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Romania accused of 'silence' over ship that capsized killing 14,000 sheep

An investigation into the Queen Hind sinking a year ago is yet to be published and the live export trade continues to boomRomania has been accused of “complete silence” over its investigation into the sinking of the Queen Hind last November, which resulted in the deaths of more than 14,000 sheep. Rescuers who rushed to the sinking Queen Hind vessel, which left Romania’s Black Sea port of Midia a year ago, managed to save just 228 sheep out of a total 14,600, but only 180 ultimately survived the ...
Tags: Europe, Animals, Africa, Environment, Eu, World news, Farming, Animal Welfare, Middle East, Romania, Guardian, Black Sea, Meat Industry, Ludovic Orban, Farm Animals, Hind

EU to ban use of lead shot by wetland bird hunters

Regulation will help prevent deaths of 1m waterbirds by lead poisoning every year Lead shot is to be banned from all wetlands in the European Union, in a decision that is expected to pave the way for phasing out all toxic ammunition.The European parliament voted against objections lodged by far-right parties, allowing the European commission to introduce the new regulations by the end of the year. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Animals, Environment, Eu, European Union, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, Rural affairs, Hunting

Logging in NSW bushfire-hit coastal regions to be reviewed after stand-off between industry and EPA

Exclusive: Natural Resources Commission to consider the standards needed to practice sustainable logging in burnt forestThe New South Wales government is planning a review of forestry operations in bushfire-hit coastal regions as tensions mount between the environment regulator and Forestry Corporation.The review, which is still to be formally commissioned, will probably be carried out by the state’s Natural Resources Commission (NRC), government sources have told Guardian Australia. Continue re...
Tags: Animals, Environment, Australia news, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, New South Wales, Endangered Species, Endangered habitats, Epa, Bushfires, Guardian Australia Continue, Natural Resources Commission, Logging and land-clearing, Natural Resources Commission NRC, Forestry Corporation

'All we could do was run': the strange story of Gerald, the turkey who terrorized a city

When the bird who dominated Oakland’s rose garden turned violent, the question of his fate caused ‘rifts that will never heal’The turkey locked eyes with her from across the park.Like many Oaklanders, sixteen-year-old Jojo Thompson had heard plenty of stories about Gerald, the “feisty” turkey harassing visitors in the city’s rose garden. But before visiting the seven-acre public park with a friend on a recent October afternoon, she thought the tales had been exaggerated. Continue reading...
Tags: California, Animals, Environment, US news, Wildlife, Oakland, Gerald, Jojo Thompson

Culled mink rise from the dead to Denmark's horror

Carcasses rose to surface at improvised mass grave owing to gases from decompositionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDead mink are rising from their graves in Denmark after a rushed cull over fears of a coronavirus mutation led to thousands being slaughtered and buried in shallow pits – from which some are now emerging.“As the bodies decay, gases can be formed,” Thomas Kristensen, a national police spokesman, told the state broadcaster DR. “This causes the whole thing ...
Tags: Europe, Animals, World news, Denmark, Thomas Kristensen, Coronavirus

Two polar bears come sniffing in the Arctic night: Esther Horvath's best photograph

‘I heard from the ship that two bears were walking directly towards us. I told the scientists to pack up. When they said no, I showed no mercy’In the autumn of 2019, I joined an expedition to the Arctic. We set sail from Tromsø, Norway, on 20 September, on the Polarstern icebreaker. There were 100 people on board – 60 scientists and 40 crew – but the ship was big enough that it never felt crowded. There were people you didn’t see for days.The plan was to find the perfect ice floe to anchor to, t...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, World news, Culture, Art and design, Arctic, Polar regions, Arctic Ocean, Tromsø Norway, Art and design books, Esther Horvath

Raptors, up close and in focus – bald eagle, owl, vulture, more [VIDEO]

Animal lover and videographer chibudgielvr says, I got the chance to get up close and personal with some cool birds of prey from the Raptor Program at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee, WI! Animals in order of appearance: Bald Eagle, Eastern Screech Owl, American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl, Turkey Vulture. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Delightful Creatures, Animals, Turkey, Cool, Nature, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Milwaukee WI Animals

