the critically endangered swinhoe softshell turtle is one of the world’s largest turtle. there are only four of these freshwater turtles left on earth; two of them in vietnam, and the other two in china. recently, one of the swinhoe softshell turtle that lives in Hoan Kiem lake in central Hanoi, vietnam, was found dead, and it was said to be 80-100 years old.
how could you keep your food fresh without a refrigerator? Eleonora’s falcons have been observed trapping their preys fresh by jamming them in rock crevasses for later meals. they often do that when they rear their chicks, to ensure they got enough food to feed.
the US government approved a bill on banning products that contain microbeads, which includes many daily products like toothpastes, facial soaps, bodywahses,etc. these microbeads are too tiny theta they couldn’t be filtered before they wash out to the ocean and highly damaging our ocean and wildlife. US is not one of the top countries that produce the most ocean plastic waste, but new york state alone is producing 19tons of microbeads that ends up in our ocean each year!
a pair of beavers have recently moved to a man-made pond of the Olympic Village in Vancouver. they are spotted swimming, felling trees and building dam. there is a big chance they are starting a family there. the park has no plan of removing or relocating the beavers, but they have wrapped large and more vulnerable trees with metal mesh to protect them from the beavers.
caged chicken are packed in small cages with bad living environment and easily to catch disease. 15 chain restaurants in america pledged to move to 100% cage-free eggs in their supply chains on different timelines. beside that, some of the biggest food producers have also made commitment to swtich to cage-free eggs. as more are willing to meet cage-free demand, hopefully this could eliminate the traditional cages for chicken farming.
when scientists discover a new species, they usually would reveal geographical data in the academic journal. however, black market traders and poachers would use these information to collect these rare species. scientists are now thinking about prohibiting the publication of location data of endangered species, in order to avoid becoming the accomplices in putting them in greater danger.
the Elwha River Dam in Washington State used to block the flow and divid the local ecosystem until it was torn down starting 2011. the removal of the dam has brought back many local wildlife. the return of salmon brings nutrients and food to the fresh water for the other plants and animals, which benefit the whole food chain.
a wild sea otter has been visiting monterey bay aquarium’s outdoor pool quite often. as it’s rare for a healthy sea otter to visit the pool, so the staff started to worry if it is alright. until one morning, they found a new pup resting on its belly, and realized it was looking for a safe place to give birth.
a cafe in Greece let its door open for stray dogs to rest. there are many stray dogs in Greece, and many of the local people would put collards on them to prevent them being put in shelters. people would feed and care for these dogs, and these stray dogs became pet of the community.
a man showed an orangutan in the zoo a simple magic trick, and the orangutan watched through the glass wall and collapsed in laughters. this showed that human is not the only animal that has sense of humor.