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Worker Stacey Konwesier killed in tiger attack at Palm Beach Zoo

An employee at the Palm Beach Zoo died in a Malayan tiger attack while performing a routine procedure on Friday afternoon, a zoo spokeswoman said.

Zoo officials confirmed tiger handler Stacey Konwesier was killed by a tiger.

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Palm Beach Zoo worker Stacey Konwesier died on Friday after being attacked by a Malayan tiger during a routine procedure in the tiger’s enclosure.

Zoo spokeswoman Naki Carter said Konweiser was preparing a male tiger for a show at the zoo called Tiger Talk just before 2pm when the attack happened.

Konweiser, a three-year veteran of the zoo and tiger expert, was doing normal procedural actions with the tiger when it attacked her. Her husband also works for the zoo.

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Killed: Stacey Konwesier. Photo: Brianna Soukup/Palm Beach Post via AP

“Stacey was an expert,” Carter said. “She dedicated her life to her mission of protecting tigers.”

The male tiger was quickly subdued, allowing officials to reach Konweiser. She was taken to St Mary’s Medical Center, where she died.

“This is a family who is in mourning right now,” Carter said of the zoo employees. “We all, myself included, doubled over. We’re a close-knit group here at Palm Beach Zoo. There were tears.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be investigating the death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and grief counsellors were at the zoo.

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Staff at the zoo have been left devastated by the death of Stacey Konwesier. Photo: Damon Higgins/Palm Beach Post via AP

“It’s very new and all the details are still coming in,” said Carol Lyn Parrish, spokeswoman for the wildlife commission. “Because it’s an active investigation for us, we are not releasing any information.”

Malayan tigers are “an endangered species – less than 250 in the wild. Four live here at Palm Beach Zoo,” Carter said.

Zoo keepers help breed the tigers to make sure they don’t go extinct, Carter said. “So that’s what was going on with this keeper here today, and this is just an unfortunate situation,” she said.

At no time was any guest at risk of injury, and immediately after the attack, all guests were escorted out of the zoo, Carter said. The zoo remains closed.

“The tiger never escaped,” Carter said. “We have safety protocols for when incidents like this occur. We initiated those safety protocols.”

Officials put the zoo on lockdown and were conducting security sweeps to make sure the zoo’s 500 animals are in their rightful places, Carter said.

Alena Rodriguez, 25, said she was at the zoo with a friend when she heard of an emergency underway. As the emergency unfolded, there was a commotion of the tiger potentially being on the loose, she said.

“We were trying to exit and they forced us into the gift shop,” she said.

Rodriguez and about 25 people, eight of them children, were herded into the gift shop, she said.

“It was very sporadic,” she said. “People didn’t know what was going on.”

Rodriguez saw the tiger at its exhibit at 1pm and decided to come back for the scheduled 2pm feeding. She came back to the tiger cage at 1:50pm and saw a trainer run by and say, “We need to evacuate.”

Rodriguez said that she and her friend tried to exit the zoo and were told to stay in the gift shop. She said she didn’t know what was going on, but she heard sirens. She wasn’t frightened, but was worried for the children, she said.

Then 20 minutes later, she heard from a zoo employee that the tiger was secure and the zoo was closed for the day. The zoo gave attendees a free pass to go back.

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Henry Sapiecha

Python caught on video ‘devouring neighbours’ cat’

A carpet python devours a cat at Sunnybank Hills on Brisbane’s south side – Qld Australia.

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES.

A Brisbane snake catcher has captured the moment a carpet python performed its “magic disappearing act” of a neighbourhood cat on Tuesday morning.

Snake Out Brisbane owner and operator Janne Torkkola, a zoologist who has been operating for three years, said he got the call about 6.30am from some slightly “flustered” Sunnybank Hills residents after they found a python eating his breakfast.

“We got a call around 6.30am, we woke up and got told there was a python eating something in a backyard. By the time we got there, the cat was long dead,” he said.

