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Mar 3 '16 11:18

Television program Rambam is accusing the Dolphinarium in Hardewijk of animal abuse after an employee went undercover as an intern at the institution. According to the employee, the animals are kept too long in small basins, caregivers help the animals masturbate and the chlorine in the water is harmful for them

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Mar 2 '16 15:00

Seal center Pieterburen took in another, very rare, jet black seal pup, the second in a month. This animal also has melanism, the opposite of albinism that turns its coat completely back.

The young seal was found completely exhausted on an artificial sandbank near Egmond aan Zee on Monday. She had some superficial injuries, but nothing more serious, according to ANP. The public will be able to see her from Wednesday.

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Mar 2 '16 09:41

The University of Utrecht is performing an autopsy on the carcass of a porpoise found in Sexbierum, Friesland on Tuesday. The animal seemed to be severely abused. It was beheaded and its unborn young was found meters away.

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Mar 1 '16 10:35

Meteorological Institute KNMI expects snowfall in the Netherlands this afternoon, and therefore issued a code yellow weather warning for slick roads over evening rush hour.

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Feb 29 '16 13:45

The Netherlands may well be facing snow on the first day of meteorological spring tomorrow. Weather service weeronline.nl expects snow to draw through the country from the west on Tuesday afternoon.

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Feb 29 '16 13:20

A golden jackal was seen in Veluwe on February 19th, the first such animal ever to be spotted in the Netherlands. The golden jackal was "accidentally" recorded by a camera trap during a study into ungulates by Alterra and the Wageningen University, the university announced.

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Feb 26 '16 09:40

Fewer people died in this milder than usual winter, according to Statistics Netherlands. Between the first week of December 2015 and the second week of February 2016, a total of 32.5 thousand people died in the Netherlands. That is 2.5 thousand fewer deaths than in the same period 2015/2015.

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Feb 26 '16 09:20

Icy, slippery roads is causing a difficult morning commute in most of the Netherlands on Friday. A number of trains area also delayed due to frost on the tracks.

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Feb 25 '16 08:16

Motorists across the Netherlands can expect a difficult morning rush hour on Thursday. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for slickness on the roads for the entire country.

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Feb 23 '16 09:36

Last year only two squirrels made use of an expensive flyover bridge, constructed especially for them in The Hague, according to answers The Hague mayor and aldermen gave to questions from councilor Arjen Dubbelaar

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Feb 17 '16 15:25

To test out her new incubator, Fiona Bottema from Yde, Drenthe decided to run an experiment to find out whether supermarket eggs are really unfertilized. She bought 24 quail eggs from Albert Heijn, put them in an incubator, and about two weeks later she is now the proud owner of six quail chicks, she writes on Facebook. 

Bottema bought the box of 24 eggs early in February. Before she put them in the incubator, she first did the so-called float test - put the eggs in warm water to see if they float. Five egs moved around in the water, indicating life.

Feb 16 '16 10:32

While many places in the Netherlands have sunshine on Tuesday, that does not mean the winter is coming to an end. The rest of the week will be cold, with overnight freezes and a small chance of rain or wet snow, according to Weerplaza.

Feb 15 '16 13:10

The Netherlands police plan to use eagles and other birds of prey to catch drones from the air. Falconers are baffled by this plan, calling it nonsensical and dangerous

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Feb 15 '16 08:52

Dutch tourist Gorard van Laan managed to survive a tiger attack by climbing up a tree in the Bardiya National Park in Nepal on Saturday. He was stuck in the tree for about two hours before being rescued

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Feb 11 '16 16:00

The seal center Zeehondencreche Pieterburen has a rare new visitor. A pitch black seal pup was discovered on a dike near Pieterburen seal center, very weak, injured and suffering from hypothermia, so the seal center took her in.

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Feb 10 '16 15:00

Greenpeace activists are protesting on the Maasvlakte against an Eon coal plant. Activists climbed the coal plant's 175 meter flute and are writing the names of people who singed a petition for coal-free energy by 2020 on it.

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Feb 10 '16 09:28

The TokHok farm in Arnhem welcomed five baby lambs born to mother Toppertje on Tuesday, all of them boy lambs

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Feb 9 '16 13:00

The Netherlands is an important link in the illegal trafficking of endangered wildlife, both in terms of market and of transit, according to research done by criminologist Daan van Uhm for which he will receive his doctorate on Tuesday

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Feb 9 '16 12:10

The Artis zoo in Amsterdam welcomed a new resident last week. A baby giant anteater was born in the zoo on Friday, the zoo announced. This is the fifth giant anteater to be born in the zoo since 2008.

The giant anteater is an endangered species and is part of the European breeding program, which Artis plays a big role in.

As the baby giant anteater will spend the first three months of its life on its mother's back, it is impossible at this stage to determine the sex of the baby. The new resident of the zoo therefore also does not have a name yet.

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Feb 8 '16 10:43

The Netherlands meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for strong winds up to 100 kilometers per hour for almost the whole country, with the exception of the eastern provinces. The strong winds resulted in a number of Carnival parades being cancelled or postponed, including those in Den Bosch, Breda, Roermond, Geleen and Venlo.

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Feb 8 '16 10:18

The number of reports of mice and rats in Amsterdam increased by 31 percent over the past year. Experts attribute the infestations growth to the mild winters and Amsterdam residents' lifestyles

Feb 4 '16 07:23

Some 25 tons of the toxic gas ethylene oxide leaked into the the atmosphere from the Shell installation in Moerdijk, the oil giant discovered on Wednesday last week. According to the company, there is no danger to public health

Feb 3 '16 09:30

On Tuesday the Tweede Kamer, lower house of Dutch parliament, voted that Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs should give no subsidies to coal-fired power plants for co-firing biomass until it is clear whether the plants must be closed due to pollution. Engergie-Nederland, the umbrella organization for energy companies in the country, thinks that the Energy Agreement will be jeopardized if coal plants do not co-fire biomass

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Feb 2 '16 16:10

State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs is discussing a ban on hunting tourism in the Netherlands with the provinces and the Royal Hunters Society, he said on Monday in response to questions from the PvdA and PvdD

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