Thai man narrowly escapes toilet bowl snake attack

PATHUM THANI, Thailand (Reuters) — A Thai man narrowly escaped a snake attack on Sunday (June 5) as a cobra emerged from his toilet bowl in the second such incident reported in Thailand in about two weeks. Twenty-seven year old Pollapat Laokamnerdpetch told local media he spotted the cobra, popping its head out from the toilet bowl. After rescue officials were called in, the cobra managed to disappear in the toilet pipes. It took 30 […]

DENR exhorts Pinoys to help save endangered Philippine eagle

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje renewed his call for Filipinos to help in the fight to save and protect the majestic Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), as the nation celebrates the Philippine Eagle Week (PEW) from June 4-10. This developed as the juvenile Philippine eagle earlier rescued after being accidentally caught in a trap in Aurora province was formally turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Thursday, […]

Chinese giant panda gives birth in Belgium

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — A giant panda on loan to Belgium from China has given birth to a cub, a rare event for the endangered species, the Pairi Daiza zoo said Thursday. The zoo and the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda “have the great pleasures to announce the birth of a panda cub”, Pairi Daiza said in a statement. “Less than 2,000 pandas can be found in the wild, making every […]

Many corals dead or dying on Barrier Reef: scientists

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — At least 35 percent of corals in the northern and central regions of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are dead or dying from a mass bleaching event, scientists said Monday. The assessment was made following months of aerial and underwater surveys after the worst bleaching in recorded history first became evident in March as sea temperatures warm. Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the […]

Rare ‘werewolf cat’ found in Cape Town

(AFP) One of the world’s rarest cats — a Lykoi or ‘werewolf cat’ — has been found in public gardens in the centre of Cape Town. The partially hairless animal, name Eyona, is one of only 35 such animals recorded with the natural mutation around the world since 2011, according to animal rescue group Tears. Jenny Goldhawk-Smith / AFPTV / AFP

Climate change still a ‘race against the clock’: UN climate chief

by Marlowe HOOD BONN, Germany (AFP) — Even after the world sealed a historic climate deal in Paris, the UN’s climate chief is worried humanity won’t be able break its fossil fuel habit in time to avert catastrophe, she told AFP Thursday. “My concern is whether the transformation is going to happen fast enough to avert the worst impacts,” Christiana Figueres said, referring to the global shift from carbon-polluting fossil fuels to green energy. “Greenhouse […]

James Bond star Daniel Craig speaks out against landmines

James Bond star Daniel Craig appeared at the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey on Monday, May 23 to speak out against landmines. Craig spoke before business leaders, aid groups and donors in Istanbul for the world’s first Humanitarian Summit and called on government to do more to clear landmines. The summit is an attempt to develop a more coherent response to what the U.N. Chief Ban Ki-Moon has called the worst global humanitarian situation since […]

Indonesian birds face extinction due to pet trade: study

JAKARTA, Indonesia(AFP) — Thirteen species of Indonesian birds, including the country’s symbolic Javan Hawk-eagle, are at serious risk of extinction mainly due to the pet trade, a wildlife watchdog warned Wednesday. The vast Indonesian archipelago is home to a dizzying array of birds and keeping them as pets has long been part of the national culture, with birdcages a common sight outside homes and shops across the country. However increasing demand for some species as […]

Baby elephant born in Dallas zoo

DALLAS, United States (Reuters) — The Dallas Zoo has added a baby elephant to its family and have released new video on Tuesday (May 24) of the little guy collapsing in a heap of hay. A male African elephant calf was born on May 14 to Mlilo ( ma-LEE-lo), who was one of several elephants rescued from drought plagued Swaziland earlier this year. The baby elephant, who hasn’t been names, measures three feet tall (91 […]

Over a third of North American bird species in danger: scientists

Reuters — More than a third of all North American bird species are at risk of becoming extinct unless significant action is taken, scientists who are part of a tri-nation initiative said in a report released last week, adding that ocean and tropical birds were in particular danger. The study, compiled by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative and the first of its kind to look at the vulnerability of bird populations in Canada, the […]