Lynchburg, VA – UPDATE: The missing tortoise has been reunited with his family. Horatio, aka Big Boy, is now back with his owner. The seven year old animal wandered away from his home on Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg last Friday night while the family worked to enlarge his enclosure.

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Panaji, July 31 (IANS) Using the skin of the endangered monitor lizard for the ghumat, a traditional clay drum, during the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival will attract a fine of Rs.25,000 and a possibility of up to six years in jail, the Goa government cautioned Thursday. A statement issued here said ghumat aficionados should use goat skin instead. The ghumat is a specially designed clay pot …

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Tortoise torture suspect faces sex charges

July 31, 2014

An 18-year-old girl who was arrested earlier this month on animal abuse charges after a video appeared to show her and a younger girl torturing a tortoise, is now facing a charge of lewd and lascivious battery on a younger child. According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office arrest report, Jennifer Greene "made friends" with [...]

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The world’s best mother: meet the octopus that guards its eggs for over four years

July 30, 2014

The ultimate goal of all species on the planet is procreation, the act of making anew. But few mothers could contend with a deep-sea octopus, known as Graneledone boreopacifica, which researchers have recently observed guarding its eggs for four-and-a-half years (53 months), before likely succumbing to starvation soon after. Go to Source

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Winking Lizard to hold Vedett Fest with free samples, Portside involved in collaborations, Fantasy Beer League under …

July 30, 2014

Winking Lizard holding 'Vedett Fest' with free samples in August, Portside Brewery is involved with two collaborations, National IPA Day is coming up, and lots more in our beer news and notes. Go to Source

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News: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard announce homecoming tour

July 30, 2014

The Lizard returns to Oz. Go to Source

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87 new bird species considered threatened with extinction

July 29, 2014

Scientists have added 361 new bird species to the IUCN Red List following a major taxonomic review of non-passerine birds, i.e. non-perching or non-songbirds. Worryingly, 87 of these new birds are threatened with extinction, a percentage nearly double the overall threatened percentage for all birds, which currently sits at 13 percent. Go to Source

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Don’t eat or touch bat bushmeat amid worsening Ebola outbreak, UN warns

July 29, 2014

The world’s worst Ebola outbreak was likely begun by a hunter shooting a fruit bat for their dinner or the market, according to the UN. The outbreak has killed over 660 people in six months to date, and recently spread via plane to Nigeria. The disease is particularly deadly with a mortality rate of around [...]

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Don’t eat or touch bat bushmeat amid worsening Ebola outbreak, UN warns

July 29, 2014

The world’s worst Ebola outbreak was likely begun by a hunter shooting a fruit bat for their dinner or the market, according to the UN. The outbreak has killed over 660 people in six months to date, and recently spread via plane to Nigeria. The disease is particularly deadly with a mortality rate of around [...]

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Over a million pangolins slaughtered in the last decade

July 28, 2014

One of the world’s most bizarre animal groups is now at risk of complete eradication, according to an update of the IUCN Red List. Pangolins, which look and behave similarly to (scaly) anteaters yet are unrelated, are being illegally consumed out of existence due to a thriving trade in East Asia. Go to Source

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