Animals - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Animals Final Curtain For 'The Greatest Show on Earth' Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation Sunday night as it performed its last show. The final performance ends a... Mon, 22 May 2017 05:37:00 GMT 2017-05-22T05:37:00Z Illinois Zoo Exhibits Endangered Pangolin The Pangolin, aslo known as the scaly anteater is the newest animal on dispaly at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago. The species, found in Africa and Asia,... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:06:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:06:00Z Artists ask Polish leaders to stop primeval forest logging WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Writers and artists have appealed to Poland's top leaders to stop the logging in Europe's last primeval forest. The letter by some 230 people to Polish President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Beata Szydlo revives the controversy surrounding the government's decision to intensify logging in the Bialowieza Forest in eastern Poland. ... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:36:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:36:00Z Hugh Jackman says it's harder for his Wolverine character to love than fight Hugh Jackman feels it’s easier for Wolverine to fight than love while promoting a special version of “Logan.” The “X-Men” universe made him a star back... Fri, 19 May 2017 02:40:00 GMT 2017-05-19T02:40:00Z Siberian tiger that terrified Vladivostok gets new wild home MOSCOW (AP) — A Siberian tiger that terrorized Russia's Far East city of Vladivostok by prowling its suburbs has been relocated to a vast Russian national park where officials hope he will thrive. The tiger, nicknamed Vladik, was captured in October on the edge of Vladivostok. He flown by helicopter Monday to Bikin National Park, 500 kilometers (350 miles) further north. ... Thu, 18 May 2017 18:02:00 GMT 2017-05-18T18:02:00Z Beehive Thief Busted By Fresno Authorities Investigators in Fresno say they've recovered a trove of beehives worth thousands of dollars and have arrested a suspect they say stole beehives from... Thu, 18 May 2017 01:52:00 GMT 2017-05-18T01:52:00Z AP Exclusive: The final days of the Ringling Bros. circus PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An elephant stretches its trunk through a window to soothe a sick child. A woman gives birth and three months later is back performing on the high wire. A handler of big cats weeps as the beasts lope out of the ring for the last time. These stories could come only from circus performers, and in particular one famous circus, the one... Wed, 17 May 2017 18:47:00 GMT 2017-05-17T18:47:00Z A history of Ringling Bros. circus, soon to close forever The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is drawing to a close this weekend after 146 years of performances and travel that at times have been marred by tragedy and celebrated in film, but also constant. The circus has its roots in a spectacle that began two decades before the U.S. Civil War, equal parts freak show, zoo and museum. Traveling performa... Wed, 17 May 2017 06:09:00 GMT 2017-05-17T06:09:00Z Gray Wolf Pups Make Their Debut at Chicago Zoo Five Mexican gray wolf puppies ventured out of their den at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois on Tuesday. The almost four weeks old pups are from different... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:50:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:50:00Z Social media abuzz as flying insects swarm part of London LONDON (AP) — Social media users in London are buzzing about an apparent swarm of flying insects that has descended on one part of the city. Videos posted to Twitter Tuesday show people ducking as the insects descend on Greenwich in southeast London. It's not clear what the bugs were or why they appeared in unusual numbers. Some say they're bees, but others describe them as ... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:36:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:36:00Z Endangered Finnish seals go online to highlight plight LAKE SAIMAA, Finland (AP) — Wildlife conservationists in Finland are planning to give endangered seals a spot of online fame by streaming encounters with some of the few hundred remaining mammals in a bid to raise awareness of their plight. The Saimaa ringed seal, named after their home in Europe's fourth-largest lake, is found only in these waters and is... Fri, 12 May 2017 10:48:00 GMT 2017-05-12T10:48:00Z Malaysia firefighters rescue turtle trapped in power station KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian firefighters have rescued a 60-kilogram (132 pounds) turtle found firmly stuck to a flood gate at a power station near the Malacca Strait. District Fire Chief Razif Mohamad Haris says firefighters heeded an emergency call Thursday and found the turtle, believed to be a hawksbill, trapped in the barrier gate used to filter foreign objec... Fri, 12 May 2017 09:37:00 GMT 2017-05-12T09:37:00Z Hamilton challenged on several fronts in exciting F1 season MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — With his pet bulldog in tow and sparkling gold chains draped over his Mercedes shirt, Lewis Hamilton struck a confident pose the day before practice starts at Formula One's Spanish Grand Prix. Hamilton added to his reputation as one of the most eccentric characters of F1 by bringing Roscoe, one of his two bulldogs, to the packed pre... Thu, 11 May 2017 17:03:00 GMT 2017-05-11T17:03:00Z Norway reverse 40-year-old ban on reptiles COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian government has reversed a 40-year-old ban to allow 19 kinds of reptiles to be held as pets. Norway's Agriculture and Food Ministry which also handles laws concerning domestic animals published a list Thursday allowing nine species of snakes, seven kinds of lizards and three types of turtles as of Aug. 15. Amphibians are still not lega... Thu, 11 May 2017 13:18:00 GMT 2017-05-11T13:18:00Z Bear in Tree in Central Wisconsin Town A bear spent hours in a tree in Wisconsin Rapids on Wednesday. A crowd gathered around to watch the animal. Wildlife officails say the bear climbed down... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:41:00 GMT 2017-05-11T11:41:00Z Pistons' Coach Adopts Animal Shelter's Last Dog Detroit Pistons Coach Stan Van Gundy and his family have adopted a Labrador retriever mix that was an animal shelter's last remaining dog following a... