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Kenya's jumbo 'ele-fence' to stop human-wildlife conflict

A Space for Giants image shows a bull elephant breaking through a fence intended to keep it inside a wildlife reserve at Mutara Ranch in the central Kenyan district of Laikipia Machete in hand, Kenyan farmer Paul Njoroge points at the broken branches and giant footprints where elephants trampled his bananas, maize, potatoes and sugar cane. "We don't hate the elephants, but their activities are making us poor," said the 53-year old farmer, surveying his lush green fields, a five-hectare (12-acre) plot on the slopes of the Laikipia highlands in central Kenya. While poachers slaughter thousands of elephants across Africa each year, competition between elephants and people over land is a far bigger problem in the long run, conservationists say.


New baby at Chicago zoo is 109 pounds, wears stripes

A four day old Grevy's zebra stands with her mother Adia in their habitat at the Lincoln Park Zoo Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Chicago. The zebra is native to eastern Africa and is endangered in the wild because of hunting and habitat loss. Lincoln Park Zoo is part of a nationwide conservation effort to save the animals. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford) CHICAGO (AP) — The newest resident of Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo wears stripes and weighs in at 109 pounds.


'Dizzy' busts out of Massachusetts zoo, prompts two-day monkey hunt

Zookeepers in Springfield, Massachusetts, were in the second day of a monkey hunt on Wednesday, after a small Guenon specimen named Dizzy slipped out of its enclosure while a staff member was cleaning it. Officials at the Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center said the 12-pound (5.4 kg) long-tailed monkey "manually twisted open the door knob and let himself out" after the staff member exited the area to answer a visitor's question. Officials just about caught the monkey on Tuesday night when a member of the crowd that had gathered to watch the attempt tossed something at him, scaring him off, they said.

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific bans shark fin

Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific is banning the carriage of shark fin on all its flights Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific said Wednesday it will ban carrying shark fin on all its flights, a victory for conservationists concerned for endangered species of the predator. The southern Chinese city is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fin, which is viewed by many Asians as a delicacy, often served as a soup at expensive Chinese banquets. Animal rights campaigners have been pushing Cathay for a carriage ban on shark fin for years.


Double happiness as China welcomes first giant panda twins of 2016

Twin giant panda cubs are seen in Chengdu (Reuters) - Two healthy baby giant pandas were born at a Chinese breeding research base on Monday, the first twins of the endangered species born this year, media said. The two females, weighing 144 grams (0.14 kg) and 113 grams, are the first offspring of mother Yali, who gave birth at the Chengdu giant panda breeding research base in southwest China's Sichuan province. Giant pandas have seen their numbers hit by human encroachment on the highlands where they survive almost entirely on a diet of bamboo.


China giant panda gives birth to twins

A newborn panda is fed at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan A giant panda in China has given birth to two cubs, conservation authorities said, the first twins of the critically endangered species this year even though multiple births are common. Six-year-old Ya Li had the twin sisters last month at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the southwestern province of Sichuan, it said in a statement. Ya Li was a twin herself, it added.


A purr-fect union? Cats war over 'Brexit' on social media

The fur is flying on social media as Britons prepare to vote Thursday on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union. The hashtags #CatsAgainstBrexit and #CatsForBrexit flooded Twitter [TWTR.N] on Monday and Tuesday, as pro- and anti-independence citizens tweeted feline photos and messages imploring voters to side with them in the referendum on Thursday on a British exit or "Brexit." The vote comes amid warnings from world leaders, investors and companies that a decision to leave the 28-nation bloc would diminish Britain's influence, unleash turmoil on markets and send shock waves around the Western world. "Naughty Cat worries we'll be on the outside looking in, missing influence we once had #CatsAgainstBrexit," tweeted Nicola Blackwood (@nicolablackwood), a conservative politician and member of parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon, late Monday.

Former Arms Dealer Suing Warner Bros. Over 'War Dogs' Takes Return Fire

What's really a secret when someone's life is discussed in a magazine or in the visiting room of a jailhouse?

Whales, icebergs on solar plane's lonely Atlantic crossing

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft soars on the second day of its marathon flight across the Atlantic The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft soared Tuesday on the second day of its marathon flight across the Atlantic, one of the most challenging legs of its historic sun-powered journey around the world. The experimental plane, which took off from New York's John F. Kennedy airport on Monday, is being piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, who is expected to spend between 90 and 110 hours crossing the Atlantic en route to Spain's Seville Airport. The voyage marks the first solo transatlantic crossing in a solar-powered airplane and is expected to last up to four consecutive days, depending on weather.


