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Strong evidence bees boost flowers’ scent

March 16, 2017 5:00 am
Strong evidence bees boost flowers’ scent

Bees are more likely to seek out and pollinate taller, more fragrant plants than shorter varieties without a strong fragrance. Photo / AP Bees can help flowers to grow bigger and smell more fragrant, scientists have discovered. Swiss researchers found that plants evolve differently depending on the insect that is […]

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Father, son battle for lead in Iditarod race across Alaska

March 13, 2017 12:11 pm
Father, son battle for lead in Iditarod race across Alaska

Dallas Seavey, four-time Iditarod winner and reigning champion, is aiming for his fifth Iditarod crown in six years. Photo / AP A father and son are battling for the lead in Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Mitch Seavey, a two-time Iditarod champion, was the first musher out of the […]

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Moose on the loose at United States ski resort

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Moose on the loose at United States ski resort

A moose on the loose caught several skiers and snowboarders by surprise as it galloped headlong down a run at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado. Cheri Luther was snowboarding on Friday when she saw the moose approaching, and she shot video of the large animal coming within feet of her. […]

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Dog takes over as tiger cubs’ ‘nanny’ at Cincinnati Zoo

March 11, 2017 2:15 pm
Dog takes over as tiger cubs’ ‘nanny’ at Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo has called again on a canine to play the role of nanny for other animals’ babies. The latest assignment for Blakely the Australian shepherd is to be a companion for three Malayan tiger cubs. Their mother’s maternal instincts didn’t kick in after their Feb. 3 birth, and […]

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Rhinoceros Vince tragedy gets too close to home with poaching at zoo

March 8, 2017 9:45 am
Rhinoceros Vince tragedy gets too close to home with poaching at zoo

Rhinoceros Vince, centre, at the Thoiry zoo, west of Paris. For the past decade, poachers have killed rhinoceroses in the wild and in protected reserves around the world at alarming rates, threatening the survival of four of the world’s five rhino species. The poaching is driven by a demand for […]

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Behaviour specialist explains why dog mauled pair on Murray River

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Behaviour specialist explains why dog mauled pair on Murray River

Police on the scene as the body of a missing boy they found in the Murray River is removed on Saturday, March 4. Photo / Hamish Blair A cross-breed dog became an unlikely hero last week when, according to police, he acted to protect a young boy in danger. But […]

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Rhinoceros shot, killed for horn at French wildlife park

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Rhinoceros shot, killed for horn at French wildlife park

Vince arrived at Thoiry from a Dutch zoo in March 2015, along with another white rhino called Bruno. Photo / Thoiry Zoo A zoo director says a 5-year-old rhinoceros at the wildlife park he runs near Paris has been shot three times in the head by poachers who stole the […]

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Polar bear cub born at Berlin zoo dies

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Polar bear cub born at Berlin zoo dies

Tierpark Berlin zoo’s polar bear cub Fritz has died after being struck down by a mystery illness. Photo / Zoo Tierpark Berlin Berlin’s Tierpark says a polar bear born at the zoo last November has died. The zoo, in the eastern part of the German capital, says 4-month-old Fritz fell […]

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Freaky fish-prawn hybrid found in ‘secret-spot’ on Australian coast

March 7, 2017 10:59 pm
Freaky fish-prawn hybrid found in ‘secret-spot’ on Australian coast

A mysterious fish-prawn hybrid has emerged from the murky depths of Northern Territory waters and baffled its captors. The strange, prehistoric-like creature was found by fishermen at a ‘secret spot’ close to Darwin’s maritime boundary with Indonesia in a sea depth stretching 300 metres. Encased in a slimy exterior with […]

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Trucker criticised for smoking while rescuing baby elephant on side of road

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Trucker criticised for smoking while rescuing baby elephant on side of road

The baby elephant was helped on the side of the road by three truck drivers from South Africa. Photo / Facebook A truck driver who stopped to give a baby elephant some water on a scorching day was condemned for smoking during the encounter. Footage uploaded on to Facebook by […]

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