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In Poland, Hedgehogs Find a Saviour

KRAKõW, Poland - Too weak to stand on his feet after swallowing poison for garden slugs, Smoky the hedgehog is fighting for his life. Credit: Getty Creative Thanks to a devoted Polish animal lover, he has a chance. Andrzej Kuziomski set up Poland's first and only hedgehog shelter after as a bicycle courier he came across hundreds of the small, quilled mammals that had been killed or maimed in run-ins with humans. "He hasn't eaten anything for days... He weighs less than half of what he should," the 45-year-old says as he holds Smoky, gently stroking his prickly back. The refuge on the outskirts of Krakow has space for up to 50 sick or injured hedgehogs. Driven from their habitat by...

After being left behind by his owners when they moved away, Theo the dog was living on the streets and underneath a garbage trailer. He resided there for more than a year before members of The Mutt Scouts were called in. The poor dog was weak, scared and afraid of human touch. Watch to see what happens after this resilient canine is rescued. Theo is still looking for his forever home, so visit this website if you are living in the Los Angeles area and interested in adopting this adorable pooch. Share this on Facebook? MORE ON PAWNATION: Beagle Freedom Project Rescues More Dogs From Laboratory Chimps See Daylight for the First Time Disabled Kitten Is Protected by Canine Friend...

GOLD COAST - Australian authorities struggled to rescue a beached baby whale Wednesday and were forced to suspend the operation as fading light hampered efforts to return it to sea. Credit: Getty Editorial The whale, reportedly a two-year-old humpback, washed up on Palm Beach on the popular Gold Coast late Tuesday, with rescuers working for hours to try and free it. Hundreds of people gathered at the Queensland beach to watch the rescue, which included fitting a specially-designed harness to the mammal as workers from marine park Sea World tried to coax it back into the water. Rescuers were able to briefly return the whale to sea before it became stuck on a sandbar slightly further...

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...

The biggest threat to emperor penguins may not be leopard seals or even killer whales, but a much larger predator: global warming. Credit: Getty Creative Climate change, which is quickly melting the sea ice this species depends on for survival, could cause dramatic drops in the number of emperor penguins across Antarctica by the end of the century, a new study finds. Specifically, more than two-thirds of Antarctica's emperor penguin colonies will decline by more than 50 percent by the end of the century under future climate change scenarios. QUIZ: Brush Up on Your Penguin Facts The researchers, from France, the Netherlands and the United States, are pushing to have this iconic species...

Jockey, Horse Die at Toronto Racetrack

OTTAWA - A jockey and horse died during a practice run at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto early Tuesday after the horse suffered a medical attack, fell and crushed the rider. Credit: Getty Creative Toronto Police spokeswoman Constable Jenniferjit Sidhu told AFP the jockey at 6 am (1000 GMT) "was in the saddle when the horse went into an unexplained wild gallop. "The jockey was crushed into the track railing and then by the weight of the horse," she said. "Something medical happened to the horse and the jockey was just at the wrong place at the wrong time," she added. Paramedics pronounced the rider dead at the scene. The horse also died in the incident on a secondary track. The...