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Sea dogs take the lead at unique US surf competition

Surf dog Sugar, a Collie mix, rides a wave during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California Dogs big and small, and some in tandem with their owners, braved the large swell that greeted them at a surfing competition with a difference in California. Some dogs bailed off their boards in spectacular wipeouts as waves pounded the shore, but that didn't prevent many of the pups from wagging their tails at the Surf City Surf Dog event in Huntington Beach. Dogs and their owners came from as far away as Florida, Australia and Brazil for the eighth edition of the annual event in aid of animal charities.

African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

A report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) put Africa's total elephant population at around 415,000, a decline of around 111,000 over the past decade The number of African elephants has dropped by around 111,000 in the past decade, a new report released Sunday at the Johannesburg conference on the wildlife trade said, blaming the plummeting figures on poaching. The revelation, the worst drop in 25 years, came amid disagreement on the second day of the global meet over the best way to improve the plight of Africa's elephants, targeted for their tusks. With Namibia and Zimbabwe, wanting to be allowed to sell ivory stockpiles accrued from natural deaths to fund community elephant conservation initiatives, Zimbabwe's Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri rejected the "imperialistic policies" of opposing countries, branding them a "clear infringement on the sovereign rights of nations".

Correction: Tangled Whales-Crabbing story

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2016, file photo, a whale breaches close to the Harbor Breeze Cruises La Espada whale watching boat off the coast of San Pedro section of Los Angeles. California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, that he signed legislation meant to bring down the record numbers of whales getting caught in fishing gear meant for Dungeness crabs, causing unknown numbers of the entangled mammals to drown or starve. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Sept. 23 about a bill to protect whales from fishing gear for Dungeness crab, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of an environmental group that backed the legislation. The group is the Center for Biological Diversity, not the Center for Environmental Diversity.

Albania seeks to liberate chained bears

Displayed in cages in Albania's restaurants or shackled on beaches, the bears' role is to attract tourists, who can pose with them for one euro per photograph The two five-year-old Albanian bears carry physical and mental scars from their days of mistreatment and captivity -- Pashuk has marks from the tight chain on his neck, while Tomi is an alcoholic. The pair are temporarily staying in Tirana zoo after they were rescued from their jailers, amid a new drive to liberate the Balkan country's cruelly caged brown bears. There are up to 250 of them roaming free in Albania's mountains, according to the international animal rights group Four Paws.

California governor backs protecting whales from crab traps

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's governor has signed legislation meant to reduce the surging number of whales getting caught in crabbing gear.

South Africa unveils test-tube buffalo, plans IVF rhino

A Cape Buffalo rests with her newborn calf born at a zoo in Pretoria By Ziyanda Yono MARBLE HALL, South Africa (Reuters) - Almost 40 years after the first human test-tube baby was born, South African scientists have produced something bulkier: the first Cape buffalo brought into the world by in vitro fertilization (IVF). Pumelelo the buffalo bull calf was born on June 28 and was unveiled to the world this week at a game farm north of Johannesburg in South Africa's Limpopo province. The technique holds hope for far bigger and more endangered species such as the northern white rhino - only three of them are left on the planet.

Laos failing to curb illegal wildlife trade: monitor

A rescued pangolin rests in a cage as another hangs outside at the customs department in Bangkok The illegal trade in pangolins, helmeted hornbills and other wildlife products is thriving in Laos, a monitoring group said Friday, urging the Southeast Asian nation to crack down on a lucrative commerce largely fuelled by demand in neighbouring China. The authoritarian country has long been top transit hub for the smuggling of wildlife products, with widespread corruption and weak law enforcement allowing the criminal activity to flourish. Wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC said Friday that endangered species such as pangolins and helmeted hornbills were being openly sold in Laos and that law enforcement against the illegal trade remained threadbare.

Ivory, rhino horn and pangolins on agenda of CITES meeting

A 33 month old black rhino is seen at a game reserve near Cape Town The 17th meeting of the U.N.'s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) kicks off in Johannesburg on Saturday and runs until October 5. This meeting comes against the backdrop of a surge in elephant and rhino poaching in recent years in Africa, which has raised the emotional, ecological and economic stakes in this round of big animal diplomacy.