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It took the python about an hour to eat the cat. Photo: Snake Out Brisbane/Youtube

“They were obviously surprised and a little bit frightened. We did explain that it was probably a non-venomous carpet python but because it was out in the back yard eating a large item they were quite concerned and flustered by the situation.
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“We got there and reassured everyone that it was non-venomous and it was not really dangerous to people so they were happy to sit there with us for a lot of the time while they were getting ready to go off to work.

“By the time we got there he had already constricted the cat and was starting to swallow from the head first so there was nothing we could do for the cat so we thought we would just sit there and wait.

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A snake catcher filmed a python consuming a pet cat at Sunnybank Hills. Photo: Snake Out Brisbane/Youtube

“We thought we should at least let the python get a meal out of it because it does take them a lot of energy to get something down of that size.

“We sat there and had a coffee and filmed the python do its magic disappearing act of a cat.”

The unfortunate adult cat was believed to be a neighbour’s pet.

Mr Torkkola said the whole process took roughly an hour and said the most difficult part for the python was the shoulders.

“It was a decent sized cat you could see it struggle a little bit when he got to the shoulders, which is the most difficult part when it comes to swallowing a large prey item, but once he gets over those shoulders things start to go a bit smoother for him,” he said.

“Generally their feeding behaviour is to capture and constrict it and when they are done constricting they will release from where they have bitten it and position themselves to be able to swallow, head first.

“Then they will use the coils of their body to help push it along and they will walk their top jaw along and use their upper neck as well to form little S loops, which they will then kind use to push their mouth over the prey with and will keep on doing that until it is slowly swallowed.”

Mr Torkkola said they were “very well designed” to consume such large prey items.

“Sometimes they take such big prey items that they cause a small puncture on themselves, they pop a little bit, but if it is not a major tear they will deal with it fine, they will curl up in the bush for a couple of weeks and heal up and go and do it again,” he said.

Most calls out to Sunnybank Hills were in relation to pythons or tree snakes, Mr Torkkola said, with only the “occasional” venomous snake sightings.

“We ask people to remember these are native and protected animals and to not attempt to approach or handle them without being in the presence of a trained professional who is licenced for wildlife handling,” Mr Tokkola said.

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Henry Sapiecha

Massive swarm of bees kill man’s beloved pet dogs while walking in Rainbow Beach Qld Australia

RAINBOW BEACH MASSIVE DEADLY KILLER BEE SWARM ATTACK KILLS DOGS IN RAINBOW BEACH QLD AUSTRALIA

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Bob Butter revisiting the site in Rainbow, he lost two dogs to bee’s. Photo Renee Albrecht/Gympie Times

A WEEKEND walk turned to tragedy when a man saw his two dogs stung more than 600 times by bees at a Rainbow Beach track on Sunday.

Distraught pet owner Bob Butter was reduced to tears when he told the story of how his beloved dogs, Jess and Jack, spent their final hours.

Visiting from Logan, he had taken the Doberman stumpy tail dogs, who were inseparable siblings, for a walk on a forest track off Kurrawa Dr.

Just off the path Bob spotted about 30 man-made beehives.

“Next thing I knew I heard a ruckus behind me,” and he looked up to see Jess biting herself in a frenzy and rolling on the ground.

Bob was in shock to see huge swarms of bees engulfing the animals.

Bob, who has an allergic history with insects, had no choice but to run.

He took his shirt off and swiped at the swarming bees, losing his glasses as he ran with the dogs to the car.

Jess was unconscious, defecating and unresponsive, while Jack was “panting like crazy”.

He rushed the dogs to Gympie Veterinary Services where the clinic staff said they had never seen anything like it.

Vet Greg Cavanagh did everything he could to combat the envenomation.

They were suffering neurological trauma, muscle break down, red blood cell rupturing, kidney failure and eventually compete organ shut down.

The vet said bee stings became fatal when there were 24 stings per kilo.

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Bob got the call later that day that his two pets, which had been part of the family for 14 years, had not made it.

“It’s like losing a family member,” he said, fighting back tears.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I was going to lose them.”

