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The platypus is God’s idea of a funny joke. 
Platypuses are God’s idea of a joke. They are basically four animals assembled into one (a snake, a duck, a beaver, an otter). When a platypus specimen from Australia was sent to Britain for examination in 1799, scientists thought it was the ...
 
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Police arrested three farmers for taking part in the illegal game.
The police chief of a Philippine town was killed during a raid on an illegal cockfight when he bled to death after the razor-sharp metal blade on one of the roosters sliced an artery in his leg, officials said Wednesday.READ MORE CRIME ...
 
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Imagine the owner's surprise when her puppy came out green.
Green puppies are rare, but not unheard of. Last week, a green puppy was born in Italy, its body coated in a striking green fur. The owner of the puppy named him Pistachio. Then, on October 25, Chona Lacsamana from the Philippines posted ...
 
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It was the first time the bird was documented in the area.
Nature photographer Edwin Martinez was just trekking and heading back to base at Epic Parc in Tanay Rizal when his buddy saw something magenta dart across the forest. Martinez couldn’t believe his luck: It was a rare North Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher.READ MORE ...
 
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It's not plastic straw.
In recent years, people have been refusing single-use plastics at restaurants and groceries because we’ve been told these end up in the ocean and kill marine animals. What they didn’t tell us is that these plastics make up a fraction of the ...
 
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Kali was the sole progeny of the Tamaraw Gene Pool Farm.
The world’s last captive tamaraw, Kalibasib, aka Kali, has died. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced the news on Saturday, October 12.Kalibasib is an acronym for Kalikasang Bagong Sibol (Nature Newly Sprung). The tamaraw was named so when he ...
 
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Ninety-five percent of all whale sharks in Oslob had scars on their bodies.
Whale sharks are highly sensitive creatures that get injured easily when they come into contact with human devices. A new study published by LAMAVE in the journal Aquatic Conservation, Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems this week present the results of some of the work ...
 
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'I love animals very much,' said the hacker.
PAWSsion Project is a dog rescue group based in Bacolod, Philippines. “We rescue, rehab and rehome,” reads its page description on Facebook.The page became a target of a ransomware hacker in which an attacker threatens to publish the victim’s sensitive data or ...
 
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The lights of the fireflies could soon be snuffed out. 
In local folklore, trees that are visited by fireflies or alitaptap are said to be the dwelling place of engkantos. People believed fireflies are servants or pets of these otherworldly beings. In Bicol, the elderly still pass this folklore to younger generations. ...
 
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Most of them appear to be dead.
More pilot whales were found stranded on an Australian coast Wednesday, raising the estimated total to almost 500 in the largest mass stranding ever recorded in the country.Top Story: Are You Poor, Middle Class, or Rich?Authorities had already been working to rescue survivors ...
 
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Donsol is attracting more whale sharks than ever.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines has identified 19 new individual whale sharks in the waters of Ticao-Burias Pass Protected Seascape (TBPPS) since the start of 2020.Nestled between the provinces of Masbate, Sorsogon and Albay, the TBPPS is a critical ...
 
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Dogs were sent to meat restaurants as the pandemic worsens in the country.
Keeping pets in North Korea is considered a luxury. Why would anyone keep feeding animals when the rest of your comrades are starving, right? That is why in July, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un ordered a ban on all pets, calling ...
 
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Apparently, there were two ostriches.
The nation was treated to comic relief on August 4, when two ostriches were seen running around a village in Quezon City, one of which was being chased by a goat. Panicked motorists were unsure of what to do when they encountered ...
 
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This is how the Manila Zoo came to be Mali's caretaker.
Mali, the only elephant in the Philippines, is 47 years old. By elephant standards, that’s young, considering they live up to 80. In 2017, Mali made headlines after an animal rights group depicted her as the loneliest elephant in the world. It even ...
 
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It's only July, but it seems like a lifetime ago when Taal erupted in January 2020, with ashfall reaching the cities of Metro Manila, Rizal, Batangas, Laguna, Bulacan, and Calamba.Since then, our country has dealt with the longest lockdown in the world, ...
 
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Hundreds of dolphins were reportedly seen by a resident of a coastal town.
Dolphins and orcas have returned to the waters of Bohol after decades of avoiding the area. Pods of dolphins were spotted in the town of Garcia Hernandez, which has been implementing a lockdown and not allowing tourists for three months now. On ...
 
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Filipinos tamed dogs long before they were colonized.
More than 800 years ago, long before dog breeds and pedigrees came to the country, pre-colonial Filipinos already loved their indigenous canine companions and even buried them in cemeteries for people. Sometime in the 1960s, a site in Sta. Ana, Manila was excavated ...
 
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The Philippine Eagle Center has lost its largest source of funds.
As the lockdown stretches on for three months, zookeepers and conservationists are digging deep into their dwindling savings to keep animals in their care alive. The Philippine eagle is one of the animals that need your help now.There are only 400 pairs ...
 
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It climbs trees and hunts cobras.
In the ancestral lands of Bukidnon in Mindanao, there is a type of wild dog that does not breed with other dogs. It has sharp claws, climbs trees, hunts cobras, and could be 36,000 years old. It is called tiger dog and aso ng ...
 
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Birders nicknamed the species ‘Ibong Adarna.’
If you ask local birders about Ibong Adarna, they will most likely point you to an actual bird and not an epic poem you read when you were a freshman in high school. In Philippine folklore, the Ibong Adarna is a mythical bird ...
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