Rusty patched bumble bee recommended for endangered list

In this August 2015 photo provided by The Xerces Society, a rusty patched bumble bee collects pollen from a flower in Madison, Wis. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, formally recommended this bumble bee for endangered status after reviewing reports from the Portland, Ore.-based Xerces Society that show the species has disappeared from about 90 percent of its historic range in the past 20 years. (Rich Hatfield/The Xerces Society via AP) PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials on Thursday made a formal recommendation to list the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species because it has disappeared from about 90 percent of its historic range in just the past two decades.

King penguin chick shows up at Vienna zoo

Two king penguins and their chick stand in their enclosure in the zoo of Schoenbrunn in Vienna A King penguin chick, hatched in Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo four weeks ago, has emerged from the folds of a protective parent's body. The zoo published pictures and video footage on Thursday of the little gray bird with its much larger and more brightly colored parents. King penguins are the second-biggest species of penguin after Emperor penguins.

Bangladesh zoo throws wedding for lions with meat cake

The newlywed lions Nabha (right) and Nova received a 10-kilogramme meat cake during their wedding at Chittagong zoo in Bangladesh Chittagong (Bangladesh) (AFP) - Bangladesh zoo keepers have thrown two lions a wedding party that included a heart-shaped meat cake in the hope of drawing much-needed visitors and encouraging the animals to mate.

Defending the underdogs: Karachi vets criticise mass culling

Pakistani veterinarians give treatment to an injured dog at the Animal Care Centre in Karachi The battered residents of the Edhi Animal Home, just outside Karachi along Pakistan's gleaming new Super Highway, are a pitiful sight. Paralysed cats that have been crushed beneath speeding vehicles, sit alongside exhausted donkeys too weak to carry another burden, and dozens of wounded or abandoned dogs. Animal rights are at their nadir in Karachi, but a handful of activists and veterinarians are fighting to find a middle ground between stray dogs and a population that, often for religious reasons, finds them "putrid".

How CITES works, and 5 species to look out for

Trade in elephant ivory is strictly forbidden, but Namibia and Zimbabwe want the ban lifted so they can sell stockpiles and fund conservation initiatives The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is a treaty to protect wild animals and plants against over-exploitation through commercial trade. The signatories of the treaty, which came into force in 1975, are 182 countries and the European Union, with 5,600 animal and 30,000 plant species on their radar. The Johannesburg conference starting Saturday will sift through 62 proposals to tighten or loosen trade restrictions on some 500 species.

Frankfurt Zoo introduces new addition: a baby gorilla

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Frankfurt Zoo is celebrating a new addition at its enclosures - a baby gorilla. Mother Shira gave birth to the young one, whose sex is still unknown, on Sept. 15. The zoo said staff had yet to identify its gender body parts as the baby remains too closely attached to its mother. "When a gorilla is born, that's always a very special event. We are all very happy," zoo director Manfred Niekisch said, adding the newborn "looks pretty big and quite strong". (Reporting By Reuters Television)

Rusty patched bumble bee proposed for U.S. endangered species status

Handout photo of a rusty patched bumble bee The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the upper Midwest and Northeastern United States, for federal protection as an endangered species. One of several wild bee species seen declining over the past two decades, the rusty patched bumble bee is the first in the continental United States formally proposed for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Named for the conspicuous reddish blotch on its abdomen, the rusty patched bumble bee -- or Bombus affinis, as it is known to scientists -- has plunged in abundance and distribution by more than 90 percent since the late 1990s, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Real dogs of Beverly Hills: Pooch pageant airing on Easter

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Dalmatians, Dobermans and dachshunds are all ready for Rodeo Drive.

Report: Staff shortages hamper US wildlife refuges

Report: Staff shortages hamper US wildlife refuges PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of national wildlife refuges that provide critical habitat for migratory birds and other species are crippled by a staffing shortage that has curtailed educational programs, hampered the fight against invasive species and weakened security at facilities that attract nearly 50 million visitors annually, a group of public employees and law enforcement said Wednesday.

