Hit by a car, 'dead' cat crawls from the grave

Jan 29, 2015

Hit by a car, 'dead' cat crawls from the grave

Bart the cat was hit by a car and buried. Then he crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1½-year-old cat in Tampa, Florida. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought of burying him, so he ...

Snails slide into Thai spa scene

Jan 29, 2015

Snails slide into Thai spa scene

by Denis D. Gray

A snail is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician — all secreting slime to smooth out some wrinkles and give me a younger look. That this latest ...

Jan 28, 2015

Chinese police suspended for eating endangered salamander

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen suspended 14 police officers and put a police chief under investigation on Tuesday on suspicion of feasting on an endangered giant salamander, state media reported. The officers allegedly were consuming the animal, the world’s largest amphibian, at a ...

Fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Jan 28, 2015

Fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized. Scientists on Tuesday described the four oldest-known snake fossils, the most ancient of which was a 10-inch-long (25-cm) reptile called Eophis underwoodi that lived about 167 million years ago and was unearthed ...

A family affair: Dog Glaccolo finds a home

| Jan 25, 2015

A family affair: Dog Glaccolo finds a home

Glaccolo (center front), a papillon first featured here in October, was being fostered by the Seshiyama family, which in itself bode auspicious. Charmer that she is, the little dog soon worked her way into the heart and home of Michiko Ota, mother of Reiko ...

U.N. moves toward ocean biodiversity treaty

Jan 25, 2015

U.N. moves toward ocean biodiversity treaty

U.N. member states Saturday agreed to begin negotiations on a treaty to protect marine biodiversity in ocean areas extending beyond territorial waters, a move heralded by environmental organizations. By calling to preserve vast areas threatened by pollution, overfishing and global warming, the eventual U.N. ...

Jan 20, 2015

Mexico to use drones to protect endangered porpoise

Mexico has begun testing unmanned drones that could help it save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise, which is threatened by illegal fishing in the upper Sea of Cortez. Alejandro del Mazo, an assistant prosecutor with Mexico’s environmental protection agency, said ...

Jan 18, 2015

Oracle's Ellison to underwrite California wildlife center

One of the world’s richest men, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, is using some of his wealth to establish a wildlife breeding and rehabilitation center in Northern California that will focus on helping endangered insects, reptiles and amphibians thrive. The Conservation Center for Wildlife Care ...