhoon, she told AFP.

Snake training for CT landfill staff

2014-11-24 10:07

Training in snake identification and first aid for snake bites has been offered to City of Cape Town staff working at landfill sites.

Giraffes on a plane? Most Wanted list released

2014-11-21 22:16

Have you seen a man who loaded live giraffes into a Tanzanian military plane for delivery to Qatar? If so Interpol would like to speak with you.

Kenya's iconic Nairobi national park under threat

2014-11-21 10:53

Flanked by one of the continents fastest growing cities, Kenya's capital Nairobi, east Africa's oldest national park is under threat

Wildlife 'devastated in South Sudan war'

2014-11-19 13:15

Warring factions in South Sudan have slaughtered, poached and eaten “alarming” numbers of endangered wildlife, devastating one of Africa's largest migrations, conservationists say.

Baby giraffe steps out at Santa Barbara Zoo

2014-11-19 12:02

The public is getting its first glimpse of a baby giraffe born last week at the Santa Barbara Zoo, a report says.

Japanese man arrested for abandoning 80 dogs

2014-11-19 08:45

Japanese police have arrested a former pet shop worker for allegedly abandoning 80 dogs, dead and alive, in the countryside, officials and reports say.

Boom in town rats has Thai officials offering cash rewards

2014-11-18 17:05

A Thai city has offered a bounty on rats to help deal with a booming pest problem, report say, as more than 40 000 rats have infested the southern city of Trang.

Ugandan officials suspended after ton of ivory stolen

2014-11-18 13:01

Uganda's wildlife authority has suspended five top officials after a ton of seized ivory worth over a million dollars vanished from government strong rooms, its chief says.

Prince William recruits Angry Birds to protect wildlife

2014-11-17 13:19

Prince Williams has teamed up with the makers of Angry Birds to release a new game that will highlight the dangers of illegal poaching for animal species from elephants to anteaters.

Monkey business worries Florida residents

2014-11-16 22:00

Unhappy at the idea of sharing their rural county with 3 200 macaque monkeys destined for research labs, a group of Florida residents have gone to court to try to stop the building of a breeding facility for the primates.

France: Why did the tiger cross the road?

2014-11-14 18:32

A tiger eluding scores of security forces near Disneyland Paris has apparently crossed a major highway and slinked past a gas station, and is still on the loose.

Cape Town SPCA charity shop gutted by fire

2014-11-14 13:16

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has been hit with a devastating blow after a fire destroyed its charity shop. Arson is suspected.

Ban the cowbell? Swiss farmers say utter nonsense

2014-11-14 05:00

Holy cow! A Swiss university has sparked ire by suggesting that cowbells - as emblematic of the Alpine country as chocolates, watches and Heidi - should be banned.

2 endangered condors sent to Mexico zoo

2014-11-11 14:30

The US government has donated two endangered female California condors to Mexico City's Chapultepec Zoo for a new breeding-in-captivity programme.

Cats love for treats may have helped them evolve

2014-11-11 08:02

A mild manner and a fondness for fatty treats like fish or meat scraps may have helped cats evolve into the tame yet independent-minded pets they are today, researchers say.

Bomb-sniffer dog saves handler in Philippines

2014-11-10 11:49

A dog handler in the southern Philippines narrowly escaped death after his dog alerted him to a bomb just before it exploded, police say.

Dead fish in Rio Olympic bay baffle scientists

2014-11-08 19:12

Thousands of dead fish have begun mysteriously washing up in the polluted Rio bay that will host sailing events at the 2016 Olympics – and experts are at a loss to explain why.

Snake 'eats' man, sets off Internet tizzy

2014-11-07 12:15

A young US naturalist and adventurer in the Amazon has set off an Internet stir after he claimed he offered himself for dinner to a giant snake for a TV show. Peta however are calling him a 'fool'

More than 4 000 rats killed at Indian hospital

2014-11-06 12:55

A pest control firm has exterminated 4 400 rats over two days at a state-run hospital in India, with thousands still on the premises, its chief executive says.

Chinese officials 'went on illegal ivory buying sprees'

2014-11-06 08:49

Chinese diplomatic and military staff went on buying sprees for illegal ivory while on official visits to Tanzania, sending prices soaring, an environmental activist group says.

Suspected poachers escape Mozambique police

2014-11-05 13:19

Two alleged elephant poachers in Mozambique escaped from a police station while awaiting trial, undermining efforts to implement a new anti-poaching law in the southern African country, a conservation group says.

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