Amazon forest fire threatens natives, wildlife in Peru

The fire is in the region known as VRAEM, an acronym for the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro river valleys An enormous fire is destroying vast stretches of the Amazon rainforest in Peru, threatening natives and wildlife, officials said, blaming traditional slash-and-burn farming. The fire broke out on September 10 in an indigenous community called Pitsiquia, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, said the National Civil Defense Institute.

Art with that football? Dolphins' stadium vibrant with color

In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 photo, former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, left, Jessica Goldman Srebnick, CEO of Goldman Global Arts, center, and Tom Garfinkel, Miami Dolphins president and CEO, right, pose for a photo next to artwork by the Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto, known as Vhiles, of former Dolphins head coach Don Shula, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. When the Miami Dolphins play their home opener against the Cleveland Browns, it will be in a refurbished stadium that features 29,000 square feet of new, original wall art from artists from all over the world. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A huge bust of Hall of Fame Dolphins coach Don Shula that appears to be chipped from a stone and brick wall. Splashy swirls of graffiti spray-painted two stories tall along half a football field. A photo of Miami's cityscape at night, reimagined with layers of texture and colors.

Ugandan wildlife dying in national park from drought

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan wildlife official says scores of animals have died in a national park because of drought.

Ivory trade debate resurfaces as southern Africa's elephants thrive

A herd of elephants walk past a watering hole in Hwange National Park By Ed Stoddard KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa's Kruger National Park is littered in places with the trunks of trees uprooted and stripped of bark by a surging population of elephants, a frequent sight in the reserve. Africa's elephants are still threatened by poachers seeking to kill them for their ivory tusks but in several southern states populations have rebounded, helped by conservation policies and the remote locations where many of the herds live. The numbers are now so big that some countries say the world's largest land mammal is causing too much damage to crops, threatening the livelihoods of poor subsistence farmers and the populations of other species including birds, bats and woody plants in forests uprooted by elephants.

One dead after Sri Lanka temple elephants spark stampede

A 60-year-old woman died of a heart attack following an elephant stampede which also left a dozen hospitalised at a Hindu temple in Ratnapura, Sir Lanka Brawling elephants triggered a stampede at a temple in southern Sri Lanka which left one woman dead and a dozen wounded, police said Saturday. A mahout tried to separate the two animals by poking one with a sharp-edged hook, causing the elephant to run away in pain late Friday, a police official said. "The elephant did not harm anyone, it was trying to get away from the mahout, but people panicked and started running," a local police official told AFP by phone.

Protest targets rail line over Kenya's oldest wildlife park

Kenyans hold up signs as they attend a protest to protect the Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Dozens of angry people have marched in the Kenyan capital Nairobi to protest plans to build a railway line over a national park. The protesters included conservationists and others who wore T-shirts and carried banners saying "don't rape our park." (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Angry protesters marched in Kenya's capital on Friday against plans to build an elevated railway line over the country's oldest national park, saying it will threaten wildlife that includes lions, leopards and giraffes.

Jonah Hill Cancels Press Promotion for 'War Dogs' in France After Being Mocked on CanalPlus

The actor will not go through with planned press appearances after a 'Le Grand Journal' co-host made fun of him on air.

Jonah Hill, Promoting 'War Dogs' in France, Mocked on CanalPlus

The actor appeared on 'Le Grand Journal' where a co-host made fun of him on air.

These Dolphins Fans Are Not Taking The Players' Protests Well

These Dolphins Fans Are Not Taking The Players' Protests Well In the future, it will be written that September 2016 was the month of “Kaepernick Anthem Takes,” With many athletes taking the lead of the San Fransico 49ers quarterback and not standing for the national anthem in protest of social injustices against African-Americans, your social media feed at any time throughout the day is guaranteed to be filled with an overdose of Kaepernick-‘Merica hot takes. A tweet posted to WPLG Channel 10 (Miami) news reporter Derek Shore’s account shows a group of Dolphins fans definitely doing the opposite of tweeting through it.

