An extremely rare piglet has been born at Chester Zoo. Only 200 Visayan warty pigs are thought to be left in their native habitat in the Philippines, making them the rarest of all wild pigs.
Keeper Lucy Edwards said: “Visayan warty pigs are critically endangered and face an extremely high risk of becoming extinct in the wild [...] It really is a battle against time to save them".
Chester Zoo was the first in the UK to welcome Visayan warty pigs, a species that gets its name from three pairs of fleshy warts on the boar's face. The sex of the pig is yet to be determined.
A 20-year-old elephant has been relocated after local farmers complained that the male had been raiding their crops in Mazabuka, Zambia.
Game Rangers International (GRI) and the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) successfully moved the animal from the Nega Nega area of Mazabuka District to the Kafue National Park.
The operation began on Saturday morning and lasted over 12 hours.
The animal was airlifted by helicopter before being holstered onto the back of a crane truck and then carried to a larger transporter truck for the last part of the journey.
Many of the affected community were happy that the animal was moving to a new home rather than being shot.
Arriving at the Kafue National Park, the elephant headed straight into the forest where it is hoped he will enjoy a "long and peaceful life" in his new home.
The operation was supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Kellar the dog was born blind four years ago but owners Marcy Stapley and her fiance Mike Miller have a developed a way for the springer spaniel to play fetch.
The couple from Petersburg, Ontario said despite Kellar's blindness, it did not dissuade his basic doggy instincts to play.
"He was really interested in playing. He tried to chase things at the dog park, but he couldn't find them," Stapely told New York Daily News.
In the video Kellar can be seen using voice commands and his sense of smell to fetch a rubber duck in the park.
Through a period of trial and error, they can command Kellar to play fetch by saying the word "listen" before throwing an item and then saying "hot" in a high excited voice if he gets close to the object, and "cold" in a quieter voice when he is too far away.
A runaway rhea named Rita who escaped from her enclosure in Hertfordshire almost two months ago has been shot dead by a gamekeeper - and will reportedly be turned into gourmet sausages.
The six-foot bird, which is native to South America, was killed by a single shot to the head by Stuart Howe, who told the The Daily Telegraph he understood that the police wanted the bird "out of the way" because they were worried that it could cause a car crash
Mr Howe, who is a deer manager, said it was better a professional marksman brought down the bird, and said the meat would be made into gourmet sausages.
"I suppose some people might say it is a shame the rhea is dead but it would be terrible if it caused someone to die in a car crash," the 65-year-old told the newspaper.
A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said that the bird's owner had previously given permission for the bird to be "dispatched if the situation deemed it necessary, which was the case" and was aware of its death.
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A farmer from Croatia thought he was seeing double when his goat Sarka gave birth to an eight-legged baby, nicknamed 'octogoat'.
Vets believe the newborn's condition is the result of an under-developed twin sibling because it has both male and female reproductive organs.
Vets have said it is highly unlikely the goat will survive but if it lives past the first week, it may go on to live for two or three years.
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A dog whose abusive owners chopped off its two front legs is set to walk again thanks to a British dog-lover who brought him from Romania to the UK for treatment.
Colin's front legs had been deliberately amputated and he had been walking on the stumps when he was rescued by dog-lover Claire Revis, who was told about the animal's plight by a friend working with stray dogs in Romania.
The 48-year-old from Brighouse, West Yorkshire, said: "He was found in a horrendous state, he'd been walking on bare bones, the skin on his two front legs had come off and he had a lot of infection.
"He'd probably lost them months before; the vets said they'd been chopped off deliberately."
Colin is now in Britain and has begun treatment to be fitted with prosthetic limbs but requires more surgery.
Ms Revis has so far raised £7,500 of the £9,500 needed to pay for the care.
"The £3,000 to buy his actual limbs has already been donated by the charity Finding Furever Homes," Ms Revis said.
The rising number of people eating rare animals in China has prompted the country to introduce tough new jail sentences that could see offenders jailed for 10 years or more.
Spending thousands of yuan to eat rare or endangered animals is considered a status symbol among some of the country's wealthiest people.
A new interpretation of the criminal law passed yesterday "clears up ambiguities about buyers of prey of illegal hunting" and means people found eating protected animals face jail sentences ranging from three years to more than 10 years, Xinhua said.
China lists 420 species as rare or endangered, including the panda, golden monkeys, Asian black bears and pangolins.
"Eating rare wild animals is not only bad social conduct but also a main reason why illegal hunting has not been stopped despite repeated crackdowns," said Lang Sheng, deputy head of parliament's Legislative Affairs Commission.
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