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Copenhagen: Animals in trouble, the 12 Species of Christmas

Caribou crossing. Photo by Flickr user Phillie Casablanca used under a Creative Commons License
Caribou Crossing

As world leaders convene during the 12 Days of Copenhagen, many animals are already in trouble due to climate change. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has identified 12 species looking for hope from the 12 Days of Copenhagen:

1 — Caribou. With rapid climate change impacting their circumpolar habitat, some types of reindeer, or caribou, have been pushed to the brink of extinction. Of 43 major herds that have been monitored during the past decade, 34 are declining; none so dramatically as the Peary caribou of the High Arctic, whose numbers have declined from some 50,000 in the 1960s to only 7,800 today.
IFAW recently petitioned the U.S. Government to list Peary and Dolphin-Union caribou under the Endangered Species Act.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
Under: Caribou, Cats, dogs, Elephants, Grizzly bear, Lions, Penguins, Polar bears, Sea turtle, Seals, Walrus, Whales | 1 Comment »

Grizzly bear used in Will Ferrell movie kills trainer

A grizzly bear that appeared in Will Ferrell’s movie, “Semi-Pro,” killed a 39-year-old trainer with a bite to his neck.

The grizzly had to be subdued with pepper spray.

According to an Associated Press story, this grizzly was described as “the best working bear in the business,” in a February interview with the owner of the Predators In Action facility in Southern California, where the bear lived along with other wild animals used to make movies.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
Under: Grizzly bear | 3 Comments »