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Research finds harmful algae toxins in Alaska marine mammals

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A review of more than 900 marine mammals hunted, stranded or captured for research along Alaska's coast has found toxins from harmful algae in 13 species, creating concern that the natural poisonous substances could increase as water temperatures warm and sea ice diminishes.

Feds: Remove 3 California foxes from endangered species list

FILE - This June 9, 2006 file photo shows an endangered island fox in a National Park Service captive-breeding facility on Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Southern California. Native foxes on islands off the California coast were once on the brink of extinction. But after decades of effort to save them, the island fox is now thriving, officials say. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to make a major announcement about fox Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal wildlife officials recommended Friday that three fox subspecies native to California's Channel Islands be removed from the endangered species, saying their populations have made an historic recovery.

Tanzanians jailed for British wildlife pilot murder

Roger Gower was killed close to the Serengeti National Park Four Tanzanians facing trial for the murder of a British conservationist whose helicopter was shot down have been jailed for 20 years for possessing firearms, lawyers said Friday. Roger Gower, 37, died when suspected poachers gunned down his helicopter during a patrol of the Maswa Game Reserve in northern Tanzania, close to the world famous Serengeti National Park, on January 29. Photographs of the crashed helicopter show twisted metal, apparent bullet holes in the fuselage and smears of blood on the pilot's seat.

Standoff at wildlife refuge in Oregon officially over: FBI

Anti-militia protestors picket outside the Harney County Courthouse in Burns, Oregon (Reuters) - The standoff at a wildlife refuge in Oregon that began in early January has officially come to an end, the FBI said on Thursday.

Last occupier at Oregon wildlife refuge says on webstream he has surrendered

(Reuters) - David Fry, the remaining occupier at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, said on a live webstream on Thursday that he has surrendered, after a 41-day armed standoff with law enforcement. Fry's phone connection to the live webstream appeared to become disconnected after his statement. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Chris Reese)

Three of last four occupiers surrender at Oregon wildlife refuge

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Three of the last four armed protesters occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday, but the final holdout vowed to remain holed up until "my grievances are heard."

Elephants 'Sneeze' to Get Hard-to-Reach Treats

Elephants 'Sneeze' to Get Hard-to-Reach Treats The animals are widely known as some of the most intelligent mammals on Earth, and the new findings strengthen a hypothesis proposed by Charles Darwin: that elephants are "tool users" because they can use their trunks to manipulate their breath and help grasp hard-to-reach food. The researchers saw that when pieces of food were too far away for the elephants to grab with their trunks, the animals would blast air to bring the treats closer. To test their theory, researchers at Kyoto University and The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), both in Japan, mapped out a digital grid of the elephants' enclosure and placed pieces of food — such as apples, hay, leaves, potatoes and bamboo — in different locations.

Feline Friends: Leopard Cats Likely Domesticated in Ancient China

Feline Friends: Leopard Cats Likely Domesticated in Ancient China Wild leopard cats may have been domesticated by farmers in China more than 5,000 years ago, according to a new study of feline fossils. Today's pet cats (Felis catus) descend from the wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica) native to the Middle East and Southwest Asia. But recent discoveries of cat fossils in China have muddled that narrative.

'The Secret Life of Pets' Trailer Drops During Super Bowl 50

The Illumination animation will hit theaters July 8.

Nearly 30 sperm whales wash up and die on North Sea beaches

Rob Deaville from London Zoo looks at the carcass of a Sperm whale on the beach in Hunstanton By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - A sixth sperm whale has died on a British beach, the latest of nearly 30 to have become stranded in shallow waters on the coastline of Europe's North Sea over the past month. As marine pathologists cut samples from the whale's carcass on the windswept expanse of sand at low tide, scientists said it was too early to know exactly why so many whales had taken a wrong turn into the North Sea. Since mid-January, 29 sperm whales have died on beaches in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Britain.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Sounds Came From Cats, Classic Movies

'Raiders of the Lost Ark' shares more than just a lead actor with the latest 'Star Wars' movie.

