Pilot whale delights tourists on Taiwan’s east coast

Tourists were both delighted, but also nervous when a pilot whale approached the shore at Sanxiantai in Taitung County recently. Hundreds of tourists were on the shore, some wading ankle deep, when the whale swam within a few meters of the beach on Monday, July 29. The whale circled around and came back to shore, leading one woman, fearful that the whale intended to beach itself, shouting, “don’t come back, don’t come back!” After completing a circle, the whale swam

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Bear cub rescued after wandering into village, chased by dogs

A Formosan black bear cub was rescued and handed over to wildlife protection workers after it wandered into a village in Taitung County and was chased by dogs. Wildlife protection officials said that the bear cub was less than a year old, and appears to have become separated from its mother. The cub was sent for a check-up, and to receive care in preparation for release back into the wild. Mr Wang, the owner of a fishing pond in Haiduan

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Playboy arrested after pretending to sodomize police officer on video

The son of a wealthy businessman was arrested in the early hours of the morning today, after an investigation into a video showing him pretending to perform a sex act on a police officer when the officer bent over to write a speeding ticket. February 24 this year, Lee Weide (李威德), 25, was traveling with friends in Cheng-gong Township, Taitung County, when he was pulled over by a police officer for speeding. A video of the incident uploaded to social

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Plastic garbage found in stomach of dead, pregnant whale

A dead whale that washed up on a beach in Cheng-gong Township, Taitung County, March 15, was found to have a significant amount of plastic and other man-made materials in its stomach, after being dissected, yesterday, March 19. Researchers from the Ocean Conservation Administration, and the Taiwan Cetacean Society, said the 565-centimeter-long Cuvier’s beaked whale was pregnant, and contained a 165-centimeter-long fetus. Inside the stomach of the whale, the researchers found 6 plastic bags, 4 burlap bags, a piece of

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