It was the arrival of the cannon in the 19th century that finally heralded the end of elephants being used as an instrument of war. Until that time, from as early as 1000BC, they trampled across battlefields around the globe, through wars in places as far flung as Yemen and Sri Lanka.
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Friday 09 August 2013
The one-humped dromedary camel of Arabia may be the source of a mysterious respiratory virus that emerged without warning last year causing kidney failure and severe pneumonia and leading to the death of about half the people known to be infected.
Tuesday 09 July 2013
Government proposals to ban all wild animals from travelling circuses should be watered down to allow zebras, camels, reindeer and snakes to stay on the road, MPs have recommended.
Sunday 30 June 2013
In 1929, Harold Bell Lasseter transfixed Australia with a tale of a quartz outcrop in the heart of the continent containing gold nuggets "as thick as plums in a pudding". He had stumbled across the reef, buried beneath sand hills in Western Australia's remote Gibson Desert, he claimed, while prospecting for rubies three decades earlier.
Friday 24 May 2013
Former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan did her bit to protest against the skin trade by showing off some flesh of her own.
Monday 15 April 2013
More than 30,000 people signed an Independent petition calling for a ban
Mali presents François Hollande with a new camel after the first one was eaten by the family caring for it
Wednesday 10 April 2013
There was, finally, some good news for President François Hollande today.
Wednesday 13 March 2013
Report in The Times claims Premier League sides will be offered £175m to compete in tournament
Tuesday 05 March 2013
Think animals of the frozen north and you think polar bear, musk ox, and walrus – but now you can also think camel.
Friday 22 February 2013
Spitbank Fort, The Solent
Thursday 21 February 2013
Fendi revels in mink and fox
Saturday 08 December 2012
Sudan says he's an Israeli operative – but his handlers say he's too easily distracted for that. Matthew Kalman reports on a spy thriller
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
You can STILL be jailed for being a republican, government confirms, and it remains illegal to even 'imagine' overthrowing the Queen
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
Fighting back: the woman giving a voice (and 49,999 others) to the victims of sexism - by giving an airing to their horror stories
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
Ethan Couch: Texas quadruple murderer – or a victim of ‘affluenza’?
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- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber 'retiring from music'
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile