This was certainly a week for good animal news. 120 new camera traps have been added to the national park in Indonesia where the world’s last 35 Javan rhinos reside. Heavily poached for their horns, the rhinos will be a bit safer with the cameras in place, according to Scientific American.
18 rare pond turtles have been returned to the Philippines after officials confiscated them at the Hong Kong airport. Only about 120 of the turtles remain in the wild, according to the Associated Press.
In cuter animal news, a cat in this clip is clearly enamored with a neck massager, proving humans aren’t the only ones that get stressed out.
Sadly, a new study has found that up to 90 percent of reef sharks have “disappeared from reefs near populated islands,” reports LiveScience. Marc Nadon, the study leader, said, “We estimate that reef shark numbers have dropped substantially around populated islands, generally by more than 90 percent compared to those at the most untouched reefs. In short, people and sharks don’t mix.”
HuffPost‘s Radley Balko and J.L. Greene reported this week on the growing number of “puppycide” incidents by police in the U.S. They found that no national record exists of the number of dogs shot by cops, but “a search of news articles from the past year shows more than 100 separate incidents.”
- Elephants, Tigers, Jellyfish And More Animal Photos Of The Week (huffingtonpost.com)
- Why Are Reef Sharks Vanishing? (foxnews.com)
- The Vanishing Sharks Of The Pacific (huffingtonpost.com)
- Human impact on reef sharks studied (upi.com)
- Scientists provide first large-scale estimate of reef shark losses in the Pacific Ocean (eurekalert.org)