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Ringling Bros. Circus Holds Final Shows Featuring Elephants

In the world of animal rights, one activist compares it to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The original plan called for phasing out elephants' role in the circus by 2018.

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PHOTOS: 33 Rescued Circus Lions Airlifted From Peru To South Africa

The organizers are calling it the "largest airlift of lions in history." The animals were rescued from circuses after Colombia and Peru banned the use of wild animals in circuses.
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A 60,000-Pound Problem

What do you do when a 43-foot dead whale washes up on your beach? The National Marine Fisheries Service's Justin Viezbicke explains the options: tow it to sea, bury it, or cut it up.
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Up In Flames: Kenya Burns More Than 100 Tons Of Ivory

Nearly 30 years ago, Kenya burned 12 tons of ivory to try to halt the illegal ivory trade. Today it's burning 100 tons. How much difference does burning ivory make?
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Let's Not Hug It Out With Our Dogs

Your dog doesn't like your hugs. Psychologist and author Stanley Coren says that when he looked at a random sample of pictures showing people hugging dogs, most of the dogs showed signs of stress.
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6 Sensational Photos From A Global Contest With 230,000 Entries

From a man with his pet rooster in Bali to the victim of an acid attack in Iran, here are some of the featured images from the Sony World Photography Awards.
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The Bison Is Poised To Become The U.S. National Mammal

Legislation adopting the bison as the U.S. national mammal passed the House and Senate this week. Now it's waiting for President Obama's signature.
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Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider

The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland is offline, following a run-in with a small mammal that munched on a power cord.
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Kenya To Host Largest Ivory Burn To Combat Elephant Poaching

Nairobi National Park will host the largest ever ivory burn on Saturday, burning over 100 tons of tusks. The pyrotechnic team is hoping they have enough donated fuel to make the big burn, burn.
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'Jungle Book' Love: Why I Identify With The 'Flower In Underpants'

Growing up in India, she was a fan of the dubbed-in-Hindi TV series. As a globetrotting adult, she is touched by the Disney movie version.

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