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Buenos Aires Zoo puts white Bengal tiger triplets on display

Buenos Aires, Apr 17 (EFE).- The Buenos Aires Zoo has put its white Bengal tiger triplets, who were born three months ago, on display, officials at the Argentine wildlife park said. "The cubs, two females and a male, weighed around one kilo (2.2 pounds) at birth after being born normally following a gestation period of 105 days," zoo veterinarian Miguel Perez told Efe. The three cubs inherited the black stripes on white coats of parents "Cleo" and "Rhiano," the zoo's youngest pair of tigers.

Interpol urges global strategy to stem tiger trade

Global police body Interpol on Thursday called for concerted international action to stem the highly lucrative tiger trade "if the species is to avoid extinction." In a statement, the Lyon-based body called for the creation of a "cohesive global strategy" to fight increasingly well-organised gangs trafficking in tiger parts. It called for the setting up of a network of intelligence analysts to coordinate cross-border information exchanges on the trade.

Tiger killing show for Chinese rich and powerful

More than 10 tigers have been killed as "visual feasts" to entertain officials and rich businessmen in a Chinese city, state media reported. Police in Zhanjiang in the southern province of Guangdong seized a freshly slaughtered tiger and multiple tiger products in a raid this month, said the Nanfang Daily, the mouthpiece of the provincial Communist Party. Local officials and successful businesspeople gathered to watch the tigers being killed as "eye-openers" to show off their social stature, it said.

Australia shoots down 'cruel' crocodile hunt plan

Australia on Thursday rejected a plan to let big-game hunters shoot crocodiles in the country's tropical north, saying the scheme risked encouraging "cruel and inhumane" behaviour. Under the proposal about 50 crocodile safaris a year were to be allowed in the Northern Territory, where the giant reptiles have become increasingly common since they were declared a protected species in 1971. Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the federal government had considered allowing "trophy hunts" but did not believe they were appropriate.

Australia shoots down crocodile hunt plan

Australia on Thursday rejected a plan to let big-game hunters shoot crocodiles in the country's tropical north, saying such a scheme risked encouraging "cruel" behaviour. Under the proposal about 50 crocodile safaris a year would be allowed in the Northern Territory, where the giant reptiles have become increasingly common since they were declared a protected species in 1971. Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the federal government had considered allowing "trophy hunts" but did not believe they were appropriate.

Sri Lanka monk demands capture of wild elephants for temples

A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk led a procession of elephants Wednesday, demanding authorities capture wild pachyderms from the jungle to boost the dwindling number of the animals in temples. Patron of the Tamed Elephant Owners' Association, monk Maagalkanday Sudaththa said temples faced a severe shortage of animals for their annual pageants where caparisoned elephants are paraded.

Rare female crocodile suffocated during mating in Dutch zoo

A very rare and endangered female crocodile has died of suffocation in a Dutch zoo during attempted mating with a "dominant" male partner, the zoo said on Wednesday. "In the end she couldn't handle the dominant mating behaviour of the male gavial," Amsterdam's Artis zoo said in a statement of the false gavial (Tomistoma schlegelii) crocodile, introduced in October as part of a breeding programme. During mating, the male false gavial holds the female down with his mouth "to show his superiority", the zoo said, stressing that the female had "accepted this behaviour".

Addercadabra: Python's homing trick stuns scientists

The Burmese python has a built-in compass that allows it to slither home in a near-straight line even if released dozens of kilometres away, researchers said Wednesday. Capable of growing over five metres (16 feet) long, pythons are among the world's largest snakes. Although native to South and Southeast Asia, the snakes have taken up residence in South Florida's Everglades National Park, possibly after being released as unwanted pets. They have adapted so well to their new habitat that they now pose a serious threat to several species which they hunt as prey.

Caracal joins forces with TransGlobe to create Africa-focused explorer

CALGARY - Two Canadian companies are joining forces to create what they call an oil "powerhouse" in Africa. Caracal Energy Inc. and TransGlobe Energy Corp. (TSX:TGL) — focused on Chad and Egypt, respectively — announced their friendly deal on the weekend. With a stock market value of US$1.8 billion, the combined company will be among the top independent energy players in Africa, chief executives of the two firms said Monday. "Within the next two years, we may not be No. 3, we may be pressing on No. 1 as an independent producer in Africa," said Caracal CEO Gary Guidry.

Leopard on loose in Indian city triggers panic

A leopard sparked panic in a north Indian city when it strayed inside a hospital, a cinema and an apartment block before evading captors, an official said Monday. Authorities closed schools in Meerut, 60 kilometres (37 miles) northeast of the Indian capital, after the leopard was discovered prowling the city's streets on Sunday, a senior city official said. "Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to track the leopard down. We have launched a massive hunt for the beast," said additional district magistrate S.K. Dubey.
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