Alligators may not have changed much in 8 million years

Alligators may not have changed much in 8 million years The species of alligator roaming Florida's swamps and golf courses may be millions of years older than previously thought, scientists from the University of Florida said. What's more, the sharp-toothed reptiles we see today may be almost biologically identical to their millennia-old ancestors — an incredibly rare trait for most living species, according to a pair of studies shared with Mashable this week. "What we saw 8 million years ago in Florida is virtually the same thing as what we have there today," Evan Whiting, the studies' lead author and a vertebrate paleontologist, said by phone from Gainesville. SEE ALSO: Greenland sharks could be the world's longest-living vertebrates Whiting and his research team compared the fossils of the American alligator ( Alligator mississippiensis ) with those of extinct alligator species. They found that the minute differences in each species' forms were instead just variations of the same singular species. Greetings from your nightmares. Image: RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images Their findings extend the American alligator's lineage by about 6 million years, according to the study published in the Journal of Herpetology . Scientists had previously believed the species emerged about 2 million years ago, when the most recent Ice Age began. "To hit this exact set of features in the American alligator, and for them to keep such a huge presence in the area that's now the Southeast U.S. for 7 to 8 million years, is nothing short of spectacular," Alex Hastings, the assistant curator of paleontology at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, told Mashable . "The fact that their populations are doing pretty well today is a testament to their evolutionary success," said Hastings, who was not involved in the University of Florida studies. The Florida researchers also found that, millions of years ago, American alligators shared the Florida peninsula with a species of 20-foot-long crocodiles, according to a separate study in the journal Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.  While the crocs fed mostly on marine-based prey, the alligators stuck to freshwater or terrestrial sources — a trait that still persists in American alligators, which lack the salt-secreting glands needed to thrive in saltwater. The Alligator mississippiensis has proved resilient to naturally occurring changes in the climate and environment over millions of years. But in the modern era, the species' survival is increasingly at risk. Map of the modern continental U.S. showing the rough geographic range of the American alligator.. Nebraska inset (top right) shows approximate localities for Alligator thomsoni (1) and Alligator mefferdi (2) fossils. Florida inset (bottom right) shows approximate localities for the Alligator olseni (3) fossils and the location of the Moss Acres Racetrack Alligator (4). Image: journal of herpetology/"Cranial Polymorphism and Systematics of Miocene and Living Alligator in North America" Florida's booming population and sprawling real estate have steadily destroyed the alligators' habitat in recent decades. The reptiles landed on the U.S. endangered species list in the late 1960s, although the species was removed in the 1980s after the population recovered thanks to habitat protection efforts. Encroaching on alligators' habitat has dangerous consequences for humans, as well. In June, an alligator killed a toddler visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, marking the fourteenth deadly alligator attack in Florida since 2000.  Human-caused climate change poses another serious threat to the American alligator. Florida's low-lying landscape and porous bedrock make it particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and saltwater intrusion, which could destroy the gators' freshwater dwellings along with homes and communities across the peninsula.  An American Alligator swims in Everglades National Park, Florida, on June 23, 2016. Image: RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images "With increasing sea levels, we may see the available habitat for American alligators disappear," Whiting said. As Florida sinks underwater and global temperatures warm, the alligator may move north over centuries to perhaps as far north as modern-day South Dakota and Nebraska, where Alligator mississippiensis likely originated. "These things could be recolonizing parts of the United States that they haven't occupied in millions of years," Hastings said.

Spanish wetlands and wildlife sanctuary under threat: WWF

An Iberian lynx, a feline in danger of extinction, is seen after being released in Donana National Park, southern Spain Donana National Park, part of southern Spanish wetland used by 6 million migratory birds, could dry out completely unless the Spanish government tackles the threat of dredging, mining and intensive farming, a report said on Thursday. The World Wildlife Fund said Spain was failing to safeguard the 54,000 hectare (209 square mile) site, which stretches along the Guadalquivir River at its estuary on the Atlantic Ocean in Andalusia. Poor management and over-extraction of water are causing Donana to dry out and the area now receives only 20 percent of its natural water input," WWF said in the report.

