Drive carefully at night!

You never know a Pangolin or another animal, in this case a Clouded Leopard (Neofelis diardi borneensis), might be crossing and you might accidentally kill it because animals are not like humans who look left and right and then cross.

In summary:

  • Specimen: Clouded Leopard
  • Young adult (with milk teeth still intact)
  • 166cm snout to tip of tail (actual measurement)
  • Approximately 20kg
  • Collector: Iena

Broken ribs and right lung punctured due to impact with the oncoming car.

Country Brunei Darussalam

Thank you Iena for making sure its death did not go in vain. Body parts were donated to UBD and a local Vocational school.

Source: 1StopBorneo Wildlife

Another casualty in Brunei.

A juvenile Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) carcass was found 2 weeks ago by one of our followers while she was practising for our running event between Tungku and Berakas beach. We’ve yet to know the cause of death but we’ve informed Wildlife Division on this.

During this time of the year, mating season is at its peak here and more Sea Turtles will be landing and nesting on our beaches. RIP young one.

Please contact us if you found Sea Turtles nesting, carcasses and landing.

Source: Beach Bunch Facebook

This is the third such dead Turtle which we have reported this year. It is a sad occasion. What could be the causes, many people are questioning. Well quite frankly, no one really knows. However the main reason could be boat propellers hitting the Turtle when they are surfacing or maybe stuck in fishing nets. If any expert out there, or someone who has experience on such matters, has any views on it, please do share. People with boats, please be careful while on your boats in the sea especially close to the shore, but we know this is easier said then done

Source: 1StopBrunei Wildlife Facebook

One of our followers found a Sea Turtle carcass between Berakas beach and Tungku beach last Friday while practising for our running event.

“This look like a juvenile Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). From the bruises it looks like it has been entangled on a fishing net then it drowned.” as told by our Malaysian sea turtle expert counterpart.

Brunei is known for its foraging area for these Sea Turtles. Hawksbills are considered a critically endangered species in the world. If you find dead Sea Turtles or selling of turtle eggs, contact us.

RIP poor animal.

Source: Beach Bunch Facebook, via 1StopBrunei Wildlife Facebook

Please drive carefully everyone especially during the night. Most animals are nocturnal and they become active in the evenings. They are not as vigilant as humans so we have to be extra careful while driving.

Dead Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) / Kuching Hutan on Jalan Labi.
Photo by Matthew

Source: 1StopBrunei Wildlife Facebook

Those who have attended our educational talks know what this is! It’s a Moonrat (Echinosorex gymnura), also known as Haji Bulan locally.

Their anal glands produce a powerful scent, resembling ammonia or rotten garlic and can be smelled from several meters away!

Bud said that this was his first encounter with a Moonrat and sadly this one was roadkilled!

What about you? Have you encountered a Haji Bulan before? Let us know! 🙂

Photo credits: Bud Chapman

Source: 1StopBrunei Wildlife Instagram

A carcass of a Finless Porpoise found washed ashore from Sg Teraban on April 30 with a bloody mouth and eyes. Photos by Wee Wei Min

Brunei: Researcher investigates death of porpoise rare in Brunei
By Aaron Wong, 12th May 2015;

A Brunei-based researcher is investigating the death of a Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) that was recently found with a bloody mouth and eyes at Belait’s Sungai Teraban.

A fishing hobbyist found the porpoise, over a metre long and weighing 30 to 40 kilogrammes, washed ashore the river on April 30.

The carcass was retrieved two days later by a researcher and brought to an undisclosed location to be studied.

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Finless Porpoise is a vulnerable species with a “high risk of endangerment in the wild”.

The researcher, who asked not to be named, said the porpoise’s death was of interest because sightings of the mammal are rare in Brunei and immediate judgement could not be made on its cause of death.

“There is no external damage on the skin of the porpoise; no broken skin or muscle. The skin is completely intact, which makes it quite strange,” said the researcher.

When pictures of the porpoise first made rounds on social media last week, accompanying messages stipulated sonar activity as causing the porpoise’s death.

The researcher said this was unlikely, but said that an autopsy would soon be performed to more accurately identify the cause of death.

“My initial guess would be that a boat collision caused its death because of its bloody eyes and mouth, but again the lack of punctures or obvious bruises elsewhere on its body makes it hard to know for sure,” he said.

Wee Wei Min, who first found the carcass with his cousin, suggested that a fisherman may have accidentally caught the porpoise, later dumping it ashore.

The researcher also raised the possibility of more than one dead porpoise being washed ashore at Sg Teraban, as the collected carcass was of different size than the porpoise in the picture first taken by Wee.

“Wee was the one who brought me to collect the porpoise, but it was a very different size than to the picture he took,” said the researcher.

“In the picture he took when he first found the porpoise, Wee who is of a smaller stature is holding the porpoise easily. I would say the carcass was one and a half times bigger when I saw it in person.”

The porpoise is currently being held in cold storage at an undisclosed location.

Source: The Brunei Times

ROADKILL!

Some sad news. Around 11.30 pm, we were informed of a beautiful otter being run over. It was so sad to see this pregnant female die. We will give the carcass to the Museum department soon. Please drive carefully Brunei. This was in Bandar, near the Old Bolkiah cinema. It had a friend which was clearly upset and traumatised. Thanks Keeran Janin for informing us and trying to scare the other otter to the river.

Source: 1Stop Brunei Wildlife Facebook

Based on the size of the animal, it’s possible that this was an Asian Small-clawed Otter (Aonyx cinerea).