The Philippine government has suspended the export of macaques after 11 out of 20 monkeys infected with an Ebola virus strain died.
On Thursday, Philippine officials confirmed that 11 captive Philippine macaques died from the bat-brone Ebola Reston virus. The remaining nine monkeys are still being treated, and authorities are now looking into the incident, according to an AFP report published by Yahoo! News.
In an interview with the AFP, Bureau of Animal Industry assistant director Simeon Amurao confirmed that exports of the Philippine macaques have been suspended. He also added that the Philippines is one of the largest exporters of laboratory monkeys in the world. Last year alone, it has sent almost 600 monkeys to Japan and half of that number this year, the report details. more >>
It's amazing how healing the power of love can be. It can change someone's attitude instantly. This is a story about an orphan pony named Breeze who lost his mother and was found in a park.
Breeze was discovered shortly after his birth in Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England. The pony had been unable to locate its mother and went into shock. Thank God that two rescuers from a local sanctuary found Breeze before anything bad happened to him. They were able to bring him to safety, but one major thing was missing from his life … his mother.
Rescuers pondered a solution and decided to give Breeze a giant teddy bear to snuggle. As you will see in the video, Breeze took this teddy bear and made it his best friend! We all need friends that we can count on, and so do animals! more >>
Scientists claim to have discovered a human-like species named Homo naledi that dwelled in the caves of South Africa and is believed to have buried its dead — something which was considered to be an exclusively human trait.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that scientists found a huge trove of bones in a deep chamber of a cave in South Africa in 2013, which yielded close to 1,550 specimens. Researchers said in the scientific journal eLife that the species had both human-like and primitive characteristics, and placed it in the "Homo" evolutionary group.
While the creature appears to have been able to walk upright, stood 5 feet tall, and had hands and feet belonging to the Homo tree, it had shoulders and a small brain linked more to ape-like ancestors. more >>
The U.S. dentist who killed Cecil the Lion returned to work on Tuesday, despite protests from animal lovers after closing down his practice in July.
Dr. Walter Palmer, 55, ignored the protesters who called him a "murderer" and the reporters waiting for him at his dental clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota. He sparked a global outcry after he was revealed to be the hunter who killed Cecil, the popular black-maned lion at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, according to Reuters.
Cecil's death brought to the spotlight the practice of big-game hunting and caused three U.S. airlines to prohibit passengers from transporting their kill from Africa. Zimbabwe had sought Palmer's extradition in a poaching case, but the country has not charged the dentist yet. Authorities have only filed charges against the hunting guide and the owner of the land in which the hunt was done, the report details. more >>
OK, you may have seen some pretty awesome animals in your lifetime, either up close and personal, or via a video on YouTube. But you haven't seen anything quite like this. If you're wondering if this dog is enjoying himself while he plays the drums, just look at its joyful smile!
It is often difficult to get a perfect video with an animal because you may not be sure how it will react, but this Pug is doing it just right. Not only is he playing the drums, he has a huge smile on his face while doing so. Halfway into the video, when the beat kicks in and he starts to feel the groove, you will admit that this could be the coolest dog you have ever seen. This awesome Pug has all the makings to be a rock star!
Check out this dog playing the drums to "Enter Sandman" below: more >>
Diver Gary Grayson has done something many of us wish we could experience. It's not so often you encounter a seal, especially one that sticks around for a belly rub!
During a diving trip back in 2014, Grayson was in the water off the Isles of Scilly. That's where he ran into an Atlantic grey seal on the archipelago southwest of England. When you see what this seal wants from him your face will light up. It is both adorable and completely unexpected. Gary explains to people in an interview that he spent several minutes with him.
Gary says that of all the things he has done and all the adventures he has been on, this was one of the best. It's hard to really tell if the seal was having a good or bad day and just wanted to have a friend close by. Either way, it is a priceless moment that is worth watching and Sharing! more >>