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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionFollow us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionAnother success for Israeli safari park's Tapir breeding program with the introduction of the newborn Papaya. Proud mom Passiflora was the first Tapir to be born at the park.Born in captivity at Israel's safari park, baby Tapir, Papaya, was set to roam free for the first time on Tuesday.The female wild hog-like animal was born two weeks ago at the safari in Ramat Gan in central Israel.She took her first steps inside a designated area where her mother, who was also born at the safari, was being fed.[Gali Burkovich, Zoo Trainer]:"Her mom Passiflora is the first calf of Tapir that was born here at the safari and she's her first calf, so we are very very excited since Tapirs are very endangered south american mammals."Papaya drew the attention of visitors as she wandered around her cage with proud mother Passiflora.The keeper says the tapir calf is eating and nursing and seems to be in good condition.Tapirs are endangered South American mammals and the newborn tapir is a welcome addition to the Ramat Gan safari.
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For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionAdd us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionThe white tiger. Few animals are so visually striking--and few so rare. Now a set of white tiger quintuplets has been born in the Chinese city of Harbin... Let's take a look.The Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, northeast China, has a whole new pack of white tigers.The five cubs were born to an artificially inseminated mother, and all seem to be doing well so far. The siblings are rare not just for their number, but also for their apparent health and hardiness.[Ma Guoqing, Siberian Tiger Park Technician]:"The white tiger is scarce, with only 30 or 40 in China. A white tiger mother usually gives birth to about two or three cubs each time. It's very rare to see a white tiger mother bear quintuplets."The new cubs number one male to four females--which could help efforts to boost overall species numbers. One male's seed can be re-used repeatedly, but fertile females are harder to find.Meanwhile, "the tiger mother" herself is on a special milk-and-eggs diet to enhance her post-birth nutrition, and also to help ensure the right nutrients reach her celebrated offspring.
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionA persistent drought in China's Inner Mongolia is leaving herdsmen struggling to take care of their farmland and animals. 80 percent of the grasslands, which are essential to the livelihood of Mongolian herdsmen, are turning into desert.A prolonged drought in Inner Mongolia is getting worse due to high temperatures. Herdsmen are struggling to irrigate their farmland with the desertification of the grasslands.This herdsman grows corn as fodder for his cattle. He relies on a 26-foot-deep well for water supply. But he cannot pump enough out to irrigate his cornfield.[Bilige, Herdsman]:"My cornfield was watered only once this year. I usually take care of more than eight acres of cornfield, while this year, I could only manage three acres, due to the lack of water."His flock of 100 sheep and 20 oxen will probably die from lack of fodder.[Bilige, Herdsman]:"I am terribly worried these days. As I have no money to buy fodder. My sheep are now in very poor condition, and they could not be sold at a good price when they are grown up. I have already borrowed 15-hundred U.S. dollars, and I might have to face another economic loss of 5,000 dollars."Eighty percent of the 33 million acres of grassland in the region are showing signs of becoming a desert.[Li Yunliang, Deputy Director of Hangjin Agricultural Bureau]:"There is some green within 13 miles around the seat of Hangjin's government, owing mostly to a mild rainfall in some areas on June 14. The seedlings will dry out and die if no more rainfall comes in the near future."The drought in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has affected more than four million acres of crops, with one and half million acres drying out.