Charges brought against four protesters still occupying Oregon wildlife refuge

Four anti-government activists still occupying a U.S. wildlife refuge in Oregon have been indicted along with 12 others previously arrested on charges of conspiring to impede federal officers during a month-long armed standoff at the compound. The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury in Portland on Wednesday and unsealed on Thursday, supersedes an earlier criminal complaint in the case. It accuses protest leader Ammon Bundy and others of plotting to prevent by "force, intimidation, and threats" agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the performance of their duties.

'Total Divas' Recap: The R-Truth About Cats And Dogs

'Total Divas' Recap: The R-Truth About Cats And Dogs There's a new girl in town, and the old girls react....well, pretty much how you think they will. Also, more Cesaro!

Get a room! Tokyo zoo's bashful pandas try for a baby

Ri Ri, a male giant panda, eats in his enclosure at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo on February 2, 2016 Two giant pandas at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo have been given some private time in a bid to create a romantic environment in which the bashful creatures can mate. Public viewing was halted on Thursday in the hope that male Ri Ri -- who zookeepers confirmed has looked friskier in recent days -- will take advantage of the fleeting window that female Shin Shin is in heat. "There's really only a couple of days a year when a panda can get pregnant," a spokesman from Ueno Zoo's education department told AFP.

Avoid these animal attractions if you want to travel more responsibly

Elephant riding has been named the cruelest wildlife tourist attraction in a new report. An animal rights group has released a list of the world’s cruelest animal tourist attractions that includes riding elephants and taking selfies with tigers. Following the death of a Scottish tourist who was trampled and gored to death while riding an elephant in Thailand this week, the World Animal Protection group released a study identifying the top 10 cruelest wildlife entertainment activities. According to the group, three out of four wildlife tourist attractions involve some form of animal abuse or conservation concerns, and up to 550,000 wild animals live in suffering in these venues.

South African rangers seek to track rhinos in wildlife park

In this photo taken Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, a sedated rhino lies on the ground in the Kruger National Park after rangers darted it so they could attach a tracking device to the animal in efforts to stop poaching. Poachers have killed rhinos in record numbers to meet the consumer demand for their horns in parts of Asia, particularly Vietnam. (AP Photo/Christopher Torchia) KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (AP) — A heavily pregnant rhino lay in the scrub in a South African wildlife park, sedated by rangers who attached a tracking device to the threatened animal as part of efforts to stop poaching in a country with most of the world's rhinos.

Climate change and pets: More fleas, more heartworm

Penny, a mixed-breed rescue dog, poses in her Brooklyn home on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in New York. Her owner, Margery Cooper, is vigilant about inspecting her for ticks because her previous dog died of complications from Lyme disease. Experts say climate change has increased the prevalence of fleas, ticks and heartworm disease for pets in the U.S. (AP Photos/Beth J. Harpaz) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Climate change doesn't just affect habitats for wildlife. It's also affecting cats and dogs.

Korean woman raises 200 dogs saved from streets, restaurants

In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 photo, Jung Myoung Sook, 61, holds her puppies she rescued at a shelter in Asan, South Korea. In the country, where dogs are considered a traditional delicacy and have only recently become popular as pets, Jung’s love for her canine friends is viewed by some as odd. But others see her as a champion of animal rights. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) ASAN, South Korea (AP) — Puppies bark and wag their tails as they follow a gray-haired woman through a hillside compound that shelters more than 200 dogs.

Man convicted in Germany for backing Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers

Sri Lankan-born German man Yogendran G. (C), seen on January 18, 2016 in Hamburg, raised more than 81,000 euros ($88,000) for combat and terrorist activities A Sri Lankan-born man received an 18-month suspended sentence in Germany Tuesday for membership of the rebel group the Tamil Tigers which Germany considers a terrorist organisation. The 53-year-old German national, identified only as Yogendran G. by the court in the northern city of Hamburg, was convicted of having raised funds in Germany from 2007-2009 for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE committed a string of attacks against civilian targets and national infrastructure during Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war that killed more than 100,000 people and ended in 2009 when government forces crushed the rebels.

Tokyo zoo holds zebra escape drill

TOKYO - Workers at Japan's Ueno zoo held a drill simulating a zebra escaping on Tuesday, featuring a staff member dressed as the animal running around the compound during the exercise. The zoo said the drill was to prepare for possible scenarios during an earthquake. Around 150 members of staff, local police and fire department officials took part in the exercise.

