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Sea turtle deaths alarming Central America

Hundreds of sea turtles are washing up dead on the beaches of Central America and scientists don't know why. One hypothesis is that the killer is a potent neurotoxin that can be produced by algae during red tides, which are large accumulations of algae that turn sea water red or brown. The puzzling thing, though, is that red tides have come and gone before without taking such a deadly toll on turtles. Making things worse, some o f the turtles dying are from endangered species.

Alabama zoo to probe death of artificially conceived rhino calf

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) - A necropsy will be performed on a four-month old rhinoceros believed to have been the first of its species to be born through artificial insemination in the United States, officials from the Montgomery Zoo in Alabama said on Monday. The endangered Indian rhino, which had become a popular attraction, was found dead on Friday, the zoo said. "It was a shock. We definitely feel the loss of Ethan," Steve Pierce, the zoo's program services manager, said of the rhinoceros.

Puerto Rico has record number of nests of world's largest sea turtle

San Juan, Oct 18 (EFE).- The beaches of Puerto Rico in 2013 had an all-time record number of 1,390 nests and 68,000 hatchlings of the leatherback turtle, the largest sea turtle in the world and one that is in danger of extinction in the Caribbean. A spokeswoman of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of the Caribbean island told Efe Thursday that these are the highest figures ever registered since records began to be kept in the mid-1980s.

Tiger cub born at London zoo drowns

The first Sumatran tiger cub to be born at London Zoo for 17 years has drowned in a pool of water, the zoo said on Tuesday. Five-year-old Sumatran tiger Melati gave birth to the unnamed cub three weeks ago after a six-minute labour. Zookeepers were "very distraught" after the cub from the critically endangered subspecies was discovered on the edge of the pool in the tiger enclosure on Saturday morning, a spokeswoman said. "The keepers are naturally very distraught. They work very closely with the tigers, so it is incredibly sad news for them," she said.

Giant hornets kill 42 in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Swarms of giant hornets have killed 42 people and injured 1,640 in China's northwestern province of Shaanxi in recent weeks, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday. Authorities are destroying nests, putting up warning signs and raising public awareness via television, radio and the Internet, it said. Residents have been told to wear long sleeves when they go out, and not to try to drive away the swarms.

'Killer hornets' leave 42 dead in China

Swarms of hornets have killed 42 people in northwestern China in recent months, state media said Thursday, as temperatures rise and development drives the stinging insects into cities. The terrifying attacks started in July, the official Xinhua news agency said Thursday, with 1,640 people having been stung. Of those, 206 are being treated in hospital, it quoted the National Health and Family Planning Commission as saying.

Nearly 15,000 endangered sea turtles nest in Nicaragua

Managua, Sep 30 (EFE).- Almost 15,000 endangered sea turtles are nesting in La Flor Wildlife Refuge on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, officials said. The marine reptiles are currently making nests to lay their eggs in this natural reserve that stretches some 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) along the coastline, Environment and Natural Resources Ministry area representative Mario Rodriguez said. The arrival of the turtles began Thursday night, when 1,860 came ashore.

Rihanna selfie with rare Thai primate gets locals arrested

Thai authorities on Monday said two men had been arrested on suspicion of possessing a protected primate after pop star Rihanna posted a picture of herself online holding the creature. The singer posed with the tiny, large-eyed slow loris on a night out in the tourist resort of Phuket on Friday, posting a picture on Twitter and Instagram, without apparently realising that the use of the animal as a prop for tourist snaps is illegal.

Indian elephant tramples British bird-watcher to death

A British bird-watcher has been trampled to death by an elephant in a southern Indian nature reserve after he went out alone on foot, his guide and police told AFP on Friday. The 68-year-old tourist was fatally injured by the male animal in the Masinagudi forest of Tamil Nadu state on Thursday, area police chief T. Senthil Kumar told AFP by telephone. He identified the victim as Colin Manvell, from the town of Havant, in southern Britain, who had visited the sanctuary in Nilgiris district twice a year for the last five years.

New York town finds 850 snakes in man's home

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Authorities in the New York town of Shirley found 850 snakes, including two illegal 6-foot-long (2-meter) Burmese pythons, in the home and garage of an animal control officer suspected of dealing in the reptiles, local media reported. Shirley and Suffolk County officers raided the home on Thursday, Newsday of Long Island reported, citing town officials and publishing a photo of officers holding the pythons.
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