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Horses killed as owners race to beat flames

Horse owners scrambled to rescue and evacuate hundreds of animals as wildfires raged across southern California.


Antibiotics sales for use in U.S. farm animals dropped in 2016: FDA

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The sale and distribution of antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals in the United States decreased by 10 percent from 2015 to 2016, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report said on Thursday.

Porgs, Ewoks and Rathtars: A Field Guide to ‘Star Wars’ Creatures

A quick look at new animals from "The Last Jedi" as well as some old favorites.


Bali Volcano Evacuees Sneak Back into Danger Zone

Reluctant to leave their homes and animals unprotected, some Indonesians from near Mount Agung have circumvented government orders.

Ending trophy hunting could actually be worse for endangered species

I am a lifelong animal lover and vegetarian for whom the idea of killing animals for fun is repellent, and have committed my career to African wildlife conservation.

Sevigny, Chloe

Chloë Sevigny on Playing an Addict in ‘Downtown Race Riot’

Ms. Sevigny talks about starring in the new play, beating up stuffed animals for Pussy Riot and moving back to Manhattan.


White House says elephant trophy decision not yet finalized

(Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said it had not yet finalized a decision to allow trophy hunters who kill elephants in two African countries to bring the endangered animals home as trophies, a move that had outraged U.S. conservation groups.


Elephant lovers outraged by Trump move on trophy-hunting

(Reuters) - Conservation groups on Thursday decried U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to allow trophy hunters who kill elephants in two African countries to bring home the endangered animals' tusks or other body parts as trophies.


Trump elephant trophy-hunting move sparks stampede of outrage

(Reuters) - Conservation groups decried U.S. President Donald Trump's decision this week to allow trophy hunters who kill elephants in two African countries to bring home the endangered animals' tusks or other body parts as trophies.

Monkeys and Apes

Trilobites: Chimps Tailor Alarms to What Other Chimps Know

Experiments show that the animals change their communications depending on how much their audience knows.


Rare Bornean clouded leopards caught on camera in Malaysian reserve

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Bornean clouded leopard and her two cubs were captured on camera strolling through a Malaysian forest reserve last week, a rare daytime sighting of the elusive animals in the wild.


Debating Whether Reptiles or Amphibians Should Be House Pets

Many experts think these animals shouldn’t be in your home. Turning them into pets raises numerous ecological and ethical questions.

Texas shooter claimed to buy animals on Craigslist for 'target practice'

Texas church shooter Devin Kelley claimed he bought animals on Craigslist with the sole intention of killing them, a former Air Force colleague told CNN.

Gunman claimed to buy animals for practice

Texas church shooter Devin Kelley claimed he bought animals on Craigslist with the sole intention of killing them, a former Air Force colleague told CNN.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: The Big Chill

Thursday: Frigid weather, release of the fishes, and a plea to not feed the animals.


UPDATE 1-Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals, WHO urges farmers

LONDON/CHICAGO, Nov 7 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization urged farmers on Tuesday to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people.


Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals, WHO urges farmers

LONDON (Reuters) - The World Health Organization urged farmers on Tuesday to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people.


ScienceTake: Wolves Know How to Work Together

Wolves far outperformed dogs on a widely used test of cooperation in animals.


U.S. to suspend use in Colorado of ‘cyanide bombs’ to kill wild animals

(Reuters) - The U.S. government will suspend the use of so-called cyanide bombs to kill wild animals on public lands in Colorado as well as plans to kill dozens of mountain lions and black bears there, federal officials and conservationists said on Monday.


U.S. to halt controversial animal-killing methods in California

(Reuters) - In a deal hailed by activists as a first, a federal judge on Wednesday approved an agreement between conservationists and the U.S. government halting controversial methods such as aerial gunning to kill "nuisance animals" in Northern California.

Endangered and Extinct Species

For an Endangered Animal, a Fire or Hurricane Can Mean the End

When a wildfire swept through Arizona, all but 35 rare red squirrels disappeared. After California’s fires and Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma, so did other near-extinct animals.


UPDATE 1-New H7N9 bird flu strain in China has pandemic potential -study

CHICAGO, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Lab experiments on a new strain of the H7N9 bird flu circulating in China suggest the virus can transmit easily among animals and can cause lethal disease, raising alarm that the virus has the potential to trigger a global human pandemic, researchers reported on Thursday.


