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More otters smuggled for sale in Japan as demand as pets grows

Jul 17, 2018

More otters smuggled for sale in Japan as demand as pets grows

Japan was found to be the top destination for otters recovered in Southeast Asia between 2015 and 2017 after capture for intended smuggling, according to a recent survey by a wildlife monitoring group, with experts pointing to their growing popularity as pets in the ...

RIP: World's Ugliest Dog dead at age 9

/ Jul 11, 2018

RIP: World's Ugliest Dog dead at age 9

Zsa Zsa's 15 minutes in the limelight are over: The copiously drooling English bulldog — named the World's Ugliest Dog just weeks ago — has died. The 9-year-old canine died in her sleep Tuesday morning, owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota told U.S. media. "I'm in ...

Jul 11, 2018

Did ancient Romans whale the Mediterranean?

Ancient Roman hunters may have precipitated the disappearance of gray and right whales from the Mediterranean, a study said Wednesday, suggesting commercial whaling is much older than we thought. Bones belonging to the two species have been uncovered around the Strait of Gibraltar south of ...

One person gored on opening day of Pamplona bull run festival

Jul 7, 2018

One person gored on opening day of Pamplona bull run festival

One person was gored on the first day of Spain's Pamplona bull running festival, the Red Cross said on Saturday. The person was caught by a bull's horn during the 875-meter run through the northern Spanish city. Four other people suffered minor injuries such as ...

Jul 6, 2018

Lions eat rhino poachers on South African reserve

At least three suspected poachers who were apparently hunting for rhinos have been mauled to death and eaten by lions on a game reserve in South Africa, the owner said on Thursday. The men entered the Sibuya Game Reserve on the southeast coast armed with ...

Iconic dog from SoftBank commercials dies at 16

Jun 30, 2018

Iconic dog from SoftBank commercials dies at 16

Kai, the iconic white dog featured in TV commercials for mobile carrier SoftBank Corp., died of natural causes on Thursday. He was 16. Kai, a Hokkaido, endeared himself to living room audiences with his cute gestures in his role as the first-generation father in the ...

/ Jun 29, 2018

Crows 'reverse engineer' tools from memory: study

New Caledonian crows use mental pictures to twist twigs into hooks and make other tools, according to a provocative study that suggests the notoriously clever birds pass on successful designs to future generations, a hallmark of culture. "We find evidence for a specific type of ...