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NEW YORK - When naturalist Paul Rosolie wanted to focus attention on the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, he decided he needed a stunt guaranteed to get people looking. Paul Rosolie. Credit: lwpkommunikacio/Flickr So the staunch environmentalist offered himself as dinner to an anaconda -- and was prepared to be swallowed alive, filming every moment. But in the end, Rosolie wasn't exactly ingested by the snake, disappointing viewers who expected a journey into the belly of the deadly beast. Instead he let the anaconda coil around him before calling the mission off, fearing he might get seriously injured. Anacondas, the largest snakes in the world, typically suffocate their prey befo...

Panda Twins Born at Japan Zoo

TOKYO - Japan's panda population grew by two, a zoo announced Wednesday, with the birth of twin cubs Tuesday night. A set of baby twin pandas. Credit: m ica./Flickr The pair came into the world weighing less than 200 grammes (7 ounces) each, a spokesman for Wakayama Adventure World in western Japan said. The birth of the two cubs takes to seven the number of pandas at the zoo, which has an active breeding programme for the creatures that have a notoriously low reproductive rate. At just 21 and 22 centimetres (around 8 inches) the tiny youngsters have a long way to go before they are the size of their mother, 14-year-old Rauhin. Kyodo News reported that the twins have made a good start, ...

An elephant named Raju that had been rescued from a life of abuse at a park won its final freedom, after an Indian court ordered the animal be kept with his rescuers instead of returned to his former nightmare home, the Independent reports. Credit: Twitter/WildlifeSOS In July, Raju made headlines when his sad condition was revealed on video and word got out that his rescuers noticed tears in the creature's eyes after it was rescued from 50 years of abuse, malnourishment, and a life in shackles. Raju was in constant pain, had no shelter, and lived off what he could beg from tourists. RELATED: 10 Ways Elephants Are Like Us With the blessing of a court order, the conservation organization W...

If you've ever shuddered at the thought of meeting your maker by way of a shark attack, here's your chance to feed your fear and visualize it, without having to die in the process. A remote camera towed on the back of a boat captured this footage (below) of a great white trailing behind and then deciding the camera looked like it might be something it could eat, or at least hurt. The footage, shot off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, was taken by a diver and award-winning underwater camera operator named Charles Maxwell. Maxwell always uses a remote tow camera following behind his vessel when he's on the water during a shoot. In this footage's less frightening moments, dolphins and...

PARIS - French farmers flocked to the Eiffel Tower on Thursday, sheep in tow, to express their frustration over increasing attacks by wolves which some say have been "overprotected" by the government. Credit: Getty Editorial Some 300 sheep bleated or lazily grazed at the foot of the French capital's most famous monument as the farmers gathered under foggy skies to demand an effective plan to stop the wolf attacks. "Today farmers, tomorrow unemployed," read one banner, while one of the protesters dressed as a wolf carried around a lamb. The farmers were not alone: a rival demonstration by animal rights activists calling for the wolves to be protected also made an appearance under the Eiff...

MANILA - A Filipino woman has been reunited with her dog a year after the pet went missing in the chaos of the country's deadliest ever typhoon, she said on Tuesday (Nov 25). Credit: Getty Editorial The nine-year-old mongrel named Bunny survived giant waves wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan, but went missing in the upheaval that followed the Nov 8 tragedy, owner Ailyn Metran said. "I never lost hope. God saved Bunny from the storm surge, so why would he let her die afterwards," Metran said. Metran and her husband found their emaciated pet rooting through a trash bin in the central city of Tacloban last month. Tacloban bore the brunt of the storm, one of the worst disasters to hit the Southe...