Oregon town tense amid dueling protests after wildlife refuge takeover

Pro-militia supporters and anti-militia supporters confront each other at a protest outside the Harney County Courthouse in Burns Tension flared in the deeply divided town of Burns, Oregon, on Monday as 500 demonstrators on both sides of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge squared off, brandishing signs and yelling at each other days after one of the occupiers was shot dead by state police. Residents angered by the four-week presence of the armed occupiers and their supporters started crowding the streets in front of the Harney County Courthouse in late morning, seeking to serve as a counter-protest to a noon (2000 GMT) demonstration called at the courthouse by supporters of the occupation. Shortly before noon, the mostly residential streets around the courthouse in this community of less than 3,000 had swelled with protesters - about 300 opposed to the occupiers and 200, some of them from out of town, in favor.

Asian elephant found dead at Oklahoma zoo; second to die in months

An Asian elephant that was moved from Seattle to an Oklahoma zoo died over the weekend, renewing debate over whether 37-year-old Chai should have been retired to a California wildlife sanctuary instead. The Oklahoma City Zoo conducted a necropsy on Chai, who arrived in May from Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo along with 48-year-old female elephant Bamboo. The elephants were moved because the Seattle zoo was closing its elephant exhibit.

Oregon town tense amid dueling protests over armed takeover of wildlife refuge

Tension flared in the deeply divided town of Burns, Oregon, on Monday as 500 demonstrators on both sides of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge squared off, brandishing signs and yelling at each other days after one of the occupiers was shot dead by state police. Residents angered by the four-week presence of the armed occupiers and their supporters started crowding the streets in front of the Harney County Courthouse in late morning, seeking to serve as a counter-protest to a noon (2000 GMT) demonstration called at the courthouse by supporters of the occupation. "We're trying to make the militia leave our town," Andrew Snyder, 20, said before the two sides faced off.

US flooring firm fined $13 mn for timber trafficking

Lumber Liquidators was sentenced to pay $13.2 million dollars in a federal court in Virginia, the US Justice Department said in a statement A US flooring retailer that used timber harvested in the habitat of Siberian tigers and other endangered species was sentenced Monday to pay a record criminal fine over illegal trafficking. Lumber Liquidators was sentenced to pay $13.2 million dollars in a federal court in Virginia, the US Justice Department said in a statement. The department noted it was the largest financial penalty for timber trafficking under the Lacey Act, a law that bans trafficking in illegal wildlife and plant products.

Eight dead sperm whales found on German beach

This undated picture released by the state company of protection of the sea, shore and national park of Schleswig Holstein (LKN.SH) shows dead sperm whales ashore at the Kaiser Wilhelm Koog in Schleswig Holstein, northern Germany Eight dead sperm whales have washed up on a German beach, just weeks after 12 of the giant mammals were found dead at other sites on the North Sea, officials said Monday. The eight whales found near the northern town of Friedrichskoog were young bulls, around the same age as the animals discovered three weeks ago at various North Sea spots. Since the 1990s, a total of 82 sperm wales have been found stranded in the Wadden Sea in Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany.

Brazilian pets parade in their own 4-footed Carnival

Dogs wearing Olympics ring headbands ride in a stroller at a carnival pet parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. People dressed up their pets in costumes for the annual block parade near Copacabana beach. (AP Photo/Leo Correa) RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian canines allowed their people to dress them in masks and costumes Sunday for a four-legged Carnival just days before the humans will hold their own party.

Tanzania launches manhunt after poachers kill British helicopter pilot

More than 500 pieces of ivory tusks are displayed after being seized in Hong Kong Tanzanian authorities have launched a manhunt after poachers shot down a helicopter and its British pilot during an operation to track down elephant killers, officials said on Sunday.    British pilot Roger Gower was tracking poachers on Friday in the Maswa Game Reserve when his helicopter was hit by an AK-47 rifle fired from the ground, Tanzania's tourism and natural resources minister, Jumanne Maghembe, said. The mission had been a collaboration between the Friedkin Conservation Fund and the Tanzanian government, which has struggled to respond to what conservation groups say has been an explosion of "industrial-scale" poaching in recent years.         "The government has launched a manhunt to find those responsible for this attack," Maghembe told reporters.

