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Australian Crocodile Kills Fisherman

SYDNEY - A white-headed crocodile nicknamed Michael Jackson has been shot dead, reports said Tuesday, after the predator apparently killed a fisherman in Australia's north. Credit: Associated Press Authorities were called in when a 57-year-old man disappeared after wading into the croc-infested Adelaide River to disentangle his fishing line late on Monday. Police said the man's wife was with him on the river bank but did not see the moment the animal, believed to be 4.5 metres (15 foot) long, attacked. "The initial information is that she did not see him taken but (heard) a scream and then turned around and saw a tail splashing in the water," Northern Territory duty superintendent Jo...

MIAMI - US theme park operator SeaWorld said Friday it would build new, giant tanks for its killer whales, whose captivity has caused uproar and hit the company's earnings. Credit: Getty Editorial SeaWorld also pledged $10 million in funds for killer-whale research and announced a multi-million-dollar ocean health partnership, but animal rights groups were quick to savage the initiatives. The Orlando, Florida company, whose shares have hit their lowest point since going public in April 2013, has faced rising criticism since last year's release of the documentary "Blackfish." The film probed the impact of captivity on SeaWorld's orcas and the fatal 2010 attack by one of them, Tilikum, on...

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JOHANNESBURG - A polar bear believed to be the last in Africa died at a South African zoo on Wednesday, a few months after his long-time mate passed away. Credit: Associated Press "Africa's last polar bear Wang had to be put down due to liver and heart failure," Johannesburg Zoo said in a statement. The 30-year-old bear came to Africa from China in 1986, and was diagnosed with liver ailments four years ago. "Wang in the recent months was pining the loss of his partner of 27 years GeeBee," the zoo said. GeeBee died of natural causes on January 12. "In the recent weeks, his days were filled with enrichment programmes and special treats, including his own Valentine's Day celebration," the...

MADRID - Spain's biggest hotel chain Melia Hotels International said Monday it has removed shark fins from the menu of all of its restaurants around the world, joining a growing global campaign against the popular delicacy in Asia. Shark fins. Credit: Associated Press "With the removal of shark fin as an ingredient, Melia contributes to the protection of the important role sharks have in maintaining balance in marine ecosystems," the company said in a statement. "As predators, sharks are a key species in the food chain and also indicators of the health of our oceans. They eliminate the weakest prey, maintain balance with competitors, and guarantee the diversity of species," it...

The death of a pet can be traumatic. That little dog, cat, hamster, goldfish or (certainly in my case) rabbit was, to varying degrees, a part of the family. So it seems only fitting that a suitable send off should be chosen when our pets take their afternoon nap for the last time. Credit: Getty But you can forget digging a hole for for Nibbles, Chester or Fido in that ever-expanding back yard pet cemetery, there's a far grander idea that will get the neighbors talking: Launch your beloved pet into outer space. RELATED: SpaceX Giving Dearly Departed Ride to Final Frontier Celestis is a private spaceflight company with a difference. Since 1995 it has been sending payloads on suborbital and...