New H7N9 bird flu strain in China has pandemic potential: study

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Lab experiments on a new strain of the H7N9 bird flu circulating in China suggest the virus can transmit easily among animals and can cause lethal disease, raising alarms that the virus has the potential for triggering a global human pandemic, researchers reported on Thursday.


No gladiators vs lions, but cheap seats now open in Rome's Colosseum

ROME (Reuters) - Visitors to Rome's Colosseum can now see the structure as poor Romans once did - minus the wild animals, gladiators and Christian martyrs.


Florida needs more pet-friendly hurricane shelters for the elderly

(Reuters Health) - When pet owners need to flee from disasters like hurricanes and fires, they often think first of their animals, but a new study suggests a scarcity of pet-friendly emergency shelters could make older evacuees all the more vulnerable.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Q&A: During Storms, Most Animals Take Shelter. But Some Birds Take Flight.

Some birds and animals found shelter during recent hurricanes, but many will struggle to live in a changed environment.


Chinese Museum Pulls Exhibit Comparing Animals to Black People

A photography exhibit in Wuhan was criticized for placing images of wild animals side by side with black Africans, a juxtaposition many saw as racist.


California woman rescues horses, yaks and cows from deadly wildfires

(Reuters) - The acrid smell of smoke borne on hurricane-strength winds greeted horse trainer Rebecca Cushman before dawn, her phone ringing repeatedly as people frantically sought help saving their animals from California's deadly wildfires.

They adopted her thinking she was abandoned. Then they learned the truth.

The 7-year-old girl, dressed in bright pink and holding one of her favorite stuffed animals, sees her mother for the first time in nearly a year. A brilliant smile spreads across Namata's face, punctuating her excitement.

Dead animals in Puerto Rico water, mayor says

San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz asks the international community for drinking water, stressing that the water supply in Puerto Rico has been contaminated by dead animals.


Botswana finds anthrax outbreak after spate of hippo deaths

GABORONE (Reuters) - Anthrax has been detected in dead hippos floating in the Okavango River, officials in Botswana said on Wednesday, after more than 100 of the animals were suspected to have been killed by the disease in neighboring Namibia.

Should the Guggenheim have pulled controversial animal artworks?

Last week New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum announced it would be pulling three works from its next big exhibition, "Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World." It did so after angry criticism from animal rights protesters that the works were -- according to an online petition that has attracted over 700,000 signatories -- "distinct instances of unmistakable cruelty against animals in the name of art."


Marines agree to improve Camp Pendleton water after dead animals found in supply

(Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it reached an agreement with the U.S. Marine Corps to bring water systems at Camp Pendleton near San Diego up to code after the remains of small animals were found in the drinking water.


Guggenheim Museum Is Criticized for Pulling Animal Artworks

Art leaders are concerned that museums are setting a worrisome precedent after protests led to the removal of three works featuring animals from a coming show.


‘Caregiver burden’ affects people with sick pets, too

(Reuters Health) - Dog and cat owners may experience “caregiver burden” when taking care of their sick animals, a new study shows.

Guggenheim, Solomon R, Museum

Guggenheim, Bowing to Animal-Rights Activists, Pulls Works From Show

The museum made the decision after it had come under unrelenting pressure from critics over three works that involve animals.


Deep sleep: Even jellyfish need their slumber

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even a jellyfish -- one of Earth's first and most ancient animals -- needs its sleep.


Fashion doesn't need to kill animals: British designer MacDonald

LONDON (Reuters) - British fashion designer Julien MacDonald has apologized for using fur in his past collections - raising a hot topic that returned to rock London Fashion Week.


Slovenia plans to lower hunting quota for bears to 88 next year

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenian hunters will be allowed to kill a total of 88 bears and up to 10 wolves next year, to keep the population of the animals from expanding, the Environment Ministry said on Monday.


Motor racing: Concerned Hamilton says he is trying to go vegan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he is trying to go vegan out of concern for the planet, love of animals and his own health.

Endangered and Extinct Species

The Snow Leopard Is No Longer Endangered. It’s Still at Risk.

The animals have been reclassified as vulnerable by a leading conservationist group, but poaching and habitat loss still threaten their populations.

