Whether it's a scientific study in an online database or a simple cellphone photo of a species posted on Facebook, the surge of online data on rare animals and plants is inadvertently fueling a vast illegal trade.
The World's Andrea Crossan is our animal beat reporter. And she loves it. Her list of the best animal stories of 2014 includes a shaggy dog named Arthur, a sexy shark named Lydia and boozy birds ending up in the drunk tank.
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