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The good news is the global population of wild tigers is on the rise. The bad news according to the Wildlife Protection Society of India is that poaching is also on the rise. According to a census report released last month, the number of tigers that have been illegally killed in 2016 already exceeds the total tally in 2015. As of the end of April, at least 28 tigers have been killed or seized which is 3 greater than last year’s final count.
A chimpanzee living in a zoo in Northern Japan made a daring escape and climbed up an electricity pole before he was hit by a sedative arrow, falling harmlessly from the wires into a blanket held by rescue workers. Chacha the chimp survived falling from a great height with just a few minor cuts and bruises zoo officials said. The whole encounter thrilled Japan however, with television viewers glued to their screens as Chacha managed to evade capture and swung from power lines in a high state of agitation.
An octopus living in a New Zealand aquarium has made a daring dash for freedom and is now believed to be roaming in the Pacific Ocean. Inky the octopus apparently took the opportunity to escape through a small gap in the enclosure he was being housed in at the National Aquarium in Napier. Remarkably Inky was able to squeeze himself out through the gap and then slide across the floor to a drainpipe that is 15cm wide which fortunately for him, ends up in the sea. Rob Yarrall who manages the aquarium said that following maintenance work, the lid of the tank was left ajar.
According to the latest data from WWF and the Global Tiger Forum the world’s population of tigers in the wild has increased from an all-time low of 3,200 to 3,890. WWF expressed its pleasure at the latest statistics with the organisation’s international director-general, Marco Lambertini saying that after decades of constant decline, for the first time, the number of wild tigers is on the rise. In fact, this is the first time the global wild tiger population has risen since 1900 when there were 100,000.
Less than a month after being discovered and captured, a rare Sumatran rhino has died. According to Indonesian environmental officials, the female rhino died of an infection to her leg. Arnold Sitompul WWF’s Indonesian conservation director says the death it still being investigated however it appears as if the infection was severe and was most likely caused by snares from an earlier poaching event. The death is tragic because the rhino’s discovery was hailed as a success as the species had thought to be extinct in the region.