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Tigress found dead in the Sundarbans: Likely cause old age

Bagerhat, Aug 21 (UNB) – A Royal Bengal tiger has been found dead in the Sundarbans under Sharankhola upazila here. Forest department workers recovered the carcass of the female tiger from Chhaprakhali area under Sharankhola range of the Sundarbans East Zone on Tuesday afternoon. Later, it was taken to the range office on Wednesday. The skin of the tiger, 3 ... Read More »

Freeway crossing to give wildlife room to roam

Los Angeles, Aug 20 (AP/UNB) — Like many urban singles, the mountain lion P-22 lives a solitary life in a too-small habitat. And he has a hard time finding a mate in the big city. Famous for traveling across two freeways and making a huge Los Angeles park his home, the lonesome big cat has become a symbol of the ... Read More »

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Geneva, Aug 17 (AP/UNB) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues including the trade in ivory and the demand for ... Read More »

India’s tiger population rises to nearly 3,000 animals

New Delhi, Jul 29 (AP/UNB) — India’s tiger population has grown to nearly 3,000, making the country one of the safest habitats for the endangered animals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the tiger count for 2018 on Monday said it’s a “historic achievement” for India as the big cat’s population had dwindled to 1,400 about 14-15 years ago. India estimates ... Read More »

Nepal woman spends her day feeding temple monkeys

Kathmandu, Jul 25 (AP/UNB) — In the forests of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu near the revered Hindu temple of Pahsupatinath, some 300 monkeys eagerly await their pieces of roti, or flat bread. For the past four years, Saraswati Dangol has been bringing the bread every day to feed the monkeys. She buys some 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of flour and spends ... Read More »

Goose freed, got stuck in pizza driver’s car grille

Burlington, Jul 23 (AP/UNB) — Authorities say a goose that got stuck in a pizza delivery driver’s car grille in Vermont is expected to make a full recovery. Driver Ryan Harrington tells WCAX-TV he saw a goose waddling across the road in Burlington on Saturday. He slammed his brakes, but heard a thud and knew he struck the bird. But ... Read More »

Monmouth racing card shaken amid fierce heat, track protests

Oceanport, July 20 (AP/UNB) — With extreme heat draining fans and causing concern about the horses, Monmouth Park canceled six races and pushed back until early evening its stakes races, including the $1 million Haskell Invitational headlined by Maximum Security. The decision came after the start of the first race was delayed and the racing card was re-evaluated after the ... Read More »

American crocodiles thriving outside nuclear plant

Miami, Jul 21 (AP/UNB) — American crocodiles, once headed toward extinction, are thriving at an unusual spot — the canals surrounding a South Florida nuclear plant. Last week, 73 crocodile hatchlings were rescued by a team of specialists at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point nuclear plant and dozens more are expected to emerge soon. Turkey Point’s 168-mile (270 kilometers) ... Read More »

Man convicted of trafficking sharks kept in his basement

Lagrangeville, July 14(AP/UNB) — A man who kept sharks in a pool in his upstate New York basement has been convicted of trafficking wildlife. The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the attorney general’s office say Friday that Joshua Seguine, of LaGrangeville, pleaded guilty to illegal commercialization of wildlife. He’ll be sentenced in September. The 38-year-old Seguine was stopped by ... Read More »

Scientists get peek into how some fish change sex as adults

New York, Jul 11 (AP/UNB) — If in the beginning there was male and female, fish seem to have forgotten the memo. For nearly 500 fish species, including the clownfish in “Finding Nemo,” the great divide between sexes is more like a murky line: If circumstances call for it, the fish can swap their sex, with females turning into males ... Read More »

Canada takes new steps to protect endangered right whales

Canada implements further measures on Tuesday to protect the North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered species, after six of the mammals died since June in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. At least three of these deaths have been tentatively blamed on their being hit by ships, said Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport. In response to the “extremely troubling” ... Read More »

Five injured in Comilla fox attacks

Comilla, July 5 – Five people were bitten by foxes at Sreemoddi and Gowarivanga villages in Homna Upazila on Thursday night. The injured are – Atorer Nesa, 65, Badshah Miya, 19, of Sreemoddi village, Kohinur Begum, 50, Idris Miya, 65 and Ohimon, 50, of Gowarivanga village. Upazila Family Planning Officer Dr Sarfaraj Hossain Khan said the five were attacked by ... Read More »

