Animals

World's tiniest frogs found in Papua New Guinea

With voices hardly louder than an insect's buzz, the tiniest frogs ever discovered are smaller than a coin and hop about the rainforest of the tropical island of Papua New Guinea, US scientists said Wednesday.

2,000 sharks slaughtered for fins off Colombia

Michael Winter USA Today 20.10.2011
2,000 sharks slaughtered for fins off Colombia

About 2,000 sharks appear to have been slaughtered for their fins in a Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary off Colombia, the Guardian reports.


HK returns 610 smuggled pig-nosed turtles

Multa Fidrus, The Jakarta Post 07.10.2011
HK returns 610 smuggled pig-nosed turtles

As many as 610 pig-nosed turtles (Carettocheilys insculpta) worth Rp 10 billion smuggled to Hong Kong in January have been returned to their habitat in Papua as part of efforts to protect the species.

Hairy, crazy ants invade from Texas to Miss.

JANET McCONNAUGHEY Yahoo! News 03.10.2011
Hairy, crazy ants invade from Texas to Miss.

It sounds like a horror movie: Biting ants invade by the millions. A camper's metal walls bulge from the pressure of ants nesting behind them. A circle of poison stops them for only a day, and then a fresh horde shows up, bringing babies. Stand in...


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Heidi, a cross-eyed opossum who became an internet sensation in Germany, winning three times more Facebook admirers than Chancellor Angela Merkel, is dead, her zoo said Wednesday.

Piranha problem takes bite out of Brazilian beach fun

Authorities in a state in Brazil's northeast are scrambling to take the fright and the bite off the beach after piranhas sunk their teeth into about 100 beachgoers, UOL Noticias reported.


Giant crocodile captured alive in Philippines

Villagers and veteran hunters have captured a one-ton saltwater crocodile which they plan to make the star of a planned ecotourism park in a southern Philippine town, an official said Monday.

90-Year Old Woman In Serious Condition After Alligator Attack

A 90-year old southwest Florida woman remains hospitalized after she lost her leg in an alligator attack.


San Francisco Mulls Goldfish Ban

Sajid Farooq NBC Bay Area 16.06.2011
San Francisco Mulls Goldfish Ban

First kittens, then puppies and hamsters and now goldfish? San Francisco's Animal Control and Welfare Commission is recommending that the City ban the sale of goldfish, tropical fish and guppies in its borders, according to Matier and Ross.

Five Seals Found Shot To Death

CBS Boston 10.06.2011
Five Seals Found Shot To Death

Five gray seals have been found shot to death on Cape Cod beaches in recent weeks. According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team, all five seals died from those gunshot wounds.


'Kill a camel' to cut pollution concept in Australia

Australia is considering awarding carbon credits for killing feral camels as a way to tackle climate change.

The green killer: Scores of protected golden eagles dying after colliding with wind turbines

California's attempts to switch to green energy have inadvertently put the survival of the state’s golden eagles at risk. Scores of the protected birds have been dying each year after colliding with the blades of about 5,000 wind turbines.


1,600-plus Florida beachgoers stung by jellyfish, county officials say

More than 1,600 people within a 10-mile stretch of central Florida's Atlantic beaches have been stung in the past week by a distinctive species of jellyfish not indigenous to North America, a rescue official said Tuesday.

Plan to put down stray dogs causes howl in Romania

They cross the street at crosswalks, stroll through parks and occasionally take the bus. Stray dogs are part of daily life in Romania, where plans to put them down have triggered a howling debate.


Deadly Horse Herpes Virus Outbreak Spreads To 4 States, Canada

At least 10 horses in California have tested positive for a deadly horse virus in an outbreak that has hit several Western states and Canada that has spread since a horse competition earlier this month in Utah.

American crocodile apparently attacks couple in a likely first

On a predawn kayak trip to look at the stars, Mike Gregory and Leigha Poulson's world was turned upside down. "All of a sudden, out of nowhere, we got flipped over," said Gregory, 23, a lifetime Upper Keys resident. Their prime suspect in the 3:30...


Japanese risk radiation to rescue stranded dogs

RYAN NAKASHIMA Yahoo! News 15.04.2011
Japanese risk radiation to rescue stranded dogs

When Etsumi Ogino saw a news photo of a pack of shelties wandering through an abandoned town near Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear plant, she thought of her own 13-year-old canine Kein and jumped into action.

Scientists see the beginnings of racism in monkeys

Daisy Grewal Scientific American 09.04.2011
Scientists see the beginnings of racism in monkeys

Psychologists have long known that many people are prejudiced towards others based on group affiliations, be they racial, ethnic, religious, or even political. However, we know far less about why people are prone to prejudice in the first place. N...


Stink bug epidemic spreads as 33 U.S. states now report infiltrations of the smelly pest

Few of us ever come to terms with the idea of bed bugs infesting their house and home.But now a new threat is on the rise that is arguably worse - stink bugs. Sightings of the brown marmorated stink bug have been reported in 33 states so far this ...

Tweeting Bronx Zoo cobra's wanderings are hissstory

Bernd Debusmann Jr. Yahoo! News Canada 01.04.2011
Tweeting Bronx Zoo cobra's wanderings are hissstory

Found: One tweeting Egyptian cobra that slinked out of its cage at the Bronx Zoo a week ago and fascinated more than 210,000 people following its Twitter feed as it traveled around New York.



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