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Bull Kills Itself After Fiery Torches Put on Horns

It ran head-on into a post at a Spanish festival

(Newser) - A horrifying scene out of a bull festival in Spain has reignited a firestorm—this one a literal one—around the subject of how bull are used as entertainment. The Independent reports on a bull that was tied to a post in front of a "baying" crowd during the... More »

PETA on SeaWorld Polar Bear: 'She Gave Up'

Szenja, 21, died suddenly in San Diego, and PETA says it was from 'broken heart'

(Newser) - The only polar bear resident at SeaWorld San Diego died unexpectedly on Tuesday, and while the marine park says the death of 21-year-old Szenja will be investigated, PETA says it knows what killed her: a "broken heart." The animal rights activists objected strongly in February when SeaWorld separated... More »

Knoxville Zoo Suffers a 'Catastrophic' Animal Loss

Zoo can't explain why 33 reptiles were found dead

(Newser) - Thirty-three reptiles were found dead last week at a Tennessee zoo, and officials there say they have no clues yet about how it happened. Zoo Knoxville told local news outlets that nearly all of the dead animals were snakes. They were all found dead in the reptile area. Surviving animals... More »

Bahamas' Swimming Pigs Dying, Likely Due to Tourists

Some think the friendly animals are being fed snacks and booze

(Newser) - The Washington Post calls the untimely demise of some of the famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas—the friendly feral animals who live on the uninhabited island of Big Major Cay, aka "Pig Beach" —a "mysterious wave of death." But some say that the reason may... More »

Country Horrified by Beating Death of Beloved Hippo

Gustavito was killed after brutal beating at El Salvador's national zoo

(Newser) - El Salvador's widespread violence reached an unexpected corner with the brutal and fatal beating of the national zoo's beloved hippopotamus Gustavito. Even among a population numbed by a staggering human death toll due to gang violence in recent years, the animal's death late Sunday stirred outrage. Salvadorans... More »

Don't Let Your Pets Near This Skin Cream

Fluorouracil killed 5 dogs who ate it: FDA

(Newser) - A skin cream used to prevent and treat skin cancer should be kept far away from pets after five dogs ate some and died, FDA officials warn. In one case, two dogs simply punctured a tube of fluorouracil—which kills fast-growing cells, including cancer cells, and is sold as Carac,... More »

Up to 95 Dolphins Die in Everglades

They became stuck in mangroves and on mudflats

(Newser) - At least 82 dolphins, including juveniles and calves, have died in a mysterious incident in a remote section of Florida's Everglades National Park. Officials say 95 dolphins—a particular species known as false killer whales, which typically swim at depths of 3,000 feet—were seen stranded in the... More »

Police Horse Left With No Food, Water for 16 Hours Dies

Officer got distracted with paperwork

(Newser) - MC Hammer had been with the Denver Police Department since November 2015, helping his human partners patrol the city—until one of the 10-year-old police horse's mounted officers had what appears to have been a fatal lapse of memory in September. The Denver Post reports that Officer Joseph Teeter... More »

41 Elk Fall Through Ice, Die in Oregon

Wildlife officials couldn't save the herd

(Newser) - Oregon is home to 41 fewer elk—and poachers aren't to blame. On Tuesday, an elk herd fell through ice while trying to cross the Brownlee Reservoir on Powder River, says the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, which was told about the incident by a witness. Only four... More »

Serial Killer of Animals on the Loose in Canada

Culprit uses scalpel, leaves bodies in public places

(Newser) - "It's impossible to forget what we've seen," says the director of a Humane Society in London, Ontario, where officials say a serial animal killer is on the loose. Over the past year, 17 dead animals have been found around the Canadian city. It started with skinned... More »

Mountain Goat Dies Trying to Escape Alaska Crowd

It jumped into water to avoid photographers

(Newser) - After the unfortunate death of a mountain goat, Alaska residents and visitors have been urged not to act like the paparazzi when they encounter wildlife. The goat, which had apparently wandered down from a mountain into the city of Seward, drowned on Saturday while trying to escape a crowd that... More »

Kid's Parents Could Be Charged in Gorilla Death

Harambe's first keeper says he was like one of his sons

(Newser) - Harambe the gorilla is becoming the most talked-about animal since Cecil the lion —and his death is just as controversial . On Tuesday, police and prosecutors confirmed that the shooting at the Cincinnati Zoo is being investigated, and they haven't ruled out criminal charges against the parents of the... More »

Kenya Rangers Cause Lion's 'Heinous' Death

Mohawk the lion howled in pain after being shot by team that didn't have tranquilizers

(Newser) - An escaped lion, a taunting crowd, and an ill-prepared first-response team came together in Kenya to cause what some are saying was the unnecessary, senseless death of the lion, the country's Star reports. Mohawk, a 13-year-old lion who was one of Nairobi National Park's most well-known creatures due... More »

Swan Dies for Tourist's Selfie

Bird was dragged from a Macedonia lake

(Newser) - Another reason humans really suck sometimes: A woman from Bulgaria, part of a large tourist group, dragged a swan from a lake in Macedonia to snap a selfie with it and ended up killing the animal, per the New York Daily News . Photos obtained by Metro show the woman smiling... More »

Hot Cars Are Also Killing Police Dogs

Faulty AC units, human negligence are factors in these preventable deaths: experts

(Newser) - A BuzzFeed investigation this year found at least 29 US police dogs had died of heatstroke in their handlers' cars over the past seven years. But a new analysis of 619 deaths since 2011 by the Green Bay Press-Gazette raises that number to at least 46 dogs, with 18 others... More »

Something Just Killed 120K Endangered Antelopes

A herd of 60K saigas in Kazakhstan died in only 4 days

(Newser) - An already critically endangered species has been driven even further to the brink after an insane population decline compounded by the fact that scientists are at a loss to explain it. Initially, scientists weren’t too perturbed to hear some saigas—a type of antelope that inhabits Kazakhstan, Russia, and... More »

Hiker Scalded Trying to Save Dogs From Hot Spring

2 dogs died after incident in Idaho national forest last week

(Newser) - An awful incident at a national forest in Idaho: Two dogs died and their owner was severely burned during an encounter with a hot spring in Salmon-Challis National Forest last week. Paden McCormic was walking his three dogs through the mountains near the Panther Creek Hot Springs when two of... More »

Chicago Zoo Accidentally Kills 54 Stingrays

Animals in shallow pool died from low oxygen levels

(Newser) - Officials say all 54 stingrays in a popular exhibit at a suburban Chicago zoo died because the oxygen levels in their tank dropped too low. The Chicago Zoological Society says the four southern stingrays and 50 cow-nose rays in the Brookfield Zoo exhibit were in a shallow pool that allows... More »

Starfish Ripping Off Own Arms

Reports of 'sea star wasting syndrome' get more disturbing

(Newser) - Scientists are still trying to figure out why starfish are dying in massive numbers, turning into what one taxonomist described as "goo piles." The latest news on the die-off is similarly disturbing: One biology professor studied sea stars suffering from what is being called "sea star wasting... More »

Something Killed 100K Fish in Nevada Marina

Officials say cold snap could be partially to blame

(Newser) - State wildlife officials are trying to figure out why all the fish have died in a northern Nevada marina where the stocked fishery has flourished since the man-made lake was created nearly 15 years ago. An estimated 100,000 trout, bass, and catfish have died over the past month in... More »

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