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Animals

Animals in France finally recognized as ‘living, sentient beings’
It has taken the French parliament more than 200 years to officially recognize animals as "living, sentient beings" rather than "furniture," finally upgrading their embarrassing status that dates back to Napoleonic times.

29.01.2015 12:36

No bulls-eye: Playful shark halts China military exercise
A curious bullhead shark was attracted to the waters of Chinese naval drills by the colorful balloon targets being used. The fish forced the officers to hold fire.

29.01.2015 09:48

White House wants $1.2bn to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria, looming superbug epidemic
The White House has called for increased investment to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria to prevent resurgent diseases once thought eradicated and new superbugs that similarly gain strength thanks to the modern penchant for profligate antibiotic use.

28.01.2015 15:19

Scratch that! ‘Dancing Bear’ in Russia’s Far East gains internet fame (VIDEO)
Park rangers in Russia’s Far East witnessed their very own dancing bear, who has become an internet sensation over the last few days. The large mammal became rather attached to a birch tree and started to use it as the perfect scratching post.

28.01.2015 12:38

Mind the bear! 8-foot Arctic giant roams London Tube & streets... to promote TV series
Commuters on the London Underground got a chilly Arctic shock this morning when an 8-foot polar bear was spotted on Tube platforms and in the capital's streets and parks.

27.01.2015 15:11

Meet Hanti, my pet wolf: A walk on the wild side for Russian animal activist (VIDEO)
Hanti, the domestic wolf, feels at ease when walked by her master in the Russian city of Smolensk. She is also a center of attention for residents. Living in an animal shelter, the “pet” is befriended by other dogs and even a big ginger cat.

27.01.2015 13:23

Angry with an ex? Adopt a cockroach or scorpion in their honor
Valentine’s Day can be a terrible time for jilted lovers and those dealing with rejection, but now even those simmering in anger can delight in the holiday by adopting a hissing cockroach or hairy scorpion in honor of their former lovers.

27.01.2015 00:29

Yellowstone Park ships 200+ bison to slaughter, more planned – conservation group
Yellowstone National Park’s bison population is about to start getting much smaller, as the park has reportedly sent at least 200 bison to slaughter in an effort to cull the winter population by approximately 900 animals.

24.01.2015 03:39

Dinosaurs wiped out by ‘nuclear winter’ effect, not firestorm after asteroid – study
New research has cast doubt on the theory that dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago after an asteroid caused a global firestorm. Instead, scientists think that freezing temperatures prompted by blocked-off sunlight wiped the giant reptiles out.

24.01.2015 02:17

​Minute machines dive inside a living creature for first time
Researchers at the University of California have managed to implant acid-powered, self-destructing micromotors inside a living animal for the first time. It's hoped the tiny devices could help tackle maladies such as peptic ulcers in the future.

23.01.2015 12:21

Mystery goo kills over 200 San Francisco Bay birds, officials stumped
California officials are unable to identify a grey, goo-like substance that has been found coating the feathers of hundreds of birds. More than 200 seabirds have been found dead along the coast, while more than 300 have been rescued so far.

22.01.2015 23:56

Auckland zookeepers euthanize celebrity TV gibbon
Despite his huge popularity in New Zealand, TV celebrity Iwani – a siamang gibbon – was euthanized because zookeepers thought he was “unhappy and agitated.”

22.01.2015 03:55