In Italy, a bear breaks into a bakery to eat biscuits

Juan Carrito the Bear lured by scent of pastries. A Mariscan bear known affectionately as Juan Carrito broke into a bakery for a late-night feast in the town of Roccaraso, a ski resort in the central...

Italy poacher shoots rare ibis that made its nest in Rome

Rare bird had nested on a rooftop in Rome earlier this year. A Northern Bald Ibis - one of the world's most endangered species of bird - has survived after being shot in a field near Sabaudia, south...

Italy reports bird flu outbreak near Rome

Italy records outbreaks in Veneto and now Lazio. An outbreak of avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, has been reported on a poultry farm at Ostia Antica near Rome. The Lazio regional autho...

Rome police rescue porcupine from street near Vatican

First the wild boar, now a porcupine makes the news in Rome. Rome police rescued a wild porcupine from the streets in the Prati district near the Vatican on Thursday morning, reports Italian newspape...

Cinghiali: Wild boar invade Rome streets

Wild boar continue to make the news in Italy. A video showing a dozen wild boar, or cinghiali, strutting along a busy Roman street has gone viral in Italy. The footage, filmed on Via Trionfale in...

Rome mayor urges residents not to abandon pets this summer

Annual campaign urges Romans not to leave their dogs behind over summer holidays. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has launched an awareness campaign calling on residents of the capital not to abandon their...

Urban zoo: Rome's wild animals take back the city

Rome's wild animals make increasing inroads into city life. Rome has a long history with wild animals, going as far back as the lupa, or she-wolf, who suckled the city's legendary founders Romulus an...

2 UK bears killed after escape from enclosure

Two brown bears from the Whipsnade zoo were shot after escaping from their enclosure.  Whipsnade Zoo Chief described the break away as an “immediate threat to human life” that forced the keepers to s...

Wild boar steal woman's groceries outside supermarket near Rome

Woman followed by group of wild boar in area north of Rome. A woman carrying groceries back to her car was surrounded by a group of wild boar which proceeded to 'steal' her shopping bags and eat the...

Colosseum bids farewell to mascot cat Nerina

Staff at Rome's Colosseum mourn Nerina the cat who enthralled millions of tourists down through the years. "In loving memory of Nerina who loved and protected the Colosseum," reads a social media pos...

Grey whale pays extremely rare visit to Italy

'Exceptional' sighting of grey whale off coast of Italy. A grey whale was spotted in the Gulf of Naples over the weekend, three days after another sighting in the waters off the island of Ponza, in w...

What will happen to Rome's cats at Largo Argentina?

Rome is about to undertake major works, funded by Bvlgari, to open Largo di Torre Argentina to visitors, prompting questions about how the development will affect the cat sanctuary among the ruins. R...

Wild boar trapped on Rome nature reserves sold alive at auction

Wild boar caught on Rome nature reserves put up for auction alive. Animal rights activists are protesting the sale at auction of live wild boar, captured on the Marcigliana and Insugherata nature res...

Rome park closed as starlings move in after New Year fireworks massacre

Starlings move to Villa Celimontana after New Year fireworks. Rome's central Villa Celimontana park has been closed due to fallen branches and the arrival en masse of starlings. The birds have mov...

Italy: Huge dead whale found off Sorrento coast

Dead whale believed to be "one of the largest" ever found in the Mediterranean. The carcass of a huge fin whale found in the waters off Sorrento in southern Italy has been towed to the nearby sea por...
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