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Wild pigs threaten farmland

According to the AFCD, it received 347, mainly rural, complaints about wild pigs last year compared to 202 in 2007. But the department said it does not know how many of them roam the city's countryside.

Thursday, 7 January, 2010, 12:00am

Narwhals: the unicorns of the sea

Long in the tooth

There is an ancient Inuit story about a woman who fell into the ocean while holding a harpoon.

As the woman splashed about, a beluga whale swam up to see what was happening. The curious whale swam so close to the woman, it was speared by the harpoon. And that, the Inuit say, is how the first narwhal was made.

8 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Open season again?

Ivory, once prized as a gift fit for a king, has all but faded from the consciousness of the modern world. But a decision by the global watchdog on trade in endangered species to allow a once-only sale of tusks from four African countries might thrust it back into consumer consciousness - with dire consequences, conservationists warn.

1 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Customs foil ivory and turtle smuggling attempt

Updated at 7.00pm: Customs officers on Monday afternoon foiled an attempt to smuggle 503 kilograms of ivory tusks and 556 kilograms of sea turtle scales into Hong Kong.

A spokesman said on Tuesday the seized goods were worth about $700,000.

24 May 2005 - 12:00am

Warning on resurgence of ivory smuggling

Hong Kong should brace itself for a renewed influx of smuggled ivory because of a burgeoning demand for elephant tusks on the mainland, environmentalists have warned.

Green groups sounded the warning after Hong Kong Customs and Excise investigators made the biggest seizure of contraband tusks in 10 years - 506kg, worth $5 million - earlier this month.

27 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Cargo of elephant tusks seized

Customs officers have seized 81 elephant tusks, worth more than $1 million, from a Hong Kong-registered fishing boat on its way to the mainland - the biggest haul of ivory in Hong Kong waters in 10 years.

The tusks, some as long as 1.2 metres, were found in 20 cartons hidden in a secret compartment of a 20-metre wooden vessel.

15 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

Why are wisdom teeth called 'wisdom teeth'? JACKY Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop. They are called 'wisdom teeth' because they usually appear during a person's late teens or early 20s - the 'age of wisdom'.

29 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Boar's reign of terror ends

A SAVAGE wild boar that has raided vegetable fields and scavenged rubbish dumps in a remote Sai Kung settlement for several years ended up behind bars yesterday.

The 150-kilogram boar with razor-sharp tusks finally succumbed to three doses of tranquillisers after a stand-off with government pig hunters for more than four hours in Kwun Hang Tsuen.

25 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Customs seize $5m ivory shipment

CUSTOMS officers believe a seized consignment of $5 million worth of carved ivory goods unveiled yesterday, originated from the stockpile of unworked ivory in Hongkong caused by the international ban on the ivory trade in 1990.

23 Mar 1993 - 12:00am