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Cats and dogs both lap up liquids with their tongues, but new research describes in detail why dogs are inherently sloppier drinkers. Credit: Getty Creative The findings also help to explain why large, hefty dogs produce more backsplash mess than tinier ones. This and more related info was discussed today during the presentation "How dogs drink water," made at the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting held in San Francisco. PHOTOS: The Earliest Dogs If the topic seems familiar, it's because the research team has been analyzing pet drinking habits for a while. "Three years ago, we studied how cats drink," Sunny Jung, an assistant professor at Virginia Tech, said ...

In a heartwarming story tailor-made for the start of the holiday season, a stray dog followed a team of athletes throughout its grueling 430-mile adventure competition in the Amazon rainforest. The dog, later named Arthur, came upon Team Peak Performance, a Swedish team competing in the Adventure Racing World Championship, while the athletes were sharing a meal in advance of a 20-mile race stage through rough terrain in Ecuador. One of the athletes, Mikael Lindnord, took pity on the scraggly pup hovering near their table and fed the dog a meatball. And that meatball made them friends for life, as far as Arthur was concerned. VIDEO: Dogs Have Feelings, Too The extreme sport of adventur...

Bird Flu Found on 3 More Dutch Farms

THE HAGUE - Dutch officials have detected bird flu on three more farms, but cannot yet say if the strains are a highly contagious variety discovered earlier this week, officials said Friday. Credit: Getty Editorial The Dutch economic affairs ministry confirmed that a second bird flu outbreak detected on Thursday on a farm at Ter Aar, close to the first case east of The Hague, was the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain, previously detected only in Asia. Some strains of avian influenza are fatal for chickens, and pose a health threat to humans, who can fall sick after handling infected poultry. Dutch authorities have said human infection can only occur following "intense and direct contact" wit...

WASHINGTON - Polar bears in the Arctic suffered sharp declines in the first decade of this century, losing about 40 percent of their population, according to US and Canadian scientists. Credit: Getty Creative The worst years for polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea were 2004 to 2007, when scientists believe thinning ice made it harder for the bears to find seals for food. "Of the 80 cubs observed in Alaska from 2004 to 2007, only two are known to have survived," said Jeff Bromaghin, US Geological Survey research statistician and lead author of the study in the journal Ecological Applications. Survival improved after 2007 and the population had stabilized at 900 bears by the year 2010...

After wet snow blanketed the greater Toronto area on Monday, a male giant panda named Da Mao made the most of what was clearly an enjoyable turn of weather events for him, thestar.com reported. PHOTOS: Adorable Animals You Just Want to Kiss In this video captured by the Toronto Zoo, the big fella can be seen amusing himself by rolling around in the snow, sliding down a hill on his back (who needs a sled when you're a panda?), and even seeing how good snow might be to eat. Play the video to enjoy his wintery frolicking, but prepare to be hit by an exceedingly large cute stick. Da Mao first arrived at the Toronto Zoo in March 2013, alongside his lady friend Er Shun, who will be joining he...

LONDON - The strain of bird flu discovered at a duck farm in northern England is H5N8, the same as confirmed in outbreaks in Germany and the Netherlands, the environment ministry said Tuesday. Credit: Getty Editorial "The strain has now been confirmed as H5N8, which is a very low risk to human health and no risk to the food chain," the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said in a statement. Some 6,000 ducks are being culled at the breeding farm in east Yorkshire following the confirmation of the outbreak on Sunday, and a 10-kilometre (six-mile) restriction zone has been put up around the site. News that authorities are dealing with the same subtype of a highly inf...