ANIMALS: How they stayed out of harm's way

By now, you've most certainly seen the video of the flamingos at Busch Garden strutting to safety because of Hurricane Irma. Or the manatees who were rescued after the storm sucked up water from a bay and left them stranded.


Israeli start-up building thermal cameras for self-driving cars

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Israeli start-up believes it can solve some of the tricky problems faced by self-driving cars by employing thermal cameras to detect heat from pedestrians, animals and objects, the latest technology being tested in the fast-growing industry.

Hurricane Irma (2017)

Dolphins, Flamingos and Pigs: The Animals Rescued From Hurricane Irma

While millions of humans are evacuating ahead of the storm, the relocation of animals is an extra challenge.


Miami zoo secures animals ahead of ferocious Hurricane Irma

MIAMI (Reuters) - The Miami zoo is taking no chances with Peanut, a critically endangered white-rumped vulture, or with its more common pink flamingos, for that matter.


Banned pesticides from illegal pot farms seep into California water

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Toxic chemicals from illegal marijuana farms hidden deep in California's forests are showing up in rivers and streams that feed the state's water supply, prompting fears that humans and animals may be at risk, data reviewed by Reuters show.


Sports of The Times: Bag? Check. Racket? Check. Dog? Of Course.

Dogs are more than accessories or travel companions on the pro tennis tour. Some players are registering them as emotional support animals, vital to surviving life on the road.


"Roadkill" collisions cost California $276 million in 2016: scientists

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The number of deer and other large animals killed or injured by California motorists jumped 20 percent in 2016 in accidents that killed five people, led drivers to put themselves in harm's way trying to save the animals, and cost society about $276 million, a new study shows.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Going to the Mat Over DACA

Wednesday: California leaders condemn the DACA decision, an update on the Oroville Dam, and rescuing Texas animals after the flood.

Hurricane Harvey (2017)

A Flying Cowboy Rides to Rescue Cattle Stranded in Harvey’s Floods

The devastating rain put thousands of animals at risk of drowning, but a cowpoke in a helicopter is helping drive them to higher ground.

'Beauty in the suffering': He plays the piano in his flooded home

Aric Harding returned to his flooded home in Friendswood, south of Houston, to pick up some stuffed animals and toys to comfort his seven children who were taking shelter at a nearby house.


Real life ugly beasts inspire new book by 'Gruffalo' author Donaldson

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - An African safari has inspired a new book by Julia Donaldson in which the creator of children's favorite "The Gruffalo" homes in on an unsightly bunch of wild animals known as "The Ugly Five."

Displaced animals: Pets and wildlife navigate flooding

Rescuers have not only saved stranded residents, but have been plucking pets from the floodwaters in the aftermath of Harvey.


Harvey's floods scatter cattle in Texas, swamp cotton fields

CHICAGO (Reuters) - South Texas ranchers are scrambling to relocate cattle from massive flooding spawned by Tropical Storm Harvey, with many hauling livestock up to the north of the state while others rush to move the animals to higher ground nearby.

Animal Abuse, Rights and Welfare

Abused Dogs and Cats Now Have a (Human) Voice in Connecticut Courts

A new law makes Connecticut the first state to allow judges to appoint legal advocates to represent animals’ interests in abuse cases. Others are watching its rollout closely.


March of the penguins: London Zoo helps gauge animals' health

LONDON (Reuters) - London Zoo hosted its annual weigh-in for more than 20,000 animals on Thursday, dangling food above lions and placing scales in front of penguins to get them to walk onto them.


Germany draws up rules of the road for driverless cars

BERLIN (Reuters) - Protecting people rather than property or animals will be the priority under pioneering new German legal guidelines for the operation of driverless cars, the transport ministry said on Wednesday.


South Carolina aquarium to monitor animal behavior during eclipse

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Animals in the path of the first total solar eclipse to travel across the United States in 99 years have a big surprise awaiting them on Monday afternoon, biologists say.


Graffiti activists in Berlin turn Nazi symbols into art

BERLIN (Reuters) - Horrified at the sight of swastikas scrawled on walls, children's playgrounds and building sites, a group of graffiti artists in Berlin is transforming the Nazi symbols into colorful artwork such as flowers, cars and animals.


Police believe thieves steal Venezuela zoo animals to eat them

MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo in western state of Zulia that were likely snatched to be eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food shortages.