PETA Shows Support for Jada Pinkett Smith's Ivory Tusk

Viewers of Smith's Oscar-boycott Facebook video posted on Jan. 18 were quick to point out the faux replica on display in the background.

In latest fad, Thais treat 'child angel' dolls like pets

In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 photo, a Thai woman holds a "child angel" doll in Bangkok. Thailand. The dolls, which are said to bring good luck to their owners, became a media sensation this week after a leaked memo from a Thai budget airline gave pointers on how they could be treated like passengers if they have a paid-for seat. Thai people are superstitious, and the doll phenomenon has been analyzed as a modern version of a traditional totem containing real body parts, but as a fad it seems have more in common with Furby dolls. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) BANGKOK (AP) — Mix one part superstition, two parts fashion, a dab of celebrity idolatry and a heap of media frenzy, and what do you get?

Gabon's eco-guards in unequal battle against elephant poachers

Rangers stop pirogues to check for arms and ammunition, on a stretch of the Ivindo river in the Ivindo National Park, Gabon At the entrance to the sprawling Ivindo national park in central Gabon, wildlife guards in paramilitary uniform scour a fisherman's dug-out canoe, going through his bags of worn clothes and bait. Gabon, which along with Democratic Republic of Congo now has Africa's biggest forest elephant populations, is deploying scores of "eco-guards", as they are called, to ward off poachers honing in on a prime continental target. The wild territory in the heart of central Africa's tropical forest basin on the border with Cameroon and the Congo has seen a massive jump in ivory smuggling in recent years.

Mali's desert elephants face extinction in three years

A slaughtered elephant is seen in Bambara-Maoude By Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Mali's elephants, one of just two remaining desert herds in the world, will be gone in three years unless the government does more to protect them, a conservation group said on Thursday. Poachers have taken advantage of the chaos from a growing Islamist insurgency and other unrest in the lawless north to step up ivory trafficking - a trade that the United Nations says funds militants. Sixteen elephants have been killed so far this month, adding to more than 80 slaughtered in 2015, said Susan Canney, director of Mali Elephant Project for the WILD Foundation.

Correction: Pets-Fetch-And-Sketch story

This 2013 photo provided by artist Rafael Mantesso shows his bull terrier, Jimmy Choo, with a piano keyboard that Mantesso has drawn in on the floor around him, at his studio in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The dog was all Mantesso had left after a divorce. But it's become an Internet sensation, the subject of a book and the inspiration for a line of Jimmy Choo handbags and purses designed by Mantesso. (Rafael Mantesso via AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Jan. 27 about artist Rafael Mantesso and his dog Jimmy Choo, The Associated Press reported erroneously that their apartment was in New York. The apartment is in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, not New York. Also Instagram account first used was @rafaelmantesso, not #jimmythebull.

PETA: Turn 'Silence of the Lambs' house into animal museum

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2016 file photo, Scott Lloyd stands on the front porch of his home which is the house used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film "The Silence of the Lambs" in Perryopolis, Pa. An animal rights group wants to convert the western Pennsylvania house into an empathy museum, where visitors could wear the skins of slain and abused animals. The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says in a release that it’s written to the real estate agent handling the sale and wants to turn it into a museum. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) PERRYOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) — An animal rights group wants to convert the western Pennsylvania house used in the film "The Silence of the Lambs" into an empathy museum, where visitors could wear the skins of slain and abused animals.

Two WWE Divas Adopted Adorable Dogs And It's The Only News That Really Matters

Two WWE Divas Adopted Adorable Dogs And It's The Only News That Really Matters Stop everything you're doing and look at these adorable puppies.

Spanish bullfighter creates stir by bringing baby into ring

Spanish matador Francisco "Paquirri" Rivera Ordonez looks at a bull during a bullfight at the Malagueta Bullring in Malaga on August 12, 2012 The photo of a famous Spanish bullfighter training in the ring while holding his baby daughter created a stir on Tuesday, sparking an official complaint by a child protection agency. The picture sparked an immediate uproar in a country increasingly torn between animal rights activists and those who want to abolish Spain's legendary bullfights, and others who want to keep an age-old tradition going.

