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Dog Rushes To Comfort The Sick Horse Her Family Just Rescued

“She was telling him, ‘It’s going to be OK, and you’re going to be OK’” ❤️️<p>Molly the dog has always had a knack for making everyone she meets feel …

Kindle

Greenpeace and Emma Thompson Craft a Touching Story About the Orangutan’s Plight

With the world’s population of orangutans having declined by half in just 16 years, wildlife advocates are ringing alarm bells about the continued …

Palm Oil

After 17 days and 1,000 miles, mother orca Tahlequah drops her dead calf

Tahlequah, the mother orca whale whose plight captivated people around the world, is no longer carrying her calf.

Veterinary Medicine

That Grieving Mother Orca Is Still Carrying Her Dead Calf, And Scientists Are Getting Worried

Her grief could end up being deadly.<p>A grieving orca was spotted off the coast of Washington state Thursday, carrying her stillborn calf through the …

Animals

Octopus research shows that consciousness isn’t what makes humans special

Whether or not octopuses should be viewed as charming or terrifying very much depends on your personal perspective. But it’s hard to deny their intelligence.<p>Octopuses can squirt water at an annoyingly bright bulb until it short-circuits. They can tell humans apart (even those who are wearing the …

Make Wellington cat-free to reintroduce kiwis - Eugenie Sage

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage wants Kiwis to be reintroduced to urban Wellington - and she's suggested locals should stop owning cats in order …

Wildlife

We May Never Understand the Ocean-Wide Damage Done by Industrial Whaling

A few months ago I learned that, as recently as 1972, General Motors was using sperm-whale oil in transmission fluid in its cars. I’m not sure why I was surprised to learn this. It took nearly another decade for much of the world to agree to ban commercial whaling, in 1982. (A handful of countries …

Whales

A mother orca's "tour of grief" reminds us how much we have in common with animals

An orca in the northwest waters of the Pacific has been swimming with her dead calf and keeping it afloat for more than 10 days—a display of motherly grief that has struck an emotional chord around the world while highlighting the plight of the critically endangered southern resident population of …

Grieving mother highlights crisis for Southern Resident killer whales

For more than a week, the West Coast — and the world — have watched as a Southern Resident killer whale mother carries her dead calf in what experts …

Killer Whales

Orca’s Death Vigil Shows Complexity of Killer Whale Emotions

Animals<p>A Pacific Northwest orca likely bonded closely with her calf before it died, which could help explain her record-breaking emotional sojourn.<p>An orca named J35 has finally dropped her dead calf, which she'd been pushing with her head for at least 17 days and 1,000 miles off the Pacific …

Whales

Killing "In the Name of Coexistence" Doesn't Make Much Sense

<b>Killing animals "in the name of coexistence" or "in the name of protection"</b><p><i>"With a guiding principle of ‘first do no harm,' compassionate</i> …

Wildlife

Whale carries dead calf for more than 10 days

In what experts think is extreme grief, a mourning killer whale mother carries her dead calf for hundreds of kilometers over more than 10 days.

Turner Broadcasting

That Mourning Orca Whale Mother Should Be a Wake-Up Call

Ten dreadful days. That’s how long Tahlequah, the female orca also known as J-35, has been carrying her dead calf in mourning through the Pacific …

Washington State

A Mother Orca Is Still Carrying Her Dead Calf, 10 Days Later

Tahlequah has swum hundreds of miles during her grand act of grief.<p>The orca whale whose calf died just minutes after it was born is still carrying the body through the waters of the Pacific Northwest, 10 days after her grief ricocheted around the world.<p>Tahlequah, also known as J-35, is part of an …

Animals

Challenging the usual narrative of human-wildlife conflict

On its face, the term “human-wildlife conflict” seems like a straightforward thing. Yet the causes may be surprisingly complex, with a moment of …

Wildlife

Killer whale holding dead calf afloat is showing human-like grief, expert says

An expert on animal emotion says a resident killer whale in the Salish Sea carrying its dead calf afloat is showing what humans would call …

Killer Whales

Mark Leiren-Young: Grieving with the orcas

Mark Leiren-Young<b>Four days.</b> As of Friday afternoon, J35, a 20-year-old southern resident orca had been cradling her dead baby above the water for …

Whales

Grieving orca mother carries dead calf for days as killer whales fight for survival

A grieving mother orca near Vancouver Island has been carrying her dead calf for four days, after refusing to leave her baby behind when the rest of her pod left.<p>The mother killer whale, named J35 by researchers, gave birth Tuesday in what was initially a hopeful moment. Mother and female calf were …

Killer Whales

Using baby bats as bait: Cairns council tries new tactic to lure flying fox colony out of CBD

A city with an urban bat problem hopes to lure a large flying fox colony from the CBD to nearby swampland by appealing to the animals' maternal …

CBD

'You will never run from death': shot by poachers in Uganda

The bullet that pierced the shoulder of Ugandan ranger Samuel Loware had already taken one life and could easily have added his. The shell was fired by a Sudanese poacher trying to flee back over the border with contraband meat from the Kidepo Valley national park.<p>Loware had been tracking the …

National Parks

This Beautiful Image Of A Rescued Gorilla Hugging Her Caretaker Just Won Wildlife Photo Of The Year

This beautiful image of a gorilla hugging her caretaker, titled "Pikin and Appolinaire," just won the People's Choice Award in the 2017 Wildlife …

Natural History Museum

Support for the Endangered Species Act remains high as congressional efforts to undermine it accelerate

The Endangered Species Act, or “the Act,” is arguably the most important law in the United States for conserving biodiversity and arresting the …

Endangered Species

Going on a bear hunt: the animal activists signing up to 'shoot' grizzlies

Jane Goodall, the renowned conservationist, and a group of wildlife activists are some of the unexpected entrants in a lottery to hunt up to 22 grizzly bears near Yellowstone national park.<p>Their goal is to infiltrate Wyoming state’s first grizzly bear hunt in 44 years by acquiring licenses they …

Wildlife

The surprisingly complicated math of how many wild animals are killed in agriculture

As ever more people make the ethics of harming animals central to their dietary choices, the number of wild animals killed by farming is an essential …

Agriculture

Darwin Was An Animal Rights Activist, Reveals Newly-Revealed Handwritten Note

Charles Darwin, when laying out the groundwork for his newfangled theory of evolution in <i>On The Origin of Species</i>, often described how the driving …

Activism

Eight Rare Rhinos Have Died in an Attempt to Save The Species

This is gut wrenching.<p>Eight critically endangered black rhinoceroses died after being moved from parks near Kenya's capital to a sanctuary in a …

This Viral 'Shark Attack' Photo Isn't What It Seems

"Wild animals shouldn’t be used as photo props.”<p>Instagram model Katarina Zarutskie was in the Bahamas with her boyfriend when she got into the water …

The Burmese python and the fight for the Florida Everglades

The Florida Everglades are famous throughout the world, with alligators as perhaps their best-known inhabitants. However, there’s a new predator in …

Zoology

When conservation steps out of the wild and into - Anthropocene

Orangutans are a conservation emblem, a species whose plight brings to mind moonscape clear-cuts and the urgent need to protect what pristine forests …