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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...

BEIJING - Animal protection activists on Friday hounded a Chinese city which holds an annual dog meat festival, a campaigner said, as state-run media reported that protests had decreased demand for the product. Credit: Getty Editorial The festival, scheduled to take place on Saturday in Yulin, in the southern region of Guangxi, sees dogs packed into cages before being killed and cooked, but has met with increasing opposition from activists, highlighting China's small but growing animal rights movement. Yulin's government has insisted that it will not step in because eating dog is not illegal, but suggested restaurants serving such dishes cover the character "dog" on signs to avoid...

TOKYO - Japan has slaughtered 30 minke whales off its northeast coast, in the first hunt since the UN's top court ordered Tokyo to stop killing the animals in the Antarctic, the government said. Minke Whale. Credit: Getty Creative The Japanese whaling fleet that left the northeastern fishing town of Ayukawa in April completed its mission last week, the Fisheries Agency said. It was the first campaign since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said in March that Japan's annual expedition to the Southern Ocean was a commercial activity masquerading as research. The hunt, which takes place in spring and autumn in coastal waters and in the northwestern Pacific is also classified as...

NAIROBI - One of Africa's largest elephants has died after being shot by poachers using poisoned arrows in Kenya, wildlife officials revealed as they mourned on Saturday the loss of an "old friend." Credit: Getty Editorial The elephant famed for his giant tusks, known as Satao and aged around 45, was wounded by poisoned arrows in May in Kenya's vast southeastern Tsavo national park. The Tsavo Trust, which works to protect the wilderness and its animals, announced the death "with great sadness" for one of the "most iconic and well-loved tuskers." The death of the elephant, the latest in a surge of the giant mammals killed by poachers for their ivory, came a day after wildlife regulator...

Gertjie, a 4-month-old rescued rhino, refuses to spend his nights alone since he watched poachers attack and kill his mother in May. The orphaned calf was found crying inconsolably next to his mother's mutilated body in South Africa. Poachers attacked Gertjie's mother at the Kapama Private Game Reserve in South Africa, and took her horn. Leaving her to die, the poachers fled before rangers arrived on the scene. Gertjie could not be calmed, and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) was called in for help. "It was a devastating sight, as the tiny animal would not leave her side, and was crying inconsolably for her," the HESC said in a blog post. Gertjie was brought to the HESC,...