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  • China elephants: Herd on mammoth 500km trek reaches Kunming

    06/03/2021 7:17:48 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 June 2021 | BBC
    A herd of elephants that packed its trunks for an unexpected 500km (300 mile) trek has arrived at a Chinese city where millions of people live. The 15 elephants have been hoovering up crops and poking their noses through doors on the march from the south of Yunnan province to its capital Kunming. A big effort - with tonnes of food - is under way to try and keep them safe. It is unclear why they left their habitat to embark on the journey, which has captivated residents and experts. Some have suggested an inexperienced leader may have led the...
  • Herd of wild elephants approaches Chinese city after 500km journey

    06/02/2021 12:49:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JUNE 02, 2021
    A herd of 15 wild elephants was approaching the city of Kunming, the capital of south-west China's Yunnan province, on Wednesday (June 2), defying attempts to redirect them after a journey of several hundred kilometres from forests to the south. The Asian elephants, which include three calves, originally lived in a nature reserve, according to the official Xinhua news agency, and have trekked for nearly 500km along highways and through fields of crops over the past months. More from AsiaOne Read the condensed version of this story, and other top stories with NewsLite. They were within a few kilometres of...
  • 'Wondrous': Ranger stumbles onto biggest Calif. fossil find ever

    05/21/2021 12:17:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    KSBW ^ | May 21, 2021 | Andrew Chamings
    It started with a petrified tree, half-buried in the mud of the Mokelumne River watershed in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The site intrigued Greg Francek, a ranger for East Bay Municipal Utility District, as he was walking the valley last summer. He inspected further, and what he recently discovered led to one of the most significant fossil discoveries in California history. Advertisement "I looked around the area further and I found a second tree," Francek said in an EBMUD statement released this week, documenting the discovery. "And then a third and so on. After finding dozens of trees I realized...
  • Zimbabwe to Start Selling Hunting Rights to Shoot 500 Endangered Elephants

    04/24/2021 5:27:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 132 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 24, 2021 | Paula Froelich VIEW AUTHOR ARCHIVE GET AUTHOR RSS FEED April 24, 2021 | 6:50pm | Updated
    Facing an income shortage from the loss of tourism due to COVID-19, Zimbabwe has announced it will soon start selling rights to shoot 500 endangered elephants this year. “We eat what we kill. We have a budget of about $25 million for our operations which is raised — partly — through sports hunting, but you know tourism is as good as dead at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic,” Tinashe Farawo, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, told CNN. The African forest elephant is now on the critically endangered species list and the savannah elephant...
  • Policing: The Brutal Side of Civility

    04/21/2021 5:33:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | April 21, 2021 | Will Alexander
    There was something I left out of my last two columns about the orphaned elephants at South Africa’s Pilanesberg Park where I compared what happened there to the fatherless “orphans” in troubled black neighborhoods. Fixing the elephant youth gang problem had a two-pronged solution: policing the elephants with father figures and policing them with humans outside the herd. I wrote mostly about the first, where father figures – adult males – were relocated to Pilanesberg who “kicked butt” to keep the delinquents in line. They took on the role of policeman inside the herd when youthful exuberance threatened to spill...
  • Suspected poacher killed by elephants in South African national park

    04/19/2021 3:42:59 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 11 replies
    Penn Live ^ | 19 Apr 2021 | Deb Kiner
    Officials at a South African national park said yesterday that a man who was suspected of being a poacher was killed by a herd elephants on Saturday. The men were running from rangers when they ran into a “breeding herd of elephants.” The men were reportedly attempting to poach rhinoceros. Only through discipline, teamwork and tenacity will we be able to help stem the tide of rhino poaching in KNP.”
  • Elephants ‘trample’ suspected poacher to death in South Africa

