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African elephants in captivity are packing on the pounds, and experts warn that the rise in obesity is contributing to infertility, which could be detrimental to the survival of the species in zoos. Credit: Getty Creative To get a handle on the problem, one group of researchers in Alabama is looking for a better way to measure body fat on the already huge animals. RELATED: Future Zoos: What Will They Look Like? Just like humans, elephants with excess fat are more likely to develop heart disease, arthritis and infertility, Daniella Chusyd, a graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a statement. Previous studies have shown an alarming number of African elephants...

The elephants living at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, are having the time of their lives. It's pouring rain, and they couldn't be happier to be out playing in the mud. Share this on Facebook? MORE ON PAWNATION: Birthday Dog Is Surprised With 100 Balls Ducks Create Weirdest Stampede Ever Cat Leaps Into Returning Soldier's Arms...

Do Animals Cry?

Rescuers of a male elephant brutally abused for 50 years in India claim that after the chains and spikes were removed from elephant Raju's legs, tears streamed down his face, but were the tears due to an emotional outburst? Credit: Getty Editorial Certain animals may weep out of sorrow, similar to human baby cries, say animal behavior experts. In this case, the tears appear to reflect Raju's astonishment and relief. VIDEO: Chimps Face Death Like Humans Do "The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue," Pooja Binepal from Wildlife SOS UK, which transferred the elephant to a sanctuary, told The Independent. "We knew in our hearts he realized he was being...

BANGKOK - Thailand's "out of control" ivory market is driving Africa's elephant poaching crisis, conservationists warned Wednesday, accusing the kingdom of backsliding on its pledges. Credit: Associated Press The number of ivory products on sale in Bangkok nearly trebled from 5,865 in January last year to 14,512 in May 2014, according to the wildlife group TRAFFIC. The Southeast Asian nation, a known hub for the illegal trade in tusks from Africa, has come under pressure to ban the sale of ivory from domestic elephants. This legal trade is blamed for easing the smuggling of ivory into Thailand from other countries, most of which is made into ornaments or taken to China and Vietnam where...

Who cares about the World Cup when there are elephants playing soccer? They may not have the same level of skill as the professionals, but the teams are so much cuter. Share this on Facebook? MORE ON PAWNATION: Alaskan Brown Bear Stops by Campsite National Zoo's Lion Cubs Take a Swim Test Baby Elephant Plays With New Toy...

Daily GIFs: June 26, 2014

Getting through the day can be tough, but you know what makes it easier? Adorable GIFs. Check out these furry mini-flicks floating around the Internet. It's probably the cutest way to waste time and wait for the weekend. 1. "I don't want to go outside!" 2. Too much cute. 3. "This is too much for me!" 4. Yep, that's normal cat behavior. 5. The happiest bath time there ever was. Share this on Facebook? Get another dose of adorable animals:...