Blessing of the animals ceremony at St Peter's

Annual tradition takes place in Rome and across Italy. Italy celebrates the feast day of St Anthony Abbot, the patron saint and protector of animals, on Thursday 17 January. Each year an open air...

Rome dog adopted after 11 years at kennels

16-year-old Thor adopted following Rome's dog adoption campaign. Life begins again for Thor, a 16-year-old dog, who was adopted after spending the last 11 years housed in kennels in the Muratella sub...

Environmentalists protest arrival of endangered penguins at Rome's Bioparco

Animal rights activists say endangered penguins should return to South Africa. The arrival of a group of African Penguins at Rome's Bioparco has provoked protests from animal rights activists who are...

Rome's horse-drawn carriages move to city parks

Rome will not grant any new botticelle licences. Rome's horse-drawn carriages, or botticelle, are to be moved off the streets to four of the capital's parks following legislation approved by the city...

Rome residents urged not to abandon dogs

Annual campaign calls on Romans not to dump their pets over summer.Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi has launched a campaign urging residents of the capital not to abandon their pets as they head off on sum...

Rome's zoo animals cool off with frozen fruit

Bioparco battles Rome heatwave with frozen fruit and swimming pools.Authorities at Rome's Bioparco are ensuring the zoo's residents are coping with the current heatwave by providing the animals with s...

Rome's zoo animals cool off with frozen fruit

Bioparco battles Rome heatwave with frozen fruit and swimming pools. Authorities at Rome's Bioparco are ensuring the zoo's residents are coping with the current heatwave by providing the animals with...

Rome to move horse-drawn carriages off the streets

Rome mayor hails "historic" decision to move botticelle from city streets. Rome's horse-drawn carriages, or botticelle, are set to be moved off the streets to four of the capital's parks following le...

Rome police investigate alleged crocodile sightings

Reports of large reptile swimming in canals around Maccarese area. Officers from the carabinieri and forestry police are conducting searches of drainage canals around Rome's coastal district of Macca...
Rome's dog beach reopens for summer
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Rome's dog beach reopens for summer

Baubeach - a summer haven for Rome’s dogs - celebrates 20 years. Baubeach, Rome’s beach designated exclusively for dogs and their owners has reopened for the summer season and this year celebrates it...

Disabled wolf cub killed in Rome

Wildlife officials suspect wolf cub may have been run-over deliberately.One of the first wild wolf cubs born in Rome in more than a century has been found dead at the Castel di Guido nature reserve wh...

Wolves return to Rome after a century

Wolf family living in outskirts of Rome. A family of wolves has been photographed by hidden cameras in a nature reserve at Castel di Guido, located between Rome and the capital's coastal district of...

Rome urges residents not to abandon pets

Summer campaign calls on Romans not to dump their pets. The city of Rome has launched a campaign urging residents of the capital not to abandon their pets as they head off on summer holidays. As...

Rome's Bioparco welcomes Bengal Tiger

Rare tiger was rescued by police in southern Italy. A rare Bengal Tiger has found a new home at Rome's Bioparco after being rescued by Italian forestry police in southern Italy. The eight-year-o...

Rome’s dog-friendly beach open for summer season

Baubeach has been a summer haven for Rome’s dogs for almost two decades. Rome’s beach designated exclusively for dogs and their owners is now open until 30 September and this year celebrates its 19th...

Rome’s dog-friendly beach

Baubeach has been a summer haven for Rome's dogs for 18 years. Rome’s beach designated exclusively for dogs and their owners reopens on Saturday 7 May and this year celebrates its 18th anniversary....

Rome's rat emergency

Rome holds meeting to discuss rat infestation. An urgent meeting is being held by Rome environment and health authorities on 4 February to discuss ways of dealing with the growing number of rats ro...

Hawks tackle Rome's starlings

Rome uses Harris's hawks to move troublesome starlings. Five specially-trained hawks are being used to move the roughly four million wintering starlings away from central areas of Rome, in a pilot...

Italy's cats and dogs

Drugs for cats and dogs cost too much. A group of vets has written to the ministry of health objecting that the price of some medicines for Italy's 60 million cats and dogs is far too high. Many br...

Rome's horse-drawn carriages banned during summer

Horses not allowed to work during extreme heat. As temperatures in Rome reach the high 30s centigrade, animal rights' activists are reminding tourists that the capital's horse-drawn carriages are f...

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