Nearly 100 pilot whales die in mass stranding off New Zealand islands

Almost 100 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding on New Zealand’s remote Chatham Islands. Conservation officers said they were notified about the incident on Sunday but by the time they reached the location, Waitangi West Beach, few of the animals were still alive. In total, 97 whales and three dolphins have died, it is unclear what caused the stranding on the islands, which are 800km (500 miles) east of New Zealand. Jemma Welch, a ranger at the country’s Department of Conservation (DOC), said in a statement that 26 stranded animals were put down because of rough sea conditions and … Continue reading Nearly 100 pilot whales die in mass stranding off New Zealand islands

Elephant that fell down well, freed after 12-hour rescue mission

Forest officials in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state said on Friday they used a crane to pull an elephant from a well, after working for more than 12 hours to rescue the animal. The elephant, which strayed into a village bordering a forest in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri district, fell into the well that was covered with bushes and did not have a fence or wall around it, according to district forest officer Rajkumar. It was a deep and narrow well,” said Rajkumar, who goes by only one name, we were informed by locals early on Thursday and were able to … Continue reading Elephant that fell down well, freed after 12-hour rescue mission

Smuggled parrots stuffed in plastic bottles

Dozens of parrots stuffed into plastic water bottles have been discovered on a ship docked in Indonesia’s Papua region, authorities said Friday. Large-scale illegal trading of birds sees them sold in giant avian markets in Indonesia’s major cities, or smuggled abroad Police in the town of Fakfak said the vessel’s crew reported hearing noises coming from a large box where 64 live black-capped lories and another 10 dead birds were found Thursday morning. Black-capped lories are a type of parrot native to New Guinea and nearby smaller islands Black-capped lories are a type of parrot native to New Guinea and nearby smaller … Continue reading Smuggled parrots stuffed in plastic bottles

India tiger awaits mate after 3,000 km journey

A tiger in India has completed the longest walk by a tiger ever recorded in India and “settled” in a sanctuary, where he is the only big cat. Fondly called Walker by wildlife officials, the now three-and-a-half-year-old male left it’s home in a wildlife sanctuary in the western state of Maharashtra in June last year, he was possibly in search of prey, territory or a mate. Fitted with a radio collar, he travelled some 3,000km (1,864 miles) through seven districts in Maharashtra and the neighbouring state of Telangana over nine months before “settling down” in another sanctuary in Maharashtra in … Continue reading India tiger awaits mate after 3,000 km journey

Alaska Airlines flight hits bear on runway during landing

The left engine of the Alaska Airlines passenger jet was damaged when the aircraft hit a brown bear while landing on Saturday. In an unusual collision, an airplane hit and killed a brown bear while landing at the Yakutat Airport in Alaska on Saturday, Alaska Airlines Flight 66 was arriving from Cordova into Yakutat when the flight crew saw two bears crossing the runway, according to a statement by Alaska Airlines, the nose gear missed the bears, but the captain felt an impact on the left side after the bears passed under the plane, the airline’s statement said. Pilots then … Continue reading Alaska Airlines flight hits bear on runway during landing

Newly discovered primate in Myanmar already facing extinction

Scientists have identified a new species of primate, a lithe tree-dweller living in the forests of central Myanmar with a mask-like face framed by a shock of unruly grey hair, the Popa langur named for an extinct volcano that is home to its largest population, some 100 individuals has been around for at least a million years, according to a study detailing the find, published on Wednesday in Zoological Research, a Chinese publication, but with only 200 to 250 left in the wild today, experts will recommend that the leaf-eating species be classified as “critically endangered”. Just described, the Popa … Continue reading Newly discovered primate in Myanmar already facing extinction

Sri Lanka rescues 120 whales after mass stranding

Sri Lanka’s navy and a band of volunteers from nearby villages have managed to rescue 120 pilot whales that became stranded in the country’s biggest mass beaching, but at least two injured animals were found dead, officials said. Sailors from the navy and the coastguard joined local volunteers and had pushed back at least 120 whales by dawn on Tuesday after a gruelling overnight rescue, navy spokesman Indika de Silva said. The school of short-finned pilot whales began coming ashore at Panadura, 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of Colombo, on Monday afternoon in the biggest-ever mass stranding of whales on … Continue reading Sri Lanka rescues 120 whales after mass stranding

Komodo dragon photo sparks concerns in Indonesia

A photo of a Komodo dragon facing a truck has raised concerns about a “Jurassic Park” attraction being built on an Indonesian island, the multi-million dollar site is part of the government’s plans to overhaul tourism in Komodo National Park. The viral image has sparked questions about the conservational impact on the famed dragons, the world’s largest lizards, officials said no dragons had been harmed and their safety was paramount. Komodo dragons are only found in the wild on a handful of Indonesian islands where they are estimated to have roamed for millions of years, they draw visitors from around … Continue reading Komodo dragon photo sparks concerns in Indonesia

The search begins for Ireland’s beloved bottlenose dolphin who has gone missing after 37 years

As the Irish government moves the country back into a strict, national lockdown for six weeks, an unlikely story continues to break through the endless covid-19 headlines, Fungie, a bottlenose dolphin, is missing from the scenic County Kerry coast in Ireland’s southwest, where he has lived at the entrance to Dingle’s harbor since 1983. Over the past 37 years, the wild marine mammal has become an Irish celebrity thanks to his friendly nature and love of people, with visitors coming from far and wide to take a boat into the small port town’s harbor for a closer look, but the Guinness world records … Continue reading The search begins for Ireland’s beloved bottlenose dolphin who has gone missing after 37 years

Shanghai Zoo: Worker mauled to death in fatal bear attack

A Chinese animal park has promised to improve safety after one of its workers was fatally attacked by bears in front of a tourist bus, the accident at the Shanghai Wildlife Park took place on Saturday in the zoo’s wild beast area, video reportedly of the incident, which was shared on social media, shows a group of tourists yelling as they watch the bears from inside a bus. The park has expressed its condolences to the worker’s family. In a statement on its website, the Shanghai Wildlife Park said it was “extremely distressed that such a tragedy occurred”, adding that … Continue reading Shanghai Zoo: Worker mauled to death in fatal bear attack

An angry ‘elk’ gored Colorado man

Zak Bornhoft at the hospital after being gored by an elk on the golf course. A day catching up with friends and soaking in the scenery on a beautiful mountain golf course in Colorado this weekend ended with a golfer’s kidney sliced in half by an angry elk. Zak Bornhoft, 41, and his three friends were two holes away from completing the Evergreen Golf Course, located outside of Denver, on Saturday. The 18-hole course overlooking the Evergreen Lake is known for having “spectacular views from every tee,” according to it’s Facebook page. This was one reason, Bornhoft said, he wanted to … Continue reading An angry ‘elk’ gored Colorado man

Top Thai zoo official shot dead amid missing wildlife scandal

A top zoo official in Thailand has been shot dead as he was pursuing an investigation into the suspicious disappearance of rare animals from a zoo in a southern province. Police Capt Komalpan Srithep said that Suriya Saengpong, the director-general of the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand, was shot several times on Saturday at the office of the Songkhla Zoo. Srithep said the suspect, a senior official at the zoo, fled the scene of the shooting and killed himself in his living quarters. The motive for the killings was not immediately clear, though Srithep said the suspect was one of … Continue reading Top Thai zoo official shot dead amid missing wildlife scandal