Performing dogs go big after $1 million TV prize
23 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
Zoo launches 'endangered song' to help save tigers
22 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Indie rock band Portugal. The Man and the Smithsonian's National Zoo released an "endangered song" Tuesday for Earth Day to demonstrate the dwindling number of about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world.
Two wounded in gunfire near Washington, D.C., zoo
22 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
(Reuters) - Two men were wounded on Monday by gunshots near a Washington, D.C., zoo shortly after it hosted an annual Easter event that drew thousands of people, police said. Police responding to reports of gunfire just after 5 p.m. found the men - one shot in the hand, the other in the elbow - near an entrance to the National Zoo, Metropolitan Police Department lieutenant Kelvin Cusick said.
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd On 'Dancing' Chemistry
16 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd took home a perfect score and topped the "Dancing with the Stars" leaderboard on Monday night and they know that part of their successful formula is their chemistry. That's why we're doing so well together," James told Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson on Wednesday. Asked to describe their relationship, Peta called it a "working" relationship that is "fun." She added that they "have a blast together." There are times when we're upset with each other and stressed, but for the most part, I'm psyched to be with her and she's psyched -- I think -- to be with me," James said.
Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs
16 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
By Radu Marinas and Bogdan Cristel BUCHAREST (Reuters) - When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania's capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a 13-year-old schoolgirl with braces on her teeth who uses Facebook to appeal to dog lovers all over Europe - and to make sure the dogs go to the right homes. Ciulcu was a baby when Bardot started her sterilization campaign in 2001. But Bucharest's state-funded wards now hold 2,800 dogs, and 2,000 dogs have been euthanized in the past two months, according to Romania's Authority for Animal Surveillance and Protection.
More vets turn to prosthetics to help legless pets
16 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 9-month-old boxer pup named Duncan barreled down a beach in Oregon, running full tilt on soft sand into YouTube history and showing more than 4 million viewers that he can revel in a good romp despite lacking back legs.
Easter Lilies Kill Cats, FDA Warns
14 Apr 2014 | 5:50 pm
Easter lilies are a popular decoration around this time of year, but it might be best to avoid having them in your house if you have a curious cat, the Food and Drug Administration warns. These white, trumpet-shaped flowers are toxic to feline friends who might nibble at the plants' petals and leaves. If you suspect that your cat has eaten any part of a lily or its pollen, call your veterinarian immediately, or take your cat to an emergency veterinary clinic, said Melanie McLean, a veterinarian at FDA. Even eating just a couple of leaves or licking a few pollen grains off their fur can cause cats to suffer acute kidney failure, she said.
PC download charts: 'Watch Dogs,' 'The Elder Scrolls Online'
14 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
Pre-orders for "Watch Dogs" see the vigilante thriller leap to second on the Steam Store chart by Monday, April 14, while "The Elder Scrolls Online" remains popular among visitors to GameStop's Impulse Driven service.
New-look Paris Zoo rethinks 'humanimal' relationship
11 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
Paris Zoo reopens its gates on Saturday after a six-year revamp to shed its image as a traditional city zoo and change how humans see wild animals. Swept away is the zoo as a place simply to gawp at animals for being weird, exotic or dangerous -- replaced by an environment designed to appreciate their uniqueness in bigger, less crowded and more nature-mimicking enclosures. "We've invented a new zoo, whose concept is different from 20th century ones, where animals were exhibited like in some amusement park," said Thomas Grenon, head of the National Museum of Natural History, which manages the Vincennes Zoo. "This is a 21st-century zoo, which will show biodiversity and talk about it, and where the animals will live together as they do in their natural environment" -- as far as is practical, of course.
Clever chimps at Kansas City Zoo make brief break to freedom
11 Apr 2014 | 12:57 am
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - Seven chimpanzees used an improvised ladder from a tree to scale a wall and briefly escape their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo on Thursday, a zoo official said. One of the chimps apparently pulled a log or a branch and leaned it against the wall of the enclosure, giving the primates a leg-up to the top, zoo director Randy Wisthoff said. "We had a ringleader," Wisthoff said.
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