Police investigate I'm a Celebrity over fears non-native bugs may be escaping

Rogue creatures from bushtucker trials including ‘ultimate survivor’ cockroaches could threaten Welsh countrysidePolice are investigating I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! over concerns non-native wildlife could have escaped into the Welsh countryside during bushtucker trials, the Guardian can reveal.Rural crime officers from north Wales police are looking into complaints that non-native creatures such as cockroaches, maggots, spiders and worms could threaten wildlife in the 100-hectare (250...
Tags: Reality TV, Television, Wales, Animals, Environment, UK News, Culture, Wildlife, Television & radio, Insects, I'm A Celebrity, North Wales, Gwrych Castle

Landscape of fear: why we need the wolf

The wolf is considered a threat to our way of farming, but our fear may be misplaced. Perhaps predators are needed to bring nature back into balanceThere’s a monument near Brora, 60 miles short of John o’Groats, that claims to mark the spot where the last wolf in Sutherland was killed. I pass it often in the car. The wolf, it says, was killed by the hunter Polson in or about the year 1700.I know this story. Polson, so it goes, was standing watch outside the wolf’s lair while his sons laid waste ...
Tags: Scotland, Animals, Wildlife, Conservation, Hunting, John, Sutherland, Brora, Polson, Farm Animals

Puppy rescued from jaws of alligator in Florida – video

A man in Florida rescued his puppy from the jaws of an alligator, diving under the water and wrestling the reptile all without dropping the cigar from his mouth. Richard Wilbanks, 74, was walking his Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Gunner, around the pond near his retirement home when the alligator raced up from the water and grabbed the dog. Cameras set up by the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fSTOP Foundation captured the encounter.Gunner suffered a small puncture wound to his stomach,  wh...
Tags: Florida, Animals, World news, US news, Wildlife, Charles, Wilbanks, Richard Wilbanks, Florida Wildlife Federation, fSTOP Foundation

Smugglers Caught Stuffing Parrots Into Plastic Bottles

Smugglers in Indonesia were found using a rather interesting technique when it comes to dealing with bothersome avians as authorities discovered that they stuffed hordes of parrots into plastic bottles. Police said that the crew for a ship docked in the eastern Indonesian region of Papua found 64 live parrots and 10 deceased ones when […]
Tags: Crime, Indonesia, Animals, International, Bizarre, Anime, Papua

Elephant trapped in well in India rescued during 12-hour crane operation – video

Forest staff and villagers in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu hoisted an elephant out of the bottom of a well in an operation that took more than 12 hours. A farmer heard the cries of the elephant and alerted local authorities who arrived at the 55ft-deep (16.7-metre) well with a team of 50.Despite the depth of the well, the water inside was shallow and was pumped out to make it easier to access the 25-year-old male elephant. Two excavators, trucks and a crane were used in the operation, w...
Tags: Animals, India, World news, Asia Pacific, Tamil Nadu, Dharmapuri, Hosur

Elephant trapped in Indian well rescued in 12-hour crane operation

Animal fell into well covered with bushes in village in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri districtForest officials in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state said they used a crane to pull an elephant from a well after working for more than 12 hours to rescue the animal.The elephant, which strayed into a village bordering a forest in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri district, fell into the well that was covered with bushes and did not have a fence or wall around it, Rajkumar, the district forest officer, said. Continue ...
Tags: Animals, India, Zoology, Tamil Nadu, Dharmapuri

Are humans cruel by nature?

How have humans managed to accomplish significantly more than any other species on the planet? Historian Rutger Bregman believes the quality that makes us special is that we "evolved to work together and to cooperate on a scale that no other species in the whole animal kingdom has been able to do."Pushing back against the millennia-old idea that humans are inherently evil beneath their civilized surface, which is known as 'veneer theory', Bregman says that it's humanity's cooperative spirit and ...
Tags: Psychology, Animals, Friendship, Society, War, Sociology, Innovation, Collaboration, Philosophy, Evolution, Morality, Humanity, Bregman, Rutger Bregman

Please Enjoy These 2020 Award-Winning Wildlife Photos

“All living beings are on Earth for a reason, from the tiniest insects to the greatest mammals.” That’s what Agora, a free photography app, said they aimed to show with their photography contest, #Animals2020.Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, Animals, Nature Photography, Nature Is Amazing