    04/19/2021 4:03:05 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 45 replies
    Global News via ^ | Monday April 19, 2021 | Josh K. Elliott
    The man was one of three suspected rhino poachers whom park rangers were chasing through Kruger National Park at the time, SANParks said in a news release. "When they realized they had been spotted, the suspected poachers dropped an axe and a bag with their provisions in an attempt to escape from the rangers," SANParks said. The rangers pursued the three suspects with dogs and air support. They eventually caught up with one who said his accomplice had run into a herd of breeding elephants, but he did not know what happened after that. Rangers went to the spot where...
  • Suspected poacher trampled to death by elephants in South Africa

    04/19/2021 1:32:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 19, 2021 | Kenneth Garger
    A suspected rhino poacher was killed in an elephant stampede at a South African national park on Saturday, officials said. The man was among three suspected poachers spotted by rangers at Kruger National Park, the parks service said in a Sunday press release. The trio fled when they were seen, and during their escape, ran into a breeding herd of elephants, authorities said.
  • Wild Elephants Fight to the Death on Golf Course in Thailand

    02/01/2021 12:14:56 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 28, 2021
    The genteel surroundings of a Chantaburi golf course were shattered by the thunder of mortal combat between two giants early on Friday. Local police and officials from Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary were alerted of wild elephants fighting at the Chatrium Golf Resort in Pong Nam Ron district of the eastern province in the early hours of the morning. Rushing to the scene, they found the body of male juvenile tusker, aged around 6-7 years and weighing over 1 tonne, lying in a dry ditch on the golf course. The animal had suffered deeps cuts and stabbing wounds and was...
  • Elephant raids Thailand camping ground, flings man to his death

    01/16/2021 10:49:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 14, 2021
    Campers in Khao Yai were shocked out of their sleep on Friday morning when a wild elephant invaded the camping ground and killed an old man sleeping in his tent. The elephant ran into the Pha Kluai Mai camping ground at around 2am and entered the tent of Prayod Chitboon, 80. It then grabbed the man with its trunk and flung him against a tree, killing him immediately. The rest of the campers ran to safety. Khao Yai officials said later that the dead man’s car was filled with pomelos and the animal was possibly lured by the load. Officials...
  • Genetic Study Rekindles the Myth of the Drunken Elephants

    05/05/2020 1:46:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New Atlas ^ | April 28, 2020 | Rich Haridy
    New research from a team of Canadian anthropologists is suggesting a famously debunked story about drunken elephants may have a kernel of truth in it after all. The researchers investigated a number of mammals for the presence of a genetic mutation linked to enhanced ethanol metabolism, finding very few animals actually have the ability to quickly process alcohol. Back in 2005 a team of biologists from the University of Bristol purported to debunk a common amusing anecdote. The oft-told story recounted African elephants seeking out fallen fruit from the malura tree. The naturally sweet fruit is known to ferment quickly...
  • Coronavirus: Elephants Break Into Farm in Self-Isolation and Get Drunk on Whisky

    03/19/2020 4:06:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Mirror ^ | 19 MAR 2020 | Jane Lavender
    Across the world there are now 200,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 - but a herd of elephants in China found a very fun way to make the most of people putting themselves in self-isolationSNIP And at one farm in the Yunan province, elephants too full advantage of the situation. The herd of 14 majestic beasts broke into a village in a bid to find food. However, they got a cheeky extra for their efforts when they came across a huge 30kg of corn wine. After drinking the lot the elephants were somewhat the worse for wear. Two males passed out,...
  • Coronavirus: Elephants break into farm in self-isolation and get drunk on whisky

    03/19/2020 1:09:42 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 11 replies ^ | 3/19/20 | Jane Lavender and Paige Holland
    Across the world there are now 200,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 - but a herd of elephants in China found a very fun way to make the most of people putting themselves in self-isoltion Click to view Image SNIPChina was the first country to be hit by coronavirus with tens of millions placed in lockdown while authorities worked to halt its spread.And at one farm in the Yunan province, elephants took full advantage of the situation.The herd of 14 majestic beasts broke into a village in a bid to find food.However, they got a cheeky extra for their efforts when they...
  • 400,000 year old spears found in an German coal mine!

