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JAKARTA – Two critically endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead in an Indonesian national park and it is believed they were poisoned, the WWF environmental group said Monday. It takes to three the number of the elephants found dead in Tesso Nilo National Park on Sumatra island in the last month. The carcasses of a male aged around five and a young female were found on Friday about a kilometre (0.6 miles) apart, said WWF spokeswoman Syamsidar, who goes by one name. "We believe that...

Scientists are wondering whether the rat poison spread around illegal pot plantations in the West Coast region called the Emerald Triangle is killing the endangered species of northern spotted owls, according to the Associated Press. Because dead spotted owls are so difficult to find in the forest, scientists will be looking at their invasive cousin, the barred owl, instead. A team at the University of California Davis Veterinary Genetics Lab are testing 84 barred owls from Northern California that were killed in the course of...

10 Most Poisonous Pills For Your Pet

A huge chunk of the calls that pour into the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (ASPCA's) Animal Poison Control Center every year involve pets poisoned by people pills. About 40 percent of the animal poison control calls -- 25,000 cases -- revolve around pets exposed to human medications. RELATED: 9…

According to the Daily Mail U.K., scientists have found that more and more of Britain's rats are mutating and becoming immune to sold poisons. Research conducted by Hudersfield University found that 75% of rats in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire had built up a resistance. Of the U.K. cities, Bath and Wiltshire's rats have experienced the most serious of mutations. "Some pest control companies are still using the same rodenticides - Bromadiolone and Difenacoum - in areas where there are resistant rats and things...

Zoos allow people access to beautiful creatures that they otherwise may never see in person. Sadly, someone decided to use this privilege for harm. According to the (U.K.) Daily Mail, two lions at the Berlin Zoo were poisoned by one of the visitors. Staff at the zoo became concerned about the health of two of their lions, Aru and Aketi, when the animals stopped eating and drinking, and then started foaming at the mouth. Meat that was fed to lions and 16 other big cats in the facility was checked for contamination, but nothing was...

Is Salt Water Poisonous to Dogs?

Last week, we talked about the rare dangers of drinking out of lakes; the risk of blue-green algae poisoning. This week, the dangers of swimming – or actually, drinking – out of the ocean. As I said last week, I don't want to make you paranoid about letting your dog play on the beach. However, I have seen some pretty severe cases of salt poisoning in the ER and ICU. When it comes to beach-play, make sure you are a pet-savvy owner and understand the following: the unusual sources of salt poisoning (aside from ocean water), the dangers of salt poisoning, the clinical signs, and how to prevent it. RELATED: How To Keep Your Dog's Food Fresh When excessive sodium is ingested, clinical...