First Saudi woman vet details experience, treating various kinds of animals

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The first Saudi woman vet, Dr. Noor Ezzat Fatairji, believes that the veterinary profession is the basis for supporting and preserving livestock, noting that there are many efforts exerted by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, as well as animal rights activists in Saudi Arabia. She told Al Arabiya that "Livestock does not involve just pets, it extends to farm animals, parks, wildlife and fungi. “We need to strengthen awareness efforts in all relevant sectors, both ...

The first café and restaurant for animals opens in Egypt

Friday, 5 January 2018

A café and restaurant that welcomes pets and their owners has opened in a mall in Smouha, Alexandria. Pets Corner is the first café of its kind, fully equipped to welcome pets, from dogs to cats, monkeys, birds and others offering the animals free food and drink. The owner of Pets Corner Cafe, Mohamed el-Kok, 31, told Al Arabiya that the idea was lingering in his mind for a while, especially that he has always been a dog lover. He said he realized that pet owners do not have a ...

Pregnant elephant ‘poisoned’ in Indonesian palm plantation

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

A pregnant elephant has been found dead in a palm oil plantation on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, in what the authorities suspect was a deliberate poisoning, an official said Wednesday.The animal’s body was found near the remote Seuneubok Bayu village in Aceh on December 22, after authorities received a tip off from locals, Aceh conservation centre head Sapto Aji Prabowo told AFP.“The 25-year-old elephant had been dead for around 10 days when we got there,” he ...

The new Berliners: Wild boars thrive in German capital

Saturday, 16 December 2017

They have coarse bristles, huge heads with tiny eyes and protruding tusks and, occasionally, a really bad temper. Thousands of wild boars call Berlin home, where they dig up gardens, cause road accidents and rampage through neighbourhoods. Especially on the outskirts of the leafy German capital, people have had to learn to live with the massive omnivores. "Many people tell me: wherever I go, I see wild boars," said Derk Ehlert, a Berlin municipal wildlife specialist. The population is ...

Five elephants killed by train in India

Monday, 11 December 2017

A train has struck and killed five elephants as they crossed over tracks at a tea plantation in northeast India, an official said Monday. The elephants, including a pregnant female, were part of a larger herd wandering through the plantation early Sunday in Assam state, home to India’s biggest wild elephant population, when they were mowed down by the train. “All five elephants died on the spot. A stillborn calf was later removed from the pregnant female,” said Vikas Brahma, ...

Volcanic eruptions no match for cockfighting, Bali-style

Saturday, 9 December 2017

A volcano may be rumbling off in the distance, but for a group of Balinese men and their fighting roosters it's the roar of the crowd that says the show must go on. Far off the Indonesian resort island's tourist trail, heavily-tattooed men gather at a clandestine site where birds battle each other -- usually to the death -- in a gory spectacle known as tajen that meshes blood sport with ancient Balinese Hindu traditions. About 100 male spectators gather on bamboo benches around a dirt ring as ...

Lion rescued from Syrian zoo gives birth hours after arriving in Jordan reserve

Monday, 14 August 2017

A lion cub was born just hours after its mother Dana was released into a wildlife reserve in Jordan after being rescued from a defunct zoo in war-torn Syria. Dana and 12 other animals, including four other lions, two bears and two tigers, had barely survived under harsh conditions in the Syrian city of Aleppo, until a few months ago a major battleground in the country's civil war. They were transported from Syria to Turkey and then to Jordan by the international animal charity Four Paws, stuck ...

IN PICTURES: Why falcons need their own passports in Saudi Arabia

Sunday, 30 July 2017

In order to travel with your falcon from Saudi Arabia, a popular pet for many in the kingdom, the bird must hold a passport with certain specifications for precautionary measures. In Saudi Arabia, 4,942 passports have been issued for falcons until 2017. First of all, the falcon must be medically examined at the Prince Fahad bin Sultan Falcon Center which will provide one with all the required medical examinations and certificates to submit the passport application. After conducting the tests, ...

Animals evacuated to Turkey from ‘neglected’ Syria zoo

Friday, 28 July 2017

An international animal welfare charity was on Friday completing the evacuation of a dozen animals stranded in a neglected zoo in the conflict-torn Aleppo province of northern Syria.The Four Paws group was seeking to move two lions and two domestic dogs from the “Magic World” zoo and amusement park in Syria over the border into Turkey and then to an animal protection centre in the north of the country, a spokesman for the charity told AFP.A Four Paws team is currently at the border ...

World’s oldest hippo, Bertha, dies at Philippine zoo

Monday, 10 July 2017

Bertha, believed to be the world's oldest hippopotamus, has died aged 65, the Manila zoo said Monday, having beaten the typical lifespan for the mostly herbivorous mammals by decades. The 2.5-tonne female was found dead Friday in her enclosure, with a post mortem examination concluding that Bertha, the zoo's oldest resident, had died from multiple organ failure, zoo director James Dichaves said. “Bertha was among the pioneer animals here. Her mate died sometime in the 1980s and the couple ...

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