Big fish said most endangered as hunting upends primeval trend

The fluke of a sperm whale sticks out of the sea as it dives among other resting whales off the coast of Mirissa By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Big fish and other large ocean creatures face higher risks of extinction than small ones, overturning a 500 million-year pattern and indicating that human hunting is to blame, scientists said on Wednesday. Fossils from five mass extinction events, most recently when an asteroid struck the Earth 65 million years ago, showed that small marine animals were slightly more likely to be wiped out than big ones in the pre-historic cataclysms, a study published in the journal Science said. By contrast, large modern fish such as tuna and sharks, as well as mammals including whales and seals were more likely to be on a global "Red List" of endangered species than small fish and molluscs.

Embattled SeaWorld to stop breeding killer whales

SeaWorld said on Thursday it will stop breeding killer whales in captivity, bowing to years of pressure from animal rights activists, but the orcas already at its three parks will continue performing as they live out their remaining years. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc's decision came after it pledged in November to replace its signature "Shamu" killer whale shows in San Diego with modified presentations of the animals that focused on conservation.

California to end breeding of captive killer whales

An Orca killer whale is seen underwater at the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - (Yesterday's story corrected to show in paragraph 6 that three marine mammals died within four months in late 2015 and early 2016 instead of three orcas died at SeaWorld's San Antonio park within a six-month span in 2015) California will no longer allow the breeding of captive killer whales such as those used in SeaWorld's famous "Shamu" shows under a measure signed on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The move comes months after the embattled entertainment company pledged to stop breeding orcas, or killer whales, in captivity, amid criticism by animal rights groups and negative publicity linked to the documentary film "Blackfish." The company pledged last year to replace its signature Shamu killer whale shows in San Diego with modified presentations of the animals that focused on conservation.

The Sign Said "No Jews or Dogs": How 'G.I. Joe' Creator Responded to Prejudice with Inspiring Work

Ron Friedman says reading comics growing up showed him, "There is a place where you can exist as who you are without fear."

Feds: Plan addresses impact of ocean noise on marine mammals

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government says a new strategy to address the issue of noise in the ocean will better protect the safety of marine mammals.

Scuffles as Spanish town drops bull-spearing from festival

Pro-bullfighting participants hold a banner reading "YES to the bull festival of the 'Toro de la Vega'" Locals scuffled with animal rights activists Tuesday at a centuries-old Spanish festival held for the first time since the event was banned from spearing its half-tonne bull to death. "Bastard politicians, respect traditions," read a giant placard set up at the entrance to the central town of Tordesillas about 200 kilometres (120 miles) northwest of Madrid. Every September, men on horseback and on foot have chased a bull on a plain near the town and speared it to death in front of thousands of onlookers as part of the annual Toro de la Vega festival held for nearly seven centuries.

Activists, participants clash at Spanish bull-lancing festival

Revellers run in front of a bull, named "Pelado" during the Toro de la Pena, formerly known as Toro de la Vega festival, in Tordesillas, Spain Animal rights activists clashed with locals holding an annual bull-lancing festival in central Spain on Tuesday at which participants were for the first time in centuries banned from killing a bull after chasing it on horseback. The "Toro de la Vega" (Bull of the Plain) festival, in the small town of Tordesillas, dates back to 1534 and traditionally involves hunters on horses and on foot hounding a bull from the streets into a pine forest until it is brought down with spears and lances. Regional authorities said in May that the festival could no longer culminate with the hunters slaying the bull.

We May Be On The Verge Of Speaking To Dolphins In Their Own Language

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Eats shoots and rarely breeds: giant pandas 'still at risk'

Panda cubs sleep at the Chengdu Research Base in China's Sichuan province The giant panda may have been taken off the endangered species list, but the emblematic black and white bear still faces a plethora of risks including epidemics and climate change, Chinese breeding centres say. Every morning, with the dawn light shimmering on their patchy coats the young residents of a panda breeding centre in southwestern China shred their favourite breakfast -- bamboo. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was set up in 1987 when the animals were considered to be under increasing threat of extinction -- a catastrophic scenario that seems to have been avoided for now.

