“We believe that it’s a wild natural species which was known but not scientifically identified because it’s an extremely inconspicuous animal with nocturnal habits,” says Pierre Benedetti, chief environmental technician of the National Hunting and Wildlife Office (ONCFS). “It’s a wonderful discovery,” he tells AFP, holding the feline – called “Ghjattu volpe” in Corsican – found in Asco forest on the French Mediterranean island. While resembling a domestic cat in some ways, the ring-tailed feline measures 90 centimetres from head to tail, has “very wide” ears, short whiskers and “highly developed” canine teeth. Other distinguishing features include the stripes on the front legs, “very dark” hind legs and a russet stomach. The dense, silky coat is a natural repellent for fleas, ticks and lice. The tail usually has two to four rings and a black tip. … [Read more...] about Corsica’s ‘cat-fox’: On the trail of a new species?
Big cat attack dream
PBB Otso teens dream big for their families Online netizens have coined the acronym TBAY in referring to the third batch of Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Otso’s Big Four, namely Tan, Batit, Ashley and Yen. Like what TBAY means, the latest PBB Big Four teens have demonstrated strength of character, resilience and determination in achieving their dreams. While they may be competing against each other to be the current season’s Big Winner, there is one common thing that holds them together — they all have big dreams for their families. Viewers have determined the batch winner few weeks ago just as the four exited the PBB house. But that’s not the end of their journey yet. According to business unit head Marcus Vinuya, the Big Four housemates from the four batches will be returning to the bahay ni Kuya soon. Marcus added that the batch winners will … [Read more...] about PBB Otso teens dream big for their families
HANOI: A tiger kept in a private zoo in Vietnam ripped off the hand and arm of a former employee, a local official said Wednesday (Jun 5).Only a handful of the big cats roam wild in Vietnam's jungles but hundreds are kept as pets and in zoos across the country.Vo Thanh Quoi, 49, was found next to the tiger's cage at the Thanh Canh private zoo in southern Binh Duong province on Tuesday, an official who declined to be named told AFP."The park has been closed to the public for some time," he said.Speaking from a hospital bed in a video published by state-run Tuoi Tre news, Quoi said the tiger bit his hand and went for the other one when he tried to rescue the first.It was not clear what prompted the attack.A doctor at the hospital said the tiger took off Quoi's left hand, wrist and most of his right arm.But the bleeding was stopped and "the critical period is over," doctor Nguyen Tan Hung told the state-run outlet.It is the second recorded tiger attack in three years in the province, … [Read more...] about Vietnamese man attacked by tiger in private zoo
When Miss Siti Nurhajah Haron was 14, she was hospitalised for a week after she suffered a case of bilateral ovarian dermoid cysts. During her stay, Miss Siti was touched by the warmth of the nurses around her. It was then that she knew she wanted to become a nurse. But when she was 18, her father became unfit to work, suffering from diabetes and hepatitis C. As the oldest among her three siblings, Miss Siti had to withdraw from her nursing course at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College East and start working to support her family. But she didn't abandon her dream of becoming a nurse. When her younger sister graduated in 2016 and began working, Miss Siti was able to resume the nursing course she had left years ago. She re-enrolled in the course in 2017 and graduated last year with a perfect GPA of 4.0. She is now pursuing a diploma in nursing at Nanyang Polytechnic. Miss Siti, now 24, was one of the students honoured at the ITE Student Achievers' Awards Ceremony held at … [Read more...] about ITE graduate never gave up on nursing dream
By Laurie Mason Schroeder The Morning Call Mon., May 13, 2019 LEHIGH VALLEY, PA.—On her third try at the mobile home park, Donna Peiffer finally trapped Big Fluffer. He wasn’t happy about it. Fangs bared, the beefy grey tomcat hissed and thrashed in his cage, shooting Peiffer a murderous look as she covered the trap with a sheet and loaded it into her car for the trip to the veterinarian. Big Fluffer didn’t know it, but he’d be back in a day or two, minus his testicles. “The neighbours think he’s the one fathering most of the kittens around here,” Peiffer said, panting from the exertion of lifting the heavy trap into the back of her SUV. “Well, that’s done.” Called feral, free-roaming or community cats, the Lehigh Valley is teeming with animals like Big Fluffer — the name given to him by the residents of the Breinigsville, Pa., mobile home park. Each spring, the feral cat population swells as females … [Read more...] about ‘Kitten season’ opens for feral-cat catchers