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Hundreds Celebrate Rescue of Fat Rat

'Even animals that are hated by many deserve respect'

(Newser) - Firefighters in Germany are getting praise from animal lovers around the world after a life saved: that of a very fat rat. An animal rescuer called the local volunteer fire department for backup Sunday when he couldn't free a sewer rat lodged in a manhole cover in Bensheim. First... More »

'We Failed Our Little Brown Rat' in Climate Change First

Australia classifies Bramble Cay melomys as extinct

(Newser) - It's official in the eyes of Australia: A small brown rat is the first known mammal to be eradicated as a result of human-induced climate change. Bramble Cay melomys were declared extinct by Queensland's government in 2016 after a series of research trips failed to locate the animal... More »

Wildlife Photographer: I've 'Achieved My Dream'

Rare black leopards photographed in Kenya

(Newser) - Will Burrard-Lucas scrolled through photo after photo, seeing only hyenas. Then "a pair of eyes surrounded by inky darkness ... a black leopard! I couldn't believe it," the British wildlife photographer says of capturing some of the first scientific evidence of black leopards in Africa in a century.... More »

'It's Like Tinder, but With Dogs'

App matches prospective dog owners with shelter animals

(Newser) - If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right. Animal lovers in Lithuania have created a mobile application inspired by the popular dating app Tinder to match up dogs in local shelters with new owners, per the AP . Called GetPet, the app was launched last month, is getting hundreds of new... More »

Months After a Sad Loss, New Hope for Orcas

A calf arrives, though odds of survival aren't good

(Newser) - Welcome L124 or "Lucky"—a new calf spotted among the struggling southern resident orca population. The 75th member of the group, perhaps up to a month old, appears happy and healthy following its first sighting at the north end of Puget Sound in Washington state on Jan. 11,... More »

'Incredibly Rare': Extinct Wolf DNA Turns Up in Texas

Canines on Galveston Island could be red wolf-coyote hybrid

(Newser) - The red wolf was declared effectively extinct in the American wild almost 40 years ago, but, like the Neanderthal, it lives on in descendants still thriving today. That's the welcome discovery revealed in a study in Genes , which found a substantial amount of red wolf DNA in two road-kill... More »

New Law Says Pets 'Are More Like Children'

California is about to improve animal rights

(Newser) - California animals, rejoice: New laws should put an end to pet-store "puppy mills" and the degradation of pets in divorce cases. Starting New Year's Day, operators of pet stores will only be allowed to sell rabbits, cats, and dogs that come from non-profit rescue organizations and shelters, CNN... More »

Intersection's Odd Hazard: Too Many Stray Cats

Humane Society on the case after motorist in Virginia is spotted releasing 30 in notorious spot

(Newser) - An intersection in a Virginia city has been deemed a hazard because it has been overrun with abandoned cats. News outlets report the Danville Area Humane Society made the designation this week after a witness reported seeing a motorist stop and release 30 cats at the intersection of Piney Forest... More »

5 Phrases You Can't Say Anymore, According to PETA

Don't fret, 'feed a fed horse' is fine

(Newser) - "I'm going to die laughing" is probably not the reaction PETA was seeking with its latest initiative supporting animal rights, this one demanding people abandon commonly used phrases with "anti-animal language." That includes "kill two birds with one stone," "bring home the bacon,... More »

Woman Helps Save 27 Animals After Florence, Gets Busted

Tammie Hedges was charged with administering antibiotics to sick animals in temporary shelter

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman who runs an animal rescue nonprofit took in dozens of abandoned cats and dogs in the wake of Hurricane Florence, cleaning their wounds and giving them antibiotics to help them heal. On Friday, however, Tammie Hedges was arrested, with Wayne County officials accusing her of being... More »

Meet the First Known Omnivorous Shark

Bonnetheads munch on seagrass, and new study finds it's not just incidental

(Newser) - Jaws would've been a lot less scary had Steven Spielberg replaced his great white villain with a bonnethead shark. It's "the first known omnivorous species of shark," says researcher Samantha Leigh, co-author of a new study that describes the hammerhead relative as a lover of seagrass.... More »

8 Bird Species Fall Victim to 'Growing Wave of Extinctions'

Habitat loss via deforestation among issues: study

(Newser) - Eight bird species, including the Brazilian blue parrot featured in 2011 animated flick Rio, make up the first confirmed avian extinctions this decade. The Spix's macaw (the species of the Rio characters Blu and Jewel ) hasn't been seen in the wild since 2000, as a 2016 sighting... More »

PETA Push Leads to Change on Animal Cracker Boxes

No more cages on Nabisco snack packaging

(Newser) - We probably wouldn't want to see lions, elephants, and gorillas at the local zoo or circus busting out from behind bars, but on Nabisco's updated animal-cracker packaging, going cage-free has been deemed perfectly safe. USA Today reports the company has removed any depiction of cages on its boxes... More »

Cocaine Now Wreaking Havoc on ... Eels

Study shows muscle damage that could affect migration

(Newser) - Humans aren't alone in a battle with illicit drugs, which have penetrated waterways worldwide via wastewater and other means. European eels are feeling the effects, and probably other animals, too, say researchers at Italy's University of Naples Federico II. After previously finding cocaine in eel flesh, the team... More »

Oldest Sumatran Orangutan Dies, Leaves 'Incredible Legacy'

Puan, longtime resident of Australia's Perth Zoo, had 54 descendants around the world

(Newser) - Australia knew her as the "Grand Old Lady" of Perth Zoo, and the world, via Guinness World Records , knew her as the oldest known Sumatran orangutan on Earth. Sadly, Puan had been suffering of late from age-related issues, and so she was euthanized on Monday at the age of... More »

Mammals Are Going Nocturnal to Avoid Us

Trend seen across dozens of species on 6 continents: study

(Newser) - The list of ways humans have altered the planet continues to grow: Animals are becoming more nocturnal, possibly as a means of avoiding the superpredators we've become, per a new study. The meta-anaylsis of 76 studies on 62 mammal species across six continents, published in the journal Science , found... More »

Great Ape, Extinct Lion Among Top New Species

Several endangered species among top finds over past year

(Newser) - It's understandable that a fish in the deepest spot on Earth would escape human notice for millennia. How a great ape managed the same feat is less clear, though both are now included in a list of the top 10 of 18,000 new species discovered over the past... More »

By This New Measure, Plants Rule the Earth

They outweigh all other life on the planet, by a mile

(Newser) - A first-of-its-kind study reveals that humans make up a minuscule portion of life on the planet. As in 0.01%, reports the Guardian . The flip side of that? Despite the scant figure, humans have reshaped the animal kingdom, helping wipe out about 83% of mammals and half of all plants... More »

Miami High School Chided for Caged Tiger at Prom

Christopher Columbus High School defended the move

(Newser) - One Miami high school's prom was really on theme, much to the displeasure of some students and parents. Christopher Columbus High School went with a "Welcome to the Jungle" theme for Friday night's prom, and the decorations carted into the Double Tree Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center... More »

Smithsonian Gets Shipped Aardvark Milk Each Week

The milking itself is tricky business

(Newser) - An aardvark in Cincinnati is sharing his mother's milk—with scientists in Washington. Ali the aardvark is mother to Winsol, who in late December became the zoo's first healthy aardvark newborn since 1994. Cincinnati Zoo staffers draw milk samples from the 13-year-old mom every Friday, then send them... More »

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