    10/11/2010 6:38:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 82 replies ^ | 07-04-2010 | Staff
    Researchers in Germany have unearthed 400,000 year old wooden spears from what appears to be an ancient lake shore hunting ground stunning evidence that human ancestors systematically hunted big game much earlier than believed. The three spears, each carved from the trunk of a spruce tree, are 6 feet to more than 7 feet long. They were found with more than 10,000 animal bones, mostly from horses, including many obviously butchered. That indicates the ancient hunters were organized enough to trap horses and strong enough to kill them by throwing spears, perhaps ambushing herds that showed up for water. “There’s...
  • My Favourite Country Botswana

    Botswana is a landlocked country which is situated in Southern Africa. It is my favourite country in the world. It is a "Wildlife Paradise" in more ways than one. It is home to the "Big Five" namely Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant, and Rhino. They are called the "Big Five" because they were difficult to hunt on foot in the past. Botswana has reserved 40% of its land exclusively for wildlife. Botswana is home to many famous "National Parks" and "Game Reserves". The most famous are Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve. Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana is globally...
  • Actor Tom Arnold Levels Death Threat Against Donald Trump Jr.

    08/03/2019 12:09:01 PM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies ^ | 8/3/2019 | Tyler O'Neil
    On Friday, actor Tom Arnold tweeted a death threat against Donald Trump Jr. Arnold had previously challenged President Donald Trump to a fistfight. Since Arnold has 250,000 followers, Secret Service warned him that this kind of inciting tweet could encourage his followers to engage in real violence. How much more so a bona fide death threat! Arnold began his attack by tweeting out a picture of Trump Jr. holding the tail of an African elephant he had killed while on safari in 2011. "This is Donald Trump Jr. He is holding the tail of a beautiful African elephant he murdered...
  • The tragic true story of the celebrity elephant that inspired 'Dumbo': [tr]

    03/29/2019 9:09:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 29, 2019 | Tate Delloye
    At around 8.15pm on September 15, 1885, Jumbo, the celebrity elephant in P.T. Barnum’s circus had finished his evening performance early in Ontario, Canada. Matthew Scott, Jumbo’s lifelong trainer began the arduous process of loading the enormous animal back into his ornate boxcar that was lacquered with crimson and gold paint and featured massive double doors in the middle to facilitate easy access for the seven ton animal celebrity. The circus handlers were under strict orders from the Grand Trunk Railroad depot not to begin loading the elephants until 9.55pm, long after a westbound express freight train was due to...
  • Sri Lankan navy stages daring rescue of drowning elephants

    07/24/2017 5:28:52 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 7 replies
    The Extract ^ | 7.24.17
    A group of Sri Lankan military and wildlife officials staged the daring rescue of two drowning wild elephants this week off of that nation’s eastern coast.
  • Sri Lankan navy rescues elephant washed out to sea

    07/12/2017 11:24:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Chaminda Walakuluge said the navy mounted the 12-hour rescue after spotting the elephant struggling to stay afloat around eight kilometres (five miles) off the island's northeast coast. Divers aided by wildlife officials approached the distressed animal and tied ropes to it before towing it gently to shallow waters near the coast, where it was released late on Tuesday. Walakuluge said the animal had likely got swept into the sea while crossing the Kokkilai lagoon, a large stretch of water that lies between two areas of jungle. "They usually wade through shallow waters or even swim across to take a short...
  • In Kerala, disco lights keep jumbos off the farm floor

    12/09/2018 4:48:34 PM PST · by mikeIII · 16 replies
    Times of India ^ | 12/9/2018 | Rajeev
    KOCHI: The swirling multicolour LED lights that give dance floors their zing have found a totally different use in Kerala’s Wayanad district. The forest department has deployed .. Read more at: ..