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Humphrey the polar bear melts our hearts in new video from Toronto Zoo

It's official: The only man needed in this life is a polar bear named Humphrey.<p>The 9-month-old polar bear at the Toronto Zoo started getting worldwide attention in January after he adorably tried taking his first steps, and the cuteness hasn't stopped since. Last week, Humphrey was caught on camera …

Alan Turing, code-breaker castrated for homosexuality, receives royal pardon

Alan Turing, a British code-breaker during World War II who was later subjected to chemical castration for homosexual activity, has received a royal pardon nearly 60 years after he committed suicide.<p>Turing was best known for developing the Bombe, a code-breaking machine that deciphered messages …

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Marine's pregnant wife found dead in mine shaft

The body of a missing pregnant wife of a Marine based in California was found over the weekend and her former neighbor was arrested in connection with her death, police in San Bernardino County said.<p>Erin Corwin, 19 and three months pregnant, had been missing since June 28 after she said she was …

11 Things You Should Know Before Planning Your Next Trip To The Zoo

If you're like most Americans, chances are you've visited a zoo. Maybe you've only gone to one on a school field trip, or maybe it's one of your favorite places to go, but whatever the case, zoos are popular in this country. As of March, there were 224 Association of Zoos and Aquariums …

Giant panda celebrates his second birthday at the San Diego Zoo - video

Giant panda Xiao Liwu turned two on Tuesday and was treated to an 'ice cake' at his home at the San Diego Zoo. The cake, which took several weeks to make, is designed both as a treat and a form of enrichment to keep the panda stimulated. Xiao Liwu and his parents are on loan to the zoo from China …

Chinese Zoo Fails at Trying to Have a Dog Pass for a Lion

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Chinese zoos are depressing places—an ostrich was bitten and killed by a patron at one; some people …

Boy, 11, Loses Hand After Father Lifts Him Into Zoo Enclosure To Stroke Tiger (GRAPHIC PICTURES, VIDEO)

An 11-year-old boy has lost his hand after he tried to pet a tiger through the bars at a zoo.<p>The incident occurred at Brazil’s Cascavel Zoo on …

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Woman sneaks into Berlin Zoo seal pool for swim

BERLIN (Reuters) - A woman sneaked into the seal pool of Berlin Zoo on Monday night, risking serious injury to take a swim with the animals after closing time, zoo authorities said.<p>A witness told German daily Bild: “I watched as the woman stripped to her bikini and then lowered herself into the …

Zoos of the Future Won't Have Cages

A proposed zoo in Denmark is the latest of several projects designed to protect animals from nasty, gawking humans.<p>Some of the most famous zoos in the world have been having a hard time making ends meet recently. The Bronx Zoo's budget was slashed in 2012, the Oregon Zoo has faced huge revenue …

Not Again!: Dozens Stuck on Dallas Zoo Monorail

About 50 people are stranded after a monorail at the Dallas Zoo became stuck — in the third such incident in three years.<p>Read more here.

Zonkey named Telegraph born at Crimean zoo

A zoo in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea has welcomed its latest arrival – a zebroid, or zonkey. Named Telegraph by keepers at the Taigan zoo park in southern Crimea, the foal's head and body are the solid brown of a donkey, while his legs have the characteristic black stripes of a zebra.<p>Oleg …

Bomb Threat False Alarm at National Zoo Triggers Ape Escape Rumors

As a main area of Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo was evacuated Friday, zoo-goers took to Twitter to announce that they were being evacuated because …

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Electric Zoo festival-goers must watch anti-drug video - CNN.com

<b>New York (CNN)</b> -- A young concert-goer is seen in a video rubbing white power on his gums. He starts sweating profusely before plunging into crazed drug trip that ends with him alone under the glare flashing lights.<p>The words "Don't miss the moment" appear across a black background: "Be present. …

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Giant panda Tian Tian likely to give birth this month, says Edinburgh zoo

Following a sustained frenzy of pregnancy speculation on a scale that perhaps only the Duchess of Cambridge can relate to, Scotland's celebrated female giant panda, Tian Tian, is likely to give birth at the end of this month, Edinburgh zoo has announced.<p>The 10-year-old panda underwent artificial …

Africa's 'last polar bear' Wang, dies in zoo

A polar bear believed to be the last in Africa died at a South African zoo on Wednesday, a few months after his long-time mate passed away.<p>"Africa's last polar bear Wang had to be put down due to liver and heart failure," Johannesburg zoo said in a statement.<p>The 30-year-old bear came to Africa from …

The Zoo That Will Swap the Roles of Humans and Animals

The Givskud Zootopia in the Danish town of Billund is looking to invert the concept of a normal zoo by letting the animals roam free while hiding humans in mirrored capsules or cable cars.<p><i>Plans for Zootopia. All photos courtesy of BIG</i><p>As anyone who's been to Zoolates will tell you, it is animals in …

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Why zoos are good

The days of the Victorian menagerie are over, but modern zoos are much more than a collection of animals and more important than ever<p>I am a lifelong fan of good zoos (note the adjective) and have visited dozens of zoos, safari parks and aquaria around the world. I also spent a number of years …

Barry the manatee drowns at Paris zoo after getting stuck in pool shaft

A three-year-old manatee has drowned after getting stuck in a service shaft in its pool just a month after joining a zoo in Paris.<p>Barry the manatee, who weighed 300kg (660lbs), died last Tuesday but the zoo at Vincennes only acknowledged the mammal's death on Monday and said an investigation was …

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