Amid protests, China dog-meat festival gets low-key opening

Animal activists protest against Yulin Dog Meat Festival in front of the Chinese embassy in Rome By Joseph Campbell YULIN, China (Reuters) - China's southern city of Yulin began its annual dog meat festival on Tuesday despite opposition from animal rights activists, as residents complained of new government measures to keep the festival low key. Animal rights activists this month handed Beijing authorities a petition with 11 million signatures protesting against the festival, which they say is cruel.     Though there was only a small number of dogs on sale at the city's central market, several activists bought the animals which they would otherwise end up on the grill.     "Dogs are man's best, the most loyal friend. You tell me," said Yang Yuhua, an animal rights activist who flew from the southwestern city of Chongqing to buy dogs sold at this year's festival.     Yang spent over 1,000 yuan ($150) to buy two caged dogs at the market from the vendor.     Vendors said that they hoped for good business this year.     "They are a lot, a lot of people who like (eating dog meat).


PETA Calls on CBS' 'Zoo' to Stop "Exploiting" Wild Animals

The animal rights group demanded the network use CGI rather than live animals.

'Game of Thrones' Releases the Dogs of War in 'Battle of the Bastards'

Here's who survived Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton's battle for Winterfell, and more from 'Thrones' season six's penultimate episode.

Motor racing-Brazil joins Monza on the F1 endangered list

By Alan Baldwin BAKU, June 18 (Reuters) - The Brazilian Grand Prix at Sao Paulo's Interlagos circuit could be axed after this season due to the country's economic crisis, Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Saturday. Brazil, home of champions Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and the late Ayrton Senna, has had an unbroken run on the calendar since 1973 with the race held in Rio de Janeiro in 1978 and from 1981 to 1989.

Woman mauled to death by dogs at Texas home -Sheriff's Office

A woman who entered the yard of an Austin-area home was mauled to death by several dogs on the property, the Travis County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday. The body of Erin McCleskey, 36, was found by a caretaker who went to the property to feed the dogs, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The Sheriff's Office said the dogs were being be held in rabies quarantine.

Satellite tags aim to shed light on endangered hawksbill sea turtle migration

By Matthew Stock June 16 (Reuters) - Scientists are tagging hawksbill sea turtles in a key South Pacific breeding ground, hoping that information fed to satellites will help them better understand the endangered species' nesting, feeding and migration patterns. With Thursday marking World Sea Turtle Day, environmental organization Nature Conservancy said it and local conservation officers are carrying out the project in the Arnavon Community Marine Conservation Area in the Solomon Islands, the largest hawksbill rookery in the South Pacific. Turtle tagging is not new but a hawksbill satellite program on this scale has never previously been done in the Arnavons, Richard Hamilton of the Nature Conservancy said in a video release.

Dozens of whales stranded in Indonesia's Java island, 10 die

Rescuers pull dead whales ashore in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia, Thursday, June 16, 2016 during a mass rescue operation of stranded whales. Most of more than 30 stranded whales were managed to be pulled into the deep sea, an official said. (AP Photo/Trisnadi) PROBOLINGGO, Indonesia (AP) — More than 30 whales were stranded on the coast on Indonesia's main island of Java and 10 of them have died, an official said Thursday.


Most of beached whales free themselves in Indonesia

People work to remove a dead whale stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo Most of the 29 whales trapped in an Indonesian mangrove swamp on Thursday managed to free themselves or were gently helped out to sea as the tide rose, fisheries officials said. Villagers on the east of Java island helped fisheries staff free the pilot whales that became trapped at low tide. "Today, of the 29 beached whales, seven died, four were helped back out to sea and 18 were able to swim back themselves," the World Wildlife Fund said in a statement.


Dozens of pilot whales stranded in Indonesia, eight dead

Indonesian environmental activists try to help a group of short-finned pilot whales that became stranded during a high tide in Probolinggo, East Java province on June 16, 2016 Eight pilot whales have died after a mass stranding on the coast of Indonesia's main island of Java that sparked a major rescue operation, an official said Thursday. Thirty-two of the short-finned pilot whales came ashore during high tide early Wednesday in Probolinggo, East Java province. "At first there were just one or two whales swimming near the shore, and the nature of whales is that if they are sick they will come near the shore," Dedy Isfandi, the head of the local maritime and fisheries office, told AFP.


