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...

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...
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