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Pet-friendly China acupuncturist gets tails wagging again

Looking like a furry brown pincushion, eight-month-old French bulldog "Dan Jiao" whimpers nervously as he waits for the end of a Chinese acupuncture session aimed at curing partial paralysis caused by a puppyhood injury.

South Africa opposes online rhino horn auction

South Africa said Friday it would oppose an online auction of rhino horns due to start next week, as outraged conservationists said the sale would undermine the global ban on rhino trade.

China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours

A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with butchers hacking up slabs of canines and cooks frying the flesh, despite rumours that authorities would impose a ban this year.

Morocco fights to save its iconic monkey

«If nothing is done, this species will disappear within 10 years,» warns a poster on Ahmed Harrad's ageing 4x4 showing Morocco's famed Barbary macaque monkey.

Naked mole-rats can survive near-suffocation

When deprived of oxygen, naked mole-rats have a unique ability to convert sugar to energy, a skill that might one day help treat victims of heart attack and stroke, researchers said Thursday.

Key leopard population «crashing»

The leopard population in a region of South Africa once thick with the big cats is crashing, and could be wiped out within a few years, scientists warned on Wednesday.

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Ukraine, the new lives of bears saved by the circus

New life in Jytomyr, northwest of Ukraine, for some brown bears, saved by several circuses, restaurants and private farms where they were abused and malnourished. In some cases, even, they were used as prey to train hunting dogs.

Endangered species poached in protected areas: WWF

Illegal poaching, logging and fishing of sometimes critically endangered species is taking place in nearly half of the world's most protected natural sites, environmental campaigners WWF warned Tuesday.

Fish drags Aussie into shark-infested waters

A man has survived for hours in cold, shark-infested waters after being dragged out of his boat as he struggled to land a large fish in Australia, rescuers said Wednesday.

Pet shop pony runs free in Tokyo

A pony that ran away from a pet shop in downtown Tokyo enjoyed a brief taste of freedom -- and some grass -- before being gently coaxed back.

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Whale watching in the Bay of Bangkok

A wildlife photographer takes tourists into the sea to admire the enchanting spectacle of the whales that swim and play in their natural habitat; a new and unusual form of tourism that respects nature and the ecosystem.

Debate about croc numbers reignited in Australia

Saltwater crocodile numbers have exploded in northern Australia since being declared a protected species, and a spate of recent attacks has reignited debate about controlling them.

Elephant poaching costs Africa tourism $25mn

Stopping the killing of elephants for their tusks could add some $25 million (23 million euros) to Africa's annual tourism income, more than offsetting the anti-poaching spend, a study said Tuesday.

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Moru, a kitten among sumo wrestlers

Moru is a stray cat picked up on the street by a master of the Japanese national sport 12 years ago, during a tournament in the south of the country. And today it has become the mascot of the training gym Arashio in Tokyo.

Rat race: Jakarta offers rewards to catch rodents

The Indonesian capital Jakarta, one of the world's most overcrowded and polluted megacities, has launched a new bid to rid its streets of vermin -- by offering residents $1.50 for every rat they catch.

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Dies at age 38. Jia Jia, doyenne of giant pandas

It did not walk practically. Born in the wild in 1978 in Sichuan Province in China, Jia Jia had been given to Hong Kong in 1999 on the occasion of the second anniversary of the return of the former British colony to China.

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