Hunt On For Serial Sex Killing Elephant In India

Wildlife experts in southern India are hunting a rogue bull elephant who is thought to have gored 12 female tuskers to death because they spurned his sexual advances.The Times of India said on Wednesday that a 15-member taskforce has been set up to catch the aggressive male, called Alpha, who has been on the run in the jungles of Kerala state for the last three years.

Kerala’s chief wildlife warden, K.K. Srivastava, said eight female elephants were found dead in the vast Periyar reserve between February and June last year.”Post-mortem reports and other evidence suggested that these were caused by the same tusker. Two more females were found dead on March 12 and 21 this year. The nature of injuries point to the same culprit,” he told the daily.

Two other deaths have been blamed on 25-year-old Alpha, he added, without specifying when the females were found.Alpha’s behaviour has been blamed on “musth,” a surge in the male reproductive hormone testosterone in bull elephants that leads to aggressive behaviour.Forensic tests have shown that all the victims had puncture marks, indicating that they resisted a male who tried to force himself on them. The wounds matched the dimensions of Alpha’s tusks, the newspaper said.


Kangaroo Jumps At Chance To Be Therapy Animal

When Noralyn Snow found out she could turn a kangaroo into a therapy animal, she hopped at the chance.Ten years later, she’s still jumping for joy, despite going through seven separate marsupials.Snow is an administrator at the Salt Lake City branch of Silverado Senior Living, a chain of rest homes specializing in seniors who suffer memory impairment problems, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

In the past, she has used dogs, cats, birds and even goats and sheep as therapy animals that help improve the physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive functioning of a patient.Snow decided to add kangaroos to the mix one day while driving past an exotic pet farm that housed the jumpy critters.She couldn’t exactly put one in her pouch, but she did bring a 6-month-old kangaroo, Joey, to the rest home, where it quickly leaped into the hearts of the patients and employees. So much so that there is always a kangaroo on staff to fill the needs that only a kangaroo can.Currently, the staff ‘roo is Theodore, and he has a strict job description, according to Snow.


Manx Bees To Save Dying British Colonies

Queen bees from the Isle of Man are to be posted to Britain in an effort to bolster dwindling hive populations. The Manx Government’s bee inspector will send 12 healthy queens to Britain in ventilated envelopes in a test project to find out if they can repopulate and cure hives infected by disease.

The bee population on Britain’s mainland has declined rapidly in recent years due to disease and harsh weather conditions. But colonies on the island are healthy and thriving thanks to a ban on importing foreign bees since 1987, which has prevented the spread of disease.