North Atlantic right whale carcass attracts several large sharks

A North Atlantic right whale that was found dead Friday off South Carolina appears to have become a feast for great white sharks. The 12-year-old male right whale, nicknamed Cottontail, had previously been seen badly entangled and in poor health. On February 18, a disentanglement team attached a telemetry buoy to Cottontail off Florida’s Treasure Coast in the hope of later attempting the difficult task of relocating the whale and removing the fishing gear. Cottontail, who was spotted entangled as early as last October, was found dead 15 miles off Myrtle Beach. Biologists were able to collect samples and place … Continue reading North Atlantic right whale carcass attracts several large sharks

Hunt on after mass escape of crocodiles in South Africa

An unknown number of young crocodiles are being hunted after they escaped from a breeding farm in South Africa’s Western Cape province. Some 27 reptiles have been recaptured but officials have admitted they do not know how many more they need to find. The crocodiles are believed to have escaped through a broken fence at a breeding farm outside Bonnievale and made their way to the Breede River. Local residents have been urged not to approach them. “Obviously, they are very dangerous. These are wild animals even though they’ve been in captivity,” said Petro van Rhyn, a spokeswoman for the … Continue reading Hunt on after mass escape of crocodiles in South Africa

Thai navy rescue four cats from burning ship

Thai navy sailors have rescued four ginger cats that were abandoned on a burning ship in the Andaman Sea. The human crew had already been evacuated, but the navy soon discovered a few forgotten members when they were sent to check the site for oil spills. A sailor swam out to the capsized boat, before putting the cats on his back to be pulled back to safety. Reportedly, the felines suffered no injuries and are healthy, they are now being cared for by their rescuers at their command post, said Reuters news agency. On Tuesday, the Phamonsin Nava 10 fishing … Continue reading Thai navy rescue four cats from burning ship

Glow-in-the-dark sharks found off New Zealand coast

Scientists say they have found that three deepwater shark species living off New Zealand glow in the dark. The species were collected from the Chatham Rise – an area of ocean floor to the east of New Zealand, in January of last year, according to the study. One of them, the kitefin shark, is now the largest known luminous vertebrate and can reach up to 180cm (5ft 11in). Bioluminescence was also confirmed in the blackbelly lanternshark and southern lanternshark. The three species were already known to marine biologists but this is the first time that the phenomenon of bioluminescence – … Continue reading Glow-in-the-dark sharks found off New Zealand coast

61 dogs set to die are rescued after van driving them to the slaughterhouse Is intercepted

On Feb. 21, a minivan carrying 61 dogs stuffed into six small cages was intercepted on its way to a slaughterhouse in Kampong Cham, Cambodia. The vehicle was stopped leaving Siam Reap by the Provincial Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Provincial Commissioner of Police, according to a release from FOUR PAWS. This stop is the first government-led interception of canines in Cambodia following Siem Reap’s dog meat ban, which the province passed in July 2020. Along with seizing the dogs, authorities also arrested the van’s driver. After being pulled from the cramped van, the dogs were taken a holding area where … Continue reading 61 dogs set to die are rescued after van driving them to the slaughterhouse Is intercepted

Bear bites woman’s bottom during bizarre outhouse encounter

Shannon Stevens of Haines, Alaska, might be the only person to have been bitten in the rear by a bear while attempting to use a campsite outhouse. “She might be the only person this has ever happened to,” Carl Koch, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, told KHNS News. “I wouldn’t be surprised over the years if other folks have had bizarre things but during February to sit down in an outhouse and have something like that happen is very unusual.” Stevens was yurt camping at Chilkat Lake on Saturday with her brother and his girlfriend when … Continue reading Bear bites woman’s bottom during bizarre outhouse encounter

Koala rescued after 5-car pileup on Australian freeway

A koala has been rescued after causing a five-car pileup while trying to cross a six-lane freeway in southern Australia.© Provided by Associated Press This photo released by Nadia Tugwell, shows a koala inside Tugwell’s car in Adelaide, Australia. Police said the crash in heavy Monday morning traffic in the city of Adelaide caused some injuries but no one required an ambulance. The animal’s rescuer said she got out of her car to investigate what had caused the pileup. Nadia Tugwell, with her coat in hand, teamed up with a stranger clutching a blanket in a bid to capture the marsupial. … Continue reading Koala rescued after 5-car pileup on Australian freeway

Rhino poaching in South Africa falls during Covid-19 lockdown

South Africa has reported a decline in the number of rhinos killed by poachers, which officials say is partly the result of Covid-19 lockdowns. Last year, 394 rhinos were killed for their horns in the country, a fall of 33% from the 594 recorded in 2019, the environment ministry said. Lockdowns had restricted the movements of would-be poachers and rhino horn smugglers, it added. It is the sixth year that recorded incidents in the country have fallen, but conservationists warn that the rhino population in South Africa has plummeted in recent years and that poaching remains a big problem. Environment … Continue reading Rhino poaching in South Africa falls during Covid-19 lockdown

‘Lion King’ cub Simba born from dead dad Mufasa’s semen

Singapore Zoo is celebrating the arrival of its first lion cub born through artificial insemination. Unfortunately, baby Simba will never get to meet his father Mufasa, because the geriatric lion was not revived after the insemination procedure. Simba is the late Mufasa’s only son, as the older cat’s aggression meant he never successfully mated. Instead, the zoo decided to try to continue his bloodline through the rarely-used process. According to a spokesman, his semen was collected by what the zoo described as “electro-ejaculation” for artificial insemination. After that, frail Mufasa – who, at 20, had outlived his wild siblings by … Continue reading ‘Lion King’ cub Simba born from dead dad Mufasa’s semen

Hundreds of pelicans found dead in Senegal World Heritage site

Some 750 pelicans have been found dead in a UNESCO World Heritage site in northern Senegal that provides refuge for millions of migratory birds, the country’s parks director said. Rangers found the pelicans on January 23 in the Djoudj bird sanctuary, a remote pocket of wetland near the border with Mauritania and a resting place for birds that cross the Sahara Desert into West Africa each year. An unverified video published on local media showed hundreds of muddy pelican carcasses scattered on a beach, their feathers a darker shade than their normal white. “We took some samples for screening and … Continue reading Hundreds of pelicans found dead in Senegal World Heritage site

Kenyan Mansur Mohamed Surur charged in US over ‘$7m smuggling ring’

A Kenyan man has pleaded not guilty in a US court to trafficking illegal ivory and rhino horn. Mansur Mohamed Surur was part of an “international conspiracy” responsible for the slaughter of more than 100 elephants and dozens of rhinos, federal prosecutors in New York say It allegedly amounts to an estimated $7.4m (£5.4m) amassed over seven years, some exports were hidden inside “pieces of arts such as African masks and statues”, court documents allege. Money was paid to and from foreign customers by “international wire transfers, some which were sent through US financial institutions”, prosecutors say. Mr Surur was … Continue reading Kenyan Mansur Mohamed Surur charged in US over ‘$7m smuggling ring’

World’s oldest orangutan dies at 61

The Oregon Zoo in Portland is mourning the loss of their beloved orangutan, Inji, the Sumatran orangutan, who was believed to be the world’s oldest, died over the weekend at the age of 61, reported the New York Post. Inji was “humanely” euthanized at the zoo after her health had deteriorated. “We knew she couldn’t live forever, but this really hurts, and I know many visitors are grieving along with us,” Bob Lee, who oversees the zoo’s animal areas, told local news outlet KIRO7. “Inji’s ability to connect with people was incredible. She inspired generations.” In a release announcing the primate’s passing, … Continue reading World’s oldest orangutan dies at 61