• The wonderful world of animals

monkey• SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Spokane woman who hid a sedated monkey under her blouse on a flight from Thailand to Los Angeles — pretending she was pregnant — has been convicted of smuggling charges. Gypsy Lawson, 29, successfully passed through U.S. Customs in Los Angeles with the rhesus monkey hidden in her shirt after the November 2007 trip.

• BOSTON (AP) — Veterinarians in Boston performed an unusual surgery to reattach the face of a cat they think was injured by a car’s fan belt, probably because she tried to stay warm under the hood. Edgar, a 4-year-old long-haired female, disappeared from her home in Winthrop for three days last week. When she came home, her owner found her in her litter box, with part of her face dangling from her head. “When her owner saw her face, she passed out,” said Elizabeth Kendrick, a surgical technician at Angell Animal Medical Center.

• An international team of scientists, led by Spain’s Luis Fernando Gosálvez, has carried out a study in five European countries to identify and evaluate the factors involved in causing injuries or even death in pigs as they are transported to abattoirs where animals are slaughtered.

• NYABBISAN, Cameroon (CNN) — The animals are gone. Hunters facing food shortages in Central Africa push deep into forests for food, exposing themselves to viruses. Deep in a remote region of Cameroon, we are following two hunters looking for bush meat — forest animals they can kill to feed their families. They’ve spent hours in the forest already, but all the traps they’ve set are empty. They will have to push deeper into the forest and they may be hunting for days. Last year, rising food prices touched off riots around the world, killing dozens of people. Unable to afford basic supplies, communities in Central Africa are increasingly turning to the forests for food. In doing so, hunters expose themselves to hidden dangers — microscopic pathogens living in the blood of forest animals. Most of the viruses are harmless, but some are potentially deadly when passed to humans.

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