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Zoo defends decision to kill escaped snow leopard

Zoo defends decision to kill escaped snow leopard

Technology
A British zoo has defended its decision to kill a rare snow leopard that got out of its enclosure when a door was left open. Dudley Zoo says it had "no other option in the interest of public safety" but to shoot 8-year-old Margaash after he escaped on Oct. 23. The central England zoo issued a statement Friday on the "incredibly sad incident." "Euthanasia is, and always will be, a last resort," zoo director Derek Grove said in the statement. "Efforts to persuade Margaash to return to his enclosure failed and as the animal was close to surrounding woodland and dark was approaching, the vet did not believe a tranquillizer dart was a safe option due to the amount of time the drug takes to work." The zoo said the leopard escaped when a door was left open through "keeper error." It said securi...
Car bombs, gunfire kill at least 23 in Mogadishu, Somalia

Car bombs, gunfire kill at least 23 in Mogadishu, Somalia

World
Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A series of car bombs detonated in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least 23 people, local officials said. Explosions and gunfire erupted in the area around the Sahafi Hotel and the Somali police force's Criminal Investigations Department. Four gunmen, who fired upon civilians from the roof of the hotel, also died. The al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was targeting government officials at the hotel. Among those killed was the owner of the hotel, Abdifatah Abdirashid, whose father, Abdirashid Mohamed, died in a similar attack three years earlier, the BBC reported. A witness told Voice of America the front of the hotel building was destroyed in the attack. Former official Abdi Barre Jibril told VOA that two women ...
'A single piece of plastic' can kill sea turtles, says study

'A single piece of plastic' can kill sea turtles, says study

Science
A new study suggests that ingesting even a single piece of plastic can be deadly for sea turtles.Researchers found there was a one in five chance of death for a turtle who consumed just one item - rising to 50% for 14 pieces. The team found that younger turtles are at a higher risk of dying from exposure to plastic than adults. The authors say their research raises concerns over the long term survival of some turtle species.The never ending surge of plastic into the world's oceans is taking an increasing toll on iconic marine species. While it has been relatively straightforward for researchers to document the threat to animals who become entangled in plastic and drown, determining the impact of consumed plastic is much harder.The authors of this study es...
Hurricane Florence could kill 'a lot of people'

Hurricane Florence could kill 'a lot of people'

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Hurricane Florence, which is nearing the US East Coast, could kill "a lot of people", officials warn.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) says storm surges could bring catastrophic flooding to inland areas.Nearly 1.7m people along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate.Strong winds and heavy rains have already begun lashing North Carolina's coastline, leading to some early flooding.Some 11,000 power outages had already been reported in the state. Reuters news agency reports.Latest updatesFlorence was 155 miles (250km) east of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina at 17:00 EDT (21:00 GMT), and is projected to make landfall on Friday at 08:00 loc...
Japanese whale hunters kill 122 pregnant minke

Japanese whale hunters kill 122 pregnant minke

Science
Japanese hunters caught and killed 122 pregnant minke whales as part of its Antarctic summer "field survey".A report sent to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) reveals hunters caught 333 minkes in total.The team left Japan in November 2017 for the Southern Ocean and returned in March 2018.Japan says its whaling programme is for scientific purposes, despite a 2014 UN ruling against its "lethal research" and widespread condemnation.In a new research plan published after the UN ruling, Japan said it was "scientifically imperative" to understand Antarctica's ecosystem through collecting and analysing animals.How many whales did Japan catch?The country's New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean (NEWREP-A) s...