More than 5 million hens will be euthanized at an Iowa egg-laying facility after the majority of them were found to be contaminated with a lethal strain of avian influenza, or bird flu. It is the worst outbreak yet to be recorded in the US.
The US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Service killed 2.7 million animals last year, thanks to its controversial culling program. Many of them weren’t killed intentionally, but were caught via indiscriminate methods meant for other animals.
St. Petersburg locals and visitors have had the opportunity to acquire a personal guard from the ranks of a historic feline regiment that has been protecting one of the world’s greatest museums for centuries.
Dog lovers everywhere, rejoice! They really do love us on a chemical level. Dogs were found to make use of the “lovers’ hormone,” Oxytocin, to sneak their way into our hearts. That’s the first time the mechanism was observed between species.
A Texas aquarium accidentally killed almost all the fish in two popular exhibits, after using a new medication intended to fight parasites detected in the tanks. Only two animals survived, despite the staff efforts to save them.
A Georgia man found a new way to deflect blame after shooting his mother-in-law: He said an armadillo was at fault. Indeed, the armored animal was the target of the son-in-law’s bullet... but it ricocheted off the armadillo, hitting the mother-in-law.
A young boy from Donetsk, who has been severely traumatized by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, has had a dream come true. Ivan Voronov, who has lost multiple limbs as well as his sight, got the chance to meet a real-life tiger.
Only three of some 150 electra dolphins are believed to have been saved, after being washed ashore in the Ibaraki Prefecture. Scientists are trying to explain the incident, while some see it as an ominous sign to a similar case before the 2011 earthquake.
The greatest mass extinction event in history occurred when the world’s ocean suddenly turned to acid, killing off over 90 percent of life on Earth, scientists have found. They warn such a process could be repeated unless CO2 levels are controlled.
British garden centers are being urged to withdraw a widely-used bug killer containing thiacloprid – a pesticide belonging to neonicotinoid group. They are controversial as many scientists believe they are contributing to the mass deaths of honeybees.