The Doc Hoping to Be the 'Blackfish' for Beluga Whales

'Born to Be Free' hightlights the plight of 18 belugas bound for U.S. aquariums, while also showcasing the brutal and often deadly methods of capturing and transporting the white marine mammals known as Arctic dolphins.

'Watch Dogs 2' promises a bright future for the franchise

A still from forthcoming game Watch Dogs 2 The first trailers and official background for the Ubisoft title shows that the action has moved to San Francisco and that this time, the company has put a likeable protagonist front and center. In "Watch Dogs 2" a young hacker, Marcus Holloway must uncover evidence of vote rigging during an election campaign, and the only way to do so is to break into a congressman's penthouse.


Exotic animals from Italy's underworld get second chance

An Italian clinic is specialized in the recovery of animals confiscated from mobsters In ancient Rome, they would have been pitted against gladiators or served up at banquets. Now a caiman, a python and a troop of monkeys that have been confiscated from mobsters, drug dealers or collectors find safe haven at a rescue centre in the Eternal City. Every year, Italy's police and forest guard rescue around 400 exotic animals, according to Raffaele Manicone, head of the local branch of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.


Protesters deliver big petition against China dog-meat festival

Animal activists hold banners against Yulin Dog Meat Festival in front of Yulin City Representative office in Beijing Animal rights activists calling for an end to the slaughter and eating of dogs at a Chinese festival delivered a petition with 11 million signatures to authorities in Beijing on Friday. The two dozen activists were accompanied by dogs and unveiled banners with pictures of the animals above the message "I'm not your dinner" as they presented the petition at the representative office of Yulin city, where the festival is held. The annual festival, which is set to begin on June 21, sees residents of the southern city consume dog meat with thousands of dogs expected to be slaughtered.


Drone footage shows the secret life of rare whales

Bryde's whales, which are still targeted by Japanese whaling ships, are listed as critically threatened in New Zealand, with less than 200 remaining in the South Pacific nation's waters, and about 100,000 worldwide New Zealand researchers have captured stunning drone footage of endangered whales feeding off the Auckland coast, giving an unprecedented insight into the majestic giants of the sea. In a world-first use of drone technology, the researchers dispatched a customised "eye in the sky" so they could observe the rare Bryde's whales without disturbing them. "Never before have I seen anything like this," Auckland University of Technology (AUT) ecologist Barbara Bollard-Green said.


Lions and tigers and smartphones: The circus now has an app

In this June 1, 2016 photo, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus entertainers during a rehearsal for "Out of This World" Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Palmetto, Fla. Now that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has retired its iconic elephants, executives under the big top say they must do more to draw a younger generation of fans, many of whom are glued to their smartphones and screens. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Now that Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus has retired its iconic elephants, executives under the big top say they must do more to draw a younger generation of fans, many of whom are glued to their smartphones and screens.


Thailand's animal tourism under scrutiny after Tiger Temple raid

A tiger walks on a fence during a performance for tourists at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo, in Chonburi province, Thailand By Patpicha Tanakasempipat BANGKOK (Reuters) - From selfies with tigers to elephant rides and orangutan boxing, Thailand offers tourists an array of attractions that animal rights activists say are cruel and should be shut down. Wildlife officials discovered scores of dead tiger cubs while rescuing 137 tigers from a Buddhist temple last week, raising fears that other tourist attractions could be fronts for animal trafficking. The Tiger Temple was "just the tip of the iceberg", said Jan Schmidt-Burbach, a Bangkok-based adviser at World Animal Protection.


Video hints Japan abetting illegal ivory trade: conservationists

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, banned international ivory trade in 1989 Conservation activists on Thursday showed undercover video they say suggests that a "huge loophole" in Japanese law enforcement is hindering efforts to rein in illegal ivory trading. Experts say most illegal ivory heads for China, where it is seen as a status symbol. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, banned international ivory trade in 1989.