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:42:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:42:00Z 5 new truffle species identified in New Hampshire CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — They aren't the type you'd sprinkle over pasta. But University of New Hampshire researchers have found five new truffle species. While other types of so-called deer truffles have been found across Europe and the western United States, the particular species doctoral student Ryan Stephens found in the White Mountain National Forest have never been formall... Mon, 01 May 2017 19:38:00 GMT 2017-05-01T19:38:00Z Q&A: Expert says all's not right for endangered right whales BOSTON (AP) — Those endangered North Atlantic right whales cavorting in Cape Cod Bay are fun to watch, but their frolicking doesn't tell the whole story. Charles "Stormy" Mayo, director of right whale ecology at the federally funded Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts, says ominous signs suggest the global population of 500 animals is slowly declining —... Mon, 01 May 2017 04:36:00 GMT 2017-05-01T04:36:00Z Hobby-horsing craze in Finland manifestation of girl power HELSINKI (AP) — Sporting a black leather jacket, dyed red hair and a tattooed arm, Alisa Aarniomaki looks like she's on her way to a rock band rehearsal session. But instead of carrying a guitar, the 20-year-old Finn gently holds on to something else: a puffy stuffed horse head on a wooden stick complete with glued-on eyes, mane and reins. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:02:00 GMT 2017-04-30T13:02:00Z All Blacks captain Kieran Read suffers broken thumb WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks captain Kieran Read may be sidelined for up to six weeks in the lead-up to the test series against the British and Irish Lions after suffering a broken thumb during the Crusaders' Super Rugby match against South Africa's Cheetahs on Saturday. Read, who left the field in the 38th minute of the match at Bloemfontein... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:56:00 GMT 2017-04-29T21:56:00Z UK man dressed as gorilla crawls through London Marathon LONDON (AP) — The London Marathon started five days ago, and Tom Harrison is nearly done. It's not that he's a slow runner. It's that he's a slow crawler, particularly wearing his gorilla suit. The man dubbed Mr. Gorilla is raising money for the Gorilla Organization — so far more than 22,000 pounds ($28,500) have been pledged. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:40:00 GMT 2017-04-28T13:40:00Z DNA from dirt: Tracing ancient humans found in 'empty' caves BERLIN (AP) — No bones? No problem! Scientists say they've figured out a way to extract tiny traces of ancient human DNA from dirt in caves that lack skeletal remains. The technique could be valuable for reconstructing human evolutionary history, according to the study published Thursday in the journal Science. That's... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:48:00 GMT 2017-04-27T19:48:00Z Baby penguin chicks make debut at London Zoo LONDON (AP) — Two baby penguins are the latest additions to the penguin colony at London Zoo. One hatched on April 17, followed two days later by the other. The tiny Humboldt penguin chicks are being looked after by keepers because their parents were unable to care for them. They have a big stuffed penguin to cuddle up to. ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:02:00 GMT 2017-04-27T16:02:00Z Australian firefighters contend with pet crocodile DARWIN, Australia (AP) — Firefighters who fought a blaze at a house in the tropical Australian city of Darwin on Thursday contended with the added distraction of being watched by a 4-meter (13-foot) pet crocodile. The fire destroyed the two-story house in the upscale suburb of Fannie Bay but did not harm the huge reptile, a female named Albert, which live... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:25:00 GMT 2017-04-27T10:25:00Z French tourist recovers in New Zealand after shark attack WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A French tourist was recovering in a New Zealand hospital Thursday after a shark mauled her leg while she was bodyboarding at a remote beach. The woman, who appeared to be in her early 20s, remained conscious and calm after the attack, said Catlins Surf School owner Nick Smart. He said her friends dragged her up the beach and used towels to app... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:52:00 GMT 2017-04-27T07:52:00Z AP Explains: How Kenya's drought has turned into violence NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The shooting of a novelist and conservationist in Kenya has drawn attention to the violent tensions between landowners and herders who are trying to keep their animals alive in a widespread drought. Kuki Gallmann was shot in the stomach while assessing buildings that had been burned by arsonists the day before. It was not the first t... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:33:00 GMT 2017-04-23T17:33:00Z Scientists say 'alien' fungus threatens European salamanders BERLIN (AP) — Europe's salamanders could be decimated by a flesh-eating alien species that has already wreaked havoc in some parts of the continent, scientists said in a study published Wednesday. Researchers who examined the impact of the alien invader — a fungus native to Asia — on fire salamanders in Belgium and the Netherlands found it to be lethal to the amphibians and ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:34:00 GMT 2017-04-19T19:34:00Z French man loses part of his leg in Hawaii shark attack HONOLULU (AP) — A man who witnessed a Hawaii shark attack says the victim is a French surfer who had part of a leg amputated but is in remarkably good spirits. Mac Pigott tells KHON-TV ( ) he visited the victim on Saturday in a hospital on the island of Kauai following the attack at Davidson's Beach. Pigott did not ... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 20:25:00 GMT 2017-04-16T20:25:00Z Super Rugby: Lions maul Stormers, only Crusaders unbeaten CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The Crusaders are the only unbeaten team left in Super Rugby after the Stormers' run came to an end on Saturday, beaten convincingly at home by the Lions in their South African derby. While the Lions, last season's losing finalist, impressed to outscore the Stormers four tries to one in Cape Town and win 29-16, defending cha... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 20:33:00 GMT 2017-04-15T20:33:00Z Researchers name loud shrimp after Pink Floyd OXFORD, England (AP) — A newly discovered species of shrimp that uses a bright pink claw to create a sound loud enough to kill small fish has been named for Pink Floyd. The shrimp found on Panama's Pacific coast has been dubbed Synalpheus pinkfloydi in the peer-reviewed journal Zootaxa. Oxford University Museum of Natural History researcher Sammy De Grave is one of three res... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:37:00 GMT 2017-04-13T17:37:00Z