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Big cats returned to California sanctuary threatened by fire

Wildlife Waystation staff members return "Tyson," a tiger, who was evacuated from the sanctuary in the Angeles National Forest in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles, on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. About a dozen lions, tigers and cougars returned Wednesday to the sanctuary north of Los Angeles, four days after they were evacuated in the teeth of an advancing wildfire. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) LOS ANGELES (AP) — About a dozen lions, tigers, cougars and other big cats came home to a sanctuary north of Los Angeles days after they were evacuated in the teeth of an advancing wildfire.

Elephant poaching in Africa down, but still far too high: CITES

A bird flies over a family of elephants walking in the Amboseli National Park, southeast of Kenya's capital Nairobi By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - The illegal killing of African elephants for their ivory seems to have fallen from record peaks but poaching of the animal is still far too high, an international report said on Thursday. "There are elements of good news, but we are nowhere near the success we need to turn the trends around," John Scanlon, secretary-general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), told Reuters of CITES findings. About 60 percent of the elephants found dead in the wild in 2015 had been killed by poachers for their ivory rather than having died of natural causes, down from almost 80 percent at a peak in 2011, it said.

Did your ancestor hunt whales? Museum database offers clues

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 file photo the likeness of a whale adorns a door at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Mass. The museum has compiled a digital archive of more than a hundred thousand names of men who embarked on whaling voyages out of the Massachusetts port before the final one in 1927. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File) BOSTON (AP) — A digital list of the tens of thousands of men who embarked on whaling voyages out of New Bedford, from 10-year-old boys to a 70-year-old sailor who drank himself to death in South Africa, is a valuable resource for anyone researching their family's seafaring past. Just be warned: You might not like what you find.

California wildfire displaces exotic animals, horses, cats and dogs, too

African lionesses settle into their enclosure upon return to the Wildlife Waystation after animals were evacuated during the approach of the Sand Fire in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles, California By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A virtual Noah's Ark of wild beasts and livestock has been relocated to save them from a massive wildfire burning north of Los Angeles in a region that is home to exotic animal sanctuaries and horse ranches. Officials and volunteers at the Wildlife Waystation in the northern Los Angeles suburb of Sylmar moved about three-quarters of the sprawling facility's 400 animals on Saturday, including dozens of large animals such as tigers, lions, bears and cougars, founder Martine Colette said in a telephone interview. The so-called Sand Fire has charred 59 square miles (153 sq km) since it broke out on Friday in a mostly rural area around the community of Acton on the northwestern fringes of the Angeles National Forest.

Venezuela food shortages leave zoo animals hungry

A lion sleeps inside his a cage at the Caricuao Zoo in Caracas By Daniel Kai CARACAS (Reuters) - Some 50 animals have starved to death in the last six months at one of Venezuela's main zoos, according to a union leader, due to chronic food shortages that have plagued the crisis-stricken South American nation. The fatalities at the Caricuao zoo in Caracas include Vietnamese pigs, tapirs, rabbits and birds - some of whom had not eaten for two weeks, according to Marlene Sifontes, 52, a union leader for employees of state parks agency Inparques which oversees zoos. Authorities have not given numbers, but state prosecutors have opened an investigation into the deaths of "various species of wildlife" at the zoo.

Dramatic footage shows tiger attacking woman in Beijing wildlife park

China's state television CCTV broadcast footage showing a tiger attacking a woman at a Beijing wildlife park on Saturday (July 23), in an incident that left one dead and one injured. CCTV broadcast surveillance video showing a woman exiting the passenger's side of a car. As she approached the driver's side, a tiger attacked her from behind, and dragged her off screen.

'Star Trek Beyond' boots 'Pets' to box office doghouse

Star Trek Beyond Trailer #3 (2016) - Featuring "Sledgehammer" by Rihanna - Paramount Pictures screenshot video "Star Trek Beyond" boldly went to the top of the box office in its weekend debut, sending "The Secret Life of Pets" to the doghouse in the number two spot. Paramount's "Star Trek Beyond," the latest installment in the 50-year-old franchise, beamed up $59.6 million in gross receipts, according to estimates released by industry tracker Exhibitor Relations on Sunday. In the epic science-fiction adventure directed by Justin Lin, the crew of the USS Enterprise crash-land on a hostile planet and must find a way to escape from the villain Krall.

Box Office: 'Star Trek Beyond' Targets $56M-Plus Bow; 'Ice Age 5' Frozen Out by 'Pets'

The latest 'Star Trek' is pacing behind the two previous installments; elsewhere, horror film 'Lights Out' scares up plenty of business, while conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza's Hillary Clinton doc expands nationwide.

