Animals

A kitten, aged six to eight weeks, looks upward.

US animal shelter accused of freezing kittens to death

It is an unacceptable form of euthanasia, according to a veterinary association.

Cat lovers alert: Job going on idyllic Greek island looking after 70 cats

You'd better be quick as 3000 cat lovers worldwide have already applied.

Tourist killed by hippo hours after fisherman mauled to death in Kenya

A second tourist was injured in the incident at Lake Naivasha.

In this photo taken Tuesday, July 24, 2018, provided by the Center for Whale Research, a baby orca whale is being pushed by her mother after being born off the Canada coast near Victoria, British Columbia. The new orca died soon after being born. Ken Balcomb with the Center for Whale Research says the dead calf was seen Tuesday being pushed to the surface by her mother just a half hour after it was spotted alive. Balcomb says the mother was observed propping the newborn on her forehead and trying to keep it near the surface of the water. (Michael Weiss/Center for Whale Research via AP)

Orca back to feeding, frolicking after carrying dead calf

A researcher says he's relieved to see J35 returning to typical behaviour.

A yellow Labrador Retriever puppy playing with ball tennis outdoors in the grass

West Australian pet welfare programmes get million dollar cash boost

One programme allows pets to be anonymously fostered out while owners escape domestic violence.

German police have come to the rescue of a man being chased by a baby squirrel.

German police rescue man being terrorised by squirrel

Squirrels are known to chase people when in need of food or help.

In this photo taken Tuesday, July 24, 2018, provided by the Center for Whale Research, a baby orca whale is being pushed by her mother after being born off the Canada coast near Victoria, British Columbia. The new orca died soon after being born. Ken Balcomb with the Center for Whale Research says the dead calf was seen Tuesday being pushed to the surface by her mother just a half hour after it was spotted alive. Balcomb says the mother was observed propping the newborn on her forehead and trying to keep it near the surface of the water. (Michael Weiss/Center for Whale Research via AP)

Fears for health of mourning orca whale carrying her dead calf mounting

The 3½-year-old orca is thin and in poor body condition.

There are concerns the SH3 bypass at Mt Messenger could impact the population of long-tail bats in the area.

Taranaki bypass could be devastating to native bat population, DOC says

Bats are present at 94 per cent of the surveyed locations within the proposed bypass area.

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The black stilts were carefully and expertly reared in captive breeding programmes, and this week were returned to the wild.

Delight as 184 juvenile kaki birds released in Mackenzie Basin

The black stilts were carefully and expertly reared in captive breeding programmes.

In this photo taken Tuesday, July 24, 2018, provided by the Center for Whale Research, a baby orca whale is being pushed by her mother after being born off the Canada coast near Victoria, British Columbia. The new orca died soon after being born. Ken Balcomb with the Center for Whale Research says the dead calf was seen Tuesday being pushed to the surface by her mother just a half hour after it was spotted alive. Balcomb says the mother was observed propping the newborn on her forehead and trying to keep it near the surface of the water. (Michael Weiss/Center for Whale Research via AP)

Orca still carrying her dead calf after 16 days leaves researcher sobbing, shocked and heartbroken

The Washington University researcher says she's gravely concerned for the health and mental well-being of the orca.

Fossilised teeth of huge shark discovered in Australia

Two other sets have previously been unearthed in New Zealand and Belgium

Four teenagers identified as those allegedly behind 'cruel' leopard seal shooting at a Northland beach

The protected seal was shot in the face as it lay on a Dargaville beach.

Plastic bag used to pick up dog poo.

Dog owners want to know how single-use bag ban would affect poo clean-up

Rotorua is among the areas that have trialled free biodegradable poo bags,

Auckland Council investigating South Auckland cow attack

A man was injured when he went to help a woman being attacked by cows in Totara Park.

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DOC made the decision to end the whale’s life after it became distressed, following failed attempts to refloat it.

Sad end for magnificent creature as stranded humpback whale put down on Northland beach - 'She didn't suffer'

DOC made the decision after nearly three days battling to get the whale back out to sea.

Watch: Great white shark leaps at researcher with teeth bared off US coast

Greg Skomal is used to up-close-and-personal experiences with great whites, but not like this.

'The birds were screaming in pain' – elderly pet kea die after DOC visit

Ron Stewart had looked after Casper and Stumpy since 1977.

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Dr Ingrid Visser of the Orca Research Trust spoke with 1 NEWS from Ripiro Beach.

Whale stranded on Northland beach for two nights will be euthanised

"This is a sad outcome and a decision not taken lightly," says DOC.

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Mike Small and Caron Lynne’s ramble in Totara Park ended in horrifying fashion as they witnessed the shocking incident.

'Blood curdling' screams stop witnesses as cows attack jogger and rescuer in Auckland park

A man was hospitalised after the normally placid beasts went feral.

Cow and calf to be killed after attacking woman and man in South Auckland

Dairy farmer Keith Riley said it was likely the herd felt threatened.

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DOC and Project Jonah staff are trying to help the humpback near Baylys Beach in Northland.

Attempt to refloat bereaved humpback whale stranded on Northland beach unsuccessful

DOC and Project Jonah staff are trying to help the humpback near Baylys Beach in Northland.

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Dr Ingrid Visser of the Orca Research Trust spoke with 1 NEWS from Ripiro Beach.

Efforts to save stranded whale ramp up after other dies on Northland beach

Orca Research Trust's Dr Ingrid Visser said the smaller wale died "very quietly" this morning.

Rescuers unable to re-float two stranded whales at high tide on Northland beach

Around 100 people were attempting to rescue the two 10 to 12 metre Humpback whales.

Twenty-five fur seals found dead near Christchurch bay

The seals were found at Te Oka Bay in Banks Peninsula late this afternoon.

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