Aztec dog burial site found in Mexico City

Feb 17, 2014

Aztec dog burial site found in Mexico City

Archaeologists have announced the discovery of “an exceptional” old burial site under an apartment building in Mexico City containing the remains of 12 dogs, animals that had a major religious and symbolic significance to the Aztec peoples of central Mexico. Previously, the remains of ...

Animal rescuers unite blind cows despite red tape

Feb 16, 2014

Animal rescuers unite blind cows despite red tape

Two blind, aging cows were 650 km apart, distressed and facing a dark future. What happened next is a love story starring not cows but rescuers, who worked across international borders for nearly a month to bring the bovines together. It started when Sweety, ...

Russian poachers plaguing parks as Moscow goes nuts for squirrels

Feb 9, 2014

Russian poachers plaguing parks as Moscow goes nuts for squirrels

One by one, the bushy-tailed residents of Moscow’s parks have been disappearing. The problem: Russians have gone nuts for pet squirrels. Moscow authorities bolstered security early this month for all of the city’s green areas after city official Alexei Gorelov said he had received ...

Bear farms dying in South Korea

Feb 9, 2014

Bear farms dying in South Korea

by Hyung-jin Kim

Several bears lie on top of each other, as still as teddy bears, as they gaze out past rusty iron bars. Others pace restlessly. The ground below their metal cages is littered with feces, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, dog food and fruit. They have been ...

NATO combat dog 'in Afghan Taliban custody'

Feb 7, 2014

NATO combat dog 'in Afghan Taliban custody'

The Taliban said Friday they have captured a military dog belonging to NATO forces in Afghanistan, releasing a video of the canine in a high-tech harness. Insurgent spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said Friday that the dog was captured during a battle about a month ago ...

India tiger hunters lie in wait for 'hungry' man-eater

Feb 3, 2014

India tiger hunters lie in wait for 'hungry' man-eater

As he trains his .458 Winchester Magnum rifle on a tethered goat he is using as bait, tiger hunter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan whispers that it is only a matter of time before his real prey reappears. “Now is a very dangerous time. The ...

Chinese horses clash in battle to mark Lunar New Year

Feb 3, 2014

Chinese horses clash in battle to mark Lunar New Year

Hooves clash in mid-air, a stallion bites his opponent while delighted spectators cheer wildly , and in southern China some chose to see in the Year of the Horse by watching the animals fight. For the residents of Tiantou, a remote village in the ...

Mass sea star deaths off West Coast stump scientists

Feb 2, 2014

Mass sea star deaths off West Coast stump scientists

Starfish have been mysteriously dying by the millions in recent months along the U.S. West Coast, worrying biologists who say the creatures are key to the marine ecosystem. Scientists first started noticing the mass deaths in June 2013. Different types of starfish, also known ...