Mammals thrived long before dinos died: study

Mammals took a big hit when the asteroid slammed into Earth, creating a hemispheric firestorm followed by a prolonged, bone-chilling drop in global temperatures "The traditional view is that mammals were suppressed during the 'age of dinosaurs'," and thus held in check, said co-author Elis Newham, a doctoral student in evolutionary biology at the University of Chicago. "However, our findings were that therian mammals -- the ancestors of most modern mammals -- were already diversifying considerably before the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event," also known as the K-Pg boundary. "I didn't expect to see any sort of drop," said lead author David Grossnickle, also of the University of Chicago.


New baby warthogs get ready for Oakland Zoo debut

In this June 6, 2016 photo provided by Steven Gotz newly born baby warthogs appear at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, Calif. Zoo officials say the piglets are beginning to explore their surroundings. (Steven Gotz Photography via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Zoo has welcomed two litters of baby warthogs and will soon put the seven piglets on display.


Chicago zoo's baby camel 'Alexander Camelton' a social media star

Bactrian camel named Alexander Camelton is seen with his mother at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois A month-old Bactrian camel named Alexander Camelton at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo has become a social media star. The gangly brown camel has Twitter abuzz over his name, a play on Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States and the inspiration for the smash Broadway musical "Hamilton." "We've been very surprised with the reaction we've gotten on social media," Lincoln Park Zoological Manager Dan Boehm said on Tuesday.


Cincinnati zoo reopens remodeled gorilla enclosure

Cincinnati Zoo's Gorilla World Exhibit Reopens in Cincinnati, Ohio Visitors flocked on Tuesday to the Cincinnati Zoo the day after prosecutors declined to charge the mother of a 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure, causing zookeepers to kill the endangered animal to protect the child. Hundreds of people got their first look at the remodeled enclosure, which the zoo changed to prevent a repeat of the May 28 incident that led to the shooting of the 17-year-old endangered western lowland silverback gorilla Harambe to prevent harm to the child. Emily Butler, 40, from Florence, Kentucky, who was visiting with her 8- and 11-year-old sons and other family, called Harambe's death "sad all the way around," but said they were excited to be at the habitat's reopening.


Pigs can make great pets but are not for everyone

In this undated photo Esther The Wonder Pig stands for a family portrait with her owners Steve Jenkins, left, and Derek Walter along with other pets that live in her household in Georgetown, Ontario. Pigs don't have the greatest reputation. Most of us probably use the word more often as an insult than to talk about a real animal. If you meet one, though, you might feel differently. Their fans say pigs are funny, smart, and full of personality. (Steve Jenkins via AP) Pigs don't have the greatest reputation. The word is probably used more as an insult than as a reference to a real animal.


Myanmar eyes closure of wildlife trade hub on Chinese border

Mong La, a lawless border town located in rebel-held territory in Myanmar's Shan state, is a market for endangered species and products -- such as elephant tusks and tiger wine Myanmar authorities plan to shut down a notorious border town where exotic animal parts are sold openly, an official said Tuesday, as Southeast Asia struggles to stem a billion-dollar wildlife trade fuelled by Chinese demand. Mong La, a lawless border town located in rebel-held territory in Myanmar's Shan state, is a market for endangered species and products -- such as elephant tusks and tiger wine -- which are freely traded, largely to Chinese tourists. It is part of the "golden triangle," a hotbed of illegal activity, including drug, wildlife and people trafficking, that straddles Myanmar, Laos and Thailand.


Sequels, once a sure thing, are slumping at the box office

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael in a scene from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows." The movie opened to $35.3 million according to comScore estimates Sunday, June 5, 2016, close to half of what the first film opened to in 2014. (Lula Carvalho/Paramount Pictures via AP) NEW YORK (AP) — Sure things in Hollywood are beginning to look like an endangered species.


Villagers spared eviction as Tanzania halts $500 million energy project to save wildlife

By Kizito Makoye BAGAMOYO, Tanzania (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a rare victory for landless villagers in Africa, more than 1,500 people have been spared eviction to make way for an energy plant after the Tanzanian government halted the project citing concern for wildlife in a nearby sanctuary. The bioelectricity plant was to be built in Saadani National Park in northern Tanzania and would have siphoned huge amounts of water from a major river, affecting the elephants, hippos and giraffes that roam the 1,100 square km sanctuary. Although the company, Agro EcoEnergy, had offered local farmers work growing sugar cane for the project, villagers told the Thomson Reuters Foundation they were given no choice on their future.

