The female Large-spotted Civet road-kill
Photo: WWF-Malaysia/Christopher Wong

Recent records of Large-spotted Civet Viverra megaspila from Peninsular Malaysia
Muhamad HAMIRUL, Christopher Chai Thiam WONG, Azlan MOHAMED, Ching Fong LAU, Shariff Wan MOHAMAD, Elangkumaran Sagtia SIWAN & D. Mark RAYAN

Abstract: To date there have been few published records of Large-spotted Civet Viverra megaspila across much of its range. It is one of the least known small carnivore species in Peninsular Malaysia, where there have been no published records of this species since 1985. Here we present new photographic evidence of Large-spotted Civet in Peninsular Malaysia from a camera-trap study and a road-killed animal. This represents a significant finding of this species after a lapse of more than 25 years. Our findings also support the suggestion that this species is likely tolerant or has adapted to human disturbance and habitat modification, since both records were found in and around palm oil plantations bordering evergreen forest. However, to what extent it uses palm oil plantations is unknown and further studies are needed to determine this.

Excerpt: A female Large-spotted Civet road-kill (Fig. 3) was found on 24 November 2014, along a 5–6 m wide paved road near Gerik town, Perak state. The road-kill was in an area that was surrounded by palm oil plantations and less than 50 m from human settlements. The closest and largest forest blocks (greater than 100 km2) from the road-kill locality are approximately 3 km to the east (Air Cepam Forest Reserve within the Titiwangsa Mountain Range) and about 4.5 km to the west (Bintang Hijau Forest Reserve within the Bintang Hijau Mountain Range). At the time of discovery at approximately midnight, the carcass was still fresh. The Large-spotted Civet carcass was not collected.

Source: Small Carnivore Conservation 52-53: 74-83

A critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) was found dead in Bonbon, Catarman, Liloan, Cebu City as reported by the Bantay Dagat yesterday.

Source: Jonathan Dungog Facebook, via Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines Facebook

Lesser Asiatic Yellow House Bat (Scotophilus kuhlii)
Pasir Ris, 2nd July 2015

Another electrocution victim…
27th December 2015;

Yesterday we received a call about a critically injured Bengal Slow Loris (Nycticebus bengalensis). The WFFT Wildlife Rescue Team rushed to the aid of this injured animal that had been found by some concerned local people, unable to move near a busy road. After being electrocuted by exposed power lines he had fallen to the ground. He was rushed directly to the WFFT Wildlife Hospital for urgent care. Having endured horrific burns to each of his feet, hands and limbs, the injuries were too severve to save this little soul. Sadly this happens all too often in Thailand, exposed electricity cables throughout the country severely injure and kill thousands of wild animals every year. Rest in peace little one.

Source: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand

Iqbal recording some data after checking the carcass of the whale which was washed ashore at Kampung Masjid, Kuala Baram.

Malaysia: Villagers find two whales washed ashore
By Norni Mahadi, 25th December 2015;

Two whales of the Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) species were found washed ashore at Kampung Masjid, a fishing village in Kuala Baram, yesterday.

According to village head Yusree Zainuzzaman, a fisherman had earlier asked for help from the villagers around 1pm to rescue a whale which was still alive.

He said they immediately pulled the mammal, a protected species, back to the sea.

A few minutes later, he said they found another whale from the same species, which was bigger than the first one, some 500 metres from the spot where the first one was found.

However, the whale had died, he added.

Malaysia Nature Society (MNS) Miri treasurer Iqbal Abdollah, when contacted by The Borneo Post, confirmed the case.

Iqbal, who is a member of Special Interest Group (SIG) in MNS which focuses on marine life, said the dead mammal was a female adult whale.

“The dead adult female whale was about 2.92 metres long,” he said, adding that he went to the scene for data recording.

As the first mammal appeared smaller than the dead one, he suspected they could be mother and baby.

“I couldn’t get the actual measure of the surviving whale as it had been released back to the sea before I reached the scene.”

“Based on the detail and the picture that the villager showed to me, it is estimated that the ‘baby whale’ could be about 1.8 metres long.”

He said Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) had been informed of the case.

Source: The Borneo Post