Jul 13, 2014

Record ton of ivory is sold at auction in France

An auction house in Cannes, France, sold around 50 elephant tusks — totaling 1 ton of ivory — on Saturday, breaking its previous record in terms of volume. The entire haul was acquired by buyers from China, the world’s biggest ivory market. “In terms ...

Jul 12, 2014

Australia slams 'extremist' PETA for sheep abuse video

Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has described animal rights group PETA as “extremist” and questioned their methods after the release of footage showing sheep being beaten by shearers. Joyce said Australia “does not condone the mistreatment of animals” but added that the violence shown ...

Jul 10, 2014

New York museum sells adult sleepover under blue whale

Ever dreamt of kipping down under a blue whale? For grown-ups equipped with a sleeping bag and toothbrush, the American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adult-only sleepover. The Aug. 1 overnight adventure was so popular that it sold out within hours ...

Crackdown on menu for China's exotic-animal eaters

Jul 8, 2014

Crackdown on menu for China's exotic-animal eaters

Porcupines in cages, endangered tortoises in buckets and snakes in cloth bags — rare wildlife is on open sale at a Chinese market, despite courts being ordered to jail those who eat endangered species. The diners of southern China have long had a reputation ...

Scientists aim to unearth skull of largest dinosaur

Jul 8, 2014

Scientists aim to unearth skull of largest dinosaur

A few months ago, Argentine scientists found the remains of a giant dinosaur. Now they look forward to digging up hundreds more fossils, but what they really want is the big one’s head. In recent years, the discovery of fossils of such sauropods — ...

Chimpanzee sign language translated

Jul 5, 2014

Chimpanzee sign language translated

Chimpanzees use their hands to say “follow me,” “stop that” or “take this,” according to new research seeking to translate the sophisticated messages flowing back and forth. Previous research had revealed that our nearest genetic relatives use gestures to communicate, prompting questions over whether ...

China's porpoises sinking

Jul 4, 2014

China's porpoises sinking

China’s river porpoises are rarer than pandas, but fishermen fighting to save them have been snared by a net of blackmail allegations, highlighting uncertainties faced by the country’s emerging environmentalists. Fewer than 1,000 finless porpoises — gray animals with a hint of a grin ...

Jul 3, 2014

Chilean devil ray ranks among ocean's deepest divers

A ray known for basking on the ocean surface has turned out to be one of the natural world’s deepest divers, able to forage at submarine-crushing depths, scientists say. Researchers attached data recorders to 15 Chilean devil rays (known as Mobula tarapacana in Latin) ...

Jul 3, 2014

Suspected mad cow disease discovered in Romanian beef

A case of suspected mad cow disease has been found in Romanian beef, officials said Wednesday. Romania’s animal health and safety authority said a preliminary test on May 1 indicated that a cow slaughtered at an authorized abattoir was infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, ...

Jul 2, 2014

Bear rescued after head gets stuck in cookie jar

A frightened bear cub got its head stuck in an oversized cookie jar while rummaging through some trash and had to be rescued from a tree last week. Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese said the 6-month-old cub apparently found the cookie jar Friday ...