Sigourney Weaver honored with wildlife award

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Actor Sigourney Weaver has been named the 2016 recipient of the Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award by the Indianapolis Zoo.

Palestinian Doctor Dolittle cares for Gaza's stray dogs

Palestinian man Saeed el-Aer gives a stray dog medical treatment at the organisation he helped set up, the Sulala Society for Training and Caring for Animals, in Zahra By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Among the many problems Gaza faces, from conflict to homelessness, power cuts and a lack of fresh water, Saeed el-Aer has dedicated himself to an unusual one: stray dogs. "We tour the streets and distribute food for days or a week until they get used to us and then we catch and bring them to the society," said Aer, referring to the organization he helped set up, the Sulala Society for Training and Caring for Animals. At the farm in Zahra, south of Gaza city on the coast, young volunteers feed the dogs by boiling chicken wings and legs in a large pot over a wood-fired stove.

'Ghostbusters' charms audiences but can't vanquish 'Pets'

Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Ghostbusters" in Hollywood, California, on July 9, 2016 Los Angeles (AFP) - The "Ghostbusters" crew may have rooted out New York's supernatural but failed to overpower the city's furry critters, who topped the box office once again.

'Ghostbusters' holds its own, but 'Life of Pets' still No. 1

FILE - In this April 12, 2016, file photo, director Paul Feig, center, poses with cast members, from left, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones during the Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation of "Ghostbusters," at CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. The film will be released nationwide on Friday, July 15. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK (AP) — After months of prerelease debate, Sony Picture's female-led "Ghostbusters" reboot arrived in theaters as neither a massive success nor the bomb some predicted, as the much-scrutinized film opened with an estimated $46 million in North American theaters, second to the holdover hit "The Secret Life of Pets."

Box Office: 'Ghostbusters' debuts to $46 million, 'Secret Life of Pets' tops charts

Director Feig poses with cast members McCarthy, Jones, McKinnon and Wiig pose at the premiere of the film "Ghostbusters" in Hollywood By Brent Lang LOS ANGELES ( - Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" reboot has triggered intense debate over its decision to refashion the proton pack-wielding paranormal investigators as an all-female team. After all the chatter and the gender politics, "Ghostbusters" debuted this weekend to a solid $46 million from 3,962 locations. Sony hailed the results as evidence that audiences were responding to its new take on the decades-old property.

Box Office: 'Ghostbusters' No. 2 With $46M, Slimed by 'Secret Life of Pets'

The movie will need strong legs in the U.S., as well as overseas, if there are to be more installments in the rebooted franchise; 'Finding Dory' becomes the top-grossing animated film of all time in North America, while Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' feasts on the top location average of the year.

The Latest: 'Pokemon Go' players arrested at Ohio zoo

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 12, 2016, file photo, Pinsir, a Pokemon, is found by a group of Pokemon Go players at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The "Pokemon Go" craze has sent legions of players hiking around cities and battling with "pocket monsters" on their smartphones. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File) NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the "Pokemon Go" smartphone game craze (all times EDT):

Fruit pops on offer at the Rome zoo as summer temps soar

A tiger refreshes with a block of ice containing bits of meat in Rome's Bioparco zoo, Wednesday, July, 13, 2016. Zoo staff offered animals frozen and refrigerated food to refresh them as temperatures are expected to rise over the coming days. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) ROME (AP) — The macaques snacked on cold melons, the lemurs nibbled frozen fruit pops and the tiger had his red meat on ice.

