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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...

When Omysha took a tumble in a ditch at the Zurich zoo elephant enclosure, she wasn't stuck there for long. Two adult members of the herd rushed to her side and immediately helped the calf onto her feet. Omysha is certain to be grateful for a long time because, as they say, elephants never forget. Share this on Facebook? MORE ON PAWNATION: Rescued Elephants Get Excited by the Rain Big Cats Try Marmite for the First Time Horse Knows How to Keep the Beat...

Daily GIFs: September 18, 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. Nose nuzzles. 2. Don't worry, deer. Floors can be tricky for everyone. 3. "I got it from here." 4. "I know you're watching." 5. Tidying up. Share this on Facebook? Get another dose of adorable animals:...

A Maine man who dedicated his life to providing a home for ailing elephants may tragically have been killed when one of the animals he cared for stepped on him. Credit: Facebook/Hope Elephants Reports suggest that Dr. James Laurita, 56, founder of the non-profit group Hope Elephants (in Hope, Maine), fell in a corral while caring for the animals at his sanctuary. Laurita apparently fell and hit his head on the cement floor, knocking him unconscious, according to WCSH. Examinations by the state medical examiner's office indicate that an elephant then stepped on him. He died of asphyxiation and multiple chest fractures. RELATED: 10 Ways Elephants Are Like Us Paramedics responded to the...

It's a joint effort between a baby elephant, human and a rooster, but as the saying goes, it's best to let sleeping dogs lie. This snoozing pooch is down for the count, and nothing is going to rouse it from one deep nap. Share this on Facebook? MORE ON PAWNATION: Dog and Elephant Play Together in the Water Cat Gets the Hang of His Hammock Puppy Plays With Door Stopper...