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Trump puts decision to allow elephant hunting trophy imports 'on hold'

Trump puts decision to allow elephant hunting trophy imports 'on hold'Despite Trump's statement, a Fish and Wildlife Service official confirmed that the ban on elephant hunting trophies from Zambia had been lifted effective Nov. 7. And the ban on trophies from Zimbabwe was lifted on Friday morning, about 11 hours before Trump’s tweet.



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Trump To Lift Ban On Import Of Elephant Trophies From 2 African Nations

Trump To Lift Ban On Import Of Elephant Trophies From 2 African NationsWASHINGTON — The Trump administration will reverse an Obama-era ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia after determining that sport hunting in those countries will help conserve the species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed Wednesday.



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Angry mob lights baby elephant on fire with flaming tar ball in horrific photo

Angry mob lights baby elephant on fire with flaming tar ball in horrific photoA horrific photo of a mother and baby elephant fleeing an angry mob in West Bengal, India, has won the top award in a wildlife photography competition.



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Elephant Parade hits the streets of São Paulo

Elephant Parade hits the streets of São PauloThe Elephant Parade arrives in Sao Paulo after the success of the Cow Parade, an exhibition of artistic cows in the financial heart of Brazil.



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Stranded elephant saved in dramatic sea rescue 8 miles from shore

Stranded elephant saved in dramatic sea rescue 8 miles from shoreFor members of the Sri Lankan navy, a routine morning patrol took an unexpected turn on Tuesday when a elephant was spotted struggling to stay afloat after having been pulled miles off the coast by currents.



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Intense video shows elephant stranded at sea being saved by rescuers

Intense video shows elephant stranded at sea being saved by rescuersThis wasn't your typical rescue mission. An intense video circulating the internet (a version of which was posted by the
Daily Mirror Sri Lanka and embedded above) shows rescuers from the Sri Lanka navy towing an elephant stranded at sea back to shore.  SEE ALSO: Elephants run to greet a rescued baby elephant because yes, they are better than us In the video, the elephant can be seen struggling to stay afloat and keep its trunk above water after being carried away by a strong current nearly 16km (9.9m) off Sri Lanka's north-eastern coast. Fortunately, the Sri Lankan navy picked up the elephant after it was spotted by a patrol boat, according to 9 News.  Image: MEDIA UNIT HA/REX/ShutterstockThe island country's naval unit then dispatched a fast naval patrol craft and divers to secure the elephant with ropes. It was later safely pulled ashore with the help of two other boats, as well as Sri Lankan wildlife officials.  The elephant was likely swept into the sea while trying to cross the Kokkilai Lagoon, which divides two areas of jungle.  "They usually wade through shallow waters or even swim across to take a shortcut," navy spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge told AFP.  Swimming out so far is definitely not a mammoth task for an elephant, who are good swimmers, with some reportedly swimming distances of up to 48 km (29.8 mi).  "Swimming about 15km from the shore is not unusual for an elephant," Avinash Krishnan, a research officer with conservation group A Rocha, told the
Guardian. But as elephants burn through a lot of energy swimming, it was plausible that the stranded elephant needed intervention. Elephants use their trunks as natural snorkels, so the fact that the elephant was struggling to keep it's trunk above water seemed to indicate that the animal was in distress. Asian elephants regularly traverse short distances through the water. They were trained to ferry logs between the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, in the 19th century. Before that, elephants often crossed the short distances between islands in the island chain. WATCH: 7 more things you didn't know about 'Planet of the Apes'



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Big Game Hunter Dies After Being Crushed To Death By Elephant

Big Game Hunter Dies After Being Crushed To Death By ElephantA well-known South African big game hunter was reportedly crushed to death Friday after his friends fatally shot an elephant.



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Elephant crushes S. African hunter to death: reports

Elephant crushes S. African hunter to death: reportsA South African big-game hunter was crushed to death when an elephant picked him up and then fell on him after being shot, Zimbabwean officials and media reports said Monday. Theunis Botha, 51, a professional hunter who specialised in hunting with hounds, died on Friday in western Zimbabwe. One elephant lifted Botha up with her trunk, and a fellow hunter shot the animal dead, the News24 website said.



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Big game hunter crushed to death by falling elephant that was fatally shot

Big game hunter crushed to death by falling elephant that was fatally shotTheunis Botha, a trophy hunter, died Friday in Zimbabwe.



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Rhino killed for its horn inside French zoo; rare old African elephant killed too

Rhino killed for its horn inside French zoo; rare old African elephant killed tooAnimal stories can't always be about exciting whale videos or pregnant giraffes. Sometimes, reality has to rear its ugly head. After all, iconic species like rhinos and elephants are increasingly threatened by poaching and habitat loss in the wild. This week, poachers in Europe and Africa made two particularly notable kills in what should've been safe spaces for wildlife.  SEE ALSO: This national park tracked down rhino poachers thanks to a selfie Just outside Paris, assailants broke into the wildlife park at Thoiry Zoo overnight. They shot Vince, a 4-year-old white rhinoceros, three times in the head before using a chain saw to remove its horn, Thierry Duguet, the zoo's director, told the Associated Press on Tuesday. Bruno, left, and Gracie: two rhinoceroses at the Thoiry Zoo where a rhinoceros named Vince was killed. Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Rhino horns are extremely valuable, and can be sold for up to 40,000 euros, or about $ 42,200, on the black market, the
Le Parisien newspaper reported. Some cultures believe the horns have aphrodisiac powers or medicinal benefits. Elephant tusks are similarly coveted around the world, despite global efforts to halt the illegal flow of ivory. On Monday, poachers killed one of Africa's oldest and largest elephants in a Kenyan national park. The killing illustrates the peril that elephants face due to the ivory trade.  Satao II, believed to have been about 50-years-old, belonged to a dwindling group of giant "tuskers." Their ivory teeth are so long they nearly scrape the ground, and only about 25 of these tuskers remain in the world, Richard Moller of the Tsavo Trust told
AFP
this week. A male African "tusker" elephant in Kenya. Image: Eye Ubiquitous/REX/Shutterstock "They are icons, they are ambassadors for elephants," he said.
  It's still unclear how poachers killed the elephant, though they may have shot it with a poisoned arrow. The tusker was roaming in the Tsavo National Park near Nairobi when he died. Kenyan authorities apprehended two poachers believed to be responsible for the elephant's killing.  In Paris, however, police are still investigating the brazen rhino killing, and the suspects remain at large, AP reported. And now, back to fun animal videos: WATCH: Snow won't stop the animals in Oregon Zoo from having fun



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