US government seeks ban on swimming with Hawaii dolphins
US federal officials are seeking a ban on swimming with Hawaii's spinner dolphins, saying the encounters popular with tourists are harming the nocturnal creatures' sleeping habits. The proposal by the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would ban swimming with Hawaiian spinner dolphins or approaching the animals within 50 yards (45 meters). "We are taking this action because spinner dolphins in the main Hawaiian islands are experiencing intense pressure from swimmers and other ocean users looking for a dolphin encounter," Ann Garrett, of the NOAA's Fisheries Office of Protected Resources, told reporters earlier this week.
Thai farmers launch (bee) sting operation to stop elephants
PANA, Thailand (AP) — To stop wild elephants from rampaging through their produce, farmers in Thailand put up electric fences, set off firecrackers and even switched their crops from pineapples to pumpkins, which the pachyderms don't relish much. Nothing worked, so the villagers decided on Plan Bee.
How to weigh a penguin and other tricks from London Zoo
Keepers at London Zoo on Wednesday took on the monumental job of measuring and weighing their inmates to check their health. Every January, it conducts a head count of the creatures and the numbers are shared with other zoos.
Israeli zoo welcomes newborn white rhino
A wildlife park in Israel is celebrating a new arrival for one of its species - a baby white rhino. Female Tanda this week gave birth to a male calf at the Ramat Gan safari park zoo near Tel Aviv. "She is nursing him and taking very good care of him," said Gali Berkovich, an enrichment coordinator and animal trainer at the park.
Rescued animals from Gaza zoo find new homes
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The last survivors of a Gaza zoo, where dozens of animals died of starvation and children petted stuffed carcasses, left on Wednesday for sanctuary outside the Palestinian territory. Economic hardship deepened by war with Israel brought death to most of the menagerie of 200 at the privately owned complex in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the enclave. Israel, which maintains tight restrictions on its border with Hamas Islamist-run Gaza, allowed the animals through the frontier and dubbed the transfer "Operation Safari".
Condoms Filled with Chili Powder and Firecrackers Teach Elephants to Stay Away
Conservationists are filling condoms with chili powder and firecrackers … to keep elephants away. This scare tactic, part of a multistep alarm system, has been developed to protect farmland and villages from elephants, without harming the animals. Honeyguide Foundation, with support from The Nature Conservancy, has been training villagers to use the alarm system, and though unconventional, the chili condoms have already shown promise.
Animal charity removes 15 animals it rescued from Gaza zoo
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international charity on Wednesday removed 15 animals from a Gaza Strip zoo, freeing them from stifling conditions in what it called "the worst zoo in the world" and hoping to grant them a better life abroad.
TV Ratings: NBC's Old Dogs Bring a 'Better' Big Four Summer Premiere
'Better Late Than Never,' a late entry in new summer series, outperforms all but ABC's 'Pyramid' in its debut.
Penguin promoted to brigadier at Edinburgh Zoo
Standing in line for a special ceremony, uniformed soldiers of His Majesty the King of Norway's Guard are carefully inspected -- by a penguin. Sir Nils Olav, a resident king penguin at Edinburgh Zoo, was honored with the title of brigadier on Monday during a parade in the Scottish park. The bird is the mascot of His Majesty the King of Norway's Guard and was made a knight in 2008.
Vienna zoo panda twins continuing to 'develop splendidly'
The twin panda cubs born at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo turned 16 days old on Tuesday and are said to be fit and healthy. Releasing a video of mother Yang Yang holding the tiny cubs in her paws and licking them, the zoo said the giant panda was "extremely relaxed in her care" of her babies, which were continuing to "develop splendidly". "The young pandas stretch, wave their little paws in the air and make first tentative efforts to crawl on their mother's tummy," zoo director Dagmar Schratter said in a statement.