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Pet Dogs Caught in Coyote Traps

Published 02/20/14

In New Mexico, two dogs were caught in coyote traps while out for a walk with their owner. Fortunately, these dogs were not seriously injured—but other pets and wildlife aren’t always so lucky. Visit our Non-Target Trapping Incidents database to learn about other such tragedies. You can search by state, year(s), species, type of trap, victim’s disposition, and keyword.

Link: Las Cruces Sun-News

Lady Gaga Bitten by Slow Loris on Music Video Set

Published 02/18/14

Lady Gaga attempted to feature a slow loris, a baby kangaroo, and an exotic goat in her latest music video for “G.U.Y. (Girl Under You)”—until the slow loris bit her. Thankfully, no animals ended up being used in the video.

Link: New York Post


Two Rescued Monkeys Find New Home at Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary

Published 02/14/14

Two primates—a Japanese macaque and a vervet monkey—have been rescued from “deplorable” conditions in a Carlisle, Pennsylvania home and relocated to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas. “We are grateful to help these two primates,” said Born Free USA CEO Adam Roberts. “They are the lucky ones.”

Link: Penn Live

Another Denmark Zoo May Kill A Giraffe (Strangely, Also Named Marius)

Published 02/13/14

Just days after Denmark’s Copenhagen Zoo publicly killed a healthy young giraffe, Marius, another zoo in Denmark is now considering ‘euthanizing’ yet another unwanted giraffe—coincidentally, also named Marius. Jyllands Park Zoo joined the same breeding program as Copenhagen Zoo, which means that it can’t have too many giraffes with the same genetic makeup. A final decision is still pending.

Link: CNN

No Orcas on Display at Sochi... But Captivity Continues

Published 02/11/14

The good news: Captive orcas will not be displayed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The bad news: These orcas remain in captivity--in China and in small pens in Moscow--where some suspect that they’re being trained to perform for circus shows.

Link: One Green Planet

Copenhagen Zoo Publicly Kills "Unwanted" Young Giraffe

Published 02/10/14

Yesterday, Denmark’s Copenhagen Zoo publicly killed an 18-month-old giraffe, Marius, with a bolt gun—and fed his remains to lions. Despite international outrage and offers to rehome Marius, zoo officials decided to euthanize the “unwanted” giraffe to avoid inbreeding in the zoo’s giraffe population.

Link: NBC News


France Crushes 3.5 Tons of Ivory

Published 02/07/14

France has just followed the lead of Gabon, the Philippines, the U.S., and China by crushing 3.5 tons of its stockpiled ivory. Will Travers of Born Free commented, “By destroying this ivory, France is sending two key messages to the global community: that the illegal ivory trade is completely unacceptable and that ivory should never be allowed to enter the marketplace, where it fuels demand and contributes to the death of both elephants and the wildlife rangers trying to protect them.”

Link: MRCVS


Rescued Hippopotamus Befriends Two Dogs

Published 02/05/14

Douglas, an orphaned hippopotamus rescued in Zambia by Born Free Foundation, is now being nursed back to health by the staff at Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust—and by Coco and Molly, two Jack Russell terriers. Douglas’ canine friends are keeping him company during his rehabilitation.

Link: Reveal

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