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In this Saturday, March 23, 2019, photo released by Natural Resources Conservation Agency of Bali (BKSDA Bali), out of the resort island at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia. Authorities say the 27-year-old Russian tourist was captured late Friday at the airport after an X-ray found the 2-year-old male orangutan in a rattan basket inside his luggage. (BKSDA Bali via AP)

Russian tourist arrested for trying to smuggle drugged orangutan out of Bali

Andrei Zhestkov told officials he bought the orangutan for $4,000 from a market in Java.

Freshwater crocodile seized from Sydney home.

Freshwater crocodile found during police raid on Sydney home

The reptile was found along with cash and suspected stolen vehicles.

Spate of dog poisonings in Marlborough raise fears of new burglary tactic

Piles of dog food laced with paracetamol were found in a Blenheim dog owner's property.

Tītipounamu (rifleman)

Rare, tiny tītipounamu birds return to Wellington after decades of absence

Fifty-nine have arrived in the ecosanctuary Zealandia.

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The homeowner thought she had ‘a few’ snakes under her house. She was wrong.

Dozens of venomous rattlesnakes found lurking under Texas home

The homeowner thought she had "a few" snakes under her house. She was wrong.

David Schwimmer didn't like Marcel the monkey on Friends, Matt Le Blanc reveals

The 51-year-old actor personally "got along great with the monkey", he said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! today.

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Shoals of fish deep-diving, an eel, spaghetti-like wire corals, and sponges encrusted on rocks could be seen.

Indian Ocean reveals deep secrets as submersible crafts descend 100 metres below waters of Seychelles

Shoals of fish deep-diving, an eel, spaghetti-like wire corals, and sponges encrusted on rocks could be seen in a live stream.

Rodeo (file picture).

Horse's death at rodeo 'an accident issue' says rodeo association president

A horse died at the National Rodeo Finals in North Canterbury on Saturday.

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This follows the death of a participating horse at the Rodeo National Finals in North Canterbury.

‘I want to see an end to rodeo, pure and simple’ - SAFE renews call to ban rodeos after horse dies at Canterbury event

“They chase these baby animals as young as three months old and drag them to a sudden halt with a choking rope around their neck and throw them to the ground.

Five people seriously injured after ferry collides with whale in Japan

Dozens more sustained less serious injuries in a the accident off Sado Island.

Charity urgently looking to rehome 70 wild horses from Kaimanawa Ranges

So far, Kaimanawa Heritage Horses has only received applications for 12 horses

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The whale was carrying a long length of fishing gear and buoys behind it off Maui.

Humpback whale freed from long length of fishing lines and buoys off Hawaii

The young whale was carrying fishing gear and buoys behind it off Maui.

Poplar sawfly caterpillars.

Biosecurity probe after pest found in NZ for first time

Biosecurity New Zealand said larva of the insect were initially found in a Gypsy Moth surveillance trap in Dunedin.

Scientists spot a pod of very rare 'Type D' orca

This distinct variety of orca were only officially described in 1955 after a stranding in Paraparaumu.

Crocodile (file picture).

Northern Territory men circled by crocodile while stuck in tree for two days

The two fishermen thought they would die before being rescued after their boat started sinking.

Czech man mauled to death by his pet lion

Police found two lions in an enclosure with the body of a man.

Rocka after suffering a broken leg at the hands of Serrin Macpherson, and the x-ray of his injury, inset.

Man jailed after breaking own dog’s leg, beating it so badly it had to be put down

Serrin Macpherson punched, kicked and slammed Rocka to the ground, then refused to take him to a vet.

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There’s been a spike in stock being shot, mutilated and cut up for meat.

Crime Amendment Bill cracks down on cattle rustlers, who now face up to seven years prison

It will also introduce additional offences around unlawful entry to land used for agricultural purposes.

Unusual alliance forged in Sri Lanka to save blue whales by moving the shipping lane

Conservationists and shipping companies have aligned in a bid to move the heavily-trafficked lane.

It's not quite as simple as it seems.

NZ's leading food service company vows to sell only cage-free eggs by 2024

Animal rights group SAFE says the move is a "massive victory for hens".

Humpback whales.

Australia's humpback whale numbers growing too fast - study

"They could overshoot the carrying capacity of the environment and we could see a big decline in the population."

Inherited knowledge passed through animal cultures major part of survival - study

Individuals who share information within their animal group are a vital tool for conservation.

Eagle River, Alaska musher Tom Schonberger's lead dogs trot along Fourth Avenue during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Anchorage, Alaska. The world's foremost sled dog race kicks off its 47th running this weekend on Saturday, March 2, 2019, as organizers and competitors strive to push past a punishing two years for the image of the sport. Some of the drama has been resolved for Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race.

Alaskan Iditarod dog sled race draws long time critics among big crowds

The 1,609-kilometer race is accused of causing multiple dog deaths.

In this Feb. 21, 2019 photo, provided by UC Santa Barbara, Jessica Nielsen, a conservation specialist, examines a beached hoodwinker sunfish at at Coal Oil Point Reserve in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Thomas Turner, UC Santa Barbara via AP)

Sea creature washed ashore in California identified as a hoodwinker sunfish

The 2.15m fish is a rare species thought to live in the Southern Hemisphere.

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The new role will see Sully embark on tasks to help wounded war veterans and their families.

President George H. W. Bush's dog Sully gets new gig helping wounded military veterans

Sully the Labrador made headlines for lying near his late owner’s casket.

Animal Agenda Aotearoa says there must be a better way to train dogs to not attack kiwi birds.

Aucklanders to have their say on changes to dog rules

Recommended changes include an opportunity for dogs classified as menacing to be reclassified.

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