News Brief (E343, 4 Dec, 2009)
Hanoi: Coach discovered carrying wildlife
On December 1st, 2009 Hanoi traffic police stopped a coach for violating a traffic law and soon discovered that it was carrying wildlife. The cache included civets (Civet sp.) and birds.
Thai Binh: Subject arrested for transporting pangolins
On November 26th, 2009 a man was arrested by Thai Binh environmental police and traffic police on the way from Ninh Binh to Mong Cai for the illegal transportation of 185kg pangolins (Manis sp.).
New life for captive bears
Over a period of time, 29 ‘lucky’ bears have been transferred to the Tam Dao rescue centre and named after their adoptive sponsors. Most of the mature bears were weak and had to have their gall-bladders removed after doctors discovered pre-cancerous cells, and should be considered a warning for people who use, or are interested in using, bear bile. Twenty-nine is still such a small number compared with the more than 4,000 bears still at bear farms, which continue to undergo painful bear bile extractions.
An Giang: Rare fishing cat returned to forest
An Giang FPD released what was thought to be a fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) into Tra Su forest in Tinh Bien district of An Giang province. The rare cat had been caught by a resident in Tinh Bien district. At the end of October, another fishing cat was released into the same forest. Experts from Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV), however, later identified the two cats as being leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis).
Hau Giang: Burmese python escapade in nature reserve
On November 30th 2009, a resident from the Phuong Binh commune in Phung Hiep district caught a 23,5kg-Burmese python (Python Molurus) in an area of the Lung Ngoc Hoang nature reserve. The python was returned after authorities discussed the matter with the resident.
Amendment to previous Bulletin
In the weekly bulletin dated November 27th, 2009 ENV aired news about four stump-tailed macaques (Macaca arctoides) being confiscated and transferred to the rescue centre at Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. In fact, they were only just transferred to the rescue centre on December 3rd, 2009.
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