Photos: Christopher Luyong Facebook [1], [2] & DENRIX RPAO Facebook

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of the Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Maamo last October 25, 2015 at around 1:30 PM, two months after its rescue and subsequent surgery and rehabilitation.

The Maamo Team has started investigations to determine cause of death but preliminary findings have already ruled out speculations that death was caused by complications due to chest wound as physical indicators show that Maamo’s chest abrasions are minor and superficial.

Source: DENRIX RPAO Facebook

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Rare 12.7-foot Oarfish (Regalecus sp.) found in Funda-Dalipe, San Jose, Antique.

The Oarfish, or king of herrings, the longest bony fish in the world, was found on the shore in the said municipality last October 28, 2015. The said rare species could be the second longest Oarfish found in Antique this year, next to the 12.9-foot Oarfish found in Maradiona, Belison last August 12, 2015.

What do you think are the reasons that led to the appearance of the Oarfish in Antique?

Source: Flord Nicson J. Calawag Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

‘Khai Dam’ the Gaur after he was found dead in Krabi province yesterday.
Photo: Chatree Sakunbunma

Thailand: Protected Gaur Loved by Locals Killed Near Wildlife Sanctuary
By Sasiwan Mokkhasen, 29th October 2015;

A 6-year-old wild Gaur (Bos gaurus) named Khai Dam was shot dead at a palm oil plantation during a crackdown on land encroachment yesterday.

Forest guards carried the 800-kilogram body of the animal, a protected species of which few remain, to an office in a nearby wildlife sanctuary after it was found dead Wednesday morning at a palm oil plantation in the southern province of Krabi. Nine gunshot wounds were found in its legs and body, with severe trauma injuries to his neck.

Head of the Khlong Phraya Wildlife Sanctuary, Meechai Aiyasoon, said he already had some clue as to the identity of the gunman, and said he would be tracked down and charged with illegally killing the protected animal. Gaurs are protected under the 1992 Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act.

Khai Dam first traveled across the border from Surat Thani province to Krabi to feed about a year ago, a forest protection official said. A couple of weeks ago he was found feeding around palm oil and rubber plantations in Krabi’s Plai Phraya district, where his friendly personality had won the adoration of local villagers.

Prior to his death, forest guards at the Khlong Phraya Wildlife Sanctuary went to tear down property encroaching in Surat Thani’s Phrasaeng district, which shares a boundary in the same protected area. Meechai said he had arranged a team to monitor Khai Dam and told locals not to annoy him as it could cause stress to the animal.

Few of the once-prolific and now endangered, gentle animals remain in Thailand. In 2014, dozens of Gaurs turned up dead in Kui Buri National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

Source: Khaosod English

  1. Locals named the 800-kilogram Gaur Jao Kai Dam (black eggs boy).
  2. Gaurs are a protected species in Thailand.

Photos: Kritsada Mueanhawong

Thailand: Police hunt slayer of beloved Gaur
By Kritsada Mueanhawong, 29th October 2015;

Officers are hunting the killer of a much-beloved Gaur (Bos gaurus) that was found shot dead in a Krabi palm plantation yesterday.

“Locals explained to us that the Gaur, which is a protected species in Thailand, had migrated down from Khao Sok National Park. They said that the bull was very calm and peaceful,” said Meechai Aiyasoon, head of the Khlong Phraya Wildlife Sanctuary Center. “They loved the animal, often doing what they could to take care of him.”

Locals named the 800-kilogram Gaur, also known as an Indian Bison, Jao Kai Dam (black eggs boy).

Jao Kai Dam, which had moved to the area last year, was found with nine bullet wounds to his body and a deep gash to his neck.

“The bull was found staying with local herds of cattle sometimes, but people hadn’t seen him for a while. They were very surprised when they stumbled on to his body.”

A complaint was filed to the Plai Phraya Police for the slaying of the protected animal.

Both Plai Phraya Police and officers from the Khlong Phraya Wildlife Sanctuary Center are searching for the killer, confirmed Mr Meechai.

Source: Phuket Gazette

Please don’t club your friendly neighbourhood Reticulated Python (Malayopython reticulatus). They help you control the rat population. Call Acres wildlife rescue helpline (24hr) at +65 9783 7782 if you need assistance.

Source: Joelle Lai Facebook