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2019 Year in Review: Amazing Animal Stories

To recap 2019, NewsForKids.net is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year.
Today we’re looking at some amazing stories from the world of animals.

Stray Puppy Turns Out to Be Rare Dingo

Wandi, the dingo pup who was found in an Australian back yard.
A puppy found in a back yard in Australia has turned out to not be a dog, but a rare dingo. It is hoped that the animal will be able to help increase the numbers of dingos of its kind, which are in danger of dying out.


World’s Fastest Ants Take 47 Steps a Second

Saharan silver ant
Saharan silver ants are the world’s fastest ant. Scientists from the University of Ulm in Germany recently studied these amazing insects to learn how they’re able to move so fast.


Arctic Fox’s Long Trip Surprises Scientists

Placing tracking collar on arctic fox.
Scientists tracking a young female arctic fox were shocked to watch as the fox travelled over 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers). The fox left from Norway and wound up in Canada 76 days later.


Rabbit Show Jumping

Rabbit show jumping
If you went to a state or county fair in the US this summer, you may have had a chance to see an unusual “sport” that is becoming more and more popular around the world. It’s called “Rabbit Show Jumping”.


Polar Bears “Invade” Russian Town

Polar bear
People who live in Belushya Guba in northern Russia are having some unusual visitors. Dozens of hungry polar bears have been roaming the town, making life difficult for the people who live there.


Chinese Company Clones Police Dog

Kunming Dog
China has used DNA to make a copy of a police dog famous for its abilities. The company that did the work hopes the clone will be as talented as the original dog, which they called the “Sherlock Holmes of police dogs”.


18,000-Year-Old Puppy: Is it a Wolf or a Dog?

Dogor - the 18,000-year-old puppy found in Siberian permafrost.
Scientists are puzzled by the body of an 18,000-year-old puppy that was found frozen in the ground in Siberia. In spite of careful testing, scientists still can’t tell if the animal is a dog or a wolf.


Dating Apps for Animals

Screenshot of Romeo's match.com profile.
Humans are not the only ones who use dating sites and apps to find a mate. Frogs and cows are also finding partners through creative use of technology.


French Court Says Maurice the Rooster Can Crow

Rooster Crowing
Last week, a French court decided that a rooster named Maurice is allowed to crow when he wants. The case may seem silly, but it points out a growing conflict between groups of people in France.

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