• UN unanimously adopts resolution to combat illegal wildlife trafficking

    "The world has sent an unequivocal and collective signal at the highest-level that ending wildlife crime is a top priority"

    How Cecil the Lion became an iconic animal for Zimbabwe.How Cecil the Lion became an iconic animal for Zimbabwe.

    In the wake of last month’s public outrage at the death of Cecil the Lion, the United Nations has taken a ‘historic’ step forward on the issue of animal poaching, says one animal rights activist.

    In a rare show of unanimous support, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that commits countries to increase their collective efforts to address wildlife poaching.

    “The world has sent an unequivocal and collective signal at the highest-level that ending wildlife crime is a top priority,” said Steven Broad, executive director of TRAFFIC, a non-governmental organization that focuses on the global trade of animal and plants. “It’s historic.”

    The resolution, which is called Tackling the Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife, was put forward by Gabon and Germany. One of the key objectives of the plan is to ensure that UN member states crack down on the illicit criminal organizations that profit in the trafficking of protected species of animals and plants. 

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  • 38 beagles freed from lab testing go outside for the first time

    “The labs gave them numbers, their new families gave them names."

    A group of beagles finally got to see the world when they were recently saved from their caged life as laboratory test subjects. 

    In one month, The Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) rescued 38 dogs in 11 different states - the largest operation ever to take place in the U.S.

    “Despite ‘animal industry’ opposition and obstacles, BFP quietly secured the release and freedom of dozens of ‘purpose-bred for research’ beagles,’” the charity said in a press release.

    These dogs had beendeemed “experimentally spent” and the standard operating procedure is to euthanize them.

    According to BFP, beagles are the most popular breed for lab because “of their friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving, people-pleasing personalities.” They also adapt well to living in a cage.

    The charity managed to convince workers from five different labs in to release their beagles instead. 

    Their video details what happened when the dogs were let out of their cages.

    For the first time, the dogs are seen walking on the grass,

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  • Kenyan President pays travel costs for girl with rare condition to have surgery in Canada

    The good news comes after thousands of dollars were stolen from a previous fundraising effort

    Fidelis Muthoni (L) is getting some much needed help from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.Fidelis Muthoni (L) is getting some much needed help from Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    A Kenyan baby who’s receiving treatment in Canada for a rare condition is getting help from a powerful player. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is donating Sh500,000 (approximately C$6,300) to the family of baby Fidelis Muthoni, who’s in Canada to get surgery for frontal encephalocele.

    The condition is a rare disorder where the bones of the skull do not fully close, leading it to create a gap through which cerebral spinal fluid, brain tissue and the meninges – the membrane that covers the brain – can protrude into a sac-like formation.

    The president announced he was going to help the family after hearing that Sh2.8 million (approximately C$35,672) in funds raised for travel and lodging had been stolen by a conman. Kenyan news also reports that the governor of Murang’a, Mwangi Wairia, donated Sh300,000 (approximately C$3,816) to the family to help facilitate their stay in Canada.

    Canadian doctors offered the baby girl free medical care as long as her family was able to arrive in the

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  • Toy LIke Me made made these disabled Playmobil toys 'as an offering of friendship' [Facebook/Toy Like Me]Toy LIke Me made made these disabled Playmobil toys 'as an offering of friendship' [Facebook/Toy Like Me]

    Move over Barbie, there are some new dolls in town that strive to make children with disabilities feel included. 

    A range of 3D-printed dolls with walking sticks, hearing aid and birthmarks has been introduced by British toymaker, Makies, after the #ToyLikeMe campaign went viral on social media.

    Melissa Mostyn is behind the campaign run by a group of parents for children with disabilities. They are “calling on the toy industry for better disability representation in toys,” their Facebook profile reads.

    Mostyn is a mother of two from London, England, that knows all too well what it feels like to be different. She was born deaf and now is making sure her daughter, Isobel, who has cerebral palsy, feels like any other child her own age, Global News reports.

    Before the campaign, one of Mostyn’s first designs was a walker for her daughter’s doll, resembling the one Isobel uses. She used lollipop sticks to build the mini-walker.

    “Disabled people live full lives,” she told CBS. “They don’t

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  • Doctors say new research on Lou Gehrig's disease has made a big breakthrough, giving much of the credit to the ALS ice bucket challenge. It became an Internet phenomenon last summer, raising millions of dollars for research. Doctors say new research on Lou Gehrig's disease has made a big breakthrough, giving much of the credit to the ALS ice bucket challenge. It became an Internet phenomenon last summer, raising millions of dollars for research.

    The Ice Bucket Challenge that exploded on social media last summer to help raise money and awareness for ALS research has resulted in a major breakthrough, scientists at Johns Hopkins University say.

    The scientists have reported that they have made a serious break-through in research, which could lead to a cure much sooner. ALS is a rare condition affecting the nervous system.

    Last summer, more than 17 million people worldwide took to Instagram and Facebook to add videos of them dumping water on themselves and then encouraging friends to do the same. All totaled, there was more than $115 million dollars raised.

    Scientists used the funds to research a complex protein called TDP-43, which in more than 90 per cent of ALS cases, is dysfunctional.  In the past, researchers have struggled to understand the role this protein played in maintaining healthy cells.  

    According to a new study published by Johns Hopkins researchers in the journal Science, when protein clumps together within the

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  • NFLer’s daughter battling pediatric cancer gets her own Wheaties box cover

    "In the words straight out of Leah’s mouth, this is so awesome!!"

