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An eagle is seen gliding straight toward a drone before clutching it and dragging it to the ground in Rotterdam, Netherlands January 29, 2016, in this handout photo released by the Netherlands police to Reuters on February 1, 2016.   REUTERS/Nederlands Politie/Handout via Reuters

Eagles Vs. Drones? Dutch Police Devise Deadly Drone Defense System

(EAGLES/MILITARY WORKING ANIMALS) Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s actually a police-trained eagle taking down an unmanned aerial vehicle. In an attempt to simplify anti-drone defenses, the Dutch National Police Force is currently in the middle of a trial period where eagles are trained to identify, capture, and transport illegally operated drones […]

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Big Cats Uncovered: Lost Lions Discovered In Ethiopia

(LIONS/WILDLIFE) Wildlife conservationists have confirmed that a previously undiscovered population between 100 and 200 lions are currently living in Ethiopia’s Alatash National Park. With as few as 1,000 lions remaining throughout western central Africa, this new finding bodes well for Africa’s lion populations. Despite popular belief, poaching is not as much of a threat to […]

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Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring for 2016. Photo Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images

Groundhog Day 2016: Punxsutawney Phil’s Furry Forecast

(GROUNDHOG DAY) Groundhog Day is finally here, and Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous furry weather forecaster, has indicated an early spring for 2016. Although groundhogs have shown no predictive skill, Phil has an impressive 80 percent accuracy rate. Since 1887, the renowned rodent has seen his shadow 102 times. However, he has not seen […]

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Corey, aka Kylo Ren, is a two-year-old Balinese Shorthair who strikingly resembles "Star Wars" actor Adam Driver. Photo Credit: M County SPCA

The Clone Wars? Meet Kylo Ren’s Feline Doppelganger

(CATS/PETS) Kylo Ren–played by Girls’ Adam Driver–recently debuted as the new evil force in the galaxy in arguably the biggest movie of all time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now, it seems the actor has his very own furry body double: a two-year-old Balinese short-haired cat. The cat doppelganger, originally named Corey, took social media […]

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Tusks on Tuesday in Colombo as Sri Lanka became the first South Asian country to publicly destroy seized ivory. Photo Credit: Eranga Jayawardena via Associated Press

Sri Lanka Stands Up For Elephants, Smashes Ivory Stock

(ELEPHANTS/IVORY TRADE) SRI LANKA — On Tuesday, under the new government of President Maithripala Sirisena, officials crushed more than 300 elephant tusks–the equivalent of 1.5 tons of ivory. This move makes Sri Lanka the first South Asian country to publicly destroy ivory obtained by elephant poachers, and sends a powerful message against elephant poaching as […]

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Cupcake, left, and Yung, both pit bull mixes, during “puppy playgroup” in the backyard at the East Harlem shelter run by Animal Care Centers of NYC. The program was added in 2014 to improve the dogs’ immunity and make them more docile and adoptable, the shelter said. Photo Credit: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

NYC Animal Shelters No Longer In The Dog House?

(ANIMAL SHELTERS/PET ADOPTION) NEW YORK CITY — The Animal Care Centers of NYC (formerly Animal Care and Control) are a frequently criticized nonprofit agency that currently runs New York City’s three animal shelters. Despite criticism and insufficient funding, many of the programs the agency has implemented since 2014, like “puppy playgroups,” are yielding positive results. […]

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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have adopted a nine-week-old puppy named Kid. This is their third pup to join their blooming family. Photo Credit: EllenTube

Puppy Love: Ellen DeGeneres & Portia Adopt ‘Kid’

(CELEBRITIES/PETS) In today’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the comedian and talk show host announced she and her wife Portia de Rossi adopted a nine-week-old, mixed breed puppy named Kid. DeGeneres says she named the new puppy “Kid” in response to frequent speculation whether she and De Rossi will eventually adopt a child of […]

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