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Scientists push new paradigm of animal consciousness, saying even insects may be sentient

Far more animals than previously thought likely have consciousness, top scientists say in a new declaration — including fish, lobsters and octopus.
Tropical Fish
Tropical Fish

Spooked circus elephant roams Montana streets before being recaptured

Images from Butte showed the animal walking around Harrison Avenue, dwarfing vehicles.
wild animal elephant loose montana butte
wild animal elephant loose montana butte
7d ago

Rare Tasmanian Devil tooth found in Australian gorge

Archaeologists surveying the Juukan Gorge rock shelter in Western Australia, which was destroyed by Rio Tinto in 2020, have unearthed major finds.
Rare Tasmanian Devil tooth found in Australian gorge
Rare Tasmanian Devil tooth found in Australian gorge
8d ago

High risk of animal-to-human diseases developing in some China fur farms, welfare group says

The farms in China’s northern Hebei and Liaoning provinces each held between 2,000 and 4,000 animals in intensive conditions, Humane Society International said.
A view shows white raccoon dogs inside cages at a fur farm in Pulandian, Liaoning province
A view shows white raccoon dogs inside cages at a fur farm in Pulandian, Liaoning province

A rare fungal infection was found in two cats in Kansas. The vet tech also got sick.

The CDC is keeping an eye on the spread of a similar fungal infection in South America that's far more contagious.
A cat with a skinned nose sits at the entrance to the apartment.
A cat with a skinned nose sits at the entrance to the apartment.
15d ago

In Mexico, 19 feral cats can officially roam the presidential palace fur-ever

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's government have declared the cats roaming the National Palace as “living fixed assets" for as long as the felines live.
Ollin in one of the National Palace courtyards, in Mexico City
Ollin in one of the National Palace courtyards, in Mexico City
18d ago

A California dog missing since the summer is found in Michigan

“I never gave up,” said the dog's owner. “I put up over a thousand flyers. I had a flyer on my back windshield. I wore her leash whenever I would look for her.
Mishka was discovered in suburban Detroit, eight months after disappearing in San Diego.
Mishka was discovered in suburban Detroit, eight months after disappearing in San Diego.
18d ago

Charging elephant kills elderly American woman on safari tour

The “aggressive” creature buffeted the vehicle carrying six tourists and a guide, tour operator Wilderness said in a statement.
African Bull Elephant Kills Tourist
African Bull Elephant Kills Tourist
20d ago

Botswana threatens to send 20,000 elephants to Germany in protest of trophy hunting ban

Germany wants to ban elephant trophies, prompting Botswana to threaten to send 20,000 elephants there: “You should live with the animals the way you try to tell us to.”
Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods.
Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods.
21d ago

Instacart driver fatally shoots dog belonging to actor Angie Harmon

The man told police he did so in self-defense; Harmon says he was nonchalant and unapologetic.
Angie Harmon in 2022.
Angie Harmon in 2022.