The secret world of pygmy seahorses, where males give birth – photo essay

In his new book, marine biologist and photographer Richard Smith reveals the tiny, magical world of pygmy seahorses, one of the most elusive fish on the planetAfter spending hundreds of hours observing pygmy seahorses for my doctorate, I knew exactly when Tom, a Denise’s pygmy seahorse in Sulawesi, Indonesia, would give birth. He swam with great resolve (1) from where he slept each night with his partner, Josephine, against the current, to the edge of the gorgonian seafan (a type of coral) that ...
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Fish, Wildlife, Marine Life, Coral, Richard Smith, Tom, Denise, Josephine, Sulawesi Indonesia

Help Name the Smithsonian National Zoo's New Baby Panda

In August, the Smithsonian National Zoo welcomed a baby boy cub to the conservatory family. Panda parents Tian Tian and Mei Xiang have had four surviving cubs while at the Smithsonian, and you can watch their new baby on a live panda cam, as well as take part in naming Tian Tian and Mei Xiang’s newest little one.Read more...
Tags: Zoos, Animals, Smithsonian, Lifehacks, Smithsonian National Zoo, Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, Wild life, New Baby Panda

Isolated island group is now one of the world's largest animal sanctuaries

The small island group of Tristan da Cunha has created one of the world's largest ocean sanctuaries. Neither fishing nor extractive activities will be allowed in the area, which is three times the size of the United Kingdom. Animals protected by this zone include penguins, sharks, and many seabirds. Tristan da Cunha, a group of volcanic islands with a mere 245 permanent residents situated between South Africa and Argentina in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, has recently become one of the larg...
Tags: UK, Animals, Environment, Fish, Birds, Atlantic, South Africa, Conservation, Oceans, United Kingdom, Innovation, Cape Town, Argentina, RSPB, Atlantic Ocean, Tristan Da Cunha

Nine weird penises in the animal kingdom

When I visited the wondrous Icelandic Phallological Museum, I was struck at the diversity of penises found in just one country. In terms of size, the most impressive are the whale dicks. Indeed, the blue whale penis, which can range in length between 8-10 feet, is included in Smithsonian's survey of "Nine of the Weirdest Penises in the Animal Kingdom" by Corryn Wetzel. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Animals, Smithsonian, Penises, Animal Kingdom, Phallic, Corryn Wetzel

Scientists captured video of a rare squid with tentacles as long as a human

A bigfin squid spotted 2 miles underwater in Australia's Great Bight. Courtesy of Deborah Osterhage/CSIRO Bigfin squid have tentacles 11 times longer than their bodies. The creatures are camera shy: They've only been spotted a dozen times since the 1980s. Scientists recently captured new, underwater footage of five bigfin squid off the coast of southern Australia — the first time they've been spotted in Australian waters.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The squid w...
Tags: Science, News, Biology, Australia, Animals, Africa, Trends, Hawaii, Brazil, Squid, Great Australian Bight, Aylin Woodward, Deborah Osterhage CSIRO Bigfin, Deborah Osterhage, Osterhage, CSIRO Bigfin

This pigeon just sold for $1.9 million

New Kim is a 2-year-old homing pigeon that just sold for $1.9 million. The anonymous new owner of New Kim is the same person who last year paid $1.48 million for Armando, another champion pigeon. From the New York Times: In the sport, which dates back to at least the 1800s, homing pigeons are acclimated in a shared loft before being taken hundreds of miles away and released; the winner is the first to return. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Animals, Birds, Auctions, New York Times, Kim, Armando, Pigeons, Homing Pigeons

Psilocybin rapidly promotes neuroplasticity in the brains of rats

Psilocybin and psilocin are chemical compounds found in "magic mushrooms." A recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found very interesting results when psilocybin was administered to rats to research the potential impact the chemical could have on the human brain.Several studies have suggested that psilocybin could be a treatment for depression.A recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found very interesting results when psilocybin was administered to rat...
Tags: Health, Biology, Drugs, Mexico, Animals, Dna, Neuroscience, Mindfulness, Brain, Depression, Innovation, Addiction, Emotions, South America, Johns Hopkins University, Matthew Johnson

