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KUALA LUMPUR - China has postponed plans to send a pair of pandas to Malaysia next week, a minister said Friday, as bilateral relations remain uneasy over the disappearance of flight MH370. Credit: Getty Editorial The two countries agreed in 2012 that China would send the giant pandas for a 10-year stay in Malaysia, in Beijing's latest use of "panda diplomacy" to cement ties with other countries. But Malaysia's environment minister G. Palanivel told AFP: "They (China) are waiting for the results of MH370. "They will delay the arrival," he said in a text message. "They might send in late May." In a separate public statement, Palanivel said China and Malaysia have agreed that the giant...

Puppy Sells for $1.9 Million in China

BEIJING - A Tibetan mastiff puppy has been sold in China for almost $2 million, a report said Wednesday, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever. Credit: Getty Editorial A property developer paid 12 million yuan ($1.9 million) for the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a "luxury pet" fair Tuesday in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the Qianjiang Evening News reported. "They have lion's blood and are top-of-the-range mastiff studs," the dog's breeder Zhang Gengyun was quoted as telling the paper, adding that another red-haired canine had sold for 6 million yuan. Enormous and sometimes ferocious, with round manes lending them a passing resemblance to lions, Tibetan mastiffs...

Beijing (AFP) - Animal activists are combing a forest in eastern China for more than 1,000 kittens rescued from a meat supplier only to be let loose by local authorities, an organiser said Monday. Animal protection volunteers and local police intercepted a truck "filled with cats" destined for dinner plates last week, said an activist surnamed Ni from the Wuxi Small Animal Protection Association in eastern Jiangsu province. But local government officials released the felines -- some as young as four months old -- into a nearby mountain...

A viral video of a bear attacking a monkey after the two fell off their bicycles at a Chinese zoo has sparked outrage among animal rights activists, but an official on Friday defended the show. A minute-and-a-half long video surfaced this week showing the bear biting and clawing the monkey after a mock race at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park. Keepers then pull and beat the bear with wooden sticks, prompting it to eventually release the monkey. "The performance is pure mistreatment," Zhang Dan, co-founder of the China Animal Protection Media Saloon, was quoted as saying by the China Daily newspaper on Friday. "It goes totally against the nature of the animal. But they cannot speak for...

BEIJING - A Chinese city is using dogs to predict earthquakes, an official said Tuesday, after state-run media reported that neighbours were complaining of nightly false alarms -- in the form of barking. China is regularly hit by seismic tremors. Around 200 people were left dead or missing by a quake in Sichuan province last month, and hundreds of thousands have been killed in major disasters in the past. The earthquake authority of Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province in the east, keeps dogs since they will "act abnormally when an...

Humans aren't the only ones terrified when an earthquake strikes. This video shows the reaction of a giant panda at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Reserve to the earthquake that hit China last weekend. Seeking safety, the frightened panda tries desperately to climb a tree, but due to poor climbing skills, being shaken off the tree by the quake (or both), the poor animal's attempts are thwarted. Thankfully, according to The Guardian U.K., the panda was not hurt in the quake, nor were any of the other pandas at the reserve. Wang Chengdong, the reserve's manager, said the staff is spending extra time with the animals and feeding them extra treats to help them feel safe and calm following the...