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China will turn cruel bear farm into refuge

China will turn cruel bear farm into refuge

BEIJING — In what’s being described as a major victory against abusive animal practices in China, a government-owned company that’s bred bears for traditional medicines has agreed to convert itself into a sanctuary.

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Pet boom in Mexico amid rising middle class

Pet boom in Mexico amid rising middle class

Twelve-year-old Honey, left, and other guests eat dog-friendly birthday cake at a party for 1-year-old dachshund Camila in Mexico City. Camila is owned by a 35-year-old lawyer.

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Pet boom in Mexico amid rising middle class

Pet boom in Mexico amid rising middle class

MEXICO CITY — Camila celebrated her first birthday in a blue-and-white-striped dress with tulle appliqués, playing with her guests in a room decorated with pink balloons, lilacs and Hello Kitty posters.

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Disneynature's gorgeous 'Bears' gets up close with mother, two cubs

Disneynature's gorgeous 'Bears' gets up close with mother, two cubs

“Bears” is exactly the sort of nature documentary we’ve come to expect from Disneynature, the film division of the company that rolls out a new nature documentary every year on Earth Day.

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Most wild kittens taken to shelters will be killed

Most wild kittens taken to shelters will be killed

Volunteer Sarita Carden holds up a healthy feral kitten at the no-kill Best Friends Animal Society kitten nursery in the Mission Hills area of Los Angeles. 

April 09, 2014 1:30 pmLoading…
Most wild kittens taken to shelters will be killed

Most wild kittens taken to shelters will be killed

LOS ANGELES — Wild kittens that will number in the tens of millions this year are starting to be born, and overtaxed shelters will be forced to euthanize most of the millions they receive.

April 09, 2014 1:30 pm Photos

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Most wild kittens taken to shelters will be killed

Most wild kittens taken to shelters will be killed

Most wild kittens taken to shelters will be killedIn this Thursday, April 3, 2014 photo, a kitten is bottle fed at the Best Friends Animal Society kitten nursery in the Mission Hills area of Los Angeles. Tens of thousands of people who think they are saving abandoned wild kittens by taking t…

April 09, 2014 1:30 pmLoading…
Washington Monument anniversary

Washington Monument anniversary

Oxen are used to haul stones during construction of the Washington Monument, 1854. Lack of money and political dissension held up the work until 1876. (AP Photo)

February 19, 2014 4:45 pm

Advice from Carolyn Hax for Jan. 26

My boyfriend and I are in our early 20s, and have been together for about 2½ years. In recent months we've talked of "being together for the long haul."The problem is this: While I see the value in very healthy eating and daily exercise, he isn't quite on the same page. 

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New Zealand Surf Dog

New Zealand Surf Dog

In this photo taken Feb. 24, 2010 made available Wednesday, March 17, 2010, Ralph, a mutt of an undetermined breed, surfs a wave with his owner Geoff Cox on the beach of Mt. Maunganui, near Auckland, New Zealand. The pair started surfing together after Cox found a dog life vest at a local pe…

January 16, 2014 7:22 pm
Paton's Birder Haven to be sold

Paton's Birder Haven to be sold

A residence in Patagonia — where bird-watchers have come for decades to spot species such as the sought-after violet-crowned hummingbird in the backyard — will be sold by the owners and managed by the Tucson Audubon Society.

December 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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A look at Thanksgiving Days past

A look at Thanksgiving Days past

First lady Mamie Eisenhower is amused by the gobbling of a 40-pound tom turkey presented to her at the White House, Nov. 14, 1957, fo rthe Eisenhower's Thanksgiving dinner. Mrs. Eisenhower accepted the Illinois-raised turkey just before going to a luncheon party celebrating her 61st birthday…

November 26, 2013 5:08 pm
Dear Abby for Nov. 11

Dear Abby for Nov. 11

DEAR ABBY: My daughter “Jenny,” her husband, “Bob,” and their three dogs live with my husband and me in our home. We live on a fairly busy road. The dogs used to always be leashed when they were taken out. They have now made a habit of letting the dogs out without leashes.

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White House pets

White House pets

President Calvin Coolidge stands with a family dog on the steps of Patterson House in Washington D.C. in 1927. Patterson House, on Dupont Circle, was the first family's termporary residence while the White House was undergoing renovations in 1927. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)

August 20, 2013 3:32 pm
White House pets

White House pets

White House staffer Robert R. Robinson holds three dogs of President Herbert Hoover outside the White House, March 29, 1929. From left are the president's dogs King Tut, Whoopie and Englehurst Gillette. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)

August 20, 2013 3:31 pm
White House pets

White House pets

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson holds his dog "Her" by the ears as White House visitors look on, April 27, 1964, on the White House lawn, Washington, D.C. At left is President Johnson's other dog, "Him." This picture raised criticism from dog lovers. (AP Photo/Charles P. Gorry)

August 20, 2013 3:30 pm
Photos: People branded to show solidarity with animals

Photos: People branded to show solidarity with animals

About 30 people have brand themselves worldwide, and thousands more support their effort to make the case for animal rights, according to a member of the group. A public branding in Tel Aviv last year launched the movement, called 269Life. Since then it has spread, with brandings in Italy, t…

June 28, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Zoo's polar bear died of heart ailment

Zoo's polar bear died of heart ailment

Snow, a 17-year-old polar bear photographed above in June, came to the Reid Park Zoo in February with dermatitis. She died Sept. 3.

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Zoo's polar bear died of heart ailment

Zoo's polar bear died of heart ailment

Snow, the 17-year-old polar bear who died Labor Day at the Reid Park Zoo, suffered from an undiagnosed heart ailment, a zoo official announced last week at the same time she announced the zoo doesn't plan to replace the Arctic animal.

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Desert Museum turns 60

Desert Museum turns 60

A mountain lion lounges - clearly alert, but utterly relaxed - in its enclosure at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

September 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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