- By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature. Researchers said on Thursday a chunk of amber - fossilized resin - spotted by a Chinese scientist in a market in Myitkyina, Myanmar, last year contained 1.4 inches (36 mm) of the tail of the dinosaur, complete with bones, flesh, skin and feathers. The dinosaur itself was no more than 6 inches (15 cm) long, about the size of a sparrow
Formal recognition for seven of the last eight travelling circuses in India to use wild animals cancelledWe are delighted to report from our friends FIAPO (the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations) that the Central Zoo Authority has cancelled the formal recognition for seven of the last eight travelling circuses in India to use wild animals. Many species of wild animal were banned from use in circuses in India in 1996, but certain species, such as elephants and hippopotamuses, continue to be used.
The Born Free Foundation has been proud to support FIAPO's efforts on the circus campa
- Born Free’s Founder Patron, Joanna Lumley OBE and President & CEO, Will Travers OBE, appeal for more to be done to save the endangered giraffeAlong with elephants, rhino, lions, tigers and many more species, giraffe are now officially endangered. The IUCN* has today moved giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), from ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Vulnerable’ on its Red List due to a 36-40% decline in numbers between 1985 and 2015 to just 97,562. Habitat loss and illegal hun
- The giraffe, the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say. Because the giraffe population has shrunk nearly 40 percent in just 30 years, scientists put it on the official watch ...
- It’s not often that we get to report good news, but we have just heard that the City of London Corporation has cancelled a contract which would have allowed the shooting of deer in Epping Forest for ‘sport’.The decision was...
- As the bird flaps its way through the water particles, its wings generate disruptive waves, tracing patterns that help scientists understand how animals fly. In a new study, a team of scientists measured and analyzed the particle trails that were produced by the goggle-wearing parrot's test flights, and showed that previous computer models of wing movement aren't as accurate as they once thought. When animals fly, they create an invisible "footprint" in the air, similar to the wake that a swimme
- By Amanda Cooper and Catherine Ngai LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As far as one of the world’s biggest commodities traders, Glencore’s chief Ivan Glasenberg, is concerned, the oil market will be at the mercy of "a cat and mouse game" between OPEC and its U.S. shale rivals in the coming year. A 16 percent price rally over the past week has delivered U.S. frackers a golden opportunity to hedge - or sell forward - their production for 2017 and beyond, to shore up their
- By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Inspired by the remarkable jumping ability of an African primate called a galago, scientists have fashioned a small robot with unique leaping capabilities they hope can someday be used in tricky search-and-rescue situations. The scientists said on Tuesday they had built a robot, dubbed Salto, with vertical jumping agility like no other machine, able to leap into the air and then spring off a wall, or perform multiple vertical jumps consecutively. To design S
- Following the sad news that the last two beluga whales at Vancouver Aquarium have died, the public is being given the chance to decide the future keeping of whales and dolphins at the Aquarium. The regional newspaper, The Vancouver Sun is currently running a public opinion poll – ‘Should the Vancouver Aquarium still keep cetaceans in captivity?’ Log your opinion hereFollowing the premature deaths of the beluga whales, Aurora and Qila (mother and daughter) in the last few w
- Fossils from giant, ice age-beasts were uncovered while workers were digging an extension to the Los Angeles subway system. The finds include a 3-foot-long (1 meter) section of mammoth tusk, as well as a skull and partial tusks from a much younger animal, which might have been either a mammoth or a mastodon, according to The Source, a transportation blog about the L.A. Metro. Though the ice-age fossils (whose exact age has not yet been determined) are certainly treasures that are rarer to uneart
- A new National Geographic video showing humpback whales in a graceful ballet around a passenger boat in the South Pacific is a whale-watcher's dream. Sometimes they stay for mere minutes, said Stephanie Stack, a marine biologist at the Pacific Whale Foundation in Hawaii. Regulations prevent boat captains from running their engines within 100 yards of a whale, Stack told Live Science.