Dolphins have a 'highly advanced' spoken language, study finds

Dolphins have a 'highly advanced' spoken language, study finds Dolphins can carry on conversations in an advanced spoken language made up of pulses and whistles, a new study has found. While marine biologists have long understood that dolphins communicate within their pods, the new research, which was conducted on two captive dolphins, is the first to link isolated signals to particular dolphins. The findings reveal that dolphins can string together "sentences" using a handful of "words." "Essentially, this exchange of [pulses] resembles a conversation between two people," Vyacheslav Ryabov, the study's lead researcher, told Mashable . SEE ALSO: Marine conservation efforts just took a major step forward "The dolphins took turns in producing 'sentences' and did not interrupt each other, which gives reason to believe that each of the dolphins listened to the other's pulses before producing its own," he said in an email. "Pulse, pulse-pulse, pulse pulse pulse." Image: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images The study was published Aug. 21 in Physics and Mathematics , a journal of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia. Ryabov is a senior researcher with the T. I. Vyazemsky Karadag Scientific Station – Nature Reserve, which is located in Feodosia — a port town in Crimea, the Ukrainian territory that Russia annexed in 2014. For the study, Ryabov and his team recorded the acoustic signals of two quasi-stationary Black Sea bottlenose dolphins: Yasha, a male, and Yana, a female. The duo has lived in the same concrete pool for about 20 years and have normal hearing. Researchers used a two-channel system — with a frequency band of up to 220 kilohertz and a dynamic range of 81 decibels — to listen to "packs" of non-coherent pulses coming from each of the dolphins. Their audio recordings showed that the waveforms and spectra of each pulse changed from one pulse to another in every pack. This suggests "that the set of spectral components in each pulse is a 'word' of the dolphin's spoken language, and a pack of [non-coherent pulses] is a 'sentence,'" Ryabov said. "Dolphins' acoustic signals ... apparently are the signals of a highly advanced spoken language," he added. Example of the recordings displaying the sequence of the non-coherent pulse packs produced by Yana (down arrows) and Yasha (up arrows). The numbering of the packs corresponds to their sequence; I and II are the numbers of the recording channels. Image: T. I. Vyazemsky Karadag Scientific Station–Nature Reserve Michael Walsh, the clinical coordinator of the University of Florida's Aquatic Animal Health Program in Gainesville, said the dolphin study was an "important" development in the scientific quest to decode the acoustic signals of flippered mammals. Walsh, who has studied dolphins for around 30 years and is a former head veterinarian at SeaWorld in Florida, was not involved in Ryabov's research. Walsh said that, despite the excitement stirred up by the study, the finding that dolphins have conversations offers only a "small window" into understanding how dolphins actually relate to one another.  For both dolphins and humans, the vast majority of our communication is non-verbal (or non-acoustic), meaning we largely convey thoughts and feelings through eye contact, body language, gestures and other forms that don't involve words and pulses. "There are many more aspects out there that are complementary [to language] and very important to how we understand animals in the wild," Walsh told Mashable . Beyond communication, he noted that marine wildlife experts across the U.S. are conducting extensive research on deafness in dolphins. A 2010 study, for instance, found that around half of bottlenose dolphins that are stranded on the beach had significant hearing deficits. "To me, that's ground-breaking," Walsh said of the research on dolphin deafness. "That results in them not being able to function anymore."

Who Knew? Cats Like to Work for Their Food

Who Knew? Cats Like to Work for Their Food News flash to cat owners: Your indoor kitty is probably profoundly bored and unchallenged by its bottomless food bowl. Food puzzles are contraptions that make cats work for their food. The puzzles can be as simple as putting dry food in a closed and empty yogurt container and cutting a hole in the side, so that the cat has to bat around the container to get the food to fall out, the researchers said.

Kate Upton: Dolphins' national anthem protest 'a disgrace'

From left, Miami Dolphins' Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills, kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear) NEW YORK (AP) — Supermodel Kate Upton has condemned the four Miami Dolphins players who knelt during the national anthem, writing on Instagram that their actions are "a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country."

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 ...