Mutant invasive crayfish found infesting ponds in Taipei City park

A species of crayfish that reproduces asexually, and first appeared in Germany in 1995 before spreading through Europe and Africa, has been found infesting ponds in Da’an Forest Park, Taipei City. Taipei City Councilor Lo Chih-chiang (罗智强) held a press conference today, and said that a large number of the marbled crayfish had appeared in the ecological ponds of Da’an Forest Park. Lo revealed that the marbled crayfish were first discovered in the park in June last year by Associate

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Endangered stork, rare visitor in Taiwan, found dead of electrocution

Birdwatchers in southern Taiwan were over the moon earlier this month when a rare oriental stork (Ciconia boyciana) appeared for the first time in nine years, however, the bird was found dead this morning, October 27, of apparent electrocution. The stork was first spotted in Yong’an Wetlands, Kaohsiung City in mid-October, when it was noted that the bird was tagged with the number “E37,” and fitted with a satellite transmitter. The bird was found to have been bred by researchers

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Man stung to death while harvesting hornets

A 60-year-old man died on the way to hospital after being stung by Asian giant hornets while he was attempting to harvest a hive in Hsinchu County, in the evening of October 11. Mr Wang, from Beipu Township went to a remote valley with four other men to harvest hornets from a hive he had located several days before. Mr Wang was only wearing basic protective equipment, according firefighters. Wang was wearing a headlamp, which is believed to have drawn

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Toddler’s finger bitten off by rabbit at leisure farm

A toddler who put his finger through the wire of a rabbit pen at a leisure farm in Taoyuan City had the end of one of his fingers bitten off two days ago. The story is being widely covered in local media today after the mother of another child, who witnessed the incident, posted the story on Facebook. The Taoyuan City Fire Bureau confirmed that the incident happened shortly before 3:00 pm Friday, September 25. A fire bureau ambulance was

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Fight breaks out on train over hamster occupying priority seat

An elderly man and a younger woman got into a physical altercation on a local commuter train in Taipei yesterday, after the woman refused to move a hamster cage occupying the priority seat. At around 5:30 pm yesterday, a young woman placed a caged hamster on a priority seat as the train left Nangang Station. An elderly man who wanted to sit demanded the woman remove the cage. However, a confrontation ensued after the woman refused to remove the cage,

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“Mountain rat” confesses to killing endangered Formosan black bear

One of two leaders of a group of “mountain rats” – a term used in Taiwan to describe illegal loggers and timber thieves – confessed to killing, skinning, and eating a Formosan black bear, after bones were found in his camp, and pictures were found on his phone. Fifty police and 36 forestry personnel were mobilized May 7 to search for timber thieves in seven locations in Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, and Taoyuan City mountain districts, after a four-month-long investigation,

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Cobra recorded eating rice in Hualien City

A Taiwan cobra (Naja atra) was spotted eating rice in Hualien City recently, and a video of the incident was uploaded to social media. According to reports in Liberty Times and SETN, the video was recorded on July 18 at Meilunshan Park. A Liberty Times reporter interviewed Ms Fan, who is credited with recording the video. Fan told the reporter that she had left a plate of rice out to feed stray dogs in the park. At 11:00 am in

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Hikers airlifted after being stung by hornets in Nantou County

Two people were airlifted from a mountain trail in Nantou County after three out of a group of four were stung by hornets, and one lost consciousness today. The incident is just one of a spate of hornet attacks around Taiwan in the last few days. The group, consisting of two couples in their 60s, called emergency services for help after being attacked by hornets on a trail near Wanda Creek at around 2:00 pm this afternoon. An attempt to

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Woman bitten by cobra while cooking in the kitchen

A woman in Taichung City was bitten by a cobra while she was cooking lunch in her kitchen, yesterday, June 25. Taichung City fire bureau received a report of a snakebite in Qingshui District at 10:43 am. Fire bureau ambulance officers found that a 64-year-old woman named Hsu had been bitten on her foot by an unidentified snake. Ms Hsu said that she had just put a pot of water on the stove to boil when she felt a sharp

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Firefighters spend two hours rescuing rabbit from roof, but criticized for lack of efficiency

Firefighters in Kaohsiung City faced a challenging mission after being called to rescue a pet rabbit trapped on an awning three floors high, Friday night. Not only did the firefighters have to deal with a rascally rabbit, the neighborhood warden kept shouting instructions, and making demands on the emergency responders, while complaining about their lack of efficiency. Kaohsiung City Fire Bureau received a report about the rabbit at around 8:00 pm, February 21, and firefighters arrived at the scene in

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Three charged after serial cat abuser beaten up in vigilante attack

Three men in Hsinchu County were charged with violating the Social Order Maintenance Act, after a report was received that a man recently charged with animal cruelty offences had been beaten up. In late October this year, a man named Peng was charged with animal cruelty offences and released on NT$30,000 bail with the provision that he be restricted to his residence, after pictures and videos surfaced showing that Peng had tortured to death at least nine cats, four of

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