Rare white lion cub born at Omaha zoo
26 Nov 2014 | 5:22 pm
(Reuters) - A rare white lion cub has been born at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, zoo officials said on Wednesday. The male cub was one of two males and one female born on Nov. 21. All three cubs are on display at the zoo with their mother, Ahadi, and aunt, Mfisha. Zoo director Dennis Pate said the cub is not an albino - instead, a rare recessive gene causes the white coat. White lions originate from Timbavati, an area in Krueger National Park in South Africa. ...
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26 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
Swiss group wants sausage dogs to be petted, not eaten
26 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
ZURICH (Reuters) - An animal rights group has petitioned the Swiss government to ban a traditional, if rare, practice of eating cats for dinner and turning dogs into sausages. Tomi Tomek, president of the animal rights group SOS CHATS Noiraigue, which campaigned successfully last year to ban the sale of cat fur, said 3 percent of the population still eat cat and dog, mainly in the regions of Appenzell, Lucerne, Jura and Berne. "You can't report it to the police because there's no law against it," she said. ...
Watch Dogs on Wii U sounds like a sluggish, last-gen game
26 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
Eurogamer's Digital Foundry got its hands on a copy of the Wii U version of Watch Dogs and did what they do best, tested the ever-loving hell out of it. With a visual standard that matches the PS3's in almost every area, the Wii U offers by no means the best way to play Watch Dogs. As is the trend for many of the ports to Nintendo's platform, performance is a genuine issue.
Physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool
24 Nov 2014 | 7:06 pm
(Reuters) - Popular web videos showing that "cats rule and dogs drool" have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking. While cats expertly manipulate water to quench thirst neatly, dogs smash, slosh, spill, and splash their way, according to research unveiled on Monday. The latest findings, which focus on dogs and were presented at a meeting in San Francisco of the American Physical Society, build on an earlier discovery of how cats drink. ...
Lone Wolf Traveled More Than 450 Miles to Grand Canyon, DNA Confirms
24 Nov 2014 | 2:26 pm
A DNA test has confirmed that a lone gray wolf is roaming Arizona, just north of the Grand Canyon, a long way from its home in the northern Rockies. The animal, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act, is the first known gray wolf to visit Arizona in about 70 years. After repeated sightings of the wolf over the last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) collected a sample of the animal's feces in Kaibab National Forest, near the north rim of the Grand Canyon. This means the wolf traveled at least 450 miles (725 kilometers) to get to northern Arizona.
Bighorn sheep escapes Los Angeles Zoo, dies after car strikes it
22 Nov 2014 | 7:18 pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A bighorn sheep escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo at Griffith Park on Saturday and dashed around the hills in the park for hours before it ended up on a residential street where it was struck by a car and died, a zoo spokeswoman said. The sheep got free from its enclosure and darted through an area where zoo visitors were gathered. It escaped the zoo, probably by jumping a fence, and scampered around the hills of the park, said zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock. ...
Wildlife managers confirm rare sighting of gray wolf at Grand Canyon
21 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A canine spotted in and around the north rim of the Grand Canyon has been confirmed to be the first western gray wolf at the national park in Arizona since the last one was killed there in the 1940s, U.S. wildlife managers said on Friday. Last month a park visitor captured photographs of the animal wearing what was believed to be a radio collar. Wildlife advocates suspected it was a wolf that wandered south from the Northern Rockies. Benjamin Tuggle, Southwest Regional Director for the U.S. ...
Trip Tips: Hungary, where goose is king - and eaten - for a month
21 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
By Michael Roddy BUDAPEST (Reuters) - It isn't to everyone's taste, and animal rights activists wish the custom would vanish entirely, but anyone who ever fancied eating foie gras - fattened goose liver - would have done well to be in the Hungarian capital this past month. November is when Hungary - and many other countries in Europe - celebrate the feast day of Saint Martin who, the story goes, hid in a goose pen to avoid being ordained bishop but was betrayed by the honking of the geese. The feast day is Nov. 11. ...
2 endangered elephants found dead in Indonesia
20 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
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