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Vegas Chimp Caretaker: Wild Animals Aren't Pets

Published 07/13/12
By Associated Press

Poker pro Lee Watkinson put up the money and girlfriend Timmi De Rosa gave her heart to an effort to rescue two adult chimpanzees who had outgrown their youthful cuteness in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood. "We wanted to build a sanctuary," Watkinson said Friday. "We found them in a bad situation. People have them and play with them for five years and then someone has to come and rescue them. That's what we tried to do. We failed."

Link: FoxNews.com

Leatherback Turtle Eggs And Hatchlings Crushed By The Thousands On Trinidad Beach

Published 07/10/12
By David McFadden, Associated Press

Thousands of leatherback turtle eggs and hatchlings have been crushed by heavy machinery along a Trinidad beach widely regarded as the world's densest nesting area for the biggest of all living sea turtles, conservationists said July 9.

Link: Huffington Post

China to Ban Shark Fin Soup at Official Banquets

Published 07/05/12
By New York Times

China said Tuesday that it will prohibit official banquets from serving shark fin soup, a pricey and popular delicacy blamed for a sharp decline in global shark populations. The ban, reported by Xinhua, the state-run news agency, could take as long as three years to take effect, and it remains unclear how widely it will be implemented across a sprawling nation where orders issued by Beijing are often shrugged off by officials in far-away regions and provinces.

Link: SFGate.com

Wildlife Hospital Takes in Baby Pelicans Displaced by Storm

Published 07/03/12
By Jim Waymer, Florida Today

Two dozen baby pelicans that washed up from islands in the panhandle during Tropical Storm Debby now flap their infant wings and squawk for mullet at the Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary. Panhandle bird rescuers flooded out by the storm had to evacuate, so they delivered 11 of the pelicans last week and another 12 Sunday.

Link: Florida Today

Rufus the Hawk, a Wimbledon Fixture, Stolen

Published 07/02/12
By Sydney Lupkin, ABC News

The hawk that patrols the skies over Wimbledon tennis courts to scare away the pigeons that interfere with play has been stolen, United Kingdom Metropolitan police told ABCNews.com. Rufus, a 4-year-old Harris hawk, and his cage were stolen out of a car either Thursday night or Friday morning in Wimbledon, according to police spokeswoman Kate Campbell. The car was parked on a private driveway, and a back window was cracked open for air, she said.

Link: Yahoo! News

Gabon Torches Tusks, Ivory to Keep out of Smugglers' Hands

Published 06/28/12
By Miguel Llanos, msnbc.com

The Central African nation of Gabon on Wednesday burned all the elephant tusks and ivory ornaments it had in its stockpile — an amount equivalent to 850 elephants — so that smugglers, via corrupt government officials, won't get their hands on the black market commodities treasured in China and other parts of Asia.

Link: msnbc.com

Cee Lo Takes Heat for Plans to Have Cockatoo on TV Show

Published 06/25/12
By TMZ.com

Cee Lo is taking some serious heat over plans to rock out with his cockatoo out on the upcoming season of "The Voice" ... over concerns that stress from the show could cause the bird to self-mutilate.

Link: TMZ.com

Nepal To Use Drone Aircraft To Combat Poaching Of Endangered Species

Published 06/23/12

Poaching has long contributed to the dwindling populations of endangered species worldwide. Now, conservationists in Nepal are combating the illegal trade by using unmanned drone aircraft in an effort to protect the country's endangered tigers and rhinos from poachers, Agence France-Presse reports.

Link: Huffington Post

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