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When veterinarian Maria Lombard took a walk on Waitarere Beach north of Wellington, New Zealand, several months ago she hardly expected to make news. Then she noticed something strange that had been washed up on the beach. It was a skeleton made of cartilage with a rather alarming appearance -- it looked for all the world like she had discovered the skeleton of a dragon.
Many Americans have pet dogs and cats, and would never consider killing them for sustenance. Yet 'dog meat' is a common dish in the West African nation of Nigeria and has a long history in Chinese cuisine. In the States, there seems to be a double standard where we find it heartbreaking to witness a dog being abused but can justify cows and pigs brought to slaughter to feed a portion of our population.
At this dark time of year people don't usually think of braving the cold to go to the zoo -- especially at night. During the month of December zoos all over North America change this up by creating month-long events called Zoo Lights or Wild Lights. They decorate their grounds with millions of twinkle lights and displays of animals made of lights right alongside the live animals that live there.
Animals are herd animals. As such, and according to the American Zoological Association [ASA], which sets elephant care standards for zoos — female elephants should be kept in groups of three. This is the minimum standard they require and crave in the wild.
The birth of a giant panda has been known to cause heightened excitement the world over — hence the newly-minted term: "pandamonium." As an endangered species, the panda population has declined due to habitat fragmentation and poaching in the wild, as well as experiencing low birth rate and high infant fatalities in captivity.
The role of service dogs is always expanding. Read on for more about Merel, the 18-month-old Labrador-Bernese-Mountain Dog mix and her handler, Rachel Crawford, who helps calm children who must testify in Canada's courts.
The term "man’s best friend" has been around ever since owners first came up with the idea to domesticate their dogs. In fact, the term ‘canis familiars’ [or "domestic dog"] was first used when humans realized Eurasian gray wolves could be domesticated some 15,000 years ago.