6 startling facts about wildlife trafficking — and how you can help

6 startling facts about wildlife trafficking — and how you can help The illegal trade of wildlife is a much larger, far-reaching issue than you might realize, and it's something we can't afford to ignore. Wildlife trafficking is one of the biggest threats to the environment, yet the realities of poaching and trade can be hard to picture — especially if you're a world away from the problem. SEE ALSO: 13 dos and don'ts when taking a selfie with the earth June 5 marks World Environment Day, which prompts us all to turn a critical eye to the state of our global environment. This year, advocates are asking the public to focus on wildlife crime, and the impact that trafficking of vulnerable animal populations has on our world. To shed light on where attention and action is needed, we've rounded up six illuminating facts that will broaden your knowledge on wildlife trafficking — and what you can do to make a difference. 1. Between 2010 and 2012, 100,000 African elephants were killed out of a population of fewer than 500,000. Approximately 470,000 African elephants are currently alive worldwide, making the species officially "vulnerable" on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. It's estimated that 96 African elephants are killed every day for their ivory — that's one elephant death every 15 minutes. African elephants are vital to the environments in which they live, notably responsible for the dispersal and germination of up to 30% of tree species in Central African forests. But they're poached for their large ivory tusks, making ivory poaching one of the most noted examples of wildlife trafficking. Though many countries, including the U.S., have recently taken radical steps to curb the practice, African elephants still need attention and support from the global conservation community. How you can help: You're probably removed from the habitats in which African elephants thrive, but you do have the ability to support these animals and the environment by supporting organizations addressing the issue of elephant poaching. The World Wildlife Fund is a leader in animal conservation, along with elephant-specific organizations like Save the Elephants and the International Elephant Foundation. You can also stay updated on the latest efforts to curb wildlife crime, and advocate for greater global legal protections, by visiting here. 2. The illegal trade of wildlife is worth $15 to $20 billion annually. That's a massive number with hefty implications. Wildlife trafficking — ranging from African elephant ivory to tiger skin and bones — is one of the largest illegal trades in the world, on par with the trafficking of drugs, arms and humans. The trading of vulnerable wildlife is unsustainable and dangerous, causing imbalances in global ecosystems and threatening biodiversity by throwing valuable and irreplaceable species into decline. How you can help: Support efforts to dismantle illegal wildlife trade. Campaigns like Stop Wildlife Crime and organizations such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare are working to increase awareness of wildlife crime, but are also taking practical steps to strengthen national and global conservation laws. Aside from supporting their efforts, you can also become an advocate on your own time. To learn more about the ins-and-outs of wildlife trafficking, find a good primer on the issue here. 3. Chimpanzees are now completely extinct in Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo. Chimpanzees used to flourish in these African nations, and now the globally endangered animals are nearing extinction in many other countries, too. Chimpanzees are essential to the biodiversity of Central African forests, acting as essential seed and pollen dispersers. However, only an estimated 173,000 to 300,000 chimpanzees exist worldwide, with only five nations housing significant populations. Poaching, disease and habitat loss are the main culprits. Some advocates claim chimpanzees could disappear in 15 years if we don't take action. How you can help: Give to those who are supporting chimpanzee populations around the world. You can give specifically to chimpanzee-related work via the World Wildlife Fund here, or give to dedicated organizations like the Jane Goodall Institute, which focuses specifically on the needs of chimps. You should also shift your buying habits. When purchasing wood and paper, for example, make sure you aren't buying products that contribute to the habitat loss of chimpanzees and other Central African forest creatures. Find more information here. 4. People associated with illegal wildlife trade have killed 1,000 park rangers over the last decade. When it comes to wildlife trafficking, park rangers don't just play an important role in curbing the practice — they're also threatened by the illegal trade. While protecting vulnerable wildlife populations through surveillance of poaching hotspots, rangers are often in harm's way. According to the latest estimates, one park ranger is murdered every four days in trafficking-related killings. In 2014, the majority of trafficking-related park ranger fatalities took place in Asia, with the majority of those deaths occurring in India. While countries around the globe have taken measures to protect rangers, it's still a wildly dangerous job to be on the front lines of conservation work. How you can help: Supporting park rangers means supporting what they're working toward — the conservation of vulnerable wildlife populations.  Campaigns like Stop Wildlife Crime and organizations such as 96 Elephants work to support park rangers, taking steps to strengthen protections for both rangers and the animals they serve. 5. Pangolins are the most illegally trafficked animal in the world. Pangolins, sometimes referred to as "scaly anteaters," are widely trafficked because their meat is considered a delicacy in various regions. Their scales are also used in some traditional medicines to treat a range of ailments, such as asthma and arthritis. But the plight of pangolins doesn't end with poaching — the animals also suffer severe habitat loss.  Both trafficking and environmental turmoil have left the animals critically endangered. Based on reported seizures between 2011 and 2013, an estimated 117,000 to 233,000 pangolins were killed by poachers throughout the three-year period. How you can help:  The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has a specific group of specialists working to help the at-risk pangolin. To donate to its efforts, visit here. To find more groups doing pangolin-related conservation work, visit here. Another simple way to support pangolins: Simply bring up the animal’s plight in conversations around wildlife trafficking. The most illegally trafficked animal globally is often overlooked — and you can have a role in making its hardship known. 6. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing accounts for an estimated 11-26 million metric tons of fish each year. That massive amount of fish is worth between $10 billion and $23 billion per year. Overfishing has devastating effects on the environment and global economy, leading to a depletion of fish populations, price increases in the market and the loss of livelihood for fishermen engaged in legal fishing practices. Due to illegal and unregulated fishing, global fish populations have become severely threatened — which is a major cause for concern. Fish are a basic source of protein for nearly 3 billion people around the world. Threatening their populations not only threatens ocean biodiversity and health, but also the livelihood of global communities that rely on fish as nourishment. How you can help: Support organizations working to eliminate illegal fishing, like the World Wildlife Fund, Oceana or the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. But also take it a step further by keeping tabs on your own fish consumption. Start with this smart seafood resource, and then go global with these international resources. To learn more about the complex issue of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, visit here.