Bob questioned why the privately owned bees were on land owned by the Department of Natural Resources.

When he visited the site yesterday the hives had been removed, but only to a neighbouring track 200m away.

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Henry Sapiecha

Aceh citizens take legal action to protect Sumatran jungle

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A male orangutan in the wild at Gunung Leuser National Park on Sumatra. Photo: Penny Stephens

Jakarta: Activists are suing the Indonesian government in a bid to stop development they say will devastate the last remaining area on earth where Sumatran tigers, rhinoceroses, orangutans and elephants live together in the wild.

The world-renowned Leuser Ecosystem in the heart of the Sumatran jungle in Aceh is at risk of being destroyed by a government plan to allow roads in the area and by potential concessions for mining and plantations, campaigners say.

In the latest stage of a nearly two-year bid to have the plan retracted, nine representatives of the group Gerakan Rakyat Aceh Menggugat launched a civil lawsuit at the Central Jakarta District Court.

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“[The plan] effectively dissolves protection of much of Aceh’s remaining tropical rainforests, whitewashing crimes of the past, and paving the way for a new wave of catastrophic ecological destruction,” GeRAM representative Farwiza Farhan said.

The short-term profits from the developments would not benefit the people of Aceh, she said.

“They are after quick immediate short-term gains, but the consequences will be borne by the rest of the community.”

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A worker on the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program carries a tranquilised animal as it is prepared to be released into the wild last year. Photo: AP

The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program says the Leuser Ecosystem is crucial for the survival of the Sumatran tigers, rhinoceroses, elephants and orangutans.

“If you lose Leuser you lose all four of those species guaranteed,” Sumatran Orangutan Program conservation manager Ian Singleton said.

“The … plan basically ignores the existence of the Leuser Ecosystem. It opens up massive areas of lowland forests to potential new concessions for plantations, mining, timber even, and it also legalises many roads that have been cut through the forest … and roads alone are enough to send these species to extinction.”

The lawsuit is against both the Aceh government, which activists claim is acting unlawfully by not including the protected ecosystem in the plan, and the Ministry of Home Affairs, which they claim has failed to protect the Leuser Ecosystem.

The group claims the Ministry of Home Affairs indicated the plan would need to include protection of the ecosystem but has failed to take necessary action.

They are hoping to have the Aceh government redraw the plan and provide protection for the Leuser Ecosystem and proper environmental analysis.

The Leuser Ecosystem covers more than 2.6 million hectares across the provinces of Aceh and Northern Sumatra and is regarded by conservationists as one of the richest areas of tropical rainforest in Southeast Asia. Within the ecosystem is Gunung Leuser National Park, which is listed as a World Heritage Site.

“The Leuser Ecosystem is a jewel in the crown of the world’s rainforests – and it’s unbelievable that the Aceh government isn’t taking stronger steps to help protect it,” Professor Bill Laurance, of James Cook University, says.

“In a world in which invaluable ecosystems are vanishing almost daily, the Leuser is becoming one of the most alarming environmental tragedies unfolding anywhere.”

The geographically diverse area consists of lowland rainforest, peatlands, mountain ranges, lakes and nine substantial rivers. In addition to providing a habitat to a number of endangered wildlife species it is also a life system for the more than 4 million people, and helps protect the area from natural disasters such as flooding and landslides.

Professor Laurance has been campaigning to have the Leuser Ecosystem listed as a World Heritage Site.

“Virtually anywhere else on the planet, the Leuser would be protected as a World Heritage Site – a crucial element of our global heritage. I think the best hope is that the Indonesian federal government might be persuaded to intervene in Aceh, just as we saw happen in Australia with the establishment of World Heritage sites in Tasmania and the Queensland Wet Tropics. I haven’t seen much evidence that the Aceh government on its own is going to the swayed to protect Leuser.”

The court will order a mediation between the two parties before the litigation proceeds.

