News: 'Dutch Orca' Morgan appears to be pregnant.
The controversy around 'Dutch Orca' Morgan continues. Morgan was rescued in 2010 in the Waddenzee Holland and later transported to Loro Parque in Teneriffe Spain. An animal liberation group under the name of FMF (Free Morgan Federation) has since then protested against her capture and transport. Even wanting to free her in the Oceans, which likely would have meant the end of Morgan. It now appears that Morgan, who was earlier found to be deaf, is pregnant which is against a CITES Convention prohibiting breeding of wild orcas. FMF spokesman Dr Ingrid Visser said that Morgan would deliver a 'hebrid calf', a product of a wild orca mating with a captive born orca*. Officials from Loro Parque however said that the 'natural instincts of an animal should never be suppressed, even when held in captivity'.
*Note that the word 'hebrid' here lacks biological foundation, There is no biological reason why a captive and wild born animal could not produce healthy offspring (AK).
News: Sumatran tiger threatened by deforestation
Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) survival is threatened by deforestation despite increasing densities in parks, as shown in a recent camera trapping study. Continuing deforestation for construction of palm oil plantations seems to be the primary cause of the tigers decline in their former jungle territories.
News: Pre-historic human sized penguin found
Fossil hunters found bones of a giant penguin measuring 1.77 m on a beach at South-island New Zealand. Surpassing the largest currently known emperor penguin of 1.20 m. The giant penguin named Kumimanu biceae must have lived when the dinosaurus had already become extinct.