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Asian elephant Koshik speaks Korean

Keeper Kim Jong-kap with 22-year-old Koshik. Photo: AP

An elephant in a South Korean zoo is using his trunk to pick up not only food, but also human vocabulary.

Saturday, 3 November, 2012, 3:14am

Walrus calf saved in Alaska headed for Brooklyn

Mitikm will join other walruses at a Brooklyn facility. Photo: NYT

How do you transport a 106kg baby to New York? If he's a 15-week-old walrus rescued from the open ocean off Alaska, the answer is a jumbo-size crate aboard a FedEx cargo jet, accompanied by a veterinarian and a handler.

11 Oct 2012 - 4:01am

China Digest, October 4, 2012


Museum to honour spy

4 Oct 2012 - 4:33am

Cub's death might fuel debate on whether giant pandas can be saved

This series of images provided by the US National Zoo shows giant panda Mei Xiang during and after giving birth to a cub at the Washington D.C. zoo last week. The cub died on Sunday, despite emergency efforts at the zoo to revive it. One of the reasons there are so few giant pandas left in the world - about 1,600 in the wild - is that reproduction is very dangerous for the bears. The Washington zoo houses Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, a pair of giant pandas that are on loan from China. Photo: Xinhua

For many, the death of the US National Zoo's newborn panda is a heartbreaking loss. But for others, the cub's demise could add fuel to a controversial debate: Is it a waste of time and money to try to save the giant panda, a fragile species already on the brink of extinction?

26 Sep 2012 - 3:43am

SPCA steps up animal trap patrols

SPCA's Tony Ho Tse-tong with an animal trap. Photo: May Tse

Primitive animal traps found across the city - including in Mid-Levels - have severely injured at least eight stray and pet dogs in the past two years.

Three were found in such pain, with a leg crushed in the jaws of the rusty steel traps, that they had to be put down by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

15 Sep 2012 - 3:16am 2 comments

Man who set barking village dog on fire gives himself up

A man turned himself in to police yesterday saying he was responsible for setting fire to a dog in its kennel in a Tuen Mun village at the weekend.

The computer technician, 31, told police he was so annoyed by the animal's barking that he poured paint thinner over the kennel and set it alight.

The owner put out the flames but the dog was so badly burned it had to be put down.

4 Sep 2012 - 2:40am

Now here's something to spout about

Whale watching has been good for whale populations, tour companies say.Photo: NYT

Have you ever been eyeball to eyeball with a humpback whale? I have. I even dreamed about it later that night. It was such a unique experience. All the more amazing for the fact that not so long ago, this magnificent mammal was slaughtered in these same seas.

1 Sep 2012 - 4:43pm

Then & now: imaginary friends

Preserved dogs for sale in a market in Guangzhou in the 1980s. Photo: SCMP

From being forced to live in stifling, cramped spaces to being treated like a child, it's a dog's life for many of Hong Kong's pooches.

2 Sep 2012 - 12:30pm

Officers seize 600kg of dead pangolins

A mainland-bound boat carrying 600kg of frozen pangolins - an endangered scaly anteater - was intercepted in Deep Bay by the Marine Department in an anti-smuggling operation.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

In blue whales' wake

In April, whale watchers off Sri Lanka's southern coast were greeted by an unsettling sight: the lifeless body of an 18-metre-long blue whale. Its nearly severed tail was floating in the water.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Microchips help track released reptiles

Releasing pythons into the Hong Kong countryside after tagging them with microchips could provide crucial information about the habits and movements of the endangered species.

Surprisingly little is known about the behaviour of Burmese pythons in the wild and it is not known how territorial they are or whether they return to their old hunting grounds when they are moved.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Snakes alive, a U-turn on freeing pythons

Captured Burmese pythons are being released back into the Hong Kong countryside rather than being deported to the mainland in a policy U-turn that has delighted animal-welfare groups but worried some pet owners.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Orang-utans and their mother are still far from being a family

Hong Kong's Borneo orang-utan twins turned one last week, and are starting to connect with their mother. But they are still far from being intimate.

The pair, a male and a female, born on July 8 last year at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, were rejected by their mother Raba for several months.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

Toshimitsu Doi

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A tiny little monster of a fly

The world's smallest fly is so tiny you can hardly even see it. It's about the size of a grain of salt. A normal fly looks like a giant next to it.

But make no mistake: this tiny fly, which lives in Thailand, is no cute little thing. In fact, it wouldn't be out of place in an Alien movie. Its female has a sharp organ that she uses to lay her eggs inside other insects.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am