The government plan to save ferrets by shooting vaccine-laced M&Ms from drones

The government plan to save ferrets by shooting vaccine-laced M&Ms from drones A specialized drone could be instrumental in saving an endangered species of ferret in the United States.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced plans to test out a program that would use unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to shoot vaccine-covered candy into the black-footed ferret's habitat in Montana. The goal of this scheme is to help inoculate the animal against sylvatic plague — a disease that can decimate black-footed ferret populations.  The vaccination effort is designed to indirectly benefit the ferrets by specifically targeting prairie dog populations, which are also susceptible to the plague. Black-footed ferrets depend on prairie dogs for food and shelter. SEE ALSO: The FAA's new rules for drones are bad news for Amazon Ferrets prey upon prairie dogs, and then occupy their underground burrows for shelter from the weather and safety from predators located above ground. The drones that may be used in this effort would ideally be designed to shoot the candies in three directions at the same time, according to an environmental assessment of the drone program put out by the Fish and Wildlife Service. A report from The Guardian says the vaccine bait would be "M&Ms smeared in vaccine-laden peanut butter." "If the equipment can be developed to deposit 3 SPV [sylvatic plague vaccination] doses simultaneously every second, as we envision is possible, some 200 acres per hour could be treated by a single operator," the Fish and Wildlife Service said. At the moment, there are only about 300 known black-footed ferrets still alive in the United States, and "plague is a primary obstacle to black-footed ferret recovery," the assessment states.  The species has been considered endangered since 1967. Kelly Uhing of the City of Denver Parks and Recreation Department waits for a black-footed ferret to head into a prairie dog tunnel during a release of 30 black-footed ferrets on Oct. 5, 2015 in Colorado. Image: AP/David Zalubowski Today, people working with the federal government deliver vaccines by hand by walking through prairie dog habitats.  In total, one person doing that work is able to treat between 3 and 6 acres per hour, the assessment found, but that isn't necessarily a viable option when trying to save this endangered species.  "Operational use of SPV in support of ferret recovery will require annual treatments across many thousands of acres of prairie dog complexes on each of more than a dozen ferret reintroduction sites distributed from Canada to Mexico," the agency said.  "The time and labor force required for such treatments by hand on foot would be very difficult, if not impossible, to achieve and sustain over long periods of time." Drone use could be a huge help in getting vaccines to the animals who need them more efficiently. According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, delivering the vaccine by drone "is anticipated to eventually be the most efficient, effective, cost-conscious and environmentally friendly method of application." If all goes according to plan, a trial of the program will be launched in September in Montana, with other areas to follow later, The Guardian reported.  The federal assessment also concluded that the drone program itself will probably not have a harmful impact on the environment or the prairie dogs being treated. "Like any human presence, UAS overflights may cause prairie dogs to seek shelter and safety in their burrow systems," the USFWS said.  "Such behavior would be temporary, if at all, and very short in duration."

Do Pets Really Have Secret Lives?

Do Pets Really Have Secret Lives? Fluffy and Fido may not party it up when you're away, as the spoiled terrier Max in the summer blockbuster "The Secret Life of Pets" would have you think. It's true, most pets sleep a lot when their owners aren't at home, but that's not all they do, one expert told Live Science. Though little research seems to have focused on this "secret life of pets," the studies that have been completed suggest some cats can roam far and wide, checking out all kinds of outdoor spaces.

South China Sea ruling won't stop plundering of ecosystem, experts say

Still image from United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands By Farah Master HONG KONG (Reuters) - An international tribunal's ruling that China has caused severe harm to coral reefs and endangered species in the South China Sea will not stop further damage to an already plundered ecoystem, scientists and academics said. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled on Tuesday that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea and that it had breached Philippine sovereignty by endangering its ships and fishing and oil projects in the energy-rich waters. China claims more than 90 percent of the South China Sea, an area which accounts for more than a tenth of global fisheries production and is also claimed in part by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

Melissa McCarthy and Jimmy Fallon Have Odd Conversation About Pikachu, Dogs and Hooters

The duo played "word sneak" on Tuesday's 'Tonight Show' and entertained each other with their creative sentences.

Special Israeli film screening is for the dogs

Dog lovers and film buffs enjoyed a treat when a cinema invited owners to bring their pet pooches to a special screening of the film, "The Secret Life of Pets."     The event, arranged by the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality at the Roof Top Cinema of the Azrieli Mall, was billed as the first of its kind for pets and their owners.     "We have 25,000 people in Tel Aviv that have dogs and we decided to do an amazing event just for them," said Ruth Hayat, one of the organizers of the event.

Zoo aims to help chimps hang on to their wild side

University of Birmingham researchers have introduced a forest canopy-like environment in the chimpanzee enclosure at Twycross Zoo using the software, which provides data on wild chimpanzee behavior and allows researchers to analyze changes. "A key part of the tool is that it's based on replicating the mechanical challenges that chimpanzees experience in the wild in their daily lives," Susannah Thorpe, senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham, told Reuters. "So when they're moving around forest canopy they have to deal with branches flexing under their weight, they have to deal with planning routes in advance so they know where to go to get to the next food source and we're trying to emulate these mechanical challenges into the lives of captive chimpanzees." Straps and other structures have been installed to make the chimps bend and move around off the ground.

