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Riff Raff The Elephant ‘To Be Shot Legally’ If He Keeps Returning Home

If lions are the king of the jungle, then elephants must surely be some kind of loftily held animal of regal proportions, but for one big grey fella in South Africa he’s being shown the door to the place he’s called home for decades. Riff Raff, a six-and-a-half tonne bull elephant, who will be legally

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If lions are the king of the jungle, then elephants must surely be some kind of loftily held animal of regal proportions, but for one big grey fella in South Africa he’s being shown the door to the place he’s called home for decades.

Riff Raff, a six-and-a-half tonne bull elephant, who will be legally shot if he doesn’t stop destroying crops is being moved 300 miles away because he keeps going back to the reserve where he’s lived for the 45 years.

Five month ago he was moved 40 miles to a new home and he stomped his way back to his old ends within 48 hours, leaving a trail of smashed fences.

Local farmers are not happy. The Humane Society International are in a race to save Riff Raff from their bullets.

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The non-profit organisation want to move Riff Raff to a reserve hundreds of miles from his Limpopo province home, putting a barrier of mountains and motorways in the way of his return, the Mirror reports.

If you’ve ever tried to get back into a club after getting on the nerves of door staff, times that by about a hundred.

With a life expectancy of around 70 years, Riff Raff should have another 25 years if nature runs its course. Unfortunately his previous behaviour hasn’t made him many friends.

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Audrey Delsink, the Humane Society International’s executive director, said:

If he stays, he’ll almost certainly be killed.

He’ll be the oldest, most dominant bull in a much larger reserve – with many new, unrelated females.

At 45, he’s a prime bull. He’ll be the females’ first choice, so will definitely be siring offspring for many years to come.

This is utopia for a bull elephant wanting to mate.

However, moving the mountain will not come easy. The relocation operation will cost up to £7,000, involving a tracking helicopter, a crane, giant crates and a crew of experts to ensure his safe transit.

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Riff Raff has been at home in Limporo all his life and has been monitored for 18 years.

But 2018 hasn’t been a good year, farmers complained he’d trampled fences and eaten their crops.

He’s a huge example of the growing conflict between man and wildlife as human populations expand.

Ms Delsink said:

It’s not the fault of these amazing creatures that humans want to share their land, we have to find non-lethal solutions.

It’s a problem South Africa’s wildlife faces time and again, as fences prevent migration.

Just killing wildlife who get in our way is not the answer.

Last year up to 50 ‘problem’ elephants were legally killed.

In cheerier elephant news, a little calf was caught in some side-splitting slapstick action this week, flapping around on his backside in a muddy riverbank in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The sweet moment was captured by an amused human, who couldn’t help but melt at the sight of the playful little elephants:

When you find baby elephants anywhere near water or mud it is always worth it to stop and observe them for a while. Majority of the time it turns out to be a very entertaining sighting and enough to make anyone smile.

It was in the Kruger National Park where we came across such a scenario. A small herd of elephants was swimming in a river and amongst them were two very playful baby elephant brothers.

Let’s hope Riff Raff likes his new digs.

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Tiger Population Has Doubled In Nine Years In Nepal

nepal_tiger_webNepal’s wild tiger population has nearly doubled over the last nine years, in a move which has amazed animal-lovers across the globe. Wildlife and conservation groups have welcomed the news, proving how strong will and determination can help preserve and protect animals in the wild. Officials announced the small nation now has an estimated 235

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Nepal’s wild tiger population has nearly doubled over the last nine years, in a move which has amazed animal-lovers across the globe.

Wildlife and conservation groups have welcomed the news, proving how strong will and determination can help preserve and protect animals in the wild.

Officials announced the small nation now has an estimated 235 wild tigers, up from 121 back in 2009.

And this is an incredible achievement. According to the WWF, wild tiger numbers have dropped by more than 95 per cent since the beginning of the 20th century.

But now, for the first time in conservation history, their numbers are on the rise.

Man Bahadur Khadka, director general of Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, told AFP:

This is a result of concentrated unified efforts by the government along with the local community and other stakeholders to protect the tiger’s habitat and fight against poaching.

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Conservationists and wildlife experts used more than 4,000 cameras and around 600 elephants, along a 1,700-mile route across Nepal’s southern plains in which the tiger’s inhabit, proving it was no small feat.

Nepal showed just how invested it was as a nation in increasing its wildlife figures through the 2010 Tiger Conservation Plan.

Within this, Nepal and 12 other countries signed a pledge to double their tiger numbers by 2022. Clearly, Nepal is ahead of the game and is set to achieve this a whole four years early!

This has been confirmed, as according to the WWF, Nepal is now set to become the first country to double its national tiger population since the ambitious goal was set in 2010.

The Plan quickly became popular, picking up more and more fruition with famous celebrities such as Leonardo Dicaprio backing it and getting behind the pledge.

Dicraprio is a WWF-US board member and chairman of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which has funded tiger conservation in Nepal’s Bardia National Park and elsewhere since 2010.

Since announcing their success, Dicaprio has come out in support of Napal, tweeting:

I am proud of @dicapriofdn’s partnership with @World_Wildlife to support Nepal and local communities in doubling the population of wild tigers.

With such celebrities backing the cause, it is hoped that other countries will get behind it and become more involved in saving our wildlife.

Ghana Gurung, country representative of WWF in Nepal, said the country’s progress was an example for tiger conservation globally.

He said:

The challenge now is to continue these efforts to protect their habitats and numbers for the long-term survival of the tigers.

And it is clear that more still needs to be done.