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionAdd us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionShen Yun Performing Arts impressed audience members at Lincoln Center in New York on Friday night.[Wendy Diamond, Animal Fair Magazine Founder & Editor]:"I thought tonight was just phenomenal. I thought it was so beautiful. I loved the culture, the dance. I thought the outfits were phenomenal. My favorite part was the drums. I loved the drums, I thought that they had great beat, I thought that they had great rhythm and I also thought that thought I loved the dance and I loved the women, they were so beautiful."[David McFadden, Architectural Placement Founder and CEO]:"The dances and the culture that came from the Chinese and the dynasties 5000 years ago is apparent throughout the world today, in forms of dance, sports, theater, music. So it was a really fantastic experience."[Triana Cristobal, Phantom of the Opera Dancer]:"You can tell by the show and everything that they have all spent a lot of time working to put this together. So it's been great."[Janera Soerel, Social Network Founder & Chief Curator]:"The production level was amazing. I mean the background, and how the images change I thought was very interesting and how people just popped up [from the backdrop]. I liked that interaction with the multimedia and the live presentation. The costumes were beautiful of course. And I liked it also that the dancers were musicians as well. The drumming I thought was very very interesting. And I liked the handkerchiefs a lot. I thought that was really fascinating."NTD News, New York
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionFollow us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionChile's erupting volcano covers a nearby town in ash. Residents are concerned about their own health and their livestock. Here's more.The massive volcanic ash cloud which is grounding flights from Argentina to Australia is now dumping ash on a Chilean town, causing concern among residents for their own safety and the health of their livestock.The town of Rininahue is overshadowed by a thick cloud of ash that has spewed from a volcano in Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain since last Saturday.Until Monday, populated areas in Chile have mostly been spared as strong Andean winds carried the thick ash over the mountains into neighboring Argentina.Health experts say the ash will not pose serious health risks.But for the animals feeding on ash-covered grasses, it's a different story.[Sonia Carrillo, Rininahue Resident]:"...I am scared for us and for our animals. I hope it isn't too much because I can't get them out of here to move them down below anyhow."
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionChinese actress Gao Yuanyuan has dressed up in a gown made of lettuce leaves to promote a greener, vegetarian diet in China. Gao promised to stop eating meat after her pet dog suffered food poisoning two years ago.As meat consumption continues to rise, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, has hired Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan to encourage consumers to go vegetarian.Gao has become the 'Lettuce Lady', draped in a gown made of lettuce leaves and a red chili pepper necklace.Gao says she became a vegetarian in November 2009 after her dog was hospitalized for food poisoning. She promised to stop eating meat for a year if her pet survived.[Gao Yuanyuan, Chinese Actress]:"After going vegetarian, I feel so much lighter. When I first started the vegetarian diet, I was not used to it and so I ate starchy foods in big amounts so I gained a little bit of weight. Still, I felt much more energetic. After that, I regained my figure and stopped gaining weight, and that has remained consistent."Vegetables have historically been a big part of the Chinese diet, but as incomes and living standards rise among China's growing middle class, more people are eating more meat.Activists say China's soaring demand for meat has resulted in various health problems.[Jason Baker, Vice President, PETA Asia]:"The per capita consumption in China is still lower compared to the Western world, but it's changing, it's getting worse. The consumption is going up, and related to that are diseases related to meat consumption -- cancer, heart disease."However, recent food scandals have increased food safety awareness among Chinese consumers, sparking a small number of Chinese to adopt a meat-free diet for health, religious and environmental reasons.
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For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionAdd us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionThe Australian Government is placing a ban on all live cattle exports to Indonesia. This comes after graphic footage of animal cruelty was released. This story from our local bureau in Australia. Please be warned some of the following footage is graphic.The Australian Government has declared a ban on all live cattle exports to Indonesia. The decision follows a high profile ad campaign on national television for a ban after Animals Australia, an animal rights organization, exposed graphic footage of cattle suffering inhumane torture before slaughter.[Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture]:"This suspension will be in place until the Government establishes sufficient safeguards to ensure there is verifiable and transparent supply chain assurance up to and including the point of slaughter for every consignment that leaves Australia".The footage shows cattle in 12 Indonesian Abattoirs being subjected to torture methods such as eye gouging, forcing cattle to watch others being killed, and dismembering whilst still conscious.[Glenys Oogjes, Executive Director of Animals Australia]:"The very countries that we export to are developing countries and they don't have a history, a cultural history of looking out for animal welfare. And so essentially they've got a long way to go, most of these countries don't have animal welfare legislation, some of them have minimal legislation with no enforcement."The temporary ban is likely to hit the over three hundred million dollar (AUD) export industry hard. Some Australian beef farmers in the North may not financially survive the total ban after already having been through a ten year drought.NTD News, Melbourne, Australia.
