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A Sea Lion Grabbed a Young Girl Off a Dock in Canada

A young girl was pulled underwater by a sea lion as she sat on a dock near Vancouver in Canada, and an onlooker captured the moment on video.<p>The …

Animals

Fox-hunting row: playing politics with animal welfare

If Theresa May’s announcement of a UK general election on June 8 was a surprise to many, her pledge to allow a free vote on repealing the Hunting Act …

Referendums

The Secret Life of Urban Crows

On a blustery overcast morning this past April, Kaeli Swift walked across the campus of the University of Washington toting a weathered, …

Birds

All the Trees Will Die, and Then So Will You

The polyphagous shot hole borer, a brown-black beetle from southeast Asia, never gets bigger than a tenth of an inch. It breeds inside trees; …

Residents question 'senseless' killing of bear spotted in Scarborough

Bear in Scarborough may have been looking for food, curious, or disoriented, expert says<p>While some residents are questioning why a bear was shot and …

Housing

Massive python spotted on South African golf course

Enormous python slithers onto a golf course in in Zimbali, South Africa.

South Africa

The 'Cat Man of Aleppo' loves dogs, too

Mohammad Alaa Jaleel is known as the "Cat Man of Aleppo." Due to the nonstop warfare being waged in Syria, families are often forced to flee their …

Friendly Felines: Cats Like People (Really!), Study Says

Do cats like being around people, or are they only using humans to open doors and operate can openers? A new study suggests that human contact is …

Cats

Vacant lots provide more ecosystem services than backyard trees | Anthropocene

Though vacant lots are often the most verdant spaces in a city-dweller’s everyday life, they’re not usually appreciated for the life they host. Sure, …

Catnip to cat lovers everywhere: your fluffy friend loves you right back

Research has shown that cats love human company above all else. That may be news to some – but not to me and my loyal, sociable sidekick<p>In very important news: cats are nice. Yes, that’s right – forget about Legs-it; purge your mind of Trump’s climate change idiocy (if only) and don’t worry about …

How the mouse came to live alongside humans

<b>Mice have been living alongside humans for 15,000 years, according to fossil evidence.</b><p>This is earlier than previously thought - and predates the dawn of agriculture.<p>Scientists believe wild mice crept into settlements in the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean) region to steal wild grains and seeds that …

Anthropology

New (free!) e-book shows why urban resilience and environmental justice MATTER

In an era rocked by environmental, economic, and political upheaval, our cities and communities must be resilient in order to survive. But what does …

Environmental Justice

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 …

Lana Del Rey

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 …

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 …

Cool Stuff

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 …

Wildlife

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> …

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 …

Cats

German wild boars go on the rampage | Germany | DW.COM | 29.01.2017

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 …

Germany

Mapping The 6,000-Year History Of The City

<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 …

Cities

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 …

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. <br>“…the overall objective …

Psychology
Guns

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 …

Climate
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 …

Wildlife

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 …

SeaWorld

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 …

Activism