Latest Animals News

Popular panda on loan from China dies in Thai zoo

Sep. 17, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Zoo staff in northern Thailand donned black and white clothing and observed a minute of silence Tuesday to mourn the sudden death of their popular male giant panda, who was on a long-term loan from China. Chuang Chuang collapsed Monday in his enclosure shortly after standing up following a...

Surprise rescue of Jamaica coral reefs shows nature can heal

Sep. 17, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo marks coral reefs. That's where he's headed. He...

South Korea culls pigs after confirming African swine fever

Sep. 17, 2019 1:21 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is culling thousands of pigs after confirming African swine fever at a farm near its border with North Korea, which had an outbreak in May. Kim Hyun-soo, South Korea's agricultural minister, said the country's first case of the highly contagious disease was confirmed...

4 horses found dead, 9 emaciated on property near Winslow

Sep. 17, 2019 12:30 AM EDT

WINSLOW, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo County Sheriff's officials say a man has been arrested for alleged animal cruelty involving horses in the Winslow area. They say Paul Kinlecheenie has been booked into the county jail in Holbrook on suspicion of four felony counts of animal cruelty and nine misdemeanor counts...

Half of the 147 tigers rescued from Thai temple have died

Sep. 16, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — More than half the tigers rescued three years ago from a Buddhist temple in Thailand where they served as a popular tourist attraction have died of disease, wildlife officials said Monday. The tigers were vulnerable to illness because of inbreeding, leading to laryngeal paralysis causing...

Maryland releases oyster harvest limits: 26% reduction goal

Sep. 16, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's upcoming oyster season won't be cut by 10 days at the start and another 10 days at the end, officials announced Monday, a change to an initial proposal that relieved watermen but concerned critics who support stronger conservation measures. The Maryland Department of...

SeaWorld CEO resigns after less than a year on the job

Sep. 16, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment stepped down Monday, just months into his tenure leading the theme park company. Gustavo "Gus" Antorcha resigned from his job as the top executive at SeaWorld as well as his position on the company's board of directors. "While I may have a difference...

Minnesota waterfowl managers predict good duck hunting

Sep. 16, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers say duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota's regular waterfowl season opens Saturday morning. Waterfowl specialist Steve Cordts of the Department of Natural Resources says biologists continue to see favorable counts of breeding ducks in Minnesota and...

Oregon bans trapping of rare, cat-like Humboldt marten

Sep. 16, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A cat-like creature in Oregon's coastal forests that's so rare it was once thought to be extinct can no longer be hunted, trapped or collected as roadkill under new rules that could go into effect as soon as next week, officials said Monday. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission...

The Latest: Crews battle 3 wildfires in Colorado

Sep. 16, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on Colorado wildfires (all times local): 12:46 p.m. A lightning-caused wildfire in southern Colorado is being allowed to burn trees killed by beetles or knocked over by winds. Officials said Monday the fire has burned about 1.3 square miles (3.4 square kilometers) in the Sangre de...