Category 1 Dorian threatens North Carolina coast

U.S. 09/06/19, 06:41

After triggering tornadoes in South Carolina, Hurricane Dorian was closing in for a possible direct hit Friday, Sept. 6, on North Carolina's Outer Banks, a string of low-lying islands, even as it weakened to a Category 1 storm. Twisters spun off by Dorian peeled away roofs and flipped trailers in South ...

Police: Arizona man beheads roommate’s dog as she moves out

U.S. 06/18/19, 16:05

An Arizona man has been arrested on suspicion of mutilating and beheading his roommate's dog as she moved out of the home that the two shared in a Phoenix suburb.Jose Vega Meza, 21, told investigators that he killed the dog on Saturday because his roommate owed rent money to his ...

Update: Dogs seized from breeder’s home nearing adoption

U.S. 06/14/19, 15:55

The Latest on nearly 200 dogs that were rescued from a former award-winning breeder's home (all times local):3:30 p.m.The New Jersey animal shelter where nearly 200 dogs were taken after being rescued from a former breeder's home says the dogs are recovering well and that some will be available for ...

Noted dog breeder owns kennels where dogs found in squalor

U.S. 06/14/19, 15:26

The co-owner of a once-renowned New Jersey dog kennel where authorities say nearly 200 terriers and dachshunds were living in squalor says the kennel fell on hard times and found itself with more animals than it could even give away.Martin Strozeski told The New York Times that Rocky Ridge Russells ...

Topeka Zoo: Protocols weren’t followed before tiger attack

U.S. 06/06/19, 14:52

Longtime procedures involving the handling of potentially dangerous animals were not followed in April when a Topeka Zoo employee was attacked and injured by a tiger , according to a report released Thursday.The report detailing the zoo's internal investigation says "multiple" zoo protocols that dictate what should happen before a ...

NY could become first state to ban cat declawing

U.S. 06/04/19, 04:41

New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under legislation heading to a vote in the state Legislature.The Senate and Assembly are both expected to take up the bill on Tuesday.Declawing a cat is already illegal in much of Europe as well as in Los ...

Rare albino fawn rescued from road in Northern California

U.S. 06/03/19, 08:13

A white fawn has been rescued in Northern California by a truck driver who delivered the rare animal to a rescue center.The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday that the small albino deer with a pink nose and large ears was discovered sitting in the middle of a road in Woodland.Diane Nicholas ...

DNA tests confirm mountain lion attacked California boy

U.S. 05/31/19, 13:01

California wildlife authorities say DNA tests confirm that a mountain lion killed in a San Diego County nature preserve this week is the animal that injured a 4-year-old boy hours earlier. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says Friday a mountain lion genetic profile obtained from samples collected from the ...

Sound barrier to chase seals, prevent shark attacks debated

U.S. 05/29/19, 13:18

A plan to develop an acoustic system to chase away seals in order to prevent shark attacks is the latest front in the debate about how Cape Cod should respond in the wake of last year's shark attacks.Deep Blue LLC presented the idea for an "invisible fence" to the Barnstable ...

Suspected mountain lion attack injures California boy

U.S. 05/28/19, 19:04

Wildlife officers said Tuesday that they killed a mountain lion in a San Diego County nature preserve and will try to determine if it was the animal that injured a 4-year-old boy during a group hike a few hours earlier. The boy was hospitalized following the attack Monday and treated for ...

Endangered Mexican wolves blamed for more livestock deaths

U.S. 05/27/19, 15:47

It's shaping up to be a deadly year for livestock in the American Southwest as the number of cows and calves killed by Mexican gray wolves has skyrocketed, aggravating an already tenuous relationship between U.S. wildlife managers, environmentalists and rural residents.Federal reports show the endangered wolves have been blamed for ...

Family of woman mauled by lion pushes for new regulations

U.S. 05/25/19, 08:57

Alex Black came face to face with an escaped lion when she was just 10 days into her unpaid internship at a private animal sanctuary. The 22-year-old had been preparing deer meat to feed the big cats, and suddenly found herself alone, staring down the lion in a place where it ...

US challenges part of ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts

U.S. 05/24/19, 18:58

U.S. officials asked a federal appeals court on Friday to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involves more than 700 grizzly bears in and around ...

Colombian breeds rare frogs to undermine animal traffickers

America 05/23/19, 23:07

In a small farmhouse surrounded by cloud forest, Iván Lozano inspects dozens of glass containers that hold some of the world's most coveted frogs.The conservationist has been fighting the illegal trade in rare tropical frogs for years, risking his life and his checkbook to save the brightly colored, poisonous amphibians ...

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, to some anger

Africa 05/23/19, 09:16

Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups.The southern African nation is home to an estimated 130,000 elephants. The lifting of the ban raised concerns about a possible ...

Animal rights activists score win at Barcelona zoo

Europe 05/23/19, 03:49

Animal rights activists in Barcelona are celebrating a victory after the Spanish city ordered its municipal zoo to restrict the reproduction of captive animals unless their young are destined to be reintroduced into the wild.Barcelona's town council voted on May 3 to modify the zoo's bylaws to include a rule ...

6-week-old kitten rescued from Cupertino storm drain

U.S. 05/21/19, 23:11

Authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area have rescued a 6-week-old kitten from a storm drain.A woman walking in Cupertino heard meowing and looked down to see the tiny ball of fur at the bottom of the drain Tuesday morning.The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office says members of the San ...

Another day of tornadoes in Midwest, but St. Louis spared

U.S. 05/21/19, 20:14

Dangerous storms in the Midwest produced dozens of tornadoes for the second consecutive day Tuesday, demolishing a racetrack grandstand and damaging buildings in a wild animal park in Missouri but mostly sparing St. Louis, the biggest city in its path. Two deaths, both in Missouri, were blamed on the severe weather ...

Rhinoceros at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo gives birth to calf

U.S. 05/21/19, 14:10

Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo says an eastern black rhinoceros named Kapuki has given birth to a calf.The zoo says Kapuki was pregnant for 15 months before the calf was born Sunday night. Zoo staff members monitored her labor and are watching the rhino and her calf remotely using cameras to ...

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