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Henry Sapiecha

Photographer captures kangaroo family’s grief – Animals have emotions

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EVAN Switzer wasn’t expecting to capture a touching moment in nature when he went for his regular walk in River Heads.

Just metres away, he came across a male kangaroo clutching what looked to be the dead mother of the young joey who stood close by.

“I have never seen anything like this in the wildlife before,” Mr Switzer said.

It was on Monday afternoon when he saw a rare moment between two marsupials that he believed were grieving.

Mr Switzer, who has been walking in the area for the past 19 years, said he heard a ‘thumping sound’ and turned around.

“I saw the male pick up the female, it was quite amazing to see,” he said.

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TOUCHING MOMENT: Evan Switzer captured this sad moment in nature on camera. Evan Switzer

A photographic enthusiast, Mr Switzer said he went home to grab his camera.

“It was pretty special to me … mourning the loss of its mate,” he said about the encounter.

“I have lost a dog so I understand the loss … but this is something you don’t see every day.”

Mr Switzer said he took photos for quite some time and while the kangaroo was protective of the other roos nearby, he didn’t seem fazed by Mr Switzer’s close proximity.

He was only a few metres away from the kangaroo family.

“I didn’t see any wounds, so it is a mystery how she died.”

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Henry Sapiecha

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MORE WILDLIFE OF MADAGASCAR

Comet Moths

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How beautiful are these moths?! They are also known as Madagascan moon moths, and are some of the biggest silk moths in the entire world. How big do they get? Some wing spans can reach eight inches across. That’s a big moth! Sadly, once they reach adulthood, the moths only live for 4 to 5 days, which makes sightings a rare and special occurrence.

Flat-Tailed Geckos

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Can you even believe that thing is real? It’s hard to even see this gecko, which we guess is the whole point of its design, to stay incognito and safe from predators. There are more than 10 species of flat-tailed geckos, and all of them indigenous to Madagascar and its surrounding islands.

Aye-Ayes

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We think it should be spelled eye-eyes because, well… look at those eyes. You can’t NOT stare at them. These guys are nocturnal primates and have opposable big toes which, along with their incredibly long tails, allows them to easily swing through the trees. But what’s even cooler is how they eat. They use their long middle fingers to tap on trees and listen for wood-boring insect larvae. They then use that same long finger to scrape that larvae out.

Aquatic Tenrecs

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Sweet jumping jelly beans these things are ridiculously adorable. They must not think so though because they like to stay under the radar. In fact, they are among the most elusive species in the entire world. The biggest of these creatures is only a little over 6 inches in length, which doesn’t make them easy to spot. Their little webbed feet make them great swimmers and they look for bugs and tadpoles in the shallow waters.

Panther Chameleons

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Okay, this is quite possibly the most beautifully cool and awesome creature we’ve ever seen, but don’t tell our cat that. These chameleons, like other chameleons, change their color depending on their mood. They are usually very brightly colored, especially the males when courting, who want to impress the ladies with their dazzling color display. But wait, these animals get even cooler, they can rotate and focus their eyes independent of one another so they can look at two objects at the exact same time. Easier to spot and strike at their prey.

Madagascar Pochards [Worlds rarest ducks]

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Well right off the bat they have a super cool and exotic name. Pochards happen to be the world’s rarest ducks. What makes them completely amazing is that, up until 2006, these ducks were thought to be extinct, but then a small population of them showed up on a lake in Madagascar. Then, thanks to an extensive breeding program, these numbers have climbed and more ducks have been released into the wild. Let’s hope they can survive and thrive.

Fossas

Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) Kirindy Forest, West Madagascar

Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) Kirindy Forest, West Madagascar

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Another cool name, another cool animal. Look how cute this thing is, but what is it exactly? Kind of looks like a dog and a cat combined. Fosass are actually one of the few predators that live in Madagascar. Until very recently people always did assume they were from the feline family, but they are actually members of the mongoose family. They are nocturnal hunters and the majority of their diet consists of those adorable lemurs. But, when push comes to shove, they will also eat birds and reptiles.