- Animal activist groups call for Greig Tonkins to be sacked over footage of him hitting a kangaroo that attacked his dogA zoo worker who punched a kangaroo in a video viewed millions of times will not be sacked despite calls for action against him from animal activist groups.Taronga Western Plains zoo said there was “no suggestion” Greig Tonkins’s position as an elephant keeper would be terminated following the publication of vision in which he struck a kangaroo that attacked hi
- The hallucinogen found in "magic mushrooms" can considerably reduce the depression and anxiety felt by patients who have terminal or advanced cancer, according to new research published in two studies. Both studies showed that just a single dose of psilocybin — a hallucinogenic compound found in certain mushroom species — could reduce psychological distress in cancer patients, and that this effect was immediate and long-lasting. Participants who took psilocybin reported reductions in
- A now-submerged Stone Age settlement has been mapped in the Baltic Sea, revealing how its ancient inhabitants lived along what was once a lagoon on the coast of Sweden some 9,000 years ago. The exceptionally well-preserved site was discovered about seven years ago, after divers came upon what are now considered to be the oldest stationary fish traps in northern Europe. Lead researcher Anton Hansson, a doctoral student in Quaternary geology at Lund University, and his colleagues reconstructed wha
- Some dinosaurs may not have been restricted to life on the ground and instead could have launched into the air for quick flights, researchers have found. "They probably could not sustain flight for long or go very far," said study lead researcher Michael Habib, an assistant professor of cell and neurobiology at the University of Southern California. Birds are the descendants of theropods — dinosaurs that walked on two legs and mostly ate meat, including Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus rex.
- A gigantic, 112-lb. (50 kilograms) catfish was reeled in by a North Carolina man the day before Thanksgiving, according to local news reports. The man, Riahn Brewington, caught the massive fish in the northeast section of Cape Fear River in North Carolina, local ABC affiliate WWAY reported. Brewington said he could tell the catch was big, but he had only a 10-lb. (4.5 kg) line on his fishing rod.
- By David Alire Garcia MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A long-awaited auction of Mexico's untapped deep water oil fields on Monday has been fuelled by a nearly $3 billion boom in geological data mapping almost inaccessible deposits to open up what the industry sees as the world's "last great proven frontier." The data rush of the past two years by many top geophysical companies has sparked some of the biggest imaging projects ever for technology also used to hunt for the ruins of ancient civilizations an
- By Jessica Resnick-Ault NEW YORK (Reuters) - BP Plc's decision to move ahead with a $9 billion (7.10 billion pounds) project to drill in the Gulf of Mexico is the first step toward major oil companies moving forward with U.S. offshore plans postponed during crude's price rout. The project, known as Mad Dog Phase 2, is the first new Gulf platform to be sanctioned in a year and a half, since rival oil major Royal Dutch Shell Plc proceeded with development of its Appatomattox project in July, 2015.
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Elephant filmed being beaten by British zoo keepers four years ago is put to sleep as a result of ‚Äúsevere arthritis‚ÄĚ at the age of only 32It has emerged today that Asian elephant Tonzi at Twycross zoo has been put to sleep after suffering from severe arthritis. Tonzi was only 32 years old.The news comes four years after she was filmed on CCTV being beaten by her keepers at the zoo.The Born Free Foundation feels that Tonzi’s life and death serve as stark reminders of the sad reality of life in captivity for elephants. Captive elephants are often plagued by a host of physical and psychological ailments that are simply not foun
Elephant filmed being beaten by British zoo keepers four years ago is put to sleep as a result of ‚Äúsevere arthritis‚ÄĚIt has emerged today that Asian elephant Tonzi at Twycross zoo has been put to sleep after suffering from severe arthritis. Tonzi was only 32 years old.The news comes four years after she was filmed on CCTV being beaten by her keepers at the zoo.The Born Free Foundation feels that Tonzi’s life and death serve as stark reminders of the sad reality of life in captivity for elephants. Captive elephants are often plagued by a host of physical and psychological ailments that are simply not foun
These winning images from Nikon's Small World 2016 contest will make you appreciate the invisible, microscopic worldWho knew cow dung could look so amazingly beautiful?
HRH The Duke of Cambridge presents Born Free‚Äôs Congolese partner, John Kahekwa, with Lifetime Achievement in ConservationEarlier this week, at the world-renowned Tusk Conservation Awards, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, HRH The Duke of Cambridge presented John Kahekwa, founder of the Pole Pole Foundation International (POPOF), with the highly-prestigious Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa. This lifetime achievement award recognises outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution to conservation in Africa.A Congolese naturalist, John has dedicated his working life to protecting th
- Joan Court’s life as an animal and human rights activist was so extraordinary, so full of colour, daring and accomplishment, that many of us who knew her over t...
