Wounded Otter Rescued After Wandering into Kinmen Elementary School

[Picture: Baicun Elementary School] A wounded otter was flown to Taipei Zoo for emergency surgery after wandering into an elementary school in Kinmen County yesterday, Friday, December 29. Veterinarians suspect the Eurasian otter was attacked by stray dogs. According to the principal of Baicun Elementary School, at around 10:00 am, teacher Chen Qianhui went to the natural science classroom to fetch some teaching materials for a class, when suddenly she saw an 80 centimeter long, rat-like animal running around in

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Veterinarian Demonstrates How to Rescue Huntsman Spider from Sticky Rat Trap

A veterinarian at a wildlife first aid station in Nantou County yesterday, made painstaking efforts to rescue a huntsman spider from a sticky rat trap. Eventually, the Heteropoda venatoria, also known as the giant crab spider, or cane spider, was freed of its predicament using flour, salad oil, cotton swabs, and a lot of patience. The spider’s Chinese name (白額高腳蛛) refers to the prominent white streak on its forehead and white stripes on the legs. Spider expert Luo Yingyuan (羅英元)

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Illegally Conceived Genetically Defective Liger Turns 7

A lion-tiger hybrid born on a tourist farm in 2010 in circumstances that breached Taiwan’s Wildlife Conservation Law turned 7 years old last month. The animal’s low-key birthday was reported in various local media outlets today, after the story was originally posted on Facebook by National Pingtung University of Science and technology’s (NPUST) Center for Wildlife Conservation and Management October 23. Ah Biao, as he is nicknamed, was born in 2010 at the tourism-oriented World Snake King Educational Farm in

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Woman Bitten by Cobra in the Kitchen

A 70 year-old Keelung woman felt a pain in her ankle while cooking lunch today, and was shocked when she looked down and saw a cobra. The woman was rushed to hospital still conscious but with a swollen ankle, while firefighters were dispatched to catch the snake. The firefighters caught the 60cm long cobra and warned nearby residents to be on the alert. Ms Xie’s family said that they had lived in the house for 30 years, and although they

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Farmers Frustrated as Monkeys Steal Piglets and Run Amok

[Cover Picture: United Daily News] A farmer in Yunlin’s Douliu District expressed frustration today that Formosan Macaques were running amok on farms, and not only damaging crops, but invading people’s homes and animal sheds. The farmer, Mr Wu, has personally witnessed monkeys take newborn piglets to use them as playthings. Farmers feel they have no way to effectively deal with the monkey problem. In the pictures associated with this story a piglet was taken by a juvenile macaque who sat

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Dog Fighting Ring Busted in Chiayi

Police swooped on a property in Shuishang township, Chiayi County yesterday and arrested organizers of a dog fighting ring and gamblers. Two pit bulls were rescued. A total of 16 people were arrested including the 55 year-old organizer named Chen. Chen collected a NT$200 entry fee from customers and took 5% from bets placed on the fights. The customers have been charged with offenses relating to gambling regulations, while Chen and the owners of the two dogs were also charged

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Dog Fighting Ring Busted in Taoyuan

Police in Taoyuan yesterday raided a property hosting dog fights involving pit bulls. A total of 55 people were arrested. Contest organizers used spears to torture and draw blood from the dogs in order to enrage them before fights. Guanyin District, Taoyuan, Saturday, June 24, police raided an isolated house and arrested organizers and gamblers. The organizer of the fights was named as a 33 year-old man, Mr. Hsieh. Thirteen people were classed as “staff,” including the organizer, the MC,

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Taitung County Macaque Loses Both Arms

Concerned citizens have uploaded pictures of a severely injured Formosan macaque to a Facebook group in the hope of getting the attention of relevant authorities. A Facebook user surnamed Lee uploaded pictures and video taken on May 8 of a macaque in Taitung County’s Donghe township. The animal has both forelimbs missing, with exposed bone and bloody flesh. After the pictures were uploaded to the I Love Taitung Facebook group, other users also uploaded pictures of the same animal taken

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Hiker Stung by Hornets Dies

A 53 year old man died of multiple organ failure in hospital yesterday, after being stung by hornets on a hiking trip last weekend. Mr Luo was part of a group of six hikers who had to be rescued by firefighters after a swarm of Asian giant hornets attacked them on Saturday. Of the six in the group hiking on a trail on Hsinch County’s Shihniou Mountain (新竹縣關西石牛山} Mr Luo was the most seriously hurt. Mr Luo sustained more than

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Student Sentenced For Killing Cats

Post-graduate student Chen Haoyang (陳皓揚) was sentenced by the Taipei District Court to 10 months prison commuted to a 350,000NTD fine for the killing of two cats. The former National Taiwan University student, from Macao, first came to public attention last year after killing a popular street cat near the university campus. People called the cat 大橘子 (Dajuzi ‘Big Orange’). Chen was charged with animal cruelty offenses after confessing to torturing the cat to death. Both the university and Chen

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Patrick the Koala Passes Away at Taipei Zoo

One of Taipei Zoo’s oldest koalas, Patrick, passed away yesterday October 10 after weakening due to old age. The 19 year old koala was born a Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, on Australia’s Gold Coast, and arrived at the zoo in 1999. At the time, Taiwan became only the fourth country outside of Australia to be home to the cute arboreal marsupials. For the last 2 years Patrick suffered from worn teeth and cataracts. Barely able to see, and unable to chew

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