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...

Italy's Blessing of the Animals tradition goes virtual due to covid-19

Blessing of the Animals will not take place at the Vatican this year. Italy celebrates the feast day of St Anthony Abbot, the patron saint and protector of animals, on Sunday 17 January 2021. This...

Rome street covered in dead birds after New Year fireworks

Deaths of birds occurred during Rome fireworks for New Year. Hundreds of dead birds covered a central Rome street in the aftermath of last night's fireworks for New Year. The birds, believed to be...

Rome bans horse-drawn carriages from city streets

Rome moves horse-drawn carriages to parks and offers botticelle drivers taxi licences in exchange. Rome has banned the traditional horse-drawn carriages from operating on the city's streets, ordering...

Rome's veterinary ambulance essential as covid numbers rise

The rapid escalation of the health emergency due to covid-19 has brought difficulties to families with animals, which have been affected, directly or indirectly, by the pandemic.  For this reason,...

Rome's wild animals enjoy a peaceful Palatine Hill

Animals are once again the winners as the Palatine Hill closes to visitors. Wild animals and birds have welcomed the closure of Parco Colosseo, the archaeological park comprising the Colosseum, Roman...

Rome mayor orders inquiry into wild boar killing in kids playground

Killing of wild boar family provokes wave of protest in Rome. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has called for the immediate establishment of a commission of inquiry into the killing of a family of wild boar...

Rome police kill family of wild boar in kids playground near Vatican

Mother and six young wild boar killed in front of hundreds of screaming protestors. Rome animal rights activists have condemned the "murder" of a family of wild boar, including a mother and six pigle...

Covid-19: Rome zoo risks closure as visitor numbers plummet

Bioparco di Roma sounds alarm as Italy bans school trips. Rome's zoo says it is in "serious difficulty" and risks closure due to a 60 per cent drop in visitor numbers as a result of the covid-19 emer...

Rome: a happy end for Spillo, the old dog dumped in the trash

Old dog finds happiness and love after being saved from a terrible fate. The story of Spillo, the elderly dog found dumped in a rubbish bag in Rome, shocked animal-lovers in the capital during the su...

Italy: Family of bears visit Abruzzo village

Amarena the bear and her cubs pay a visit to S. Sebastiano dei Marsi. A bear known affectionately as Amarena took her four cubs for a ramble through the streets of the tiny Abruzzo village of S. Seba...

Rome: despair as turtle eggs fail to hatch on beach

Sea turtle had buried eggs on Torvaianica beach near Rome. When a loggerhead sea turtle buried its eggs in the sands of Torvaianica beach near Rome in June there was much excitement among conservatio...

Rome's zoo animals cool off with frozen fruit

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

Italy: Royal Palace of Caserta bans horse-drawn carriages after horse’s death

Decision to cease practice follows recent death of horse pulling tourists in midday sun. Italy's Royal Palace of Caserta has ordered that horse-drawn carriages no longer be permitted to operate withi...

Rome policeman adopts puppy abandoned under hot sun

Happy ending for little dog left abandoned on Rome street. A Rome police officer has adopted a puppy that he found abandoned on the side of the road, tied to a lamp post in the S. Giovanni area of th...

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