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Amid pandemic, orders soar for Brazil robot that feeds pigs playing classical music

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Orders for a Brazilian pig-feeding robot, which plays classical music while dispensing meals, soared this year as farmers strove to cut costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More


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Monolith monotony? Another mystery structure appears and vanishes in California

(Reuters) - A 10-foot-tall metallic monolith appeared mysteriously atop a Central California mountain this week, then vanished just as suddenly early on Thursday in what seemed to be a copycat of one that appeared and then vanished in a Utah desert. More »


Romanian cobbler makes size-75 winter boots to stamp out COVID-19

CLUJ, Romania (Reuters) - A Romanian cobbler who made giant shoes to help keep people apart during the first wave of COVID-19 has come up with a new line of huge winter boots to stamp out the second onslaught of the disease. More »


Tokyo zoo unveils first elephant born there in 138 years

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's oldest zoo unveiled the first baby elephant to be born there since its founding more than a century ago, and asked the public for help in naming it. More »


Singer Cher says Kaavan will live life as an elephant, not a prisoner

ODDAR MEANCHEY PROVINCE, Cambodia (Reuters) - Pakistan's lonely elephant Kaavan began his new life in a Cambodian wildlife sanctuary on Tuesday, the result of years of campaigning for his relocation by U.S. singer Cher. More »


Trained dogs, yes. But other pets on board is U.S. airlines' call: regulator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Only trained dogs qualify as service animals on U.S. airlines, as regulators rejected requests to extend legal protections to miniature horses, monkeys and other species, under final U.S. Transportation Department rules issued Wednesday. More »


Namibia to auction 170 elephants over drought, increased population

WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia has put 170 "high value" wild elephants up for sale due to drought and an increase in elephant numbers, the southern African country's environmental ministry said on Wednesday. More »


Meals on wheels: Camper van dining beats lockdown rules in Belgium

TARCIENNE, Belgium (Reuters) - A Belgian restaurant has found a way to keep orders rolling in during lockdown - by serving its seafood to customers in camper vans. More »


Hungarian Santas ditch the chimney for the internet

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - With Hungary under partial lockdown to curb a surge in COVID-19 cases, several local companies have started offering online meetings with Santa Claus for children holed up at home with their families. More »


Czech golden pig ornaments get mask for COVID Christmas

DVUR KRALOVE NAD LABEM, CZECH REPUBLIC (Reuters) - A Czech Christmas ornament maker has added tiny masks to the country's traditional golden pigs, which are said to arrive in the homes of good children who fast before Christmas Eve's family feast. More »


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