Constipated gorilla in Kansas zoo recovering after surgery

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TOPEKA: A constipated 49-year-old lowland gorilla at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas is recovering after having surgery. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that zoo Director Brendan Wiley says the procedure that Tiffany underwent Wednesday went “really well.” A significant amount of stool was found in her colon and was flushed out. Wiley says the best-case scenario is that she will bounce back. If issues continue, test results will be reviewed to determine how to treat her constipation. The zoo said staff reported on Friday that the gorilla wasn’t acting like herself.…

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Giant tortoise that fled Japan zoo found 140 metres away

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TOKYO: A giant tortoise that made a break from a Japanese zoo has been found safe and sound two weeks after it escaped — just 140 metres from the park. The 35-year-old female, named Abuh and measuring around one metre (three feet) in length, steamed out of the Shibukawa Animal Park in Okayama prefecture in early August having been allowed to walk freely around the zoo during opening hours. Zoo keepers, unable to trace the truant tortoise, offered a reward of 500,000 yen ($4,500) for her safe return. Their plan…

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Lion rescued from Syria zoo gives birth in Jordan reserve

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SOUF, Jordan: The odds had been stacked against Hajar, a lion cub born just hours after her mother Dana, rescued from a zoo in war-torn Syrian, was released into a wildlife reserve in Jordan. Dana and 12 other animals, including four other lions and two tigers, had barely survived under harsh conditions in the Syrian city of Aleppo, once a major battleground. They were transported from Syria to Turkey and then to Jordan by the animal charity Four Paws, stuck in cages most of the time. They arrived in Jordan…

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Migratory birds arrive at Delhi zoo, more to come soon

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NEW DELHI: Migratory birds have started arriving at the Delhi zoo with the first batch of painted storks arriving this week. Zoo officials say the birds have already started nesting and all necessary precautions are being taken this year to ensure no incident of bird flu is reported. The zoo had to be shut for nearly three months after several deaths were recorded in October last year due to birds flu. According to zoo authorities, at least 50 painted storks have arrived in first batch with more expected to arrive…

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Snakes face threat from humans, superstitions surrounding them

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AGRA: Every month, wildlife officials get around 100 calls on the Delhi-NCR-Agra helpline regarding snakes turning up at homes and public places. This goes up to nearly 400 a month during monsoons. Officials said lack of awareness about the role of the reptiles in the ecosystem, superstition and poaching has made them vulnerable. Every year, with the help of the forest department, a larger number of snakes are rescued from temples and streets. In 2016 and 2017, during Nag Panchami, 50 snakes including 35 cobras, 10 rat snakes, a 3-foot-long…

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