May 28, 2016

Japanese panel OKs pig-to-human transplantation

A subgroup of a Japanese health ministry council on Friday approved a proposal to lift a ban on transplanting cells and organs from pigs to humans. Making the proposal to the subgroup, a ministry study team called for a revision to transplantation guidelines because ...

Hanako, Japan's oldest elephant, dies at age 69

May 26, 2016

Hanako, Japan's oldest elephant, dies at age 69


Hanako, the oldest elephant in Japan, died Thursday afternoon at Inokashira Park Zoo in Tokyo, the metropolitan government said. The beloved female was 69 years old. According to the metropolitan government, Hanako was found lying on the floor of her cage at around 8:30 ...

Thai man bloodied but unbowed after snake attacks him in toilet

May 26, 2016

Thai man bloodied but unbowed after snake attacks him in toilet

A Thai man is recovering from a bloody encounter with a 3-meter (10-foot) python that slithered through the plumbing of his home and latched its jaws onto his penis as he was using a squat toilet. Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as television stations interviewed ...

May 22, 2016

Chile zoo kills lions to protect suicidal man in their cage

A zoo in Chile was forced to kill two lions on Saturday to protect a suicidal man who had entered their cage in front of aghast visitors. Security protocols kicked in immediately when staffers saw the man climb down with a rope into the ...

May 20, 2016

Researchers solve mystery of red color in birds

Scientists said Thursday they have solved a long-standing mystery about what makes some birds red — a color that, when found in beaks and feathers, shows strong sex appeal. The genes affecting coloration belong to a wider family of genes involved in detoxification, said ...

May 19, 2016

Fossil bird had record wingspan

Scientists on Wednesday said they have found the remains of a giant prehistoric bird that lived 50 million years ago in Antarctica and had the largest wingspan ever recorded. Paleontologists at a natural history museum in Argentina said they had identified the pelagornithid, or ...