- By Astrid Zweynert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the backyards of rural Cambodia, a tiny weapon is being deployed to fight dengue fever, the world's fastest spreading tropical disease that causes debilitating flu-like symptoms and can develop into a deadly hemorrhagic fever. More than 3,000 households in Kampong Cham province, which has one of the highest dengue rates in Cambodia, have been given colourful guppy fish to breed in barrels of water that villagers keep close to their home
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A rat specially bred in Finland to display a preference for alcohol is one of the stars of a science and nature exhibition that's just got under way in London today, with the Making Nature show wanting to encourage us to see animals as something more ...en meer »
- By Jessica Resnick-Ault LONDON (Reuters) - Oil major BP has approved a $9-billion (7.14 billion pound) investment in its Mad Dog project in the Gulf of Mexico, its first major new platform in the region since a 2010 explosion at its Macondo well led to the worst offshore disaster in U.S. history. The platform is the first BP-operated project that the company has sanctioned in the Gulf of Mexico since the April 2010 spill at its Macondo well, the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history.
- Horrifying footage has emerged of a male lion attacking a trainer at a live circus event in Egypt. It is reported that the lion attacked the trainer and bit his neck during a performance in Alexandria.A spokesperson for the Born Free Foundation said:“It goes without saying that this incident is tragic and something that young children should never have to witness. We are convinced that, while direct contact between dangerous wild animals and humans continues in captivity, incidents such as
- By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn't get too excited about the results of animal studies, and he doesn't make house calls. Fauci hopped on a plane to Cambridge, Mass., to personally tell Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Co's U.S. representatives that their drug may offer a dramatic advance in the fight against AIDS. Takeda’s drug suppressed the virus to undetectable levels in eight monkeys, some for two years.
- So the new fivers contain tallow. How very emblematic of the grand deception the meat and dairy industry relies on for its continued existenceTo anyone who has taken an unflinching look at the slaughterhouse industry, the Bank of England’s belated admission that the new £5 notes contain beef tallow will seem strangely symbolic. Few industries are as secretive as the one that murders 22m animals each day in the UK alone, and the driving force for that shiftiness is a lust for profit.
- <p>Political pressure is growing for the government to bring forward measures to ensure the use of independently-monitored CCTV becomes mandatory in slaughterhouses, in an effort to combat unlawful animal cruelty. A cross-party selection of MPs spoke in s...
- Born Free played a key role at this year’s UK Wildlife Crime Enforcers Conference in Leamington Spa during the last weekend of November.The annual conference, which brings wildlife officers from the UK’s police forces together with key agencies including the National Wildlife Crime Unit, Border Force and the Crown Prosecution Service, non-government organisations and others with an interest in tackling wildlife crime, was attended by around 150 people. The meeting was chaired by Chie
- Gomez the last of the rare pygmy marmosets to be returned to Symbio wildlife park after he was left in a box on a vet’s doorstepA rare miniature monkey has been reunited with its primate family south of Sydney after the group was kidnapped from a New South Wales zoo on Friday night.Ten-year-old Gomez was the last of three pygmy marmosets to be returned to the Symbio wildlife park at Helensburgh after the theft. Related: Sydney brothers plead guilty over theft of rare miniature monkeysConti
- Within days of Animal Aid’s protest against horse deaths at Southwell Racecourse, another horse has fallen victim to one of the country’s most lethal racecourses.Nine-year-old mare, Ballydague Lady, broke down and was fatally inj...
- Alexis Noel, a mechanical engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, began investigating the spines on cat tonguesafter she watched a cat lick a thick blanket and it immediately got its tongue stuck. "I was home for the holidays and watching TV with the family cats," Noel said. "When I was done laughing at this curious cat, the scientist in me began to question how a soft, wet tissue could stick to something so easily," Noel told Live Science.
- Wolf attacks on animals in region around Spanish capital up from 91 to 209 in a year, prompting rise in reimbursement budgetMadrid’s regional government is to double its compensation fund for farmers who lose animals to wolves after a steep increase in fatal attacks in the last year.
Wolves, hunted to the brink of extinction over the past seven decades, have begun to reappear in the region in recent years.Continue reading...
- More than 66 million years ago, a feathered dinosaur with two skinny legs and a bony crest on top of its head got mired in the mud, likely putting up a mighty struggle before dying and eventually fossilizing, a new study finds. The donkey-size dinosaur, known as an oviraptorid, was preserved nearly intact, and found lying on its chest with its neck and wings outstretched, the researchers said. Like other oviraptorids, which were close cousins to birds, it couldn't fly, but it had a sharp, toothl
- The video, produced by KQED San Francisco's Deep Look, shows how some species of mantis shrimp use knockout blows to break open the shells of tasty snails. There are more than 400 species of mantis shrimp around the world, most of which live in subtropical and tropical waters. Mantis shrimp have long fascinated scientists because of the animal's array of near-superpowers.