Oia Journal: Galicia’s Wild Horse Roundup Runs Headlong Into Modernity

The age-old practice in which ranchers in northwestern Spain corral the free-roaming animals is now under threat from activists and regulation.

How animals react to a solar eclipse

During a solar eclipse, when day suddenly becomes night, the natural world falls out of its usual rhythm.

How will animals react to the solar eclipse?

While most of us will be looking up at the eclipse August 21, you may also want to look around and take a close listen, because something unusual could be happening with the animals on our planet -- at least, we think it could.


Weaning Itself From Elephant Ivory, China Turns to Mammoths

Promoters of ivory from the extinct animals say it’s an ethical alternative. Others fear it may give cover to the black-market elephant ivory trade.


Thousands of animals, many dead, found in California warehouse

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thousands of birds, reptiles and other animals, many of them dead, were found inside a warehouse in a Southern California industrial complex on Friday after police investigated odor complaints.


Plant-based meats whet U.S. summer grilling appetites

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Burgers made from plants instead of animals are capturing more space on U.S. barbecue grills this summer, fueling sales in the niche products that could reach $5 billion globally by 2020.


Malaysia seizes nearly $1 million in trafficked wildlife at airport

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian authorities seized trafficked ivory tusks and pangolin scales worth nearly $1 million over the weekend, airport customs officials said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of seizures in Asia of products made from endangered animals.

United States Politics and Government

Trump, on Long Island, Vows an End to Gang Violence

President Trump described the perpetrators of violent crimes as “animals” and said his administration seeks to “dismantle, decimate and eradicate” gangs.

Trump: MS-13 gang members are 'animals'

President Trump makes remarks to law enforcement officials about cracking down on MS-13 gang members.


Animals, Abandoned and Starving, Are Evacuated From Zoo in Syria

Three lions, two tigers, two bears and two hyenas were trucked to Turkey from Aalim al Sahar, or Magic World, near Aleppo, after being kept alive by locals.


Paws, jaws and claws: checkups await animals rescued from Aleppo zoo

(Reuters) - Blood tests, eye checkups and ultrasound exams are on the cards for nine animals, five big cats among them, that have been trucked into Turkey in a rescue from their damaged zoo in Aleppo in strife-torn Syria.


Brexit: All bets are off for Irish horse racing industry

KILDARE, Ireland, (Reuters) - Irish racehorse trainers and breeders fear a Brexit that impedes the free movement of animals could threaten its success on the track and position as Europe's largest producer of thoroughbreds.


South Africa rhino poaching dips from record high

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The number of poached rhinos in South Africa decreased by 13 animals to 529 between January to June compared with the same period last year, a downward trend welcomed with "cautious optimism" by the government on Monday.

Dozens arrested in horsemeat scam

Spanish police have arrested and charged 65 individuals over a continent-wide ring that traded in horsemeat from animals "in bad shape, too old or simply labelled as 'not suitable for consumption,'"according to a statement released by Europol.


Trilobites: Protected Wolves in Alaska Face Peril From Beyond Their Preserve

New research suggests controlling the animals outside a preserve can affect those living within it, with implications for wildlife management programs elsewhere.


Endangered Rhinos Flee From Indian Floods Into Poachers’ Hands

Severe flooding since June in Assam State has left scores of animals in Kaziranga National Park in danger, a government official said.

Endangered and Extinct Species

Photo Essay: A Mausoleum for Endangered Species

A warehouse in Colorado offers evidence of the immense demand for goods made from threatened and endangered animals.

World's most extreme tours with wild animals

Watching a wild animal prowl its prey, nuzzle young babies or dance its mating ritual is thrilling.


Chr. Hansen sees strong demand for probiotics to replace antibiotics in meat

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Food ingredients maker Chr. Hansen is seeing strong demand for probiotics for animals as farmers and restaurant chains come under growing pressure to use fewer antibiotics in the food chain, its chief executive said.

Books and Literature

Fiction: Affluent Idlers Find a Just Cause in a Refugee Swept Ashore

For the wealthy foreigners on a Greek island in Lawrence Osborne’s “Beautiful Animals,” a deeply compromised act of charity has dreadful consequences.


