Nov 25, 2014

U.S. physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool

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 ...

Dogfighting thrives in U.S. despite high-profile gang busts

Nov 24, 2014

Dogfighting thrives in U.S. despite high-profile gang busts

In the squalid Jacksonville dogfighting kennel, a champion named Bulletproof Sam sat in a makeshift wooden cage, his teeth exposed from a missing snout. Nearby, an undercover agent with the sheriff’s office met with Sam’s breeder, a big-timer in the underground world of dogfighting ...

Nov 23, 2014

New strain of bird flu found in goose in Germany

A worrying new strain of bird flu has been observed for the first time in a wild bird in northern Germany, the Agriculture Ministry said Saturday. The goose with the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain was identified in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and was ...

Nov 21, 2014

Uganda suspends wildlife chief after huge ivory theft

Uganda’s top wildlife official was suspended Thursday after seized ivory worth over a million dollars vanished from government strongrooms, state-run media said. The suspension of Andrew Seguya as executive director of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) follows that of five other top officials earlier ...

Nov 21, 2014

Second bird flu outbreak found on Dutch farm

Dutch officials have detected a second outbreak of bird flu on a southern Netherlands farm, officials said, and they are awaiting test results to see whether the strain was of a highly contagious variety discovered earlier this week. The latest cases were detected in ...

Nov 20, 2014

Keeper at British zoo seriously injured by rhino

A keeper at Britain’s largest zoo was being treated at a hospital Wednesday after he was seriously injured in an incident involving a rhino. Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, north of London, said emergency services were called after one of its keepers was injured Wednesday ...

'Rewilded' bears pose a dilemma in Europe

Nov 17, 2014

'Rewilded' bears pose a dilemma in Europe

If Europeans go down to the woods today they might be in for a big surprise: bears. And in countries no longer used to big predators, it’s no picnic. Reintroduced in parts of Western Europe in “rewilding” programs — in the east they never ...