Dogs en Taiwan's dog poop lottery <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That's right. It was a success. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Among Taiwan&#39;s problems is, apparently, an abundance of dog poop.</p> <p> Specifically, New Taipei City, which surrounds the capital, is full of the s**t.</p> <p> In response, authorities have come up with what <a href="">AFP</a> called an &quot;innovative&quot; scheme to keep the streets clean.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="">Taiwan gays prouder than ever</a></strong></p> <p> It&#39;s a &quot;lottery&quot; of sorts for which willing participants pick up dog poop and then receive one ticket per bag. The tickets are entered into a pool, and the winner selected gets Tw$60,000 ($2,000) in gold.</p> <p> That&#39;s a pretty good deal.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="">Taiwan green-lights red-light districts, sort of</a></strong></p> <p> The lottery got some <a href="">press</a> when it began in August. <embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" background="#333333" flashvars="si=254&amp;contentValue=50108877&amp;shareUrl=" height="279" src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed>But four months on, no one could have predicted what a resounding success the scheme would be.</p> <p> AFP reported today that more than 4,000 residents of New Taipei City signed up for the competition, and the city has so far collected 14,000 bags of the stuff.</p> <p> &quot;The outcome of the campaign beat all our expectations,&quot; Lai Lien-chueh, from the city&#39;s environmental protection bureau, told AFP.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dogs Taiwan Asia-Pacific China The Rice Bowl Wed, 07 Dec 2011 16:15:56 +0000 Emily Lodish 5683577 at Dogs and robots, the ideal search and rescue team (VIDEO) <p> Scientists have come up with a new search and rescue team: dogs and robots.</p> <p> And not just any robots: snakebots. Inspired by the movement of real snakes, the long, thin robots are equipped with a camera and programed to &quot;wriggle&quot; their way toward disaster victims, explained <a href="">Innovation News Daily</a>.</p> <p> While the technology has been around for a while, what&#39;s new is that the search snakes are now being teamed with real live dogs.</p> <p> It&#39;s an ideal pairing, according to <a href=";utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IeeeSpectrumRobotics+%28IEEE+Spectrum%3A+Robotics+Erico+Feed%29">IEEE Spectrum</a>: the dog, with its keen sense of smell and running ability, detects the person trapped underground or in rubble, approaches as close as it safely can, then drops off the snakebot to slither in and take a closer look &ndash; which can then be relayed to human rescuers further away.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> animals Dogs Canada Science Technology United States Weird Wide Web Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:25:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5687950 at Puppy diplomacy: Japan hopes to win Vladimir Putin over with Akita Inu dog <p>Diplomacy has always been a carrot-and-stick game, but Japan&#39;s latest approach involves more sticks and bones.</p> <p>The world leader in all things adorable is hoping Russia&#39;s top dog will fall for one of its cutest exports: an Akitu Inu puppy.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dogs Diplomacy Wildlife News Japan Russia Weird Wide Web Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:10:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5708643 at Carjacked wiener dog rescued by South African police <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Police found Jesse the carjacked wiener dog "shivering" and "staring out of the back window" of her owner's Volkswagen Polo. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Andrew Beet was carjacked while collecting his mail Wednesday night near Pretoria, South Africa.</p> <p>Beet, 48, found himself held at gunpoint by &quot;a very friendly man who said he was going to take my car now,&quot; <a href="">the Beeld newspaper reported</a>.</p> <p>His wiener dog Wally was ejected from the Volkswagen Polo before the carjacker drove off.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dogs South Africa Weird Wide Web Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:07:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5722343 at New Zealand: These dogs can drive cars (VIDEO) <p>Dogs. Can. Drive.</p> <p>This stunning, and vaguely terrifying, revelation is brought to us by an animal welfare charity in New Zealand, which has got at least three of its rescue pups ready to pass their driving tests. (N.B., they won&#39;t actually be taking tests. They are dogs.)</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dogs New Zealand Weird Wide Web Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:31:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5728215 at Feral dogs kill four in Mexico City park Four have been killed by wild dogs in a park outside of Mexico City over the course of two weeks, in a series of deaths that have horrified the Mexican public.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dogs Americas Wildlife News Mexico Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:36:38 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5731692 at All dogs in Britain must have microchips by 2016, government says (VIDEO) British dog owners must implant a microchip in their pets by 2016 or face a hefty $800 fine, in an effort to make owners more responsible for their pets. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dogs Strange But True Wildlife News Europe Science United Kingdom Fri, 08 Feb 2013 11:09:33 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5749894 at Affenpinscher Banana Joe is Westminster's Best in Show (PHOTOS) "He's a fantastic Affenpinscher, with a fantastic face, a great body," judge Michael Dougherty enthused. "I've never had my hands on a better Affenpinscher. Ever."<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dogs Strange But True Culture & Lifestyle United States Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:38:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5754605 at Best in Show 2013: America's top dogs <p>Monkey-faced Joe beat six other prize-winning pooches to become America&#39;s top dog.</p> Dogs Culture & Lifestyle United States Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:34:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5754732 at Dogs more likely to yawn contagiously if they see their owner do it (VIDEO) New research has found that dogs are sensitive to how much we yawn — especially when a canine's owner starts the chain-reaction first. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dogs pets Want to Know Wildlife News Science Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:08:29 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5906339 at Dogs could be descended from ancient European wolves New evidence in the long-running argument over the origins of the domestic dog indicates that the European wolf may be a top contender. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dogs paleontology wolves Want to Know Wildlife News Science Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:41:27 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5989641 at