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What's it like to pick up plushies? Flower kids tell all

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - They have to skate fast in front of hundreds of people, pick up flowers as quickly as possible and stay unflustered when dozens of stuffed animals rain down on the ice.


Ancient human remains, Ice Age animal bones found in giant Mexican cave

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Archaeologists exploring the word's biggest flooded cave in Mexico have discovered ancient human remains at least 9,000 years old and the bones of animals who roamed the earth during the last Ice Age.

Dog food brands recalled over possible euthanasia drug

A drug used to euthanize animals has been found in canned dog food, prompting a recall.


Speeding Train Plows Into Elephants in India, Killing 5 Animals

The authorities say the train driver was going too fast and ignored villagers who were waving flashlights to urge him to slow down.


One hippopotamus... London Zoo counts its animals in delayed census

LONDON (Reuters) - Keepers started counting the animals in London Zoo on Wednesday, in an annual stock take that was delayed by a fire in December.

Animal Behavior

Basics: Many Animals Can Count, Some Better Than You

Numerosity is deeply embedded in species that need to track quantity, such as hungry spiders and schooling fish. But the ability seems to have faded in humans.

Airlines and Airplanes

Op-Ed Columnist: It’s Time to End the Scam of Flying Pets

Those who stretch the meaning of “service animals” do a disservice to fellow air travelers.

Flowers and Plants

Trilobites: Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

Plants can be frozen in place with the same anesthetics used on you during surgery. It suggests they may be less different from animals than is often assumed.

FDA reviewing animal studies in wake of monkey deaths

A decision by the US Food and Drug Administration to shut down a nicotine addiction study has stirred debate about what the future holds for medical research on animals.


Review: The Persistence of Abbas Kiarostami’s Vision in ‘24 Frames’

For his final movie, Kiarostami added sound and movement to still photographs of lonely, beautiful scenes filled with snow, trees and animals.


Southeast Asia a 'hotspot' for antibiotic abuse, FAO official says

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food is rife in Southeast Asia, a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official said on Wednesday, warning of serious risks for people and animals as bacterial infections become more resistant to treatment.

Animal Abuse, Rights and Welfare

The Hague Journal: When Animals Are at Risk, Special Netherlands Police Force Defends Them

Like a Humane Society with guns, handcuffs and badges, the animal police force provides a mixture of animal protection and human social services.


Trilobites: Elephants Are Very Scared of Bees. That Could Save Their Lives.

Researchers have compared the reactions of elephants in Africa and Asia to bee swarms, in efforts at protecting the endangered animals from angered farmers or poachers.


Delta Air to tighten rules for onboard service animals

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in pet-related safety issues in recent years.


Delta Air to tighten onboard emotional support animal requirements

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in animal-related safety issues over the last several years.


Trilobites: Where Did Animals With Tail Weapons Go? Here’s a Back Story

Scientists have identified traits that may have been related to dinosaurs like stegosaurus and ankylosaurus and other animals developing fearsome rear-end weapons.


War’s Other Victims: Animals

Over decades, armed conflict has reduced animal populations in Africa more than any other factor, according to new research.

Chronic Wasting Disease

States Confront the Spread of a Deadly Disease in Deer

Montana is the latest Western state to discover animals infected with chronic wasting disease. It may decimate herds and, biologists say, invade Yellowstone.


When the Ice Breaks: Frozen Pond Rescues

Heavy snowfall. Face-freezing temperatures. Around the globe, another winter phenomenon was in full force: rescuing people and animals from icy waters.


Starfish eating Australia's Great Barrier Reef alarm scientists

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A major outbreak of coral-eating crown of thorns starfish has been found munching Australia's world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, scientists said on Friday, prompting the government to begin culling the spiky marine animals.


It’s So Cold That ...

A deeply frigid cold spell has North America in its grip, setting record temperatures, creating striking scenes and, in some cases, threatening the lives of humans and animals alike.


To Sate China’s Appetite, African Donkeys Are Stolen and Skinned

A gelatin made from donkey hides is prized as a traditional Chinese remedy. Now slaughterhouses have opened in Africa, and domestic animals are disappearing from villages.


A Year of Animal Oddities Around the World: 7 Reader Favorites

From rare white giraffes to criminal donkeys to chilly elephants, take a look at some of our strangest stories about animals in 2017 that resonated with readers.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: We Aren’t Destroying the Earth

In a new book, “Inheritors of the Earth,” Chris Thomas argues that animals and plants are adapting to the world we are creating. We need not worry.


China ban on ivory sales begins Sunday, aims to curb elephant poaching

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A ban on ivory sales in China, the world's largest importer and end user of elephant tusks, takes effect on Sunday with wildlife activists calling it a vital step to reducing the slaughter of the endangered animals.


Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Inside of a Dog

It’s true what they ask about rescue animals: Who saved whom?


Op-Ed Contributor: The Hard Truth About the West’s Wild Horse Problem

The population has exploded. Animals are starving. Government efforts to fix the problem have failed. We need to cull the herds.


How Do You Keep an Elephant Warm? Knit a Giant Blanket

When an unexpected cold spell hit Myanmar, caretakers of orphaned animals pulled out giant blankets that had been knitted for them.


Firefighters douse blaze at London Zoo, aardvark missing

LONDON (Reuters) - More than 70 firefighters tackled a blaze at London Zoo on Saturday and although no animals were immediately reported to have been injured, one aardvark was missing.


More than 70 firefighters tackle blaze at London Zoo

LONDON (Reuters) - More than 70 firefighters tackled a blaze at London Zoo on Saturday after a fire broke out at a cafe and shop at the attraction although no animals were reported injured.

Amargosa River (Calif-Nev)

The Amargosa River Defies the Desert

The slender, delicate stream flows through the Mojave, giving life to plants and animals found nowhere else in the world.


Seizures of medicines using banned animal parts see steep rise

LONDON (Reuters) - The amount of medicinal products containing illegal wildlife parts seized by EU authorities has risen sharply in the last six years, according to monitoring group TRAFFIC, and includes items from a range of animals including tigers, bears and snakes.

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.


Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals, WHO urges farmers

LONDON/CHICAGO (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.


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 alarm that the virus has the potential to trigger a global human pandemic, researchers reported on Thursday.


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.


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.

They adopted her thinking she was abandoned

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.


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.

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.