'Tsunami' of toxic wastewater kills plants, animals in Israel's desert

MISHOR ROTEM, Israel (Reuters) - Toxic wastewater that surged through a dry riverbed in southern Israel at the weekend left a wake of ecological destruction more than 20 km (12 miles) long.

Watch how to move a giant in 360°

Conservationists are relocating 500 elephants hundreds of miles from two overcrowded national parks to a reserve where the animals have been almost wiped out by poachers.


Trilobites: Drumming Cockatoos and the Rhythms of Love

Palm cockatoos are the only animals observed to use tools for rhythmic drumming, seemingly to attract mates, prompting speculation about the rise of human music.


From Prague to Mongolia, wild horses return to the steppes

GREAT GOBI B, Mongolia (Reuters) - A quarter-century-old project to repopulate the steppes of Mongolia with wild horses was kept alive as four animals made the long trip back to their ancestral home...


Sexual equality in medical research long overdue, study finds

LONDON (Reuters) - Research labs may be short-changing women by ignoring differences between male and female animals in experiments to discover new drugs, suggesting sexual equality in scientific studies is overdue, researchers said on Monday.


More consistent guidelines needed for therapy animals

(Reuters Health) - Hospitals and other healthcare facilities don’t consistently follow guidelines to ensure the safety of therapy animals and the people they aim to help, according to a survey of U.S. hospitals, eldercare facilities, and therapy animal organizations.

Where the next disease could emerge

Some of the world's worst diseases -- think Ebola or AIDS -- start in animals, jump the hurdle of species to enter humans and then get passed from person to person. These are called zoonotic or animal-origin infectious diseases. What if you could predict the location on this vast and spinning globe where the next of these potentially deadly diseases will emerge?


How a math formula could decide fate of endangered U.S. species

(Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering a proposal that could effectively let some plants and animals become extinct so cash-strapped agencies can use more of their funds to save others.


Can Animals Predict Earthquakes? Italian Farm Acts as a Lab to Find Out

A scientist hopes to learn, by tagging animals in Italy, whether they could be used as an effective warning system before an earthquake.


Australia builds outback electrified fence to protect native animals

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Wildlife rangers in Australia's outback have started building a 185 km (115 miles) electrified enclosure to protect native animals from pests such as feral cats, which are threatening some species with extinction.


Chimps are not people, cannot be freed from custody: New York court

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chimpanzees do not deserve the same rights as people, a New York state appeals court unanimously concluded on Thursday, as it refused to order the release of two of the animals to a primate sanctuary.


Chimps are not people, cannot be freed from custody: NY court

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chimpanzees do not deserve the same rights as people, a New York state appeals court unanimously concluded on Thursday, as it refused to order the release of two of the animals to a primate sanctuary.


Why therapists shouldn’t approve patients’ emotional support animals

(Reuters Health) - A growing number of therapists are certifying their patients’ pets as emotional support animals, allowing people to bring their cats, pigs and birds on planes and into rental homes even though it may not be medically necessary, a recent study suggests.

Trump wants to drill for oil in Arctic wildlife refuge

The 19-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has been closed to oil exploration since 1980 due to concerns about the impact on the region's caribou, polar bears and other animals.

Whales and Whaling

Trilobites: How Whales Became the Biggest Animals on the Planet

Species like the blue whale became so big only in the past 4.5 million years, a result of changes to the food supply in the oceans, scientists say.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Silicon Valley’s Secret Sauce

Friday: How innovation thrives in Silicon Valley, the therapeutic power of communing with animals, and reader recommendations for Los Angeles restaurants.


The Health Issue: Why Close Encounters With Animals Soothe Us

Compton Jr. Posse in Los Angeles, which brings inner-city children and horses together, reveals the therapeutic power of communing with fellow sentient beings.


The Health Issue: What Animals Taught Me About Being Human

Surrounding myself with animals to feel less alone was a mistake: The greatest comfort is in knowing their lives are not about us at all.


Prisoners care for abused animals as part of rehab program

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Kristina Hazelett had cats, birds and hamsters growing up, but she never knew much about dogs until she started serving a several-month jail sentence for drug possession.


Owners of dead giant rabbit on United flight seek damages, probe

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (Reuters) - The owners of a giant rabbit named Simon who was found dead after a United Airlines flight demanded on Monday that the airline pay damages, order an outside investigation and re-evaluate how it handles animals on flights.