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German Police Nab Two Runaway Circus Elephants

Published 07/15/11
By Eric Kelsey, Reuters

BERLIN - Two runaway circus elephants in Germany surprised passers-by and police by showing up at a bus stop during a brief bid for freedom, officials in Hanover said on July 12. Dunia, a 40-year-old Indian elephant, and her counterpart Daela, a 25-year-old African elephant, were apprehended by police near the western city of Hanover over the weekend nonchalantly munching on tree leaves and looking for all the world as if they were waiting for the bus.

Link: Reuters/Yahoo! News


Texas monkeys try to keep cool (VIDEO)

Published 07/11/11
By Jim Spencer. KXAN.com

As our heat wave continues to intensify, the over 500 monkeys at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary down in Dilley, Texas are going about their monkey business to stay cool. The "splish splashes" of monkeys doing cannonball jumps into the water and drenching themselves with water hoses can be heard in enclosures across the sanctuary's 186 acres.

Link: KXAN.com (Texas)

Bahamas Bans Shark Fishing

Published 07/06/11
By David Jolly, New York Times

The Bahamas on July 5 joined the growing global movement to protect sharks, betting that the endangered animals are worth more to visiting divers than they are to fishers. The law, signed into effect by Lawrence S. Cartwright, the agriculture and fisheries minister, bans all commercial shark fishing in the country’s 243,000-square-mile territorial waters and prohibits trade in shark products.

Link: New York Times

Missing Pets — A Lingering Legacy of Japan's Disasters

Published 07/01/11
By Atsuko Kitayama, Reuters

Taeko Nose says she may never forget the image of her two dogs - "her children" as she calls them - tied up on a leash as she was forced to leave her home during Japan's nuclear crisis. Certainly three months afterwards, it's still etched in her mind.

Link: Reuters/Yahoo! News

Dutch Approve Ban on Religious Animal Slaughter

Published 06/29/11
By By Toby Sterling, Associated Press

The Dutch parliament has passed a bill banning the slaughter of livestock without stunning it first, removing an exemption that has allowed Jews and Muslims to butcher animals according to their centuries-old dietary rules. If enacted and enforced, religious groups say observant Jews and Muslims would have to import meat from abroad, stop eating it altogether, or leave the Netherlands.

Link: Associated Press/Google

British Lawmakers Want Ban of Wild Animals in Circuses

Published 06/23/11
By Agence France-Presse

Wild animals could be banned from circuses in Britain if a cross-party alliance of MPs succeeds with a call on Thursday (June 23) for government action. Members of Parliament will vote on a motion brought forward by backbenchers from the three main parties proposing a ban.

Link: Agence France-Presse/Yahoo! News

At Least Black Bears Had a Good Day in Albany

Published 06/21/11
By Celeste Katz, New York Daily News

The New York state Assembly overwhelmingly adopted legislation this week that outlaws sales of bear gallbladders and bile — which are used in traditional Asian medicine to treat everything from headaches and fever to liver ailments. The Senate unanimously approved the bill last week. It now goes to Gov. Cuomo’s desk.

Link: New York Daily News

Czechs Return Wild Horses to the Wild in Mongolia

Published 06/14/11
By Karel Janicek, Associated Press

An army transport plane flew Tuesday from a military airport to take four rare wild horses to Mongolia as part of the Prague Zoo's efforts to reintroduce the endangered species to its native habitat.

Link: Yahoo! News/Associated Press

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