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For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionAdd us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionOur next story involves scientists at Harvard University, high speed x-ray video, and the scientific relationship between inertia and gravity -- all this to show us why dogs slobber when they drink.Mathilda the dog and Puddy the cat have something in common.When attacking a bowl of milk or water they use the same lapping mechanism to draw liquid into their mouths.The only difference is that Mathilda is a lot messier.[Alfred Crompton, Harvard University Professor of Biology]:"Lapping with both cats and dogs is like if you have a bowl of water and you put your hand on the bowl of water and you withdraw it rapidly a column of water comes up with your hand and that is essentially what both animals do."Alfred "Fuzz" Crompton, a professor of Biology at Harvard University, has devoted much of his time recently to studying the drinking mechanics of dogs, all in the name of science.He even published a paper that he says proves dogs and cats drink alike but he says the story really starts with scientists at MIT.Last year the researchers came to Crompton showing him their research detailing how cats use their tongues to draw liquid into their mouths.They claimed that cats understand innately, the relationship between inertia - which draws the liquid up - and gravity -which draws it back down and use that understanding to catch the optimal mouthful."I said that is nonsense, I don't believe it. But anyway they showed me their data and I said 'you are quite right'. And then that dropped away and then they published their result and in their result they said dogs don't lap like cats, dogs scoop their liquid. So we thought 'well, I got a dog, let's go look at it.' So we did some regular filming and some high speed x-ray filming to show that they lap just like cats. They are messy though."
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionAdd us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionConfucius once remarked that "an oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger." But officials at the Chengdu city zoo in Sichuan aren't taking any chances. They've staged an escaped animal exercise aimed at preparing for any feline threats.One has to wonder if the zoo's most fearsome residents were impressed with their imitators: Humans in not-quite-so-fearsome tiger costumes, simulating their escape and prowling around the premises.The predators evaded security, and interacted with some puzzled zoo-goers, though the naturally solitary "animals" seemed a bit perturbed by the crowds.After a chase, the tigers were eventually subdued. The simulation ended with one tranquilized and one, sadly, shot "dead." The comatose cat was then taken back to his section of the zoo—it's unclear whether his role models approved of the performance.
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For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionAdd us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionLive cattle exports from Australia to Indonesia are now in jeopardy after graphic footage of animal cruelty has been released to the media.Many Australians are outraged and are calling for a total ban on live cattle exports.Please be warned, some footage in the following story is graphic.The Australian live cattle export industry is in turmoil after graphic footage of animal cruelty in Indonesian abattoirs has been released.The footage shows cattle suffering inhumane torture before being slaughtered.The RSPCA along with Animals Australia released the footage, saying the Live Export Industry was aware of the abuses, but did not act when they were exposed.Lisa Chalk of the RSPCA said, quote: "Live Corp and Meat and Livestock Australia are completely aware of their culpability in animal cruelty in Indonesia."Indonesia has about 100 abattoirs where Australian cattle are sent for slaughter.Glenys Oogjes, Executive Director, Animals Australia.[Glenys Oogjes, Executive Director, Animals Australia]:"Meat and Livestock Australia, representing the meat industries, and Live Corp, representing the live export industries, have known about the problems in Indonesia for probably 18-20 years."Cameron Hall, CEO of Live Corp said, quote: ''The industry has been working hard to introduce stunning into Indonesian abattoirs for sometime, and we are accelerating this work so that stunning is adopted in more facilities by the end of the year.''The Australian Minister of Agriculture says the abattoirs are currently being investigated.