Rare Indian rhinos face growing threat from poachers

Recent years have seen an alarming upsurge in the slaughter of one-horned rhinos, whose horn is highly prized in neighbouring China and in Vietnam As night falls over the lush plains of India's Kaziranga national park, a small group of lightly armed forest guards sets out on foot to protect the world's largest population of one-horned rhinos. A decade ago, India had all but declared victory over poaching in Kaziranga, a 430-square-kilometre (166-square-mile) protected area of forest in the northeastern state of Assam that is home to around 2,500 rhinos. At least a dozen rhinos have been poached in Kaziranga in the first six months of this year, more than twice the number killed in the whole of 2006.

Box Office Top 20: 'Pets' kicks 'Dory' out of top spot

In this image released by Universal Pictures, from left, characters Max, voiced by Louis C.K., Duke, voiced by Eric Stonestreet, and Katie, voiced by Ellie Kemper, appear in a scene from, "The Secret Lives of Pets." (Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures via AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a three-week run at the top of the box office, "Finding Dory" finally found some worthy competition in "The Secret Life of Pets," another animated family film with an animal focus that opened this weekend and collected $104.4 million.

'Pets' fetches big earnings, sinking Dory

The animated film "The Secret Life Of Pets," featuring the voice of comedian and actor Louis CK, pictured on June 25, 2016, racked up an impressive $104.4 million in its debut weekend, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations Los Angeles (AFP) - After a three-week reign, the beloved fish Dory's top box office spot has gone to the dogs -- literally.

Miko Grimes Unloads On The Dolphins Again With Yet Another NSFW Twitter Rant

Miko Grimes Unloads On The Dolphins Again With Yet Another NSFW Twitter Rant Brent Grimes’ tenure as a cornerback for the Miami Dolphins was an uneventful one as far as his on-field performance, but his wife Miko more than made up for it with run-ins with the law and profane diatribes on Twitter. Now Brent is in Tampa Bay, and Miko is still doing her thing: acting inappropriately online. What started out as a fairly humdrum topic over which to argue on Twitter — Kobe Bryant — quickly veered into Miko’s favorite target for bashing, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill.

'Secret Life of Pets' snatches top worldwide box office spot from 'Finding Dory'

Still from 'The Secret Life of Pets' Universal's "Secret Life of Pets" has knocked Disney's "Finding Dory" off the top spot in the worldwide box office, according to the latest figures from comScore.

Betty Buckley Looks Back From 'Eight is Enough' Through 'Cats' to 'Grey Gardens' (Q&A)

The Tony-winning stage veteran stars opposite Rachel York in the musical based on the Maysles brothers' cult documentary, running at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre through Aug. 14.

'Secret Life of Pets' fetches $103 million in opening days

In this image released by Universal Pictures, from left, characters Max, voiced by Louis C.K., Duke, voiced by Eric Stonestreet, and Katie, voiced by Ellie Kemper, appear in a scene from, "The Secret Lives of Pets." (Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures via AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a good time for animated animals at the box office. "The Secret Life of Pets" follows "Zootopia" and "Finding Dory" as the latest success this year, opening to a massive $103.2 million according to studio estimates Sunday.

Box Office: 'Secret Life of Pets' Debuts to Massive $103.2 Million

By Brent Lang LOS ANGELES ( - "The Secret Life of Pets" dominated the weekend box office, racking up a massive $103.2 million and launching the first new franchise of the summer. Its success is a feather in the cap for Illumination chief Chris Meledandri, confirming his status among the ranks of animation giants. The family film, which explores what dogs, cats and other animal companions do while their owners are busy at work, cost an economical $75 million to produce, roughly half of what most studios spend making animated movies.

Box Office: 'Secret Life of Pets' Bites Off Huge $103.2M Opening

Elsewhere, Zac Efron and Adam Devine's 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' likewise beat expectations with a $16.6 million domestic opening.

Play (fur)ball! Team invites fans to bring cats to the game

This undated photo, provided by the Lakewood BlueClaws minor league baseball team, shows a team jersey designed with cats. The Class "A" Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies is so confident that furballs and flyballs are purrfect together they are inviting fans to bring their cats to this Saturday, July 9, 2016 game, designated CATurday, when the BlueClaws play the West Virginia Power in Lakewood, NJ. (Lakewood BlueClaws via AP Photo) LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A minor league baseball team in New Jersey affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies is so confident that furballs and fly balls go together that they are inviting fans to bring their cats to this weekend's game.

