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ROME - One of the handful of brown bears living in the Italian Alps has died after being tranquilised for capture in an operation ordered after she mauled a mushroom hunter. Credit: Getty Editorial In an incident that enfuriated animal rights groups, the 19-year-old female, Daniza, was knocked out so that she could be transferred to a more remote part of the Trento region of northern Italy, a spokesman for the provincial government said. "The bear was put to sleep but, unfortunately, did not survive," he said. An autopsy has been ordered to establish the cause of death. Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said he had asked the region for an explanation. "We have to be sure this does...

A Maine man who dedicated his life to providing a home for ailing elephants may tragically have been killed when one of the animals he cared for stepped on him. Credit: Facebook/Hope Elephants Reports suggest that Dr. James Laurita, 56, founder of the non-profit group Hope Elephants (in Hope, Maine), fell in a corral while caring for the animals at his sanctuary. Laurita apparently fell and hit his head on the cement floor, knocking him unconscious, according to WCSH. Examinations by the state medical examiner's office indicate that an elephant then stepped on him. He died of asphyxiation and multiple chest fractures. RELATED: 10 Ways Elephants Are Like Us Paramedics responded to the...

BERLIN - Firefighters revived a cat found unconscious at the scene of an apartment blaze in Berlin using a tiny oxygen mask made for a child, authorities said Tuesday. Credit: Associated Press A rescue team sent to a fire Monday at a home in the western Moabit district of the German capital found the stricken animal, which had apparently suffered from smoke inhalation. "The fire brigade put out the smouldering blaze in the sitting room of the flat, where there were two cats and a rabbit," police said in a statement. They carried the pets out of the apartment and "had to resuscitate one of the cats using a breathing apparatus". A spokeswoman for the fire service told AFP that the mask...

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police said Sunday they had launched an animal cruelty investigation after a man joked online about killing a dog by trapping it inside a churning washing machine. Credit: Getty Creative An image uploaded to Facebook by a man calling himself Jacky Lo shows a small, white dog attempting to climb out of the machine, while another apparently portrays the animal struggling to keep its head above water with the washing cycle in full flow. A police spokeswoman told AFP that a case of suspected animal cruelty was under investigation. "A picture has been posted onto the internet about an animal suspected of being tortured. It is a case of animal cruelty," the spokeswoman...

California's blue whale population has recovered to near historic levels, according to a new Marine Mammal Science study. Credit: Getty Creative This is the only population of blue whales in the world known to have recovered from whaling, which almost drove the species to extinction. Blue whales are the largest animals on earth, measuring nearly 100 feet in length and weighing 190 tons as adults. PHOTOS: Sharks, Marine Mammals Hang in Paradise "The recovery of California blue whales from whaling demonstrates the ability of blue whale populations to rebuild under careful management and conservation measures," lead author Cole Monnahan of the University of Washington, said in a press...

WASHINGTON - The animal rights group PETA has increased its reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man filmed kicking a squirrel into the Grand Canyon. Credit: Getty Editorial In addition to the $15,000 bounty it offered last month, PETA on Wednesday added a free vacation to the Grand Canyon, including air fare and lodging for two, in its bid to identify the culprit seen in a video that went viral on YouTube. It showed the man luring a squirrel with food to the edge of what appeared to be the Canyon's South Rim, and then with a flick of his foot, flinging the animal into the abyss. The Grand Canyon is a mile (1.6 kilometers) deep and up to 18 miles (29...