Big or little, cute or ugly, animals of the world can be our companions or our enemies.
Animals can also do some nifty things, or play important roles in the ecosystem. DW looks at animals from every which angle.
In Norway, environmentalists and sheep farmers regularly clash over the rights of the predator versus the need to protect people and their livestock. This year, WWF Norway will be taking the Norwegian state to court over what the environmental organisation sees as an unsustainable hunt of an animal already threatened with extinction. Lars Bevanger has this report from Oslo.
Lake Okeechobee at the heart of Florida's Everglades is home to a vast array of animals and plants. But now, this tropical wilderness is drowning. On the heels of Hurricane Irma, a record-breaking wet season has led to the worst flooding in 70 years. That's making the lake deeper - which is bad news, not only for hundred of species that depend on it, but also for Florida's supply of fresh water.
Canada's famed Royal Canadian Mounted Police force — also known as the Mounties — announced it's in the market for nearly 5,000 muskrat fur hats. The fur of the cold-weather rodents is very insulating and water repellent. But animal rights activists say trapping muskrats is cruel and unnecessary. The Mounties had considering abandoning their muskrat hats, but that stance has since been reversed.
For most people who celebrate Christmas the traditional dish is of course roast turkey. But the Czech Christmas dish is carp – the large, scaly fish that spends its time skulking around the bottom of ponds. The carp is normally filleted and deep fried, and accompanied by potato salad, but as Rob Cameron explains, not everyone is a fan of the fish or the dish, for various reasons.