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My cat Buddy — adopted at an animal shelter

I dedicated a recent swissinfo.ch podcast to the animal kingdom; click here to listen to it.


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Spotted this little bunny hopping in somebody's front yard

Just in time for Easter: a video made by Raffaella Rossello, a colleague of mine at swissinfo.ch. She asked me to be the narrator for this piece on rabbits that jump hurdles.


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Beauty is pain for the lab mice, © Rama

Crow’s feet? Creased forehead? Sweaty armpits? Botox is regularly touted as a solution in the Swiss media, but few reports mention the animal cruelty involved.

A Swiss animal rights group, the Verein gegen Tierfabriken Schweiz (VgT), has been staging demonstrations to raise awareness of the problem.

“There’s been a lot reported on botox, but very little about the animal cruelty aspect. So the best thing is to provoke,” according to VgT president Erwin Kessler.

Click here to read the whole story: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/science_technology/Cosmetic_botox_booms_at_expense_of_mice.html?cid=18032542

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Taxidermist René Heim works on a 60,000-year-old mammoth tusk.

Wide-bucket excavators aren’t the tools of choice for archaeological digs, but sometimes you can’t be too picky. An astute workman was quick to realize the machine he was operating struck something special at a Lucerne-area gravel pit. That “something” was a 45,000-year-old mammoth tusk, about 180 centimetres long and about 50 centimetres in diameter at its thickest part.

Read the whole story here: http://www.swisster.ch/news/society/mammoth-findings-display-lucerne-museum.html

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The long-horned bee is the animal of the year.

Swiss conservation organization Pro Natura has named the “long-horned” bee as the country’s Animal of the Year 2010. The conservation group believes the wild bee is a good choice because it calls attention to the millions of other tiny creatures that contribute to biodiversity.

Read the whole story here: http://www.swisster.ch/news/society/bee-replaces-bear-swiss-animal-year.html

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