- Humankind has gulped down mouthfuls of milk and other dairy products from animals, such as sheep, goats and cows, for at least 9,000 years, a new study suggests. Researchers made the discovery after analyzing and dating more than 500 prehistoric pottery vessels discovered in the northern Mediterranean region, which includes the modern-day countries of Spain France, Italy, Greece and Turkey. During each examination, they looked for remnants of milk, which indicated that people had used animal dai
- Local folklore in the Amazon region and in parts of Central America claims that the bushmaster — a giant and deadly viper — can "sing." The breathy, repetitive notes of this call are associated with the venomous snake, and they instill fear in people living in the northwestern Amazon River basin, researchers have reported. The scientists were researching frog populations in Ecuador and Peru when they learned of the alleged singing ability of the viper Lachesis muta from their field a
- Cockroaches are known for their superior survival skills, but it seems these bugs have another evolutionary advantage when it comes to the mating game: Male roaches can grow bigger testicles, if need be, to woo a mate. Roaches compete for females in various ways, with two main approaches being to defend a female by force, or to sneak past larger males to mate. Based on these two strategies, the researchers think that males from two species of giant cockroaches from Madagascar evolved different p
- If you think dinosaurs are amazing and unusual, you may want to take a closer look at your own mammalian family tree — it's brimming with extinct animals that are just as bizarre and fascinating as a duck-billed and crested hadrosaur, or a frilled and horned Triceratops. A new, illustrated "field guide" to extinct prehistoric mammals describes the range of warm-blooded creatures of all sizes that roamed the Earth millions of years ago, and they're stranger and more spectacular than you mig
- Microscopic pigment structures and proteins that graced the feathers of a Cretaceous-age bird are still present in its 130-million-year-old fossil, a new study finds. The tiny and ancient structures were found on Eoconfuciusornis, a crow-size early bird that lived in what is now northern China during the early Cretaceous. Eoconfuciusornis is one of the first birds known to have a keratinous beak and no teeth.
- It is saddening news to report that four dolphins have arrived in Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Spain) over the weekend; seemingly to be displayed at the newly built dolphinarium in Rancho Texas zoo. The Born Free Foundation has been supporting the #StopDelfinarioLanzarote campaign, created by the Spanish NGO, FAADA, to stop the construction of a captive dolphin facility on Lanzarote and inevitable import of dolphins.Reports received indicate that the four bottlenose dolphins: aged 20, 10, 8 and 5
- By Cod Satrusayang SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (Reuters) - Climate change threatens to undermine Thailand's efforts to combat illegal fishing and avoid a potential European Union ban on exports by the multi-billion dollar seafood industry, environmental groups say. “Overfishing plays a major role in the decimation of the fish stock in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, but climate change is just as big a threat,” said Suchana Chavanich, a marine biologist at Chulalongkorn Universit
- HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Many birds in Connecticut are suffering slow, steady population declines because of a loss of nesting areas, and scientists say the saltmarsh sparrow could be extinct in 50 years, becoming the first avian extinction in the continental U.S. since 1931, the Connecticut Audubon Society reports.
- While conventional zoos have moved to enclosures for animals for at least part of the day, animals at some roadside zoos can spend their entire lives in a cageI have driven by many roadside zoos in my time, but have never stopped at one. It seemed unlikely they could be any less depressing than a conventional zoo – in fact, it seemed likely that they could be even more depressing.Roadside zoos generally provide less enrichment for the animals and less education for their public. While conv
- A beluga whale calf has recently been born in captivity at Valencia's l’Oceanografic in Spain. The parents, named Yulka and Kairo, were the only beluga whales in captivity in Europe. Both were captured from the wild in 1999 and have been housed in an indoor tank at Spain's largest marine park, for 13 years, since 2003.Yulka previously gave birth to another calf in 2006, but the calf died just 25 days later. If Yulka's most recent calf survives, however, its future remains uncertain. Few ca
- The forests of Ethiopia are teeming with a supercharged ant that is poised to invade the globe, new research suggests. The infamous ant species, Lepisiota canescens, is demonstrating the behavior needed for supercolony formation and for global invasion — (insect world domination, anyone?), the researchers say. "The species we found in Ethiopia may have a high potential of becoming a globally invasive species," study author D. Magdalena Sorger, a postdoctoral researcher at the North Carolin
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