2015/06/29 by AP
TAMA the stationmaster, Japan’s feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral yesterday. The calico cat was appointed stationmaster at Kishi station in western Japan in 2007. Donning her custom-made stationmaster’s cap, Tama quietly sat at the ticket gate welcoming and seeing off passengers. She quickly attracted tourists and became world famous.
2015/06/29 by AFP
FOR many residents of Yulin, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the peak of summer is the perfect time to get together with family and friends — and consume copious amounts of dog meat.
2015/06/01 by Steve Gorman
MORE than two dozen marine mammals and nearly 40 birds, mostly pelicans, have been collected dead and alive from California’s oil-fouled coastline near Santa Barbara in the week since a petroleum pipeline ruptured there, wildlife officials said this week.
2015/05/19 by Jim Suhr
A secluded Missouri conservation center heralded for helping repopulate the wild with endangered wolves is tending to its latest puppy season — a ritual that this time has a bittersweet vibe in the absence of the site’s furry matriarch. With 41 Mexican gray wolf pups to her credit until she died on April 21, a day before her 14th birthday, Anna came to symbolize the Endangered Wolf Center’s quest to save North America’s rarest subspecies of gray wolf.