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionIndonesian customs officers have foiled an attempt to smuggle more than seven tons of endangered pangolins or scaly anteaters. This is the second seizure in two weeks of pangolins on their way to Vietnam and China, where the meat is regarded as a delicacy.Indonesian customs and excise officers seized 7.4 tons of endangered pangolins or scaly anteaters on Thursday, along with meat and scales bound for Vietnam.According to Indonesia's Head of Customs and Excise Office at Tanjung Priok Port, the pangolins, meat and scales were packed and ready for export.[Rahmat Subagio, Head of Customs and Excise Office]:"It was reported as frozen fish -- they were packed in 309 boxes, weighing 7.4 tons, but when we checked and opened it, we found pangolin meat and scales."This is the second seizure in two weeks of pangolins being shipped to Vietnam and China.Officials say that one suspect has been arrested in this case.The pangolin is found only in Asia and Africa, and is sought after in Asia for its meat, which is considered a delicacy in some communities, and for its skin, which is made into handbags and shoes.The shipment is estimated to be worth more than $9 million.The pangolins were probably headed for Thailand on their way to cooking-pots in Laos and China.[Rahmat Subagio, Head of Customs and Excise Office]:"From our experience, animals used for medicines such as snakes, deer horns and pangolins were exported to China, Vietnam or South Korea."Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, all international trade in pangolins has been banned since 2000, because the thriving unregulated market is a severe threat to the animals.
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For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionAdd us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionScientists have identified an ancient spider by using the latest CT scanning techniques. The spider was trapped in amber for 50 million years.The name might be misleading - the giant crab spider actually measures just a few millimeters across - but its presence in Berlin's Natural History Museum is causing a stir.The spider has been here unrecognized for 150 years. But now, thanks to the latest hi-tech scanning technique, scientists have been able to identify it.The amber specimen had darkened so much over the years that it was almost impossible to see the precious fossil inside even under the microscope, until paleontologist and spider expert Dr. Jason Dunlop and his international team revealed its identity.[Dr. Jason Dunlop, Paleontologist and Spider Expert]:"I talked to some colleagues of mine in Manchester in England and they have a machine, which do what's called a CT scan. This is very similar to the medical scans you can get in hospital today and it basically makes a series of x-rays going around the specimen and from that we can reconstruct a three-dimensional computer model."Dr. Dunlop is excited over the possibilities.[Dr. Jason Dunlop, Paleontologist and Spider Expert]:"The big news is that we can do this, that we can take very, very old pieces of amber even if it looks like a very bad specimen that you can hardly see anything, you can still get very, very detailed information from it. And because of that information we can say that this fossil spider belongs to the same genus as a spider you can find today living in East Asia or Africa."The giant crab spider is more commonly known as the huntsman spider. The example in the museum is an ancient relative of the species that today is found mainly in tropical and semi-tropical regions.
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Mythical Prehistoric Animals Exhibit Opens in PragueFor more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionFollow us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionA unique exhibition of Ice Age animals is currently on display in the Czech capital city of Prague. Paleontologists and sculptors have worked together to create models of prehistoric mammals – some of them mythological...Just about every child has been fascinated by prehistoric animals, and Zdenek Triskala was no exception.He fulfilled his dream, and now works recreating the lives of ancient mammals in contemporary exhibitions.[Zdenek Triskala, Exhibition Creator]:"We are standing next to one of the largest mammals of the Ice Age. It is Elasmotherium. Or sometimes also translated as a unicorn. It's real form of the mythical unicorn. This animals have been found on cave paintings and is thought that they served as a symbol of abundance."Children in particular adore the exhibition:[Petr Novak, Exhibition Visitor]:"This exhibition presents the animals in full life, how they lived."The exhibition is based on paleontological evidence, and was created in cooperation with experts from Charles University.Collaboration between artists and scientists isn't always easy, but can be beneficial.[Zdenek Triskala, Exhibition Creator]:“The sculptor can give life to the model, and the palaeontologist ensures everything is correct. The combination of both, so called paleoart, is exactly what we're trying to achieve."Two exhibitions about prehistoric mammals have been created.The first exhibition is on tour across South America and the second, bigger exhibition is here in Prague.NTD News, Prague, Czech Republic
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionThe oldest panda in the world has died in southern China, at the age of 34. Most pandas in captivity live for around 20 years, while pandas in the wild have even shorter lifespans.Ming Ming, a 34-year-old panda believed to be the oldest panda in the world, has died of old age in China's southern Guangdong Province.[Gao Zhiyun, Panda Keeper, Beijing Zoo]: "It is very rare to see Ming Ming live to be 34-years-old. This is mainly because of the improved breeding skills, better nutrition and artificial efforts. It is very unusual for a panda to live for so long in captivity, let alone those living in the wild."Ming Ming outlived many of her contemporaries—most wild pandas live for 15 years, while those in captivity live for 22 years on average.The giant panda was born in the wild but was rescued in her native Sichuan Province in 1977. She was later sent to the Xiangjiang Wild Animal World in 1998.Pandas are China's iconic mascots, and visitors from the world over often travel to catch a glimpse of the endangered treasures.In 1991 Ming Ming was brought to the UK by British prime minister Edward Heath, in the hopes of starting a breeding program with Berlin Zoo's male panda, Bao Bao.Ming Ming proved a hit with zoo visitors and also paid a visit to Ireland, but she fought with her prospective mate and did not produce any cubs.She returned to China in 1994 and was transferred to the Xiangjiang Wild Animal World in 1998, where she lived out the rest of her life.
