China's wild panda population rises nearly 17%

Mar 1, 2015

China's wild panda population rises nearly 17%

The number of wild giant pandas in China jumped nearly 17 percent over a decade, state media cited an official survey as showing, with a government agency crediting conservation measures for the increase. The investigation by the State Forestry Administration found that by the ...

Feb 28, 2015

Wild giant pandas on rebound, Chinese survey says

Wild giant pandas in China are doing well. According to a census by China’s State Forestry Administration, the panda population has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864 since the last survey ending in 2003. Nearly three quarters of the pandas live in ...

Young elephants donated by Laos go on display in Kyoto

Feb 28, 2015

Young elephants donated by Laos go on display in Kyoto

Four young elephants donated last year by Laos went on public display at Kyoto City zoo on Saturday ahead of Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong’s visit to Japan from Wednesday. The three female and one male Asian elephants, ages 3 to 7, were delivered ...

Feb 27, 2015

Llamas go on the lam in U.S.; Twitter explodes

A pair of sprightly llamas jigged their way to immediate social media stardom Thursday after they led dozens of U.S. police a merry dance on the bemused streets of Phoenix, Arizona. The duo, one white and the other black, had the eyes of the ...

Rogue owl attacking residents of Dutch city

Feb 26, 2015

Rogue owl attacking residents of Dutch city

The northern Dutch town of Purmerend has advised residents to arm themselves with an umbrella when going out at night after a mysterious spate of bloody rogue owl attacks. Over the last three weeks, the European eagle owl has silently swooped on dozens of ...

19 manatees freed from a storm drain in Florida

Feb 25, 2015

19 manatees freed from a storm drain in Florida

Rescuers working late into the night freed 19 manatees that were stuck in a storm drain in Florida. Capt. Jay Dragon of the Satellite Beach Fire Department said early Tuesday that the 19 manatees were all alive and were returned to the Indian River ...

The new Chinese New Year delicacy: American lobster

Feb 23, 2015

The new Chinese New Year delicacy: American lobster

Now on the menu in Beijing for Chinese New Year: lots and lots of American lobster. Exports of U.S. lobster to China have rocketed in the past few years, largely to satisfy the appetites of the communist country’s growing middle class, to whom a ...