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  • Australian sheep is unofficially the world's woolliest 3 Sep 2015 | 1:07 am

    An Australian sheep is pictured before being shorn of over 40 kilograms (88.2 lbs) of wool after being found near Australia's capital city CanberraAround 40 kilograms (88 lb) of wool has been sheared from a sheep found near Australia's capital, the RSPCA said on Thursday, making him unofficially the world's woolliest. The animal, named Chris by his rescuers, was discovered on the northern outskirts of Canberra on Wednesday and was said to be struggling to walk under the weight of his coat. Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of RSPCA ACT, the Canberra division of the animal charity, estimated Chris had more than five years of wool on him and likely little contact with humans.

  • New collars monitor pets for pain, problems 2 Sep 2015 | 5:33 pm

    This Aug. 9, 2015 self-portrait shows Michele Saltzman of Bedford, Mass., and Lucas, a 10-year-old beagle she adopted in October, 2014, from a shelter in Vermont. Because Lucas has a heart murmur and fainting spells, she went online and bought a PetPace health collar, which immediately notifies her about any changes in Lucas' vital signs. A wearable collar can tell an owner when a dog is in pain, something even the dog is sometimes not able to do. It’s just what Saltzman needed for Lucas.(Michele Saltzman via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — You can use wearables with GPS to keep track of wandering dogs. Others help you track animals' physical activity.

  • Florida officials propose bear hunt limit of 320 kills 2 Sep 2015 | 4:54 pm

    Florida would allow hunters to kill up to a total of 320 bears in October during the state’s first bear hunt season in 20 years, according to a recommendation from the state's wildlife agency presented at a public hearing on Wednesday. The bear hunt was approved in June by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission over strenuous opposition from animal rights and conservation groups. About 50 people signed up to speak to the commission about the quota at a public hearing which began late in the afternoon in Fort Lauderdale prior to a vote.

  • South Africa jails Mozambican rhino poachers 2 Sep 2015 | 2:35 pm

    New figures showed that South Africa has lost a record 749 rhino to poaching this year, an almost five percent increase from the same period last yearSouth Africa has jailed two Mozambicans for 11 years for rhino poaching, police said Wednesday, as latest tallies revealed slaughter of the iconic animals climbing to a new high. A court in the eastern province of Mpumalanga found Phinias Sithole, 23, and France Nkuna, 22, guilty of trespassing in Kruger National Park and of possessing an unlicenced hunting rifle and an axe. "This conviction will serve as a deterrent to other would-be poachers," police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo said in a statement.

  • Zoo "Emotional Contagion" Review: It's a Shame About Ray 2 Sep 2015 | 2:09 pm

    Zoo "Emotional Contagion" Review: It's a Shame About RayZoo S01E10: "Emotional Contagion" I don't know, Ray seemed like an alright guy to me. He was a real piece of work to be sure, but come on, he pretty much made "Emotional Contagion" the rollicking adventure that it was. Masked animal heists, hard to pronounce technology, wheeled barn KISSES—this tenth episode had it all! But first a toast: this review is dedicated to that one shady buddy everyone has—the one who stirs the pot, mucks it up, and plays grab ass to the beat of his own drum. For me that buddy was "Mike," who once sold candy bars door-to-door in the name of a fake church just to make like 18 bucks off an eight-dollar box from Costco. Did I go all around town calling him a "nightmare" or saying things like, "If trouble needs a place to stay for the night it will usually find a room with Ray Endicott"? No I didn't Abraham. Anyway, I think Mike became a cook at a prison, before getting fired for stealing potatoes or something. The point is I didn't find Ray any more mischievous than Chloe and her team of fugitives. Once they fix this animal problem they need to look into addressing their attitude problem. Anyway, Chloe and the gang needed to get to Africa but had no legal way out of the country. Enter Ray: an ex-marine turned animal-rights activist working with a group of other freedom fighters under the monicker F.A.R.M. that rescued Floridian sea roaches. The deal was simple: help Ray and his cronies steal camels, zebras, a serval, a baby warthog, and whatever other animals the production staff had access to that week of shooting from a zoo, and Endicott would fly the gang free of charge to Africa via Smuggler Airlines. Easy-peasy, right? Wrong: the team was divided about whether to even get involved with Ray, the most vocal being Abe. Not to mention Mitch still needed an electroporator in order to introduce the yet-to-be-found leopard's stem cell to the Mother Cell once they all got to Africa. Also the other F.A.R.M.ers were really very rude and self-righteous. So standard Zoo kind of mission! Decide you need something for some reason spur of the moment, hack into some system, and encounter animals in the process. I got to say I was pleased to at least see some animal-rights activists in this show. You'd think Zoo would want to explore more animal-related communities under the overall theme of how humans relate to animals. Season 2 better open up with a trip to a furry convention or something. They could still plug Windows Surface technology to mislead security guards like Jamie did... After Jamie tricked her way into the surveillance system the team suited up and infiltrated various habitats. Like any good heist everyone used ornate masks made of lacquer and detailed craftsmanship. The job was a success, until Jamie messed up her camera feeds and Mitch couldn't guess the password to the room that held the electroporator. This baffled me a little. Like, his plan was just to "guess" the password. Passwords are hard to guess! Anyway, Jamie had to alert the team that some guards were making the rounds just north of Gilbert the Elephant's fake jungle home. The episode opening gunfight ensued and Chloe was shocked and appalled even though her normal job has to do with stopping global terrorism on a daily basis and she had survived three lion attacks in the past two months. Though the team made off with some animals (were they even looking for specific ones, or was it just a "smash-and-grab" anything with ears and a tail kind of thing?), Ray was critically injured and Cody presumed dead. If the team expected to fly to Africa, they would need Ray to pull through because he was the plane's pilot. It was touch and go for a while... Next: An escape, a kiss, and a tough-ass coffee maker! (Continued from Page 1) Outside, Chloe and Oz had one of their moments. It was the second time in the episode where a character prompted another to speak lines just by saying something like, "I can tell something's wrong." Jackson for some reason felt responsible for all this because he suggested the Ray option and now everything had gone to shit. If that wasn't bad enough animals were still acting weird. So a rough night for everyone. Mitch theorized that these zoo animals were subject to "emotional contagion" where feelings and attitudes spread like yawns. Sounds good to me! The next day, Cody wound up in the ER while the Dogstick had all kinds of trouble working the FBI coffee machine. Did you notice this? He was like straining a bunch with what appeared to be a regular ass Keurig. Also I gotta say this show is so crazy I can't tell whether Dogstick's actually in the FBI or if there's going to be some turn later on. Is this brilliance or is this sheer madness? (P.S. a grown-ass man is casually referred to as Dogstick). So Dogstick went to visit Cody in the hospital, but instead of flowers he just jammed his finger in the activist's bullet wound. Presumably, Cody then gave away the location of his team. Earlier that morning Abe and the Afghanistan lady vet swapped tales of Ray, from opposite points of view. She was pro-Ray, and Abe was anti-Ray. She yelled at Abe about F.A.R.M. and asked if he'd like to join but he didn't agree with the group's politics. He pretty much thought they were a bunch of a-holes who used violence irresponsibly. When you grow up as a child-soldier among big cats, violence probably loses its zeal. Meanwhile the team decided to ditch Ray and head on out of the country. Understandably Ray was miffed, and kidnapped the team. Deep down though I think he loved love because he made Chloe and Oz go in the back with the hay, where kisses happened, and this freaked out the animals. The truck crashed and the animals escaped, but the team made their way to the tarmac and hopped a flight. Guess it's pretty easy just to run onto a runway where planes are taking off. I'm going to go try this at LAX in 40 minutes probably. The Afghanistan vet wanted to shoot Dogstick but Chloe said no via physicality and the two were left behind. C'est la vie: one minute you're saving the world in an antique gazelle mask, the next you're staring at the one who get away from a cargo hold. LOVE, the original emotional contagion. ANIMAL TRACKS — Do you like Ray? Or did Warren Christie just make you miss Alphas? — Will the team succeed? — Did you like "Emotional Contagion"?

