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PRAGUE - One of the last northern white rhinos on the planet has died in a reserve in Kenya, leaving the sub-species on the verge of extinction, experts said Saturday. Credit: Getty Creative The male, called Suni, "was probably the last male capable of breeding," according to Dvur Kralove zoo in the Czech Republic, where the rhino was born in 1980. There are only six of the very rare rhinos left, having been hunted by poachers in central and east Africa for their horns, which are highly prized for traditional Chinese medicine. The Czech zoo is the only one in the world to have succeeded in breeding the sub-species in captivity. Suni -- who is thought to have died from natural causes in...

Texas Ebola Patient's Dog Will Be Spared

WASHINGTON - The pet dog of a Texas healthcare worker who was infected with Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient will not be killed, US officials said Monday. Credit: Getty Editorial The American answer to the question of what to do with a dog whose owner gets Ebola contrasted starkly with what happened in Spain last week, when authorities there put down an infected nurse's dog. "The healthcare worker had a dog, and we want to make sure we respond appropriately," said David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. "And so we are working hard to find a location to care for the dog and a location where we can have the proper monitoring of the dog." Dallas...

I was very saddened and shocked to learn of the passing of my fellow veterinarian and writer Lorie Huston. Credit: Dr. Lorie Huston I first got to know Lorie on a virtual basis in 2008 when I first started writing for examiner.com. Lorie was another Pet Care Examiner and in those days we would receive a weekly update as to which writer had the top readership in our respective categories. Lorie was always the top Pet Care Examiner, which motivated me to write more frequently and expand my catalog of topics in an effort to reach the top spot. For complete disclosure, Lorie still typically beat me, which I just came to accept over time. This on-line interaction was the impetus for my...

NEW YORK - A dead baby bear found dumped in New York's Central Park was killed by being run over, an autopsy concluded Tuesday. Credit: Getty Creative The mysterious discovery of the six-month-old female cub in a grassy area in Manhattan's largest park on Monday baffled conservationists and police who are investigating where the cub came from. The New York state department of environmental conservation, which on Tuesday performed a necropsy, said that the cause of death was "blunt force trauma consistent with a motor vehicle collision." The department said it was investigating criminal offenses including "illegal possession, transport and disposal of an untagged bear." The female cub...

Can Dogs Transmit Ebola?

PARIS - Following the uproar over the killing of an Ebola patient's dog in Spain, experts said on Thursday there was a risk of canines carrying the deadly virus but none that they could infect humans. Excalibur, the dog of an Ebola patient. Credit: Getty Editorial A study published in 2005 pointed to a theoretical risk that dogs could pass the virus to humans through urine, faeces or saliva, but there is no evidence of this ever having happened, virologists said. They recommended caution given the lack of firm data. "The wise move is to... assume they (dogs) do represent a risk to humans," Andrew Easton, a professor at Britain's Warwick University, told AFP. Spanish authorities on...

MADRID - Health authorities on Tuesday ordered the death of the dog owned by a Spanish health worker infected with Ebola in Madrid, triggering a campaign to save him by her husband and animal rights activists. Excalibur the dog. Credit: Associated Press The husband, Javier Limon, who has been placed in quarantine, contacted local media to object to the decision by Madrid's department of health. "They told me that if I didn't give authorisation, they would get a judicial order to enter my home by force and sacrifice the dog," he told El Mundo newspaper. The authorities said in a statement there was a risk the dog could be "a carrier of the virus even without showing symptoms", and that it...