The Week in Animal News: Live Keychains, Facebook Bear Killed, and More (Slideshow)

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Photo credit: Steve Winter and National Geographic

It was a seriously depressing week for the animal world: rare animals were burned alive, killed in standoffs, sold on the black market, imprisoned in tiny keychains for tourists, shot by hunters, and covered in oil.

But there was a little bit of good news, too -- especially for the big cats of the world, who found new protections and saw tiny rises in their numbers.

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