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Booboo The Grizzly Bear Cub Escapes From His Florida Home, Later Found

Published 01/18/13
By Dominique Mosbergen, Huffington Post

Booboo the bear has been found. On Friday afternoon, "A Grizzly Experience," the business run by Booboo's owners, posted this message on their Facebook page: "Booboo is home safe and sound!" According to ABC News, the 125-pound cub escaped on Tuesday (Jan. 15) afternoon from his home in Naples, Fla. As authorities scoured the area for the bear, residents were "urged to use caution" until the animal was found.

Link: Huffington Post

Thailand May Face Heat Over Ivory Trade Business at Endangered Species Conference

Published 01/17/13
By Darryl Fears, Washington Post

It was a professional hit, the quick and ruthless slaying of a family of 12. Poachers with machetes hacked off the tusks of 11 African elephants on Jan. 5 in a Kenyan reserve, passing over a baby that was crushed by its mother after a gunshot felled her. The same day, customs officials in Hong Kong seized more than 770 tusks, weighing more than a ton and valued at more than $1 million, according to Born Free USA, a group that tracks poaching and government seizures.

Link: WashingtonPost.com

Ikea Monkey 'Stars' in Online Video Game

Published 01/16/13
By Toronto Sun

Darwin the Ikea monkey is the star of an online video game put together by a group of Ontario animators and programmers led by Barnabas Wornoff. Wornoff, reached at his Toronto home Friday (Jan. 11) night, explained that when the story of the primate found in the Ikea parking lot went viral before Christmas, he thought it would be a perfect opportunity to do something fun and current.

Link: TorontoSun.com

'Stand Closer to the Rhino' Results in Grave Wound

Published 01/15/13
By Associated Press

When do you not listen to the African wildlife expert? When he tells you to stand closer to the rhino. That suggestion by a South African game park owner resulted in serious injuries to a 24-year-old woman from Johannesburg.

Link: Yahoo! News

Hog-Nosed Skunk Spotted At Grand Canyon, Puzzling Wildlife Experts

Published 01/14/13
By The Inquisitr

A hog-nosed skunk has been confirmed to have been spotted at the Grand Canyon, across the Colorado River and a decent distance away from the area in which the animals are known to typically roam. The hog-nosed skunk was snapped by an eagle-eyed visitor back in August, and wildlife experts were puzzled by the animal’s presence, as hog-nosed skunks usually chill in Arizona, Mexico or Texas.

Link: Inquisitr.com

Scottish Wildlife Cameraman Films Polar Bear and It Tries to Break through His Safety Pod

Published 01/11/13
By Michael Walsh, New York Daily News

A polar bear chomped her sharp teeth against the protective pod of a wildlife cameraman, who kept his composure as he filmed the horrific encounter, despite being terrified. Scottish cameraman Gordon Buchanan was filming polar bears throughout the northernmost part of Norway, Svalbard, which is an Arctic archipelago. His team constructed a safety pod, so he could get as close possible to the largest carnivore on Earth without turning into lunch.

Link: NYDailyNews.com

Locals Say Shifting Sea Ice Frees Trapped Whales

Published 01/10/13
By Associated Press

About a dozen killer whales trapped under sea ice appeared to be free after the ice shifted, village officials in Canada's remote north said Thursday (Jan. 10), while residents who feared they would get stuck elsewhere hired a plane to track them down. The whales' predicament in the frigid waters of Hudson Bay made international headlines, and locals had been planning a rescue operation with chainsaws and drills before the mammals slipped away.

Link: Yahoo! News

Blind Baby Rhino Rescued by Wildlife Wardens after He Is Seen Bumping into Trees and Rocks in the Wild

Published 01/09/13
By Sam Webb, Daily Mail (U.K.)

A blind baby rhino rescued from the wild after being spotted bumping into trees and rocks on the African savannah has a new life. Nicky, a rare black rhino, is now getting 24-hour care at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya and has formed a close bond with staff. The wildlife reserve hit the headlines when Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton there in 2010.

Link: DailyMail.co.uk

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