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This photo taken July 4, 2012, at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska, shows Dennis Christen of the Georgia Aquarium feed a bottle to a baby beluga calf being rehabilitated at the center. The whale was approximately two days old when it was found in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and separated from its mother. Staff from the Alaska SeaLife Center is receiving help with the whale's care from the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Shedd Aquarium in ChiCago and SeaWord in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Captivity Kills: Another Life Lost At SeaWorld

(SEAWORLD/CAPTIVE WHALES) SAN ANTONIO — A newborn beluga whale born in captivity at SeaWorld San Antonio died on Sunday, just three weeks after being born. According to a SeaWorld press release, the female calf was born one month prematurely on June 20 and appeared smaller than normal at 120 pounds and four feet in length. […]

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Jim Horton, a licensed animal trapper in Westchester County, with a foothold he uses on coyotes. Photo Credit: Andrew Sullivan for The New York Times

Coyotes Cue Controversy In New York Suburbs

(COYOTES/ANIMAL NEWS) New York’s suburbs are witnessing a surge in Eastern coyote populations this year, leading to an increase in dead and/or missing pets. While homeowners are seeking out animal control officers and private animal trappers to capture and euthanize nuisance coyotes, naturalists claim the coyotes are a beneficial part of the ecosystem and have […]

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Photo Credit: AP Photo/Humane Society International, File)

Friends Not Food: Stop The Yulin Dog Meat Festival!

(DOGS/ANIMAL WELFARE) CHINA — The annual Yulin dog meat festival, where as many as 10,000 dogs are slaughtered for their meat, kicked off nearly a week early this year in an attempt to avoid protesters. Despite popular belief, the local festival only dates back to the 1990s. But the Chinese tradition of eating dog meat […]

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Huge crowds gather in Arles southern France for a bull fight. Photo Credit: Telegraph

Cruel Or Cultural? France Cuts Bullfighting From Heritage List

(ANIMAL NEWS/BULLFIGHTING) While many consider bullfighting a Spanish tradition, similar events called “La Corrida” are also quite popular throughout southern France. However, thanks to pressure from animal activists, France has finally removed the blood sport from its cultural heritage list. Although some maintain the ruling will have no impact on bullfighting in France, activists believe […]

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American Pharoah and Smokey on their way to Belmont Park on June 2. Photo Credit: www.thoroughbredracing.com

Barn Buds: Meet American Pharoah & His Sidekick Smokey

(ANIMAL FRIENDS/HORSES) After winning the 2015 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, American Pharoah is now the most famous horse in America. However, few know about his 6-year-old pony friend named Smokey, who serves as the thoroughbred’s companion, calming the horse’s nerves as he attempts to become the first Triple Crown winner in over three decades. […]

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Australia Tells Johnny Depp: Take Your Dogs, Or Else

(CELEBRITY PETS) AUSTRALIA — Actor Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard’s pet dogs have reportedly been flown back to the U.S. just hours before their deadline to be euthanized. In what was dubbed the “war on terriers,” Depp’s dogs were given a Saturday deadline to return to their country of origin when news surfaced […]

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<p>Mother goats remember their kids' voices a year after separation. Photo Credit: Brian Squibb</p>

A Mama Goat Never Forgets

(MOTHER’S DAY/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Many mammal moms recognize their babies’ cries during the post-birth and nursing periods, but it can be difficult to observe whether those bonds last over time. However, according to new research, mother goats are able to recognize their babies’ bleats at least a year after separation. Read on to learn more about […]

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<p>The late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana cradles his feline friend. Photo Credit: rocklovescats.tumblr.com</p>

Musicians Cradling Cats (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES/PETS/CATS) Every musician needs a muse…and a meow! With music festival season in full swing, now’s the time to check out these purrfect pictures of some very talented musicians and their adorable feline friends. — Global Animal

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