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Movie Review: Kedi might look like a glorified cute cat video, but it has plenty to say about people, too

At one point in <i>Kedi</i>, a documentary portrait of Istanbul’s many stray cats, one of the interview subjects explains why she regularly opens her door to a particular feline who comes a-callin’. This woman lives on the second floor of her building, close enough to the ground for cats to reach her …

Wildlife

Why the Planet Earth II Episode on Cities Is So Startling

It gives us a glimpse of our strange future.<p>It used to happen a lot: Teetering home drunk and disconsolate late at night through the shadowy semi-suburbs of north London, I would turn a corner and find, staring placidly at me on the street, the silhouette of a fox.<p>Looking directly into the eyes of …

Cities

'Kedi,' a Heartwarming New Documentary, Stars Istanbul's Street Cats

In Istanbul, the cat is king. The city is famous for its legions of feral felines. Even though no one technically owns them, these hundreds of …

Hedgehogs vanish from British gardens

More than half of Britain’s gardeners did not spot a hedgehog, owl, frog, fox, mouse or bat, in their gardens in 2016, as wildlife experts warn that the once common animals are continuing to decline.<p>The annual survey by BBC Gardening World Magazine found there has been a further drop in hedgehog …

Nature

This Savvy Cat Is Extremely Good At Taking Selfies

It's basically an album cover.<p>Selfies are all the rage nowadays, but they're a complicated art form. You have to get the angle just right, and your arm never seems long enough for the shot you want. But a tabby cat named Manny is so good at it, he genuinely makes it look easy.<p>Of course, he isn't</i> …

Wildlife

Scrap Metal Worker Feeds Neighborhood Cats, Hasn't Missed a Day in 22 Years..

For 22 years, a man (now 76 years old) has been feeding hundreds of feral cats in Hartford, Connecticut. He's a scrap metal worker who uses his …

German wild boars go on the rampage

Berlin has long held a reputation for harboring thousands of the animals, who often maraud local residents. This time a herd of them struck them right near the city's airport.<p>Near Berlin's Tegel airport, an errant herd of wild boar attacked several people, injuring three on Saturday, police …

Berlin

The City: A 6,000 Year History, Mapped

<b>New map and video show that urbanization is not as modern a concept as you might think.</b><p>When talking about <i>Science and the City</i>, I’m often asked about the earliest days of urbanization – when and where did we build the first ‘proper’ city? What influence did those early settlements have on their …

Urbanization

Pets Will Be Treated Similarly to Children in Alaska Divorce Courts

Since the dawn of pets — or at least blogging — one question has divided the world: Can you consider your pet to be your child?<p>This guy says no, and …

Wildlife

The Five Domains Model Aims to Help Animals Thrive

An updated approach to animal welfare includes opportunities for positive experiences for our companion (and other) animals.<p>“…the overall objective …

Psychology

To kill or not to kill. There is no question for the raccoon roaming near my home.

When a raccoon began raiding garbage cans at my home in suburban Prince George’s County, I put two five-pound weights on the lids. The critter then began tipping over the can and making a bigger mess. The ruckus also drove my cat insane, causing her to jump on window sills and claw at the glass.<p>I …

Wildlife

The end of federal environmental justice as we know it

<i>This story was originally published by CityLab and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>For an idea of what President-elect …

Environment

Chickens ‘changed the world.’ So why do we ignore them?

More than 2,000 years ago, the inhabitants of a settlement in what is now eastern England did something that might seem totally unremarkable: They put a chicken in a pot.<p>What’s notable is that they did not cook or eat the chicken. Archaeologists who later unearthed the site in Lincolnshire County …

Chickens

Pet deer named after Bambi character gunned down in family's driveway by wildlife wardens

Faline was shot and killed on a Kansas farm after being deemed 'an illegal pet' say her owners.<p>A pet deer named after a Bambi character has been shot …

Curtains close on SeaWorld San Diego’s killer whale theatrics

On Sunday, for what would mark the final time, an announcer at San Diego’s SeaWorld park asked a stadium crowd if they would like to get soaked by a killer whale. The crowd did; the whales obliged. And as a few whales slid out onto a white platform, in front of a massive LED screen in the shape of …

Mammals

Game Wardens Shoot Deer Named After Bambi Character in Front of Its Owners

A family in Kansas would like to see reforms in wildlife legislation after game wardens arrived at their home and shot their pet deer, Faline, five …

Paris War On Rats Faces Backlash From Animal Rights Activists

Public health officials who have embarked on a campaign to eradicate rodents from Paris are facing hurdles in doing their job as French animal …

Game wardens killed a deer — in front of the family that kept it as a pet

Faline entered the Mcgaughey residence on the morning of Dec. 19, ate three cookies and then left to wander around outside. By that afternoon, she had been fatally, and purposely, shot by local authorities while her caretakers watched.<p>Faline was a mule deer. But was she a pet, a wild animal — or …

Wildlife

Controversial SeaWorld Orca Shows End in California, but Continue Elsewhere

The company is phasing out its killer whale entertainment shows in response to a new law and pressure from the public, though the change is gradual.<p>Orcas will flip through the air and perform high-energy tricks for an audience for the last time in California on Sunday, when SeaWorld puts on its …

Mammals

Justice for Copper - When a Walk in the Woods Turns Deadly

Writer, Conservationist and Concerned Citizen of the Planet<p>This post is hosted on the Huffington Post's Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.<p>This article is dedicated to a sweet dog I never …

Pet deer is killed by game warden in western Kansas, sparking outrage; video

The Mcgaughey family in the rural town of Ulysses, Kansas, began caring for a mule deer that lost its mother nearly two years ago. The doe became a …

Why birds in new suburbs get 'divorced'

"The hidden cost of suburban development for these birds is that we force them to do things that natural selection wouldn't have them do otherwise."

Biology

New open-range zoo will allow Perth zoo to expand captive breeding

Zoo planned for nature reserve at Lower Chittering and will be managed as a second site of Perth zoo<p>A proposed open-range zoo in Western Australia would provide an “essential piece of conservation infrastructure” and allow Perth zoo to build on its internationally renowned captive breeding …

Cities are the new laboratories of evolution | Anthropocene

Cities are driving rapid evolutionary changes to plant and animal species, according to a study published yesterday in the <i>Proceedings of the National</i> …

The Dog Factory: Inside the Sickening World of Puppy Mills

The house on Hilton Lake Road was unremarkable, a brick one-story with an under-watered lawn and a scrimshaw of patchy shrubs. It was flanked by …

Long Island barber howls at local coyotes to save them

When Frank Vincenti heard the sound of a coyote howling on the night of Nov. 7, he knew his efforts had failed.<p>Staked out in his car at a baseball …

Wildlife

Federal court rules police can shoot a dog if it moves, barks when officer enters home

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (<b>NEWS10</b>) – A federal court ruled that police can shoot a dog if it moves or barks when an officer enters a home.<p>The decision …

Go native: why we need 'wildlife allotments' to bring species back to the ‘burbs

As urban populations around the globe skyrocket and the demand for housing grows, space is increasingly at a premium in cities. Unfortunately, …

Biodiversity

A year in the wild: readers share their favourite wildlife photos from 2016

We’ve asked readers to share their photos of wildlife they have discovered every month this year. Here is a selection of the best of them<p>Readers have been sharing a wonderful array of wildlife photographs every month throughout the year. And with 2016 drawing to a close, we thought it would be nice …