Malagasy Leaf-Nosed Snakes

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How handy would it be to have one of these snakes around? You could open cans, take out staples, and pick your teeth with its pointy nose. These are one of the most unique snakes that live in Madagascar. When they lie very still ready to pounce on their prey, their long noses blend in with tree leaves and they remain hidden quite well.

 

 

 

 

A Python Died After Eating A Porcupine And These Photos Are Incredible

Ever spot something cool while you were on a bike ride? Probably nothing quite as interesting as this massive python that was spotted by a cyclist on June 14th. The snake, engorged nearly to the point of immobility by a mystery animal that bulged in its gut, was spotted next to a trail in the Lake Eland Game Reserve in South Africa.

The cyclist uploaded photos of the snake to social media.

This pic, and others, generated a lot of curiosity from locals. The snake drew lots of visitors to the park, to gawk and wonder what it could have possibly swallowed.

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The python was thirteen feet long.

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Believe it or not, that’s just over half as long as they can grow under perfect conditions. They’re capable of growing up to twenty-three feet long. They can also live up to twenty-five years. Even so, it’s unbelievable how wide the python can expand when consuming. That’s one fat snake!

People speculated about what it could have eaten.

Some guessed that it had swallowed a young impala (the animal, not the car). Others thought it might have been a warthog. When I first saw these images, the best thing I could come up with was a baby deer. We were all wrong… very wrong. Something no one would of guessed.

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Researchers found its body, and here prepare to dissect it.

It was found dead beneath a rocky ledge. Chances are, it fell off the ledge and was internally damaged by its former meal. They were eager to discover what kind of prize lay within it. Although it may appear that the snake bit off more than it could chew (so to speak), the snake’s body can accommodate this kind of mass without pain.

The mystery meal ended up being an enormous porcupine.

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After a slit is cut with a razor, the snake’s distended flesh peels back to reveal the partially-digested corpse of a very large porcupine. The brown objects appear to be vertebrae. Yet, even at this stage, you really can’t tell what that thing is… To me it still looks like a lump of flesh with thick fur.

The porcupine weighed thirty pounds.

Believe it or not, that’s not really that huge for a Cape porcupine. The really big ones can grow to be over fifty pounds.

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Pythons are actually known to eat porcupines.

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Though you wouldn’t think it, porcupines are regular prey animals for pythons. Although it was possible that the undigested quills punctured its internal organs and killed it, the most likely scenario is that the force of the snake’s fall from the rocky ledge led to internal wounds. Who would of thought your meal would end up killing you?

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A Lioness Captures A Baby Baboon And Does The Last Thing You’d Expect

Nature can be a brutal place, but sometimes the unexpected behaviour of animals can shock us all.

This is the moment a lioness grabbed a female baboon by the scruff of the neck while her baby clung onto her limp body.

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With the mother baboon now dead, the baby attempted to make a break for the tree, but was too weak to climb.

The lioness watched in disbelief, seemingly eyeing up her next snack.

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Things looked bad for the tiny monkey, who looked as if he was about to be gobbled up by the bloodthirsty lioness.

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But remarkably, just as it looked as if the lioness was about to take a fatal swipe, something incredible happened.

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The lioness started playing with the baboon and, after a while, picked up the tiny primate softly in her mouth before settling down with the baby between her paws.

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Then, in a strange behavioural twist, the baboon started to try and suckle the lioness.

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The baby was safe, for now, as the lioness was as gentle and tender as the baboon was unafraid.

But then, just as it seemed the ordeal was over, something even more remarkable happened.

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Two male lions arrived on the scene to examine the baboon, but were met with aggression by the lioness, who chased them away in an unexpected show of compassion.

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However, during the fracas, a male baboon – who had been watching from a nearby tree – saw an opportunity to save the baby from the clutches of the lions.

He swooped down undetected and whisked the baby to safety in the tree tops.

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Back safely in the trees, the father cuddled the baby after his heroic rescue mission.

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Henry Sapiecha

Cobra Vs Chameleon – One Will Die Full HD

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