    Devon Still with his daughter, Leah. (Photo: Instagram/@man_of_still75)Devon Still with his daughter, Leah. (Photo: Instagram/@man_of_still75)

    Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still posted a very special photo on his Instagram account on Tuesday, showing off a one of a kind gift he received from General Mills.

    The photo shows off a very personal Wheaties cereal box, which features his beautiful daughter Leah and the box reads “Leah Still Wheaties Champion.”

    And based on what he wrote on his Instagram, she was pretty excited about the one of a kind gift: "Thanks @wheatiescereal in the words straight out of Leah’s mouth, this is so awesome!! #LeahStrong #StillStrong."

    Leah Still on the cover of the Wheaties cereal box. (Photo: Instagram/@man_of_still75)Leah Still on the cover of the Wheaties cereal box. (Photo: Instagram/@man_of_still75)

    According to TODAY News, five-year-old Leah was initially diagnosed with Stage-4 Neuroblastoma in June 2014. Leah was given a 50-50 chance of living.

    Despite awaiting test results to see if her Stage-4 Neuroblastoma remains in remission, Leah has had a very eventful year. She was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs, starred in the Sarah Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper’s video “Truly Brave,” which raised more than $500,000 for the American

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  • Two firefighters pose for a photo with their newest fan. (Photo: Facebook/Lake Havasu Living Magazine)Two firefighters pose for a photo with their newest fan. (Photo: Facebook/Lake Havasu Living Magazine)
    Firefighters battling a large wildfire in Arizona received a very warm thank you earlier this week after they encountered a distraught furry resident who they helped escape from the flames.

    Fire crews from the Desert Hills Fire Department were taking on a 7,000 acre wildfire when out of nowhere, a small donkey emerged from the blazing brush. The donkey, although frightened, walked cautiously up the firefighters as if it were asking for help, and in return, the men hosed the donkey down to cool its singed skin.

    The donkey was so grateful for what they had done, she refused to leave their side and stayed with the crew for hours until she was eventually relocated to a safer location, Boredom Therapy reports.  

    The donkey emerges, seeking help from the firefighters. (Photo: Facebook/Lake Havasu Living Magazine)The donkey emerges, seeking help from the firefighters. (Photo: Facebook/Lake Havasu Living Magazine)

    It is still unclear whether or not the donkey is wild, or if it has owners. Rescue crews are still trying to locate potential previous owners, but if no one comes forward, the American Wild Horse Sanctuary in California has volunteered to give the donkey a new home.

    Firefighters

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  • A man discovered a large and very dehydrated European bumblebee hanging out in his kitchen. 

    Instead of freaking out and moving the bee outside, he helped rehydrate it and they exchange a friendly goodbye.

    Dolph C. Volker, who is an animal advocate and the author of Dire Encounters: Man Meets Wolf, noticed that the bee hanging around and he was quick to help get it on it’s way.

    Volker filled the base of his palm with wild honey and then picked up the bee so it could consume it.

    He filmed the entire encounter and it definitely has the internet buzzing.

    During the video you can see the bee consuming the honey, so focused it doesn’t even flinch when Volker strokes and pets its back.  

    When the bee is satisfied, Volker takes it outside to set it free, but not before they exchange a friendly high-five.

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  • (Photo: Imgur)(Photo: Imgur)

    Things are not always as they appear to be, and this couldn’t be any more true when it comes to these heartbreaking photos.

    In a recent post shared on Imgur, a German Shepherd appears to be hiding in a hole it had dug underneath a grave stone in Novi Beograd, Serbia. 

    According to “FakeToupet,” the Imgur user who shared the photo, it was believed the dog was lying underneath the gravestone of its owner, but that has since been dispelled as a rumour. 

    Nevertheless, the Imgur post featured several photos, and the story that they tell is one of family and survival.

    (Photo: Imgur)(Photo: Imgur)

    As you can see, the poor dog is actually a mother, and it appears she had dug a hole under the gravestone in order to protect her four tiny puppies and keep them warm. 

    “While it wasn’t ideal, it was the best she could find,” the Imgur post read. 

    Luckily, animal rescuer Vesna Mihajloski found the dogs and took them home, where they received the care they so desperately needed. 

    (Photo: Imgur)(Photo: Imgur)

    Thanks to Mihajoksi and the rescue team, the

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  • Jay Triano leaves the court after an 86-71 loss to Brazil in the Pan Am gold medal final. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Jay Triano leaves the court after an 86-71 loss to Brazil in the Pan Am gold medal final. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    The head coach of Canada’s national basketball team is scoring major points with an Oshawa family who were fined $250 for hanging a basketball net in their front yard.

    That’s because Jay Triano, who used to coach with the Toronto Raptors, paid off the fine and invited Joshua Roberto and his family to watch the national team practice today at the Air Canada Centre. Star players who will be attending the practice include the Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.

    Triano contacted the family on Monday after reading a report about how they had received a nuisance ticket on June 25 and were asked to take down the basketball net. Joshua’s mother, Lisa Roberto, is appealing the ticket.

    The net was first installed in the spring, and a complaint from a neighbour came two weeks later. Joshua’s sister Amanda Maciocia told the Toronto Star that the family has received complaints “literally every day since.” Neighbours say the basketball net is positioned in a dangerous part of the road.

    But what might

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