  • Squirrels in the attic? Pointers on humane wildlife removal 2 Sep 2015 | 9:56 am

    This 2014 photo courtesy of Paul Marszalek shows a litter of baby squirrels taking one of their first looks at the big, wild world after spending their first few weeks in the homeowner’s attic, in Larchmont, N.Y. Squirrels, which have babies twice a year, like to next in the attics of homes, largely because they are warm and cozy when temperatures dip. (Paul Marszalek via AP)As much as my family and I love to have suburban wildlife around our New York-area home, some of the cuteness wore off when we found rodents living under the roof.

  • Baby hippo plays in San Diego Zoo pool 2 Sep 2015 | 5:10 am

    With an audience of visitors watching on, five-month-old baby hippopotamus Devi explores the pool at San Diego Zoo with her mother Funani. Born on March 23, the baby hippo's underwater play attracted the attention of passing visitors on Tuesday who watched on through an underground glass window.

  • Japan releases 'Flipper' dolphin trainer after arrest 2 Sep 2015 | 1:17 am

    Animal rights activist Ric O'’Barry stands by the cove in Taiji town, the location of a controversial annual dolphin hunt, in Wakayama prefecture, western Japan on November 1, 2010Japanese police said Wednesday that they have released US animal rights activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show "Flipper", after he was arrested near the infamous whaling town of Taiji. O'Barry, 75, was taken into custody Monday, on the eve of Taiji kicking off its controversial six-month dolphin hunt, for allegedly failing to carry his passport after being stopped by police. "He admitted to not carrying his passport -- there was no need to keep him in custody." He will likely face a fine of up to 100,000 yen ($830), but the arrest of a foreigner in Japan for not carrying a passport is rare.

  • Peta (Already) Out Of 'DWTS'!  1 Sep 2015 | 12:18 pm

    Peta Murgatroyd attends Sway: A Dance Trilogy at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 5, 2015 in New York City -- WireImagePeta Murgatroyd has been forced out of the upcoming season due to an injury, the veteran pro dancer announced on her Twitter page. "The past three days have been really tough to say the least..I learned that my ankle injury is at a stage that needs surgery immediately. Peta – who was going to be paired with singer Andy Grammer (who was revealed as a contestant earlier this week) – said the surgery will put her out of commission for "6-8 weeks" and she remains optimistic she could still hit the ballroom before the season ends.

  • How dogs dictate car buying choices 1 Sep 2015 | 11:22 am

    How dogs dictate car buying choicesWith the growing choice of cars on sale it can be difficult enough to find one that caters for the entire family's needs, especially if said family extends to the dog, too. According to the latest data from Nielsen and Harris Poll, 62% of Americans have at least one pet in their home and 95% of US pet owners consider said pet a crucial member of the family. Almost three quarters of pet owners (71%) own at least one dog and a quick glance at the sums involved -- $2.6 billion annually spent just on edible dog treats -- show how much Fido is an integral part of the modern American family.