Conservation group: Bornean orangutan critically endangered

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, conservationists from Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation carry a tranquilized orangutan as they conduct a rescue and release operation for orangutans trapped in a swath of jungle in Sungai Mangkutub, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. A global conservation group says Borneo's orangutans are now a critically endangered species due to hunting and destruction of forest habitat. The International Union for Conservation of Nature estimates the number of Bornean orangutans has dropped by nearly two-thirds since the early 1970s and will further decline to 47,000 animals by 2025. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File) JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A global conservation group says Borneo's orangutans are now a critically endangered species due to hunting and destruction of forest habitat.

Box Office: 'Secret Life of Pets' Racing Towards $96M-Plus Debut

Elsewhere, Zac Efron and Adam DeVine's R-rated comedy 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' is beating expectations; 'Finding Dory' becomes the top-grossing film of summer to date in North America.

Box Office: 'Secret Life of Pets' Heading for Stellar $97M-Plus Debut

Elsewhere, Zac Efron and Adam Devine's R-rated comedy 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' is beating expectations while 'Finding Dory' becomes the top-grossing film of summer to date in North America.

Box Office: 'Secret Life of Pets' Heading for $90 Million-Plus Debut

Comedy 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' will take in $6 million Friday for a $13 million to $15 million debut.

Box Office: 'Secret Life of Pets' Hops to $5.3 Million Thursday

Comedy 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' began its walk down the aisle with $1.6 million.

In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,' 'Secret Life of Pets' and More

Read what THR's critics are saying about the Viggo Mortensen starrer 'Captain Fantastic' and Russell Crowe's 'Fathers and Daughters.'

‘The Secret Life of Pets’ — It All Started With One Question From Illumination's Chris Meledandri

Director Chris Renaud reveals how the movie's four-legged menageries was brought to life.

Bantu the gorilla dies from cardiac arrest in Mexico City zoo

Gorilla walks in Mexico City's Chapultepec Zoo Bantu, a 220-kilogram (485-lb) endangered gorilla who lived in the Mexico City zoo, has died after going into cardiac arrest when he was sedated in order to be moved to another zoo to try to mate, city authorities said on Thursday. A western lowland gorilla, Bantu, 24, was born in captivity in Mexico City's Chapultepec zoo, where he was one of the star attractions. Lowland gorillas are critically endangered with fewer than 175,000 left in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Sea Dogs Beat Rock Cats To End Skid

Portland, Maine — William Cuevas, making his Double A debut, allowed one run and four hits in five innings as the Portland Sea Dogs beat the New Britain Rock Cats 4-1 Tuesday night at Hadlock Field.

County says there are 5,000 cats living on the streets

Tuesday afternoon, the director of Clay County Animal Care and Control went before the Clay County Commission to ask for financial help to combat the county’s large feral cat problem.

Purrfect friend for homeless cats

MOVE over Catwoman, there’s a new group of modern day superheroes in town. Barbara Jackson and her team have rescued more than 700 cats since creating Wild Cats in 2010.

Rock Cats Home Opener on Thursday Night at NB Stadium

New Britain, CT- The New Britain Rock Cats Baseball Club, the Double-A Eastern League Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, will host OPENING NIGHT 2015 this Thursday, April 16 at 6:35 PM against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays affiliate).

Dogs reunited with owners far more than cats

Sometimes people maybe assume something bad has happened to their cat. Maybe they don’t look quite as hard. I do think cats aren’t maybe regarded as much as dogs. — Andrea McDonald, Coquitlam City Hall

More concerns about Raleigh neighborhood dogs: woman’s dog killed

Police were called again about a group of vicious dogs in one local neighborhood.

Releasing feral cats raises concerns

The Orange County animal shelter starts to get busy around this time of the year as people bring in newborn kittens and pregnant mother cats.Celesta Peterson, who has volunteered at the shelter for eight years, said she used to walk past feral cat...

Sick coyotes' habits boost encounters with humans

Certain coyotes are known to have frequent unnerving encounters with humans and their pets in residential neighbourhoods, and scientists now have an explanation. It turns out that coyotes infected with a common skin parasite tend to develop habits that make them problem animals. "These coyotes that were losing their hair and were sick were more likely to run into people in residential areas ...

Yates, Sea Dogs agree to split in surprising move

Sea Dogs couldn't replicate the magic behind their hot start, and it leads to a mutual parting-of-ways for coach and team.

QC’s ‘4 pets per house’ ordinance repealed

First, the good news: The controversial animal regulation ordinance limiting the number of cats and dogs Quezon City residents can keep has become null and void following the approval of another one which does not contain the provision.   The bad news, however, is that the "four domesticated animals per household" policy may still be incorporated into the implementing rules and regulations (IRR ...