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Refugees Fleeing Violence In Myanmar Have A New Worry: Elephants

Refugees Fleeing Violence In Myanmar Have A New Worry: ElephantsKUTUPALONG, Bangladesh ― Around midnight on Jan. 19, a heavy sound jolted



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Elephants loose on Spanish motorway after circus lorry overturns

Elephants loose on Spanish motorway after circus lorry overturns One elephant died and several others ended up loose on a Spanish motorway on Monday after the circus lorry they were in overturned. Police had to close the A30 in Pozo Canada near Albacete south east of Madrid after the extraordinary crash. Motorists filmed the animals strolling towards waste ground and feeding by the side of the road. The dead animal was removed from a ditch by the side of the motorway where its body ended up following the drama around 4pm. Motorists in Spain were treated to the extraordinary sight of elephants grazing by the side of the road after a circus lorry carrying at least five of the animals overturned Credit: ASA Police released pictures of the elephants appearing to feed on grass by crash barriers before being led to a safer area. They revealed, in a tweet: "The A30 has been closed because a lorry has overturned. Elephants are loose on the tarmac. "The motorway has been closed around the Pozo Canada area heading towards Murcia." The accident is believed to have happened after the HGV they were in overtook another vehicle and the driver lost control as he headed back into the slow lane. One of the elephants – pictured lying in a ditch by the roadside after the crash – died, but the other elephants – and the lorry driver – survived unharmed Credit: ASA Spain's Road Safety Authority the DGT confirmed one of the elephants had died in the incident. Four other animals escaped the crash with their lives along with the driver of the vehicle. Two of the four-legged survivors are said to have suffered injuries although it was not immediately clear how serious they were. DGT spokesman Gregorio Serrano said: "The elephants injured in the accident that has happened in Albacete are being assisted and removed. "Of the five animals one has died and two have been injured. Shortly the A30 will be reopened." The crash happened on the A30 near the city of Albacete Credit: ASA One stunned motorist, who filmed the animals wandering around on the tarmac seconds after the accident, said in a running commentary over his home-made video: "Accident on the A30 motorway near Albacete. "A circus lorry has overturned. Four elephants are loose and one looks in a very bad way. I'm not sure if it's dead or not." Silvia Barquero, the president of Spanish animal welfare political party PACMA, said the animals belonged to the Gottani Circus, which has performed several shows in the area over Easter. She tweeted: "The lorry that has overturned was carrying Circo Gottani elephants. Show them more kindness. We treat animals like slaves. Enough of circuses that use animals." There was no immediate response from the circus owners. Civil Guard officers will now send a report on the accident to a local investigating judge who will be tasked with a routine probe into the incident.



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Baby Elephants Fend Off Myanmar Cold Spell With Homemade Blankets

Baby Elephants Fend Off Myanmar Cold Spell With Homemade BlanketsWhen a group of baby elephants needed warmth during a cold front in Southeast Asia last week, they bundled up in donated crochet and knitted blankets.



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Zoo Welcomes Tiny, Furry Triplets That Are Closely Related to Elephants

Zoo Welcomes Tiny, Furry Triplets That Are Closely Related to ElephantsBorn at less at 9 ounces, the babies have teeth resembling tusks and a skull and foot structure that's similar to elephants.



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2 Elephants Spring Into Action to Save Calf From Drowning in Zoo's Pool

2 Elephants Spring Into Action to Save Calf From Drowning in Zoo's PoolTwo elephants worked together to save a baby calf who fell into a pool at the Seoul Grand Park Zoo in South Korea.



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Africa's elusive forest elephants are disappearing

Africa's elusive forest elephants are disappearingThe clock is ticking to save Central Africa's forest elephants. Populations of the elusive elephants have plunged by around 80 percent inside one of the region's most important nature preserves. Within Gabon's Minkébé National Park, poachers likely killed about 25,000 forest elephants for their ivory tusks between 2004 and 2014, according to a Duke University-led study in the journal
Current Biology. SEE ALSO: The world's fastest land animal is even more threatened than we thought That's a significant number of animals, considering that Gabon holds about half of the estimated 100,000 forest elephants across all of Central Africa. Forest elephants in Gabon's Minkébé National Park. Image: john poulsen "The loss of 25,000 elephants from this key sanctuary is a considerable setback for the preservation of the species," John Poulsen, an assistant professor of tropical ecology at Duke'd Nicholas School of the Environment, said Monday in a statement. The dramatic population decline from one of Central Africa's largest, most remote protected areas "is a startling warning that no place is safe from poaching," he added. Across the African continent, populations of all elephants have plummeted from about 1.3 million in the 1970s to less than 500,000 today due to poaching and habitat loss. This week's dismal numbers from Gabon arrive in spite of a concerted effort by governments and conversationists to halt the illegal killing of elephants for their ivory, meat and other parts.  Soldiers watch as ivory elephant tusks are burned on a pyre in Libreville, Gabon. Image: Joel Bouopda Tatou/AP/REX/Shutterstock In December, two major global conversation unions adopted resolutions to ban all domestic ivory sales, on top of existing bans on international ivory trading. China, the world's largest ivory market, said it plans to shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017. Gabon itself has also taken important steps to curb poaching, Poulsen said.  The government created a National Park Police force, elevated the conservation status of forest elephants to "fully protected," and doubled the national park agency's budget. In 2012, Gabon was the first African country to burn all its confiscated ivory — a gesture meant to snuff out the spike in poaching. Yet Gabon's elephants are still vanishing, as the new research shows. For their study, researchers estimated a population loss of between 78 and 81 percent by comparing data from two large-scale surveys of elephant dung in the Minkébé park, which were done in 2004 and 2014.  The team also used different analytical approaches to account for periods of heavy rainfall, which might've sped up the dung's decay and skewed the accuracy of the surveys. Poulsen and his colleagues said that most poachers likely came from outside of Gabon, including the neighboring country of Cameroon.  The edge of Minkébé National Park lies just 3.8 miles from a major Cameroon road, which makes it easy for Camaroonese poachers to cross into Gabon, do their dirty work and bring their illegal haul back into Cameroon.   Poulsen and his colleagues urged governments in Central Africa to team up to stop illegal cross-border traffic, including by establishing new multinational protected areas and coordinating international law enforcement. BONUS: Elephants take their final bow at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus



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