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JOHANNESBURG - Thousands marched in Africa and around the world Saturday to pressure governments to do more to stop the poaching industry that many fear is driving rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction. Credit: Getty Editorial The protests, dubbed the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, took place in 136 cities and towns across six continents, from Soweto to Nairobi, and Paris to New York and Tokyo. In South Africa, which is struggling to stem a rhino poaching crisis, demonstrators gathered across 17 cities. "We are protesting against the political leaders of the world, who do not have the guts and political will to make changes in their laws," Dex Kotze, one of the march...

Many people are somewhat familiar with Alzheimer's disease, but few know that dogs and cats can also suffer from a similar condition known as cognitive dysfunction. Credit: Thinkstock What is Cognitive Dysfunction? In short, cognitive dysfunction is a condition that is sometimes seen in older pets. Affected pets may become disoriented easily, even when in familiar surroundings. Their sleep cycle may be abnormal, often sleeping more during the course of the day but less as night. They may lose interest in interacting with the people around them. A previously house-trained dog or litter box-trained cat may even suddenly start having "accidents" in the home. NOTE: Many of these symptoms can...

Your dog can be healthy in every way and still end up with a skeletal problem called hip dysplasia. Dogs have about an 8 percent chance of developing this heritable condition, which affects the hip joint. RELATED: Why Dogs Spin Before They Poop In the condition, the place where the leg's femur bone fits into the pelvis develop abnormally. Over time, the bone can pop out of the joint and become disconnected from the pelvic bone, wear it down. This can cause the dog pain and reduce its ability to walk or run. Industrial designer Galia Weiss wanted to address this problem. In response, she developed a harness called the Hipster, which not only prevents the joint from disconnecting but also...