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Animals

The Barking Lot Café is a haven for pet lovers

Left to right: Takeo and Emi Blakely, SPCA director of community development Michael Wong and Grace. Photo: Annemarie Evans

Hebe, a black ball of fluff, looks up shyly through his Perspex enclosure. The puppy is a "prosecution case", meaning he was rescued from his former owner, who was later charged with animal abuse.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 11:47am

Distorted picture of Hong Kong vets' fees

Dr Tom Mangan, president of the Hong Kong Veterinary Association, says high rents and a nursing shortage mean high fees. Photo: Dickson Lee

I refer to the report ("Top doctor questions sky-high HK vet fees", January 7).

I found it bafflingly selective and lacking in objectivity in its price comparisons, particularly as the main protagonist might be expected to have an understanding better than most, having been a medico who has spent some time working in veterinary practice regulation and oversight.

10 Jan 2013 - 3:52am 2 comments

In the luxury dog house

Eric Ko looks on as a canine guest exercises with a trainer in the heated pool of the Grand Dogaroo Pet Hotel. Photo: Dickson Lee

At first glance, the lobby of the Grand Dogaroo might be mistaken for that of a boutique hotel, decorated with quilted silver wall panels and an ornate gold and crystal chandelier.

6 Jan 2013 - 3:08pm

Brazilian scientists clone endangered animals

Jaguars play at the Jardim Zoo in Brasilia. Brazil Scientists hope to clone the animals to boost zoo populations. Photo: AP

Brazilian researchers are turning to cloning to help fight the decline of several animal species.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

Wild dogs maul boy to death after fall from railing at Pittsburgh zoo

One of the Pittsburgh zoo's African painted dogs.

Like many young visitors to the zoo, the boy may simply have wanted a better look. But his mother's decision to hoist the two-year-old onto the railing surrounding the exhibit of wild dogs turned out to be a fatal one.

The boy was killed on Sunday at the Pittsburgh zoo when he fell off the railing and the pack of African painted dogs pounced and mauled him to death, police said.

6 Nov 2012 - 4:29am

Monkeys like privacy when mating

Monkeys are just like the vast majority of human beings when it comes to sex - when they go ape, they want privacy.

Among long-tailed mac-aques, the urge for hanky-panky was dampened when they were being watched by other monkeys, according to an experiment reported in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Whales mimic human speech

Noc, the US Navy's beluga whale who made human sounds. Photo: AP

It could be the muffled sound of someone singing in the shower or that nonsensical, indecipherable speech of the Muppets' Swedish Chef.

In fact, the bizarre audio unveiled by scientists on Monday is that of a beluga whale imitating the voices of people.

In fact, the whale's song sounded so eerily human that divers initially thought it was a human voice.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

Who said it?

He was a very nice guy ... very, very smart, a little weird

Jessica Cade, 23, who knew Batman shooter James Holmes (pictured) at college

These important animals ... deserve our fullest respect and protection

SPCA chief Sandy Macalister on the decision to release Burmese pythons into the countryside

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

BOOK (1945)

Animal Farm by George Orwell Secker and Warburg

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

High hopes

Each year the Beijing Raptors Rescue Centre nurses back to health more than 300 injured birds that were rescued from the wild or turned in by their captors. More than 43 types of raptor can be found year-round, as the city is on their migratory route. Some end up caught in traps, while others are injured by vehicles or predators.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

An exotic reptile

Quick Facts

Common name: Burmese python

Scientific name: Python molurus bivittatus

Native home: Southeast Asia's rain forests

Estimated numbers: Uncertain. Protected in Hong Kong

Size: Adults grow up to eight metres long and weigh about 180 kilograms. Females are typically larger than males.

4 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Constricted thinking about snakes is irresponsible

Snakes are not, to many people, one of nature's more endearing creatures. Giant pythons appear to be particularly threatening. When they occasionally show up on our country park trails, they understandably cause alarm. This is what happened a fortnight ago when a hiker had to wrestle her pet dog from the grip of such a snake.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

birds

1 What is the collective noun for a group of owls?

2 By what name is the branch of zoology that deals with birds known?

3 What peculiar trait do rheas, kakapos and cassowaries have in common?

4 In Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, what type of bird is hung around the eponymous character's neck?

3 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Contests put birds in the spotlight

If you care about nature, you may be interested in taking part in a series of competitions on the theme of birds.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Dance with the Birds 2007 contest includes two design and one dance competition.

24 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

The latest remedy to keep the birds away - sticky gel

Agriculture chiefs, who last week said it was OK for people worried by wild birds to kill them, have offered an alternative to those unwilling to go that far: sticky gel.

8 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

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