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Black box from downed Lion Air plane retrieved

Black box from downed Lion Air plane retrieved

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One of the black boxes from the Lion Air flight that crashed off Indonesia has been found. Divers equipped with "pinger" locators have been searching for the piece of equipment, which could hold the key to finding out why the plane, which had been delivered in August, went down.Local TV stations showed images of the black box - which refers to the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder - being transferred from an inflatable dinghy to a larger ship. Image: A diver said he found the device on the sea bed A diver described pulling the device, which is actually orange in colour, intact from mud and debris on the ocean floor.The spokesperson for Indonesia's search and rescue agency, Yusuf Latif, has not confir...
Indonesia Lion Air flight crashes with 189 aboard

Indonesia Lion Air flight crashes with 189 aboard

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An Indonesian passenger jet carrying 189 people crashed into the ocean shortly after takeoff on Monday, authorities said. Search and rescue officials said they lost contact with Lion Air flight JT610 minutes after it left Jakarta, the country's capital. The 189 on board included three children and the crew, officials said. No survivors have been found. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesperson National Board for Disaster Management, said the plane crashed near the coast of Bekasi, West Java. He also tweeted images and video from the crash site, showing rescue officials as they recovered wreckage and personal belongings from the sea. Crisis centers have been set up for families as authorities search for survivors. Officials said search and rescue teams have found various items from pas...
Lion comeback may put endangered Grevy's zebras in jeopardy

Lion comeback may put endangered Grevy's zebras in jeopardy

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Aug. 31 (UPI) -- What happens to endangered prey when a top predator makes a comeback? In central Kenya, lions are making a resurgence. Some conservationists have expressed concern that the comeback of the lion will jeopardize the health of another imperiled species, the Grevy's zebra. The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the lion as threatened. Grevy's zebra, Equus grevyi, is considered endangered. There are only an estimated 2,680 Grevy's zebras in East Africa. The largest living wild equid is found only in Kenya and Ethiopia. Half of all specimens live in Kenya's Laikipa County. In the past, livestock herders in Laikipa killed lions in retaliation for attacks on their animals. But with the decline in herding and the growth of ecotourism, retaliatory killings an...
Lion poacher eaten by lions in South Africa

Lion poacher eaten by lions in South Africa

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Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A pride of lions attacked and ate a suspected lion poacher in South Africa, police said Monday.The mostly-eaten body of the man was found in the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve over the weekend. The identity of the man has not been determined, but police found a hunting rifle near his remains, leading them to believe he was a poacher."We are still trying all other means, including the Home Affairs Department, to get his history, which may lead us to his residential place," said Police Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, according to Sowetan Live.He added: "The process of identifying the deceased has already commenced and it might be made possible by the fact that his head is amongst the remains that were found at the scene."According to the BBC, lion body parts body parts ...
How to escape from a lion or cheetah – the science

How to escape from a lion or cheetah – the science

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The antelope can never out-run the cheetah, but it can survive the chase if it twists and turns sharply at the last minute.That's the finding of a study that tracks the dance of death between the fastest land animal and its prey.Researchers have been analysing how zebra and antelope escape from lions and cheetahs on the African savannah.They say hunting at lower speed favours prey, as it offers them the best chance of out-manoeuvring the predator."In the final stages of a hunt, it isn't about high speed," said Alan Wilson of the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK."If the prey tries to run away at speed, it is a very bad move because the predator is faster and can accelerate more quickly, so that plays into the predator's hands. "The optimum tactics of the prey is to run rel...