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Lynx, Seals and Boars

Did you hear the one about the swan who fell in love with a pedal boat or Berlin's annual crow-attack season? More than just wild boars, big bad wolves and problem bears, Europe's fauna have disappeared, returned, hunted and riveted the continent's residents.

Bison Baby: First Wisent Born in German Wild

Bison Baby: First Wisent Born in German Wild

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 21, 2013

After being released into the wild in Germany just last month, a herd of wisents has welcomed its first calf. The first European bison to be born free in Germany in centuries has been named "Quintus," and appears to be healthy. more... Comment ]

German Wildlife Expert: The Easter Bunny Is Freezing to Death

German Wildlife Expert: The Easter Bunny Is Freezing to Death

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2013

Young hares and rabbits are dying of cold in the icy weather this Easter, a German Wildlife Foundation has warned. It's not just the snow that is making their natural habitat more perilous. The removal of hedges through modern farming is depriving them of protection. Some are opting to move into the city. more...

Fish Invasion: Monster Catfish Taking Over German Rivers

Fish Invasion: Monster Catfish Taking Over German Rivers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2013

The enormous wels catfish is rapidly expanding in German waters. The fish can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh over 300 pounds, making recreational fishermen excited about the prospects of catching one. While biologists aren't yet calling the fish pests, they are puzzled by the boom. more...

'Straight Out of a Western Film': European Bison Return to Wild in Germany

'Straight Out of a Western Film': European Bison Return to Wild in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 24, 2012

For the first time since the 18th century, the European bison is returning to Germany to live in the wild. The wisent, as it is also known, has been brought to the country by a famous prince. Although the creatures' survival is uncertain, the project has already attracted considerable attention. By Marco Evers more... Comment ]

Whirlwind Rescue: Helicopter Blows Trapped Deer Off Icy Lake

Whirlwind Rescue: Helicopter Blows Trapped Deer Off Icy Lake

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2012

A deer that got trapped in ice on a frozen lake in northern Germany narrowly escaped death thanks to the ingenuity of a helicopter crew that happened to be flying by. more...

Following Ancient Trails: Elks Make a Dangerous Comeback in Germany

Following Ancient Trails: Elks Make a Dangerous Comeback in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 03, 2012

European elks are using their impressive swimming skills to cross the Oder River from Poland into Germany in search of new territory. But the long-legged giants, which can weigh up to 800 kilograms, are finding their ancient trails broken by busy roads. A motorist killed one on a highway near Berlin this weekend. more...

Return of the Wolf: 'People Don't Need to Be Afraid'

Return of the Wolf: 'People Don't Need to Be Afraid'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2012

The last wolf in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein was killed in 1820, but now a lone individual has returned. As the species begins to reestablish itself in the country, a leading expert assured SPIEGEL that Germans don't need to fear the wolf. more...

They Named Him 'Erwin': Squirrel Dies after Manhole Cover Rescue

They Named Him 'Erwin': Squirrel Dies after Manhole Cover Rescue

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 06, 2012

Sometimes life isn't fair. Just hours after he was freed from a manhole cover by German police, a squirrel in northern Germany has succumbed to the stress of the experience. The rodent was apparently exhausted. more...

Olive Oil and Finesse: German Police Rescue Squirrel from Manhole Cover

Olive Oil and Finesse: German Police Rescue Squirrel from Manhole Cover

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 06, 2012

Lodged in a manhole cover with only its little head peeking out, a squirrel in northern Germany found itself in a rather sticky situation on Monday. But armed with olive oil and a few clever ideas, police officers managed to ensure a happy ending. more...

Raccoon Invasion: Germany Overrun by Hordes of Masked Omnivores

Raccoon Invasion: Germany Overrun by Hordes of Masked Omnivores

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 03, 2012

Germany is being invaded by what is estimated to be over a million raccoons. Worried residents have been driven to take extreme measures to deter or eradicate the furry pests, but experts fear the nocturnal marauders are here to stay. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]