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Bear vs. Monkey Bicycle Race Ends Horribly at Shanghai Wild Animal Park

Published 05/06/13
By Andy Campbell, The Huffington Post

A bicycle race between a bear and two monkeys quickly turned from road rage to road kill, after the bear crashed and savagely mauled the simian. We don't know much about this video past the fact that it begins in glory and ends in horror. Live Leak released it on Sunday, claiming that the bear vs. monkey bicycle race is a stunt put on by the Shanghai Wild Animal Park.

Link: Huffington Post

Expert: Rhinoceroses Extinct in Mozambique

Published 05/02/13
By Michelle Faul, Associated Press

Mozambique's rhinoceros population was wiped out more than a century ago by big game hunters. Reconstituted several years ago, it has again been driven to extinction, or to the brink of extinction, by poachers seeking their horns for sale in Asia. A leading rhino expert told The Associated Press that the last rhino in the southern African nation has been killed.

Link: Yahoo! News


Montana Company Faces Fines in Fatal Bear Mauling

Published 04/30/13
By Matthew Brown, Associated Press

The death of a Montana animal trainer mauled by a pair of 500-pound captive brown bears could have been prevented if standard safety practices had been followed, federal authorities said Tuesday (April 30), as state officials revealed that the private menagerie where the death occurred has seen numerous animal escapes.

Link: Yahoo! News

EU Seal Products Import Ban Upheld by General Court

Published 04/29/13
By Associated Press

A court says the European Union's ban on importing products from seal hunts can stand, despite a challenge by manufacturers and traders. EU law authorizes the marketing of seal products resulting only from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit communities for subsistence.

Link: Huffington Post

Humans Passing Drug Resistance to Wildlife in Protected Areas in Africa

Published 04/24/13
By Science Daily

A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered that humans are passing antibiotic resistance to wildlife, especially in protected areas where numbers of humans are limited.

Link: ScienceDaily.com

Kansas Woman Meets Circus Tiger in Bathroom

Published 04/23/13
By KVVU-TV, Las Vegas

A central Kansas woman likely won't remember her first circus for the clowns or performances — it'll be the tiger in the bathroom. The big cat had escaped briefly after its turn in the ring Saturday at the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina. Staff members blocked off the concourses at the Bicentennial Center as the tiger wandered into the bathroom, where one of the doors was blockaded.

Link: Fox5Vegas.com

Wildlife Groups: Chemical Killing Seabirds in Southwest England

Published 04/23/13

Hundreds of seabirds have been killed on the Dorset coast in southwest England by a chemical released by ships, wildlife groups say. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said in a statement it has joined two other groups in a letter to Stephen Hammond, a member of Parliament and official in the Transportation Ministry, urging him to lead an effort to ban polyisobutene or PIB. The chemical coats birds' plumage and prevents them from feeding, causing them to starve.

Link: UPI.com

Bear Bile Industry Gets Bitten by Legal Action

Published 04/18/13
By China Daily

Chinese wildlife activists have resorted to legal action for the first time to try to end the bear bile industry, which has aroused concern due to the alleged ill treatment of bears. Animal rights activists, led by Beijing Fengtai YTAHZ Environmental Institute, a Beijing-based NGO promoting environmental protection, brought a lawsuit against the wildlife authority of Fujian province on April 11, requesting that it revoke the certificate issued to a medicine manufacturer that legally allows it to extract bile from live bears.

Link: ChinaDaily.com

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