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Elephant whisperer and Brexit pig race in animal news

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 02:24

A woman who sings elephants to sleep in Thailand, a Brexit pig race in the UK votes to stay in the EU, a dog rescue in Peru, and rescuers in Hungary say high pitch barks are the worst -- all in this week's animal roundup. Gavino Garay reports.

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She's a sort of elephant whisperer, capable of lulling these giant animals to sleep at an elephant sanctuary in Chang Mai, Thailand. Elephant Nature Parks is 280-acre sanctuary, home to more than 70 elephants. The park's founder Sangduen Chailert says, they're behavior is similar to ours. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) FOUNDER OF ELEPHANT NATURE PARK, SANGDUEN CHAILERT, SAYING; "Their behavior is not different from humans. From my experience, some elephants are very shy, some are funny, some are serious. There are various personalities that I have seen, like one who has a loud voice, or they argue because they are jealous." And the best way to connect with them, she says, is throuzgh song. And - they're off to the races! These political pigs are the latest to make their snouts heard in Britian's referendum on whether or not to leave the EU. The 'referendum race' held in the village of Lower Dean in Bedfordshire, England provides some levity to the upcoming Brexit vote, which has divided the nation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RACE COMMENTATOR ANNOUNCING RESULTS SAYING: "We've had three votes for staying in the EU and just one for leaving." The Pennywell Farm pigs correctly predicted last year's election. And they say all dogs go to heaven. In the coastal city of Trujillo, Peru, rescuers took the plunge to save this pup who accidentally slipped into an irrigation canal. And, there's a method to the madness, Hungarian scientists say, explaining why dog barking can be annoying to humans. Researchers at ELTE University in Budapest say particular kinds of barks are more irritating than others because of their pitches. They say high pitched, high frequency barks were the most annoying. Now what about all that whining....

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Elephant whisperer and Brexit pig race in animal news

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 02:24