Alaska plane hits and kills brown bear during airport landing

Brown bear sow killed in accident but cub uninjuredOfficial says likely first time a bear has been struck by planeAn Alaska Airlines jetliner hit a brown bear while landing early on Saturday evening, killing the animal and causing damage to the plane, officials said.None of the passengers or crew members were injured in the accident at the Yakutat Airport in south-east Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, World news, US news, Alaska, Air transport, Alaska Airlines, Anchorage Daily News, Yakutat Airport

Shocking footage of ‘severely injured’ pigs on Spanish farms released

Calls for EU animal welfare rules to be enforced as country set to overtake Germany as Europe’s biggest pork producerFootage that appears to show newborn piglets lying in faeces, pigs with pus-covered wounds and pig carcasses in varying states of decomposition has been published by animal welfare campaigners in Spain.Spain is expected to overtake Germany this year as the EU’s biggest pork producer. In 2019, a record 53 million pigs were slaughtered across the country, fuelling demand for product...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Animals, Environment, Eu, Spain, World news, Farming, Animal Welfare, Spain Spain, Castilla, Farm Animals, Garmendia, Tras los Muros, Aitor Garmendia Tras los Muros, Aragón Castilla La Mancha

Killing of Rare Canadian ‘Spirit’ Moose Sparks Outrage, Sadness and a Search for Those Responsible

When a rare white female moose was found dead in northern Ontario, Canada, along a remote service road last month, nearby indigenous residents were shocked. The animal is considered sacred by indigenous peoples in the region, and hunting it is banned in the areas where the slain animal was found. Then came outrage,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Canada, Conservation, Ontario Canada, White Moose

'Everyone is outraged and sad': Canada shocked by killing of rare white moose

Flying Post First Nation in northern Ontario offer reward after ‘spirit’ moose – considered sacred – killed by suspected poachersThe killing of a rare “spirit” moose in Canada has shocked residents of a northern Ontario community and prompted one First Nations man to offer a reward to anyone who can help officials apprehend the suspected poachers.Residents around the city of Timmins have long swapped stories of a ghostly white moose population occasionally spotted moving silently through forests...
Tags: Animals, Americas, World news, First Nations, Canada, Ontario, Timmins

9 of the most shocking facts about global extinction - and how to stop it

Earth's fate and the devastation of the natural world were recently put under the microscope with the release of Sir David Attenborough's Netflix documentary A Life On Our Planet.It marks a departure from his usual nature documentary format and instead grieves for the damage wreaked by climate change and other forms of human interference.It's an emotional watch, as the naturalist recounts the environmental changes he has seen first-hand throughout his career, such as the devastation of the Borne...
Tags: Animals, Brown University, Environment, Americas, US, Sustainability, Earth, Netflix, Conservation, Innovation, Wwf, Ecology, Biodiversity, David Attenborough, Borneo, Latin America

Study adds to calls to ban dogs from beaches during nesting season

Research reveals how ground-nesting birds frequently scared from nest by off-lead canines There is only one thing more terrifying for a nesting bird than a person walking nearby: when that two-legged beast is joined by a four-legged companion.A study of how ground-nesting birds are disturbed on beaches in Spain has revealed how they are almost always scared from their nests by passing off-lead dogs, but seem unperturbed by motorbikes, helicopters and low-flying planes. Continue reading...
Tags: Dogs, Animals, Environment, Spain, World news, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation

Tiny Atlantic island takes giant leap towards protecting world's oceans

UK overseas territory Tristan da Cunha’s new marine protected area will be fourth largest sanctuary of its kindA community of 250 people on one of the most remote inhabited islands on Earth has made a significant contribution to marine wildlife conservation by banning bottom-trawling fishing, deep-sea mining and other harmful activities from its waters.The government of Tristan da Cunha, a volcanic archipelago in the south Atlantic and part of the UK’s overseas territories, has announced that al...
Tags: Food, UK, Animals, Environment, UK News, World news, Earth, Mining, Atlantic, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Fishing, Cunha

Bear mom and cub not sure how to get down from up in this tree

A family in Denver, Colorado, looked out their window one day and saw a very large black bear mom and two cubs way up in a tree, out in the yard. They video'd it, and thank goodness mom bear figured out how to get her babies back to solid ground safely. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Animals, Bears, Denver Colorado