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For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionAdd us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionFor decades Shanghai residents have been allowed only one child, but now authorities are demanding they keep only one dog. A crackdown on dog ownership will start this Sunday and dog lovers are howling mad.Once banned by Mao Zedong as a bourgeois pastime, pet dogs are now prolific in wealthy Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai.But on Sunday May 15th, Shanghai authorities started to enforce a one-dog policy, forcing pet owners to give away unlicensed dogs. They will also refuse registration to anyone who already owns one.The move is a crackdown on 600,000 unregistered dogs in the city. It's in response to rising complaints about abandoned pets, soiled public spaces and barking in crowded apartment districts.Dog owners will have to pay up to 500 yuan, or 77 U.S. dollars, a year to keep their pets registered.But outraged pet owners are seeking ways to dodge the new policy.[Guo Huiying, Dog Owner]:"The new policy says each family can only have one dog, but we've been living together for five years. They are family to me. I can't just give one of them up. I am thinking about keeping one of them at my relative's house."Local media put Shanghai's pet dog population at 800,000, with only a quarter registered.Dog owners blamed expensive registration fees of 2000 yuan—more than 300 U.S. dollars—for not registering their dogs before.
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionForest officials rescued a leopard from water well in western India's Gujarat state. Many animals are forced to leave the forests in search of food because of massive deforestation and poaching in recent years. This leopard fell into a well while looking for food, but was safely rescued by forest officials.Officials conducted a careful rescue operation to pull the leopard out of deep water with a rope.Many people from nearby area gathered to get a glimpse of the animal.Massive deforestation, poaching and people encroaching upon forest corridors have forced wild animals to move out of their natural habitats in search of food and water.Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh says leopard attacks in urban areas are becoming more and more common. At the same time, leopards are being killed by people across India. So the minister had issued new guidelines to deal with this man-leopard conflict.According to official data, more than 900 leopard attacks have been reported from northern and western India over the past 10 years.
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For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionAdd us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionThe beleaguered Tasmanian devil, whose numbers have been decimated by a mysterious cancer, has been given new hope with a sanctuary created to support a breeding program. The devil is a species native to Tasmania, Australia's island state. Scientists there hope the sanctuary will provide some respite as they try to come up with a way to save the marsupial from becoming endangered.Australia’s Tasmanian devil might have a fearsome reputation but, as a species, it's future is not so bright. A deadly facial cancer, first reported in 1996, has destroyed an estimated 70 percent of the population.It's believed the cancer is spread via saliva when the animals bite one another during mating season. Tumors form, preventing the animals from feeding and they eventually die.Conservationists have been trying to preserve healthy devils by isolating them in zoos, but in Coles Bay on the east coast of Tasmania, they are now exploring a new approach.A 60-acre parcel of land, dubbed "Devil Island", has been donated as a sanctuary for healthy animals. Devil Island CEO Bruce Englefield says this gives them a fighting chance.[Bruce Englefield, Devil Island CEO]:"Devils can be disease free and safe but keep all their wild behaviors or learn them as much as possible."The Devil Island sanctuary is now home to 18 healthy devils. The Environment Department's Mark Holdsworth says they were taken from a disease-free area on the state's west coast.[Mark Holdsworth, Environment Department]:"What we are trying to do here is to maintain wild behavior in captive devils as part of the insurance population and this is the first time we have actually tried this."Jan Cameron, a Tasmanian businesswoman, donated the land for the sanctuary.
