Animals

Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia

A Sumatran tiger has killed an Indonesian farmer, police said Friday, marking the second fatal attack by the critically endangered species in less than a month. The latest mauling near Pagaralam city in Sumatra prompted authorities to warn residents against going into local forests. The coffee farmer’s body was found Thursday by relatives who grew worried when he failed to return …

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The eagles have landed: Singapore shows off rare Philippine raptors

Singapore showed off two critically-endangered eagles Wednesday that were loaned from the Philippines as part of a breeding programme to reverse the dwindling numbers of the feathered giants. Destruction of tropical rainforest and relentless hunting have decimated the population of the Philippine Eagle — one of the world’s biggest and most powerful birds whose wingspan can reach 2 metres (7 …

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Malaysia hands jail term to laundrette cat killer

A Malaysian man who killed a pregnant cat by putting it into a laundrette dryer has been sentenced to 34 months in jail, official media reported, in a case that sparked outrage. K. Ganesh was handed the prison term Tuesday after being found guilty of breaking animal protection laws at the self-service laundry outside Kuala Lumpur in September last year, …

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Malaysia finds hornbill ‘ivory’ in massive wildlife seizure

Almost 800 animal parts including a huge stash of hornbill “ivory”, pangolin scales and deer’s antlers, have been seized in a raid on Borneo island, officials in Malaysia said on Thursday. Borneo’s vast jungles are home to a kaleidoscope of rare creatures but they are frequently targeted by poachers who sell their parts to collectors and for use in traditional …

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Indonesia’s toxic haze affecting Borneo’s orangutans – rescuers

Massive forest fires in Indonesia that have caused a toxic haze to spread as far as Singapore and peninsular Malaysia are also seriously affecting endangered orangutans and their habitat, a rescue foundation said Tuesday. Jakarta has deployed thousands of troops as temporary fireman and deployed dozens of water-bombing aircraft to battle blazes that are turning pristine forest into charred landscape …

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Crawling to extinction: Singapore turtle haven fights for life

PICTURES AND VIDEO BY THEODORE LIM by Theodore Lim Hundreds of turtles and tortoises, including rare and endangered species, face an uncertain future after their Singapore sanctuary — a Guinness World Record holder — was forced to relocate due to government redevelopment plans. At its peak, around 1,000 of the creatures were housed at The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum, …

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A distraught caregiver and her lost cats

by Kirsten Han It’s late on a Friday night, close to closing time for most of the shops and restaurants in the area. Outside the Harbourfront Centre, a video is still playing on the big screen at the Singapore Heritage Festival, but the stalls have already begun winding down and packing up. Double-decker buses are roaring up the road to …

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Sam the Samoyed is desperately in need of a new home

Facebook user Shana Yap is looking for a forever home for her late grandfather’s dog, Sam. Sam the 11-year old Samoyed is maybe getting old, but he remains healthy, friendly, and sweet. Shana’s grandfather passed away two months ago and the family is trying to find a new home for Sam where he can be well cared for in his …

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