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Tigers are still facing threats every day from loss of habitat, human-wildlife conflict and poaching for the illegal wildlife trade.

Tiger bones, skin, claws and other body parts are sold in the illegal wildlife trade, mainly in Asia, where they are used for both medicine and as status symbols.

The WWF are working to end illegal wildlife trade, therefore helping to protect animals in the wild, and you can help them by signing this petition.

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Diver Saves Turtle Caught Up In ‘Ghost Fishing Net’

Diver Saves Turtle BA kindhearted diver has saved a turtle in distress after it became entangled in a ‘ghost fishing net’.

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A kindhearted diver has saved a turtle in distress after it became entangled in a ‘ghost fishing net’.

The beautiful Olive Ridley sea turtle had become entrapped in an abandoned fishing net, but fortunately found a friend in this diver; who refused to give up on the little guy.

Incredible footage taken off the Gan coast in the Maldives, captures the diver in a race against time to free the vulnerable turtle.

The diver’s care and commitment paid off and he was eventually able to cut the small turtle free from the net. Once able to do so, the turtle took off into the deep blue of the ocean, free to enjoy more undersea adventures.

The heroic diver later said:

The turtle was found on the surface of the net with its flipper entangled in ghost gear.

We quickly got to work and removed the net from the turtle.

When the turtle was free from the main net we noticed it still had fragment attached on the flipper but we managed to remove these too.

Many people have been deeply moved by the diver’s determination to free the turtle, with others left saddened by this upsetting reminder of how ‘ghost fishing’ – where fishing nets are lost, dumped or abandoned at sea – can prove harmful to turtles.

One person said:

We should all feel and show gratitude. I love turtles .Thank you for saving this turtle. He certainly acknowledged the human who saved his life. Animals are more intelligent than most people realize.

Another commented:

We destroy nature at a devastating pace it’s a shame [on] us.

Sadly, this turtle’s ordeal is far from an isolated incident. In August 2018, over 300 Olive Ridley sea turtles were discovered dead after becoming tangled up in a fishing net off the Oaxaca coast in Mexico.

The turtles’ shells had become cracked after having spent over a week in the sun while caught up in the net. Many had suffered injuries which appeared to have been caused by fishing hooks and nets.

According to a study from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the issue of ‘ghost fishing’ is worsening due to ‘increased scale of global fishing operations and the introduction of highly durable fishing gear made of long-lasting synthetic materials’:

The report estimates that abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear in the oceans makes up around 10 percent (640 000 tonnes) of all marine litter. Merchant shipping is the primary source on the open sea, land-based sources are the predominate cause of marine debris in coastal areas.

Most fishing gear is not deliberately discarded but is lost in storms or strong currents or results from “gear conflicts,” for example, fishing with nets in areas where bottom-traps that can entangle them are already deployed.

Find out more about the issue of ghost fishing here and find out what you can do to help.

Well done to this diver for taking the time to save this turtle’s life.

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Hero Biker Jumps From Motorbike To Rescue Tiny Kitten On Busy Road

kittycatsavedThis is the moment a woman leaps off her motorbike to rescue a tiny kitten sitting frozen in the middle of oncoming traffic.  Everything seems to be ticking away as usual, with our biker complaining that stuff isn’t progressing as much as she’d like it to. ‘Jesus Christ, come on,’ she moans while waiting at

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This is the moment a woman leaps off her motorbike to rescue a tiny kitten sitting frozen in the middle of oncoming traffic. 

Everything seems to be ticking away as usual, with our biker complaining that stuff isn’t progressing as much as she’d like it to.

‘Jesus Christ, come on,’ she moans while waiting at a red light.

Spotting the kitten she then gasps and says, ‘OH my God! Stop! Stop!’ as cars begin to fly past the critter, missing by mere whiskers.

The woman then waves at the other vehicles, pleading them to stop just for a moment.

The biker then hops off her bike and makes a move for the kitten, which barely bats an eyelid as it is picked up.

The tiny orange kitten is escorted to the side of the road to a concerned female witness who says, ‘I don’t know who she belongs to!’

The woman then goes and retrieve her parked bike from the middle of traffic.

The biker later wrote:

This is the original video, there have been a lot of people lately (like… a lot) thinking I stole this video from someone, or reposted it from Inside Edition. Well, sorry. This is the original. Inside Edition bought usage of the video after they interviewed me at my house. As for any other channels that have this video posted, I don’t know what to tell you. Check out the other videos of Skidmark I posted if you need some kind of proof.

To clarify, again, the red car absolutely, 100% did NOT throw the kitten out of the car. It is very hard to see in this video, but on my computer it is very clear, Skids came from underneath the vehicle.

She added:

He was probably up there for warmth. So please, PLEASE! Do not initiate a witch hunt – the red car is NOT at fault here!

Still shaking! Thank you to the mystery lady that helped and all the people that paid attention and stopped, it was very appreciated. Kitten turned out to be a he, and is resting safely now.

Naming an animal in reference to perhaps its most traumatic moment yet? Seems a bit harsh if you ask me.

Still, what a remarkable tale. Way over in Manila, in the Philippines, a man by the name of Christian recently came between traffic to save a kitten from being pummelled by an onslaught of cars.

Simirlarly, he then took the cat in and the two hit it off. Baby, which he later named the cat, was then handed over to a neighbour in the Navotas district of the city.

He said:

I’m glad I was in the right place at the right time when the cat needed help.

I noticed the kitten in the road and she was just a few inches from the wheels of the jeep.

If I hadn’t been there she might have been knocked over and killed by one of the passing vehicles.

Keep doing you, guys.

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