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionAdd us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionEight people are injured in eastern India after a leopard wandered into their village. The cat has yet to be caught, but elephants have been brought in to assist.A leopard strayed into a village in the Indian state of West Bengal on Monday. Eight people were injured as villagers and forest guards tried to tame the wild cat.The leopard sneaked into the fields close by the forest in the Siliguri district of West Bengal and attacked a farm owner and his wife.[Sinazul Islam, Local Villager]: "Eight people have been injured as far as we can tell. Five from the forest department and three villagers. The owner of the field and his wife, who had come to the field to work, were the first to be attacked by the leopard."Villagers and forest guards with rifles are trying to catch the leopard, which is still at large.[Niranjita Mitra, Assistant Wildlife Warden]:"We are trying to capture it but it hides in the betel leaves field."Mitra says they brought in two elephants from an adjacent wildlife sanctuary to get closer to the leopard and try to tranquillize it.Man-animal conflicts triggered by rapid urbanization are on the increase. Wild animals like leopards, tigers and elephants often stray into human settlements, sometimes causing havoc.India's Environment Minister has recently issued new guidelines on dealing with the complex issue of man-animal conflict.
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.comFollow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevisionAdd us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionThe mascot for the 26th Southeast Asia Games was officially unveiled in Jakarta Monday. The launch also marks the start of a 200-day countdown to the biggest sporting event in Southeast Asia. Let's go to Jakarta for a look at the excitement.A night of singing and dancing at the launch of the mascot for the 2011 Southeast Asia Games, or the SEA Games, at the Beautiful Miniature Park of Indonesia in Jakarta on Monday.In the middle of the show, a Komodo dragon doll walked slowly toward the center of the stage. Yes... the Komodo dragon is the mascot of the 26th SEA Games, the biggest sporting event in Southeast Asia.The Komodo dragon mascot named "Modo" for male and "Modi" for female, is an animal native to Indonesia. The Komodo dragon is also the largest lizard in the world.The launch of the SEA Games mascot was also followed by the launch of the 26th SEA Games official song,[...].[Andi Mallarangeng, Indonesian Minister of Youth and Sport]:"200 days towards the SEA Games, we introduce the mascot, 'Modo' and 'Modi,' this is a typical animal of Indonesia, our pride, a Komodo dragon, which also received the nomination for one of the seven wonders of the world."The Games will be held from November 11 to 25 in Jakarta and Palembang. The event will be attended by athletes from 11 countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, the Philippines and Timor Leste.Forty three sports will be contested. In addition, there will also be two new sports: Vovinam and Pentaque.[Prijanto, Deputy Governor of Jakarta]:"We expect the participation of all Indonesian people to support the SEA Games... supporting the Indonesian athletes so they can achieve the best performance. Indonesia should be proud to become the host of the SEA Games."NTD, Jakarta, Indonesia
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevisionAnimals in one zoo in India's Maharashtra state are getting special treatment to beat the scorching heat. Zoo authorities have installed cooling systems inside their cages to protect the animals. As the temperature rises in central India, workers at the Maharaj Baug garden and zoo of Nagpur have installed cooling systems to protect the animals from heat.The temperature in Nagpur has touched 104 degrees Fahrenheit, which can rise to 120 degrees during May.Authorities have installed coolers on each cage and are spraying water to help keep things cool for their furry friends.They have also put pieces of granite on top of the cages to protect the animals from sunrays.[S.S. Baviskar]: "We installed these systems to make sure there is always water inside their cages, and that the temperature inside the cages always remains low. We are taking care of all of these things. We are spraying water at noon when the temperature is very high. We have also installed coolers in some places."Zoo officials are also taking care of the animals by providing vitamin pills to help them survive in the scorching summers.
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