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16 August 2015. Would I Lie to You?

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Moscow Parks Beef Up Patrols to Deter Squirreljacking

00 Nutty Squirrel. 02.02.14

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Editor’s Note:

I don’t know how righteous this story is, but its “squirrelly” enough to be real. We all need a smile… pass me the jug… it’s thirsty work…

BMD

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On Friday, Aleksei Gorelov, the head of the Ecological Control Department of the Eastern and Northeastern Administrative Okrugs, told RIA-Novosti that his department is watching all parks and squares in Moscow with extra care amidst reports of a spate of alleged squirrelnappings in public areas. Gorelov said that his department received intel that people were apparently jacking squirrels to sell them, in particular, in Khlebnikov Forest Park (and here) {most of Khlebnikov is in Moscow Oblast, not Moscow proper: editor} and Ostankino Park. He said, “Beginning today, we’ve implemented strict control over natural territories (parks) in Moscow to stop incidents of hunting wild animals”. Gorelov noted that capturing animals in Moscow is on the same par in legal terms as hunting, which is illegal within city limits. Squirrels aren’t in the Red Book of Endangered Species, so authorities can only impose a fine of only 20,000 roubles (569 USD. 633 CAD. 650 AUD. 422 Euros. 346 UK Pounds) for each offence. Yelena Viktorovna told Komsomolskaya Pravda about an attempted squirrel-snatching in 50th Anniversary of the Great October Park (and here), “Right before my eyes, three men were running around a tree that a squirrel was in. They had a pole with a noose [attached to it] and were obviously attempting to catch the animal”. KP stated that prices on the internet for squirrels start from 5,000 roubles (143 USD. 159 CAD. 163 AUD. 106 Euros. 86 UK Pounds) apiece, and squirrel salesmen are ready to buy them for 1,500 roubles (43 USD. 48 CAD. 49 AUD. 32 Euros. 26 UK Pounds) per head. Gorelov said that they’d beef up patrols in parks and that they’d involve the cops in cornering squirreljackers.

1 February 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140201/187088598/Squirrel-Kidnappings-Prompt-Boost-in-Moscow-Park-Patrols.html

Saturday, 24 March 2012

24 March 2012. A Multimedia Presentation. RIA-Novosti Presents… Goose Wanders in the Centre of London and Other Animal News… with music by the Buranovskiye Babushki

London residents and visitors had the chance to see a goose wandering near the Parliament Buildings.

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In Los Angeles, one can see plenty of squirrels, even on power lines.

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According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the efforts for wildlife protection have brought results. The rhinoceros population in India grew by 50 percent from 1997 to 2007, to 2,500 animals. In the image above, we see a rhinoceros at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary (Marigaon District. Assam) in India.

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Elephants with unusual colouration live in the Tsavo East National Park (Taita-Taveta DistrictCoast Province) in Kenya. They have the name “Rusty Elephants” because they spray themselves with the rusty-red soil of the park.

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In Hungary, environmentalists treated an injured stork and returned him to his natural habitat.

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Visitors at the zoo in Kronberg im Taunus (Regierungsbezirk Darmstadt. Bundesland Hessen) in Germany can feed carrots to elephants.

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Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan hosted a cat show on 18 March.

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Granya Baisarova, a singer with the Buranovskiye Babushki folk group, showed journalists her cat Vasili.

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On 20 March, the San Diego Zoo introduced a two-month-old rhinoceros, Charlees, to the public.

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A woman walks her dog at Malibu Beach (Malibu CA (Los Angeles County) USA).

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24 March 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/photolents/20120324/172343780.html

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