Appeals court allows bird killings near NYC airports

The John F. Kennedy International airport is seen in the Queens borough of New York By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday said government officials may shoot down migratory birds flying near New York City airports to protect aircraft, rejecting claims by an animal rights group that such killings are excessive. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a federal permit issued to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that allowed bird shootings in emergency situations. The group Friends of Animals challenged a June 2014 permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that empowered the Port Authority to stop any "direct threat to human safety" posed by migratory birds.

This 'Sexy' PETA Super Bowl Commercial Was Banned For The Most Obvious Reason Ever

This 'Sexy' PETA Super Bowl Commercial Was Banned For The Most Obvious Reason Ever PETA's banned 2016 Super Bowl commercial 'Last Longer' supposedly left CBS executives 'speechless' when they saw it.

Smithsonian museums, zoo to remain closed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Institution's museums in Washington and the National Zoo will remain closed Monday as the nation's capital digs out from an epic snowstorm.

Nebraska wildlife officials recommend bald eagle viewing

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is suggesting that residents suffering cabin fever this winter get out of the house and spend some time viewing Nebraska's bald eagles.

Pakistan lifts ban on hunting rare bird after government protests

By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Supreme Court lifted a ban on hunting a rare bird on Friday, after the government argued it hurt relations with Gulf states whose wealthy hunters traditionally travel to Pakistan to pursue the endangered species with falcons. The court ruling overturns a ban introduced last year on hunting the houbara bustard, pending new hearings of petitions by both the government and conservationists. Wealthy Arabs used to be granted special licenses to travel to Pakistan, with falcons worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, to hunt the bustard.

Sea Dogs Beat Rock Cats To End Skid

Portland, Maine — William Cuevas, making his Double A debut, allowed one run and four hits in five innings as the Portland Sea Dogs beat the New Britain Rock Cats 4-1 Tuesday night at Hadlock Field.

County says there are 5,000 cats living on the streets

Tuesday afternoon, the director of Clay County Animal Care and Control went before the Clay County Commission to ask for financial help to combat the county’s large feral cat problem.

Purrfect friend for homeless cats

MOVE over Catwoman, there’s a new group of modern day superheroes in town. Barbara Jackson and her team have rescued more than 700 cats since creating Wild Cats in 2010.

Rock Cats Home Opener on Thursday Night at NB Stadium

New Britain, CT- The New Britain Rock Cats Baseball Club, the Double-A Eastern League Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, will host OPENING NIGHT 2015 this Thursday, April 16 at 6:35 PM against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate).

Dogs reunited with owners far more than cats

Sometimes people maybe assume something bad has happened to their cat. Maybe they don’t look quite as hard. I do think cats aren’t maybe regarded as much as dogs. — Andrea McDonald, Coquitlam City Hall

More concerns about Raleigh neighborhood dogs: woman’s dog killed

Police were called again about a group of vicious dogs in one local neighborhood.

Releasing feral cats raises concerns

The Orange County animal shelter starts to get busy around this time of the year as people bring in newborn kittens and pregnant mother cats.Celesta Peterson, who has volunteered at the shelter for eight years, said she used to walk past feral cat...

Sick coyotes' habits boost encounters with humans

Certain coyotes are known to have frequent unnerving encounters with humans and their pets in residential neighbourhoods, and scientists now have an explanation. It turns out that coyotes infected with a common skin parasite tend to develop habits that make them problem animals. "These coyotes that were losing their hair and were sick were more likely to run into people in residential areas ...

Yates, Sea Dogs agree to split in surprising move

Sea Dogs couldn't replicate the magic behind their hot start, and it leads to a mutual parting-of-ways for coach and team.

QC’s ‘4 pets per house’ ordinance repealed

First, the good news: The controversial animal regulation ordinance limiting the number of cats and dogs Quezon City residents can keep has become null and void following the approval of another one which does not contain the provision.   The bad news, however, is that the "four domesticated animals per household" policy may still be incorporated into the implementing rules and regulations (IRR ...
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