Australian fishermen snag rare 'monster shark'

Jun 24, 2015

Australian fishermen snag rare 'monster shark'

Fishermen off Australia who accidentally caught a whopping 6.3-meter basking shark have provided scientists with a rare opportunity to study the second-biggest fish on the planet. Little is known about the species — smaller only than the whale shark — because it does not ...

China's dog meat festival draws rare criticism

Jun 23, 2015

China's dog meat festival draws rare criticism

For many residents of the town of Yulin in southern China, the peak of summer is the perfect time to get together with family and friends — and consume copious amounts of dog meat. Thousands of dogs are expected to end up on the ...

Jun 19, 2015

Hundreds arrested in global crackdown on wildlife contraband

A global crackdown on wildlife trafficking has netted “huge” amounts of whale bones, rhino horn, ivory and other contraband, leading to hundreds of arrests, European and Asian authorities announced Thursday. Operation Cobra III saw police in 62 countries swoop on suspected wildlife smugglers between ...

Most kangaroos are left-handed: study

Jun 19, 2015

Most kangaroos are left-handed: study

Kangaroos tend to be lefties, according to a study Thursday that sheds new light on the capacity for mammals, particularly those that walk upright, to prefer one paw over the other. The study was published in the journal Current Biology. Lead researcher Yegor Malashichev ...

Runaway tiger kills man in Tbilisi after flood damages zoo

Jun 18, 2015

Runaway tiger kills man in Tbilisi after flood damages zoo

A tiger that broke loose after severe flooding at the Tbilisi Zoo mauled a man to death in the Georgian capital before being shot by police Wednesday, a day after officials said all the zoo’s tigers had died. Zoo Director Zurab Gurielidze acknowledged he ...

Jun 18, 2015

Dinosaurs avoided tropics due to hot, dry climate: study

An unpredictable, yet scorching and dry climate kept large, grass-eating dinosaurs out of the tropics for some 30 million years after they first appeared on Earth, a study out Monday found. It has been a long-standing mystery: Why did long-necked dinosaurs seem to avoid ...