Bird caught feeding chick cigarette butt in devastating pic

‘The baby needs to become a poster child for change’ A parent bird has been spotted feeding its chick a cigarette butt, highlighting environmental concerns and prompting a wave of anger at careless smokers. The black skimmer bird was photographed at a beach in Florida, US, picking the butt up and putting it in the baby’s mouth, reports INDEPENDENT. Karen ... Read More »

Scientists successfully transfer 1st test tube rhino embryo

Berlin, June 25 (AP/UNB) — Scientists in Europe say they’ve successfully transferred a test tube rhino embryo back into a female whose eggs were fertilized in vitro, as part of an effort to save another nearly extinct sub-species of the giant horned mammal. Thomas Hildebrandt of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin said Tuesday the procedure ... Read More »

Hidden cameras reveal six colour variants of the Asiatic golden cat

by Shreya Dasgupta on 24 June 2019 • Cameras placed across the Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh have captured Asiatic golden cats with six different coat colours. • These include five colours previously described from different parts of the cat’s distribution across Asia as well as a previously unrecorded dark pattern of tightly spaced rosettes. • The study’s authors suspect ... Read More »

Showbiz whales freed from captivity arrive in Iceland

Dhaka, June 20 (UNB)- Two beluga whales from a Shanghai aquarium have arrived in Iceland to be taken to a whale sanctuary there, reports BBC.  The 12-year-old whales flew halfway across the globe in special containers. Born in the wild, Little Grey and Little White were captured at around two years old and performed for years as an attraction. Belugas ... Read More »

Washington waterfront owners asked to take dead whales

Port Hadlock, Jun 16 (AP/UNB)— At least one Washington state waterfront landowner has said yes to a request to allow dead gray whales to decompose on their property. So many gray whale carcasses have washed up this year that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries says it has run out of places to take them. In response, the agency ... Read More »

At least 60 ice seals found dead along west Alaska coast

Anchorage, Jun 13 (AP/UNB) — At least 60 ice seals have been found dead along Alaska’s west coast and federal biologists on Wednesday were trying to determine the cause. Some carcasses had lost hair and NOAA Fisheries will try to determine if that was due to decomposition or abnormal molting. The agency noted the importance of ice seals to Alaska ... Read More »

Climate change peril Uganda’s tree climbing lions, primates

By Wambi Michael Kasese, Uganda, Jun 12 2019 (IPS) – As climate change leads to increased temperatures in East Africa, a thicket of invasive thorny trees with the ability to withstand harsh climatic conditions have begun threatening Uganda’s second-largest park, home to a rare breed of tree climbing lions and one of the highest concentrations of primates in the world. ... Read More »

These dangerous aliens are here to stay

By Baher Kamal Madrid, May 29 2019 (IPS) – No, no, no. Nothing to do with what the US and Europe’s far-right fanatics now use to vociferate, saying once and again that “migrants come here to destroy our democracy, our civilisation, and our lifestyle”. Rather the complete opposite—this is about major damage that precisely “our civilisation” and “our lifestyle” have ... Read More »

Royal Bengal Tiger population in the Sundarbans rises to 114

Dhaka, May 22 (UNB) – The number of Royal Bengal Tiger in Bangladesh part of the the Sundarbans has increased to 114 from 106.  Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin announced this on Wednesday while unveiling a report on ‘Second Phase Status of Tiger in Bangladesh Sundarbans 2018’. The second phase census began on December 1, 2016 ... Read More »

India documents the first underground snakehead fish, Gollum

Sahana Ghosh on 15 May 2019 The first snakehead fish with an underground lifestyle was hiding in the aquifers of Kerala until a chance encounter, social media and the historic floods of Kerala in 2018 thrust the species into the global spotlight. The Gollum snakehead (Aenigmachanna gollum), a new genus and species, described from Kerala, is the first subterranean species ... Read More »

Deer rescued in Laxmipur

Police rescued a deer from the Meghn river in Alexander area under Ramgati Upazila of the district today. Police said local people found the deer floating in river water. On information, they rescued the sick deer from the river this noon and sent it to Upazila Livestock Office for treatment. Police sources said the river stream might have brought the ... Read More »