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  • Jaguars enjoy snow day at zoo 29 Apr 2016 | 7:17 am

    - Despite warm spring weather, there was snow at the San Diego Zoo on Thursday for two lucky jaguars.     One-year-old cub, Valerio, and his mother, Nindiri, got a surprise treat in their enclosure as they awoke to a blanket of icy snow - complete with buried meatball treats hidden throughout.     It was the first time the animals had encountered snow, San Diego Zoo senior mammal keeper Kimberly Hyde said.    "When they first came out, I expected Nindiri and Valerio to be really surprised, and they were.

  • More tigers poached so far this year than in 2015: census 29 Apr 2016 | 2:37 am

    The Wildlife Protection Society of India said 28 tigers had been poached by April 26, three more than last yearMore tigers have been killed in India already this year than in the whole of 2015, a census showed Friday, raising doubts about the country's anti-poaching efforts. The Wildlife Protection Society of India, a conservation charity, said 28 of the endangered beasts had been poached by April 26, three more than last year. Tiger meat and bones are used in traditional Chinese medicine and fetch high prices.


  • Touted Tunsil falls to Dolphins after controversial video 28 Apr 2016 | 9:52 pm

    NFL: 2016 NFL DraftTop NFL draft prospect Laremy Tunsil tumbled down the list on Thursday before being selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 13th pick of the first round following a controversial video posted on his Twitter account. Just minutes before the National Football League Draft began, the powerful tackle from the University of Mississippi was shown wearing a gas mask and smoking something through a bong. The video was quickly deleted and Tunsil suspended his Twitter account.


  • NFL-Touted Tunsil falls to Dolphins after controversial video 28 Apr 2016 | 9:44 pm

    Top NFL draft prospect Laremy Tunsil tumbled down the list on Thursday before being selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 13th pick of the first round following a controversial video posted on his Twitter account. Just minutes before the National Football League Draft began, the powerful tackle from the University of Mississippi was shown wearing a gas mask and smoking something through a bong. The video was quickly deleted and Tunsil suspended his Twitter account.

  • Animal rights group takes ostrich fight into Prada 28 Apr 2016 | 2:17 pm

    Manager of international operations for PETA, Ashley Fruno, displays a sign next to paper cut-outs of ostriches in front of a Prada store, during a protest in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 19, 2016Animal rights group PETA said Thursday it has acquired shares in Prada to pursue its protest over ostrich leather handbags from inside the luxury fashion group. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) said the move followed an investigation which revealed that ostriches as young as one were being slaughtered in South Africa to produce the "goose bump" leather the company uses for its costly bags. "Every Prada goose bump bag means a young ostrich has been turned upside down in a stunner then ejected to have their throats cut and be plucked in a miserable and terrifying slaughter," said PETA's Mimi Bekhechi.


  • 25 dogs who clearly love hugs 28 Apr 2016 | 10:37 am

    25 dogs who clearly love hugsScience says "don't hug your dog." And by science we mean one person, who happens to have a degree, who looked at lots of pictures on the Internet. The question of whether or not hugging your dog causes them stress came from an op-ed from Stanley Coren on Psychology Today , earlier in April, who claimed that the act of hugging and immobilizing your dog and can give them severe anxiety. SEE ALSO: It's National Hug Day, but please don't hug me "Dogs are technically cursorial animals , which is a term that indicates that they are designed for swift running," Coren wrote in his op-ed. "That implies that in times of stress or threat the first line of defense that a dog uses is not his teeth, but rather his ability to run away." Some people, seeing Coren's observations published on Psychology Today took this as a clear-cut, data-backed study, when, in fact, the only research Coren conducted was visual clues he personally picked up from pulling pictures from the Internet. "Fortunately for me, the Internet abounds with photographs of people and their pets...I decided to look at a random sample of 250 such pictures," Coren wrote. While it's true that dogs are not, in fact, children, and that you should never squeeze a puppy (or anyone) to the point of discomfort, Coren's dog study is by no means proof that all pups hate hugs.  "This is interesting preliminary data which might serve as a good starting point for a formal study. But it's important to note that (to my knowledge) this is not a peer-reviewed empirical paper so I would caution against any firm conclusions before the work can go through this important part of the scientific process," Evan MacLean, co-director of Duke's Canine Cognition Center, wrote in an email to The Washington Post . For a rebuttal to Coren's op-ed, Mashable has taken the liberty of also looking around the Internet for dogs hugging. To our astonishment, we found some very different results. Have you hugged your dog today? http://greendale.tumblr.com/post/35122847194


  • 3 Sumatran tiger cubs step out at San Diego Zoo 27 Apr 2016 | 1:41 pm

    In this Tuesday, April 26, 2016 photo provided by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, adult Sumatran tiger Joanne and her cub make a public debut in the maternity exhibit at Tull Family Tiger Trail at San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, Calif. Visitors got their first glimpses Tuesday of multiple cubs as they romped and munched on plants in their habitat. (Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Safari Park via AP) MANDATORY CREDITSAN DIEGO (AP) — Three endangered Sumatran tiger cubs have made their debut at San Diego Zoo Safari Park.


  • Cats at Japan's 'cat cafes' now allowed to stay up till 10 27 Apr 2016 | 10:57 am

    In this May 2, 2012 photo, a cat stands on the shoulder of a guest stroking another cat at Cat Cafe Calico in Tokyo. Felines at Japan's popular "cat cafes" are now allowed to stay up until 10 p.m. to interact with customers. The Environment Ministry's animal rights panel said Wednesday, April 27, 2016 that the cats will be allowed to hang out two hours later than the old guidelines allowed. Under the 2012 guidelines, cats and other animals at pet shops could not be displayed after 8 p.m. (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITTOKYO (AP) — Felines at Japan's popular "cat cafes" are now allowed to stay up until 10 p.m. to interact with customers.


  • Cambodia's last Royal Turtles on verge of extinction 25 Apr 2016 | 12:27 pm

    The crtically endangered Royal Turtle walks on the sand in Koh Kong province of Cambodia on Febraury 3, 2015Efforts to save Cambodia's Royal Turtle, one of the world's most critically endangered species, are being hampered by dredging and illegal forest clearances, a wildlife conservation group warned Monday. The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Cambodian government have been desperately trying to protect the tiny remaining pocket of batagur affinis turtles for more than a decade after their numbers plummeted.


  • Nearly 50 starving monkeys rescued in South Africa by animal rights group 24 Apr 2016 | 5:19 am

    Close to 50 starved and sick monkeys were rescued from filthy living conditions in a South African private zoo on Saturday, and were whisked away to a care facility, an international animal rights group said. International Primates Rescue (IPR) founder Sue Mousley said after failed attempts by the owner of Little Falls garden center to improve the living conditions of the monkeys, the rescue team finally managed to get a court order allowing them to relocate the primates to IPR's care facility.