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A research in Scotland found that brown crabs are attracted to electromagnetic field emitted by underwater power cables for renewable energy. The electromagnetic field affects crabs blood cells and makes them more susceptible to bacterial infection; crabs are foraging and mating less and could affect they population in long term. there are very few studies on how underwater power cables are affecting marine creatures, but its believed that many of them are affected, especially animals like sharks and lobsters that are sensitive to electromagnetism.
In the Bolivia‘s Amazon jungle, fishermen used to hunt endangered Amazon river dolphins and used them as bait for fishing, but now they are working with scientists and researchers to use satellite technology and smartphone app to track these dolphins in order to better understand them. as little is known about these dolphins’ diet, habits and population, scientists would need to learn more about these dolphins and their threats in order to safe them.
After the dead of the Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar, his four hippos were left behind because they were too hard to catch and transfer; the hippo population has grown to over 80 since then. Hippos are invasive species in Colombia, and their waste is pollution to the river causing low lever of oxygen in the water, affecting the ecosystem. fishermens’ catch has reduced and the hippos also create more danger to the locals.
A report discovered 1/5 of Indonesian oil palm plantations is located in the country’s forest estate even with a law prohibiting these activities. The failure of law enforcement leads to loss of these protected forests, putting endangered animals like orangutans and Sumatran tigers in greater danger.The clearance of forest also causes heatwaves, frequent flooding and increases chances to fires.
Two years ago, an elk with a car tyre around its neck was found in Colorado. Wildlife officials spotted this elk again recently and were able to captured it in order to help removing the tyre. However, they were not able to cut the tyre so they had to cut off the elk’s antlers for the removal. The tyre and some debris attached in it weight around 16 kg.
自 2018 年，澳洲的樹熊數量下降了 30%。牠們主要受新南威爾士州及維多利亞州於夏季的叢林大火所威脅。 乾旱、熱浪及砍伐樹木作發展亦對牠們造成影響。
The population of koala in Australia has declined 30% since 2018. One of the major threats was the bushfires occurred during the summers in New South Wales and Victoria. Drought, heatwaves and land clearing for developments also put them in danger.
Over 60 African penguins were killed by honey bees in a South African beach. these penguins had been stung around their eyes and flippers, areas that without feathers; some of the penguins have over 20 stings on them. this is a very rare incident that experts believed a bee nest had been disturbed nearby and the penguins were being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Kakapo is a critically endangered species; there were only around 50 of them left living on Stewart Island of New Zealand in 1995, and now there are around 200 of them on the island. Scientists worry the population of kakapo is too small and inbreeding will cause more harmful mutations and lead to genetic diseases. However, a recent study found that there are actually fewer harmful mutation in their genes than scientists expected, some original harmful mutations have disappeared as well.
during the coronavirus lockdown, the adoptions rate increased in many areas. however, the number of people giving up their pet dogs has raised since UK lifted the restrictions in July. Charity said the inquiries about abandonments increased and they are worried about there will be an abandonment boom.