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Animals

Barely surviving: Alaska's polar bear population falls 40% in 10 years
Polar bears are becoming an endangered species in Alaska, where their numbers have fallen by 40 percent in a decade, says a new study. Poor ice conditions linked to global warming, limiting access to their traditional prey, may be to blame.

23.11.2014 06:32

Nessie a fake?? Spoilsport conservationists say Loch Ness Monster just a log all along
In a world teaming with lore and unexplained phenomena, the Loch Ness Monster has stood at the top of the paranormal pantheon for decades. Now, a woodland conservation group says the world’s most renowned monster may in fact be…a log?

22.11.2014 11:04

‘We’ll feed you to the crocodile!’ Italian mafia threaten local businesses with exotic animals
​The Italian mafia is getting exotic these days, threatening local business owners by using ferocious animals such as tigers, crocodiles and even drug-dealing parrots to extract protection money.

21.11.2014 10:51

​Naked PETA members protest SeaWorld outside Macy's (VIDEO)
With Thanksgiving just a week away, most Americans have turkey on the mind, but one dedicated group of animal rights advocates was thinking orcas when stripped and protested against SeaWorld’s participation in Macy’s annual holiday parade.

21.11.2014 03:04

Animal cruelty needs tough prison terms, say anti-blood sport campaigners
Hunters should face prison time for participating in illegal blood sports, animal welfare campaigners say. The League Against Cruel Sports report marks the 10th anniversary of the Hunting Act, which banned fox hunting in the UK.

18.11.2014 09:28

​Dutch ban poultry transport over ‘highly pathogenic’ bird flu strain
The Netherlands has discovered a “highly pathogenic” bird flu virus that can be transmitted to humans. The authorities have banned poultry transport throughout the country.

16.11.2014 12:00

140-million-yo dinosaur tooth unearthed in Malaysia
A tooth from a 140-million-year-old ‘bird-hipped’ dinosaur has been uncovered in Malaysia, researchers announced on Thursday.

13.11.2014 11:43

'It’s called a koala, Tony': Twitter explodes after Abbott trades 'shirtfronting' Putin for cuddly joint pic
Twitter users have had a field day with Australian PM Tony Abbott’s claim that he would “shirtfront” Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit over the MH17 crash – because the leaders' face-to-face encounter actually resulted in a...koala cuddle.

15.11.2014 12:44

Incredible video of young elephant repelling 14 hungry lions
In a desperate bid for survival, a young elephant showed tremendous courage to fight off a pride of 14 female lions. A video shows them chasing the animal to a riverbank, before it fights back, reverses the tables and escapes.

15.11.2014 08:44

‘Gay’ bull gets #SaveBenjy campaign for slaughterhouse reprieve
Gay rights advocates have teamed up with animal lovers in Ireland to save Benjy the ‘gay’ bull from the slaughterhouse. Activists say the badgered bovine’s only crime is his lack of libido with the cows.

14.11.2014 10:12

​Cute ducklings & dolphins replace genitalia in Turkish textbooks
Turkish children who start their six grade biology lessons will now see cute ducklings and puffy polar bears instead of human genitalia in their standard biology text books. The decision of the authorities caused quite a stir.

14.11.2014 08:12

US senator’s son charged with killing 21 dogs
The son and daughter-in-law of an Arizona senator pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple charges of animal cruelty, stemming from the deaths of 21 dogs at a Phoenix-area kennel that they were looking after in June.

13.11.2014 19:58