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Three elephants escape Missouri circus, damage two vehicles

hree elephants escaped from a circus in suburban St. Louis on Saturday, damaging two vehicles but causing no injuries before they were captured, a circus spokesman said. The pachyderms busted out the back entrance of Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri, at about 5:30 p.m. local time (2230 GMT) between…

Fossilized feces shows some dinosaurs gathered in ‘poop groups,’ like elephants or camels

Some large, grass-eating mammals, such as elephants, rhinos and camels, gather together not only when they eat, but also when they defecate. The group poop, researchers have surmised, has several important functions. One is hygiene, to prevent the emergence of new parasites; another is safety, to provide surveillance in numbers…

Why are elephants in Zimbabwe dying from cyanide poisoning? Experts seek answers

Zimbabwean wildlife authorities will dispatch a team of experts to the country’s largest game park Saturday to investigate the poisoning deaths of 64 elephants, an official said. “Experts drawn from seven ministries will travel to Hwange National Park tomorrow (Saturday) to make findings on the disaster at the park where…

Skyping with elephants: a new paradigm for education

Think Elephants, a Thailand-based organization that promotes conservation through education, published the results of a study that found that elephants could follow vocal commands telling them to find food hidden in one of two buckets. This suggests…  …

Elephants terrorize villagers in Mozambique

Rampaging elephants are terrorising Mozambican villages near the Zimbabwe border, attacking people, trampling crops and scaring children, state-run newspaper Noticias reported Wednesday. “We are using traditional ways to try to scare the animals, but all in vain, because whenever we do something, the monsters disappear for a few days, and when they…

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