Bear goes on rampage in Japan, storms military base, airport

A wild bear went on a rampage in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo on Friday, storming a Japanese military base, forcing its way into an airport and injuring four people.The brown bear went on a rampage through Sapporo, in northern Japan, on Friday. Video footage showed the bear galloping across a busy road and pushing its way into a base run by Japan’s Self-Defense Forces. The bear was spotted at around 3:30 a.m., with additional sightings throughout the morning. This video from public broadcaster NHK (below) shows the bear scaling a fence at Sapporo Okadama airport, a small airport … Continue reading Bear goes on rampage in Japan, storms military base, airport

Chinese mourn passing of heroic pig that survived 2008 quake

A pig that became an unlikely national icon in China after surviving 36 days under rubble from a powerful 2008 earthquake has died at the age of 14, sparking an outpouring of emotion on Thursday.The pig was purchased by a museum and became a popular tourist attraction, seen as an inspiring symbol of the will to survive“Zhu Jianqiang”, or “Strong Pig”, who survived the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, has died at the age of 14 “Zhu Jianqiang”, or “Strong Pig”, shot to fame after being discovered alive after the 7.9-magnitude earthquake in southwestern Sichuan province on May 12, 2008. The earthquake … Continue reading Chinese mourn passing of heroic pig that survived 2008 quake

India wildlife officials reunite leopard cub with mum

Wildlife officials in India have helped reunite a leopard cub that was separated from her mother. Villagers in the north-eastern state of Assam found the two-month old female stuck in a trench in a tea garden. Wildlife vet Khanin Changmai, who was called to attend to the cub, told the BBC that he found her “playful and uninjured, but slightly dehydrated”. India has more than 12,500 leopards. With their habitat shrinking, the cats often stray into villages near forests. Reports of man-animal conflict have been growing in recent years across the country as leopards come into the villages and kill … Continue reading India wildlife officials reunite leopard cub with mum

White rhino Emma travels to Japan to find love and a mate

A five-year-old white rhinoceros has travelled from Taiwan to Japan – all as part of a quest to find love. Emma has begun her stay at Japan’s Tobu Zoo, with 10-year-old rhinoceros Moran being her first suitor. She was picked out of a group of 23 rhinos to be sent to Japan, due to her “mild personality”, with staff saying she “rarely got into fights”. Her stay at the zoo is part of an attempt to increase the number of captive-bred white rhinos in Asia. The white rhino is classified as Near Threatened, according to organisation the World Wide Fund … Continue reading White rhino Emma travels to Japan to find love and a mate

100-year-old sturgeon caught in Canada

Researchers in Canada have caught a record-breaking sturgeon in the Nechako River, British Columbia. The huge female fish weighs 336 pounds and measures 9.6 feet in length, according to staff at the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre (NWSCC) who caught the animal in late April. The center said in a Facebook post that the fish was the largest caught Nechako white sturgeon on record. Researchers from the center caught the fish using lines they had set as part of their conservation efforts. “We were pulling them up to see if there was sturgeon,” Jordan Cranmer, an outreach and junior research technician … Continue reading 100-year-old sturgeon caught in Canada

Scientists say new dinosaur species is largest found in Australia

Scientists in Australia have classified a new species of dinosaur, discovered in 2007, as the largest ever found on the continent. The Australotitan cooperensis or “the southern titan”, is among the 15 largest dinosaurs found worldwide. Experts said the titanosaur would have been up to 6.5m (21ft) tall and 30m long, or “as long as a basketball court”. Its skeleton was first discovered on a farm in south-west Queensland. Palaeontologists had worked over the past decade to identify the dinosaur – distinguishing it from other known species by comparing scans of its bones to those of other sauropods. Sauropods were … Continue reading Scientists say new dinosaur species is largest found in Australia

Great News: Bangladesh arrests tiger poaching suspect after 20-year hunt

A man suspected of killing 70 endangered tigers has been arrested in Bangladesh after a 20-year search. Habib Talukder – known as Tiger Habib – was finally caught following a tip off, after three previous arrest warrants had been issued for him, police said. He has operated in the Sundarbans mangrove forest, on the border between India and Bangladesh. The area is home to the world’s largest population of Bengal tigers. Only a few thousand remain in the wild. Black market traders buy their pelts, bones and even flesh for sale around the globe. “He was on the run for … Continue reading Great News: Bangladesh arrests tiger poaching suspect after 20-year hunt

India YouTuber arrested for ‘flying’ dog with helium balloons

Indian police have arrested a YouTuber for tying helium balloons to his pet dog “in an attempt to make it fly”. Gaurav Sharma, 32, shot a video showing his dog attached to balloons, which he then lets go off as the pet starts to fly in the air. A few seconds later, someone in the balcony of the second floor of a building catches the dog. Mr Sharma said he followed all safety measures, but deleted the video after social media backlash. He had posted the video to his YouTube channel which has over four million subscribers. Police say they … Continue reading India YouTuber arrested for ‘flying’ dog with helium balloons

Ecuador confirms Galapagos tortoise is from species thought extinct

Officials in Ecuador said Tuesday that genetic tests had confirmed that a turtle found in 2019 on the Galapagos island of Fernandina is a member a species thought to have gone extinct a century ago.  “It was believed to have gone extinct more than 100 years ago!” Environment Minister Gustavo Marique said in a statement. “We have reconfirmed its existence. The tortoise of the species Chelonoidis phantasticus was found in #Galapagos”, he said.  Geneticists from Yale University in the United States compared DNA from the female turtle found two years ago with a sample extracted from a male of the … Continue reading Ecuador confirms Galapagos tortoise is from species thought extinct

Feds seize 68 big cats at ‘Tiger King’ zoo once owned by Joe Exotic

The Justice Department seized 68 big cats Thursday from the Oklahoma zoo once owned by Joe Exotic and featured in “Tiger King.” Exotic’s old rival, Jeff Lowe, now owns the property. The feds took possession of 46 tigers, 7 lions and 15 hybrids (ligers and tigons), according to an affidavit. A lone jaguar, not classified as a “big cat,” was also seized. Lowe and his wife, Lauren, were found in contempt of court for failing to surrender the cats earlier, which a judge ordered back in January. Their lawyer said last week that the couple “don’t want to fight this anymore.” The zoo, formerly … Continue reading Feds seize 68 big cats at ‘Tiger King’ zoo once owned by Joe Exotic

Update: Houston tiger missing for a week located

A tiger that was missing for a week after being spotted roaming around a Houston neighbourhood has been found, police confirmed. India, the nine-month-old Bengal tiger, was turned into police on Saturday and is said to be in good health. Footage shared on social media last week appeared to show the tiger wandering around the streets of in the west of the Texan city, the tiger will be delivered to an animal sanctuary on Sunday. The animal was spotted out on the streets on 9 May. When officers arrived at the scene, a man put the tiger into an SUV … Continue reading Update: Houston tiger missing for a week located

Herd of 18 Indian elephants die when forest struck by lightning

A herd of 18 wild elephants have been found dead in Nagaon, in the north-east Indian state of Assam. State officials say that the elephants were killed when lightning struck the Kandoli protected forest reserve. Villagers nearby alerted the authorities after finding the carcasses of the animals in the forest. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he was concerned about such a “huge number of elephants” dying, and that an investigation had been ordered. There are more than 27,000 Asian elephants in India, about 21% of which are in Assam. This is the first time in 20 years in … Continue reading Herd of 18 Indian elephants die when forest struck by lightning