Animals

September 02, 2019 - 8:26 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark is spending 11 million kroner ($1.6 million) to buy the country's last four circus elephants to give them a proper retirement as the government moves to ban wild animals in circuses. Food and Fisheries Minister Mogens Jensen says a ban on wild animals in circuses...
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This photo provide by the Berlin Zoo on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, shows the newborn panda twins during their first care at the zoo after they are born. Female Panda Meng Meng gave birth to two panda babies in Berlin Zoo on Saturday evening Aug. 31, 2019. (Zoo Berlin/Zoologischer Garten Berlin via AP)
September 02, 2019 - 8:05 am
BERLIN (AP) — A zoo in Berlin is celebrating the arrival of two panda cubs, the first time one of the rare mammals has given birth in Germany. Zoo Berlin said Monday that mother Meng Meng gave birth to a hand-sized pink cub at 6:54 p.m. Saturday. According to the zoo, mothering came naturally to...
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August 30, 2019 - 10:05 am
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than 1,100 sea lions could be killed annually along a stretch of the Columbia River to boost faltering populations of salmon and steelhead. Billions of dollars have been spent in Idaho, Oregon and Washington to save 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead...
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August 29, 2019 - 11:29 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The government agency that manages Australia's Great Barrier Reef has downgraded its outlook for the corals' condition from "poor" to "very poor" due to warming oceans. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's condition report, which is updated every five years, is...
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August 29, 2019 - 7:18 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on whales stranded on a beach in Hawaii (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Authorities say one whale calf has been found dead on a beach on the Hawaii island of Maui near where 10 other whales were found stranded alive. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Regional...
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August 29, 2019 - 3:19 am
LONDON (AP) — A four-legged hero who saved then-President Barack Obama from a White House intruder is now an award-winner in Britain. Hurricane, a former Secret Service dog, has earned the Order of Merit from British veterinary charity PDSA. He's the first foreigner to win the honor, to be bestowed...
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August 28, 2019 - 1:38 pm
GENEVA (AP) — From towering giraffes to bottom-feeding sharks and many species in between, endangered species have received new protections under an agreement finalized by most of the world's countries at a conference on saving plants and animals from the ravages of international trade. The World...
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Jorge Ortiz works to tie down his roof as he prepares for the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian, in the Martín Peña neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. The 50-year-old construction worker was taking no chances as Dorian approached Puerto Rico on Tuesday and threatened to brush past the island's southwest coast at near-hurricane strength. (AP Photo/Gianfranco Gaglione)
August 27, 2019 - 9:21 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Dorian threatened Puerto Rico with a direct hit on Wednesday, as forecasters said it made a last-minute shift in its path and could reach near-hurricane strength in its approach to the U.S. territory. The storm is expected to pass over or near western and...
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August 27, 2019 - 4:44 am
GENEVA (AP) — The European Union is squaring off against conservationists and celebrities over efforts by some African and Middle Eastern countries to limit trade in live African elephants. The EU was holding up final adoption of language Tuesday at a conference on trade in endangered species,...
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In this Friday, April 5, 2019 file photo taken trough a window female panda Meng Meng eats bamboo at its enclosure at the zoo in Berlin, Germany. The Berlin zoo announced that Meng Meng is probablypregnant after an artificial insemination several months ago. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
August 27, 2019 - 4:38 am
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's zoo is hoping to hear the patter of tiny panda paws soon. The zoo on Tuesday posted on Facebook a few seconds of footage from an ultrasound scan of its 6-year-old Meng Meng, which it said shows "a mini-panda with its heart beating fast." It said that the birth isn't far off,...
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