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Taiwan gives China rare deer and goats in act of ‘animal diplomacy’

Taiwan has given China a pair of endangered deer and one of indigenous goats, zoo officials said Sunday, in the latest piece of animal diplomacy after China gave its former arch-enemy two pandas. The two sika deer and two Formosan serows — both seldom seen in the wild — were…

Necropsy indicates Knut the polar bear had brain damage

BERLIN (AFP) – Berlin’s superstar polar bear Knut, who died suddenly over the weekend aged just four, likely fell victim to undiagnosed brain damage, his zoo said Tuesday. Berlin Zoo said in a statement that a preliminary necropsy conducted Monday revealed “significant changes to the brain, which could be seen…

Three of our dragons are missing: Indonesian zoo

JAKARTA (AFP) – Three young Komodo dragons have gone missing from a zoo in Indonesia, a spokesman said Tuesday, warning that the lost lizards were dangerous and fast on their feet. The missing reptiles, which measured 50 centimetres (20 inches) to a metre long, were each around one year old…

Chinese zoo worker: Animals killed to make ‘tiger-bone liquor’

BEIJING (AFP) – Authorities are investigating a Chinese zoo where three dozen animals including 13 rare Siberian tigers died recently, amid charges it was harvesting their parts, state media said Monday. The probe of the zoo in the northeastern city of Shenyang will look at whether the animal parts were…

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