Crime Thriller 'Dogs' Takes Top Prize at Transilvania Film Fest

The film is the debut feature by Bogdan Mirica, write and co-director of hit HBO Romanian TV gangster series 'Umbre.'

Animal rights group brings back Prince song for birthday

US singer Prince Animal rights activists are re-releasing a song by Prince to celebrate his birthday in one of the first reissues of his music since the pop legend's death in April. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals made Prince's song "Animal Kingdom" available for free download or streaming on its website through Tuesday, when the artist would have turned 58. Prince was a longtime supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which often relies on celebrities and stunts to press its cause.


Prosecutor to announce decision in Cincinnati Zoo gorilla case

People attend a vigil for a gorilla outside the Cincinnati Zoo, in Cincinnati, Ohio (Reuters) - A county prosecutor will announce on Monday whether or not he will bring charges against the family of a 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, prompting zoo officials to kill an endangered gorilla to rescue the child. Cincinnati police said earlier they were focusing their investigation on the child's parents and family and that they had turned over the results of their probe to Deters' office for review.. The gorilla, a 17-year-old 450-pound (200-kg) animal named Harambe, was shot and killed by zoo staff after he dragged the boy around and was hurting him. The family said through a spokeswoman on Wednesday that the child was doing well, and that they had no plans to sue the zoo over the incident.


PETA offers pro-vegan Prince song as free download

FILE - In this May 19, 2013 file photo, Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A law-enforcement official says that tests show the music superstar died of an opioid overdose. Prince was found dead at his home on April 21, 2016, in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES (AP) — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is celebrating Prince's birthday with a free download of his pro-vegan song, "Animal Kingdom."


Thai police charge 22 with wildlife trafficking at Tiger Temple

Thai army display a tiger skin found inside Tiger Temple as officials continue moving live tigers from the controversial place, in Kanchanaburi province Thai police have charged 22 people, including three Buddhist monks, with wildlife trafficking and removed more dead animals including a bear and a leopard from the infamous Tiger Temple, authorities said on Friday. The temple in Kanchanaburi province, west of the capital, Bangkok, has been a major tourist attraction for more than two decades, with visitors paying 600 baht ($17) admission to pose for photographs with the tigers. Adisorn Nuchdamrong, from Thailand's Department of National Parks, said 22 people had been charged with wildlife possession and trafficking, including 17 members of the temple's foundation and three monks trying to flee with a truckload of tiger skins.


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 ...