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Animals

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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Sabah Wildlife Department looking into photo of tourists abusing a sea turtle

A rather heartbreaking and outrageous photo has been circulating on Whatsapp and social media that shows a child riding a sea turtle in what appears to be a tour boat. The incident, which is believed to have happened somewhere in Sabah, has sparked outrage among the public with netizens calling for authorities to take action against the errant tour operator. …

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Family pet missing after AVA raided a pet boarding facility at Galistan Avenue

A dog owner is frantically searching for her pup that went missing from a pet boarding facility after the place was raided by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA). Ms Mao shared her tale on Facebook, detailing the horrible experience and the search for her purebred Shetland sheepdog named Prince that has so far remained unsuccessful. Early in December, Ms …

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Corridor-reared bunny dies after severe neglect, AVA concludes it has been cared for since food has been given and cage cleaned

A Hougang resident alerted local rabbit rescue group Bunny Wonderland to a rabbit which had died in its cage in the corridor outside her neighbour’s HDB flat on 16 September. According to the resident, the owner of the rabbit is a teacher at a local neighbourhood primary school. The resident, who asked to remain anonymous, provided Bunny Wonderland with disturbing …

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Photo exhibition: Street cats and Hong Kong’s miracle economy in the 1970s

Streets cats are often marginalised in Asia, yet they have been silent witnesses to important, transformative moments in history, such as Hong Kong’s economic boom in the 1970s. For the first-time ever, the late Sinologist Keith Steven’s extensive collection of street cat photos from this period in Hong Kong will be exhibited in Singapore at the iconic The Cathay from …

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