DNA shows kinship between birds of a feather

Dec 12, 2014

DNA shows kinship between birds of a feather

Scientists have unveiled the most comprehensive bird “family tree” ever devised, using genetic data from 48 species to trace how modern bird lineages arose and flourished after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs. The work by researchers from 20 countries helps clarify ...

Dec 11, 2014

Los Angeles man accused of killing, eating ex-girlfriend's rabbit

A Southern California man who is accused of killing, skinning and eating his ex-girlfriend’s pet rabbit — and saying he would do the same to her — has been charged with cruelty to an animal and making criminal threats, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Dimitri ...

Shark 'photo-bombs' competition for surfing mothers in Australia

Dec 3, 2014

Shark 'photo-bombs' competition for surfing mothers in Australia

A jumping shark has “photo-bombed” a surfing competition off an Australian beach. Amateur photographer Steph Bellamy captured the image of the shark with her smartphone on Sunday as she was photographing mothers and their children paddling on their surfboards off a beach in the ...

Nov 30, 2014

When pigs fly? Not on U.S. Airways

This was a pig that truly could not fly. It was ordered off a U.S. Airways plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut after crew members determined it had become disruptive, Laura Masvidal, a spokeswoman for the carrier’s parent, American Airlines, said Friday. The ...

Despite protests, Nepal set for mass animal slaughter

Nov 28, 2014

Despite protests, Nepal set for mass animal slaughter

Hindu temple officials herded thousands of animals into pens in a remote corner of Nepal in final preparations for a mass slaughter Friday, defying a growing chorus of protests. Sword-wielding Hindu devotees were expected to turn the village of Bariyapur near the Indian border ...

Eiffel Tower's latest star attraction: army of grazing sheep

Nov 28, 2014

Eiffel Tower's latest star attraction: army of grazing sheep

French farmers flocked to the Eiffel Tower on Thursday, sheep in tow, to express their frustration over increasing attacks by wolves which some say have been “overprotected” by the government. Some 300 sheep bleated or lazily grazed at the foot of the French capital’s ...