Indonesia: Giant man-sized Amazonian fish washes up on Ciliwung River in Bogor
30th November 2015;
Yesterday, citizens in Bogor were shocked to find an enormous dead fish, as large as a full-grown man, washed up on the banks of the Ciliwung River under the Jalan Baru Bridge in North Bogor.
The fish was identified as an Arapaima (Araipama gigas), native to the Amazon rainforests.
No, the fish didn’t swim half the world to end up in the Ciliwung. It was later revealed that the fish lived in an aquarium in Sumber Karya Indah (SKI) tourism attraction in Tajur, Bogor, and had only recently died.
“Yesterday (Saturday), a fish died at around 7:30AM,” said SKI informations officer M Sholeh, as quoted by Kompas on Sunday.
Sholeh added that they haven’t determined the fish’s cause of death.
Because of the lack of burial rites for fish – however magnificent they may be – the dead Araipama was simply tossed into the river, presumably to become fish food.
Fate would have it that the dead fish resurfaced in Bogor for a final send off. It was reported that it took seven adult males to lift the fish and toss it back into the river.
We certainly hope it doesn’t wash up anywhere else downstream so it can rest peacefully in its watery grave.
Not all the birds we find are indigenous to Singapore. Some, like this African Citril (Serinus citrinelloides), are escaped pet birds or birds released as part of the religious practice of ’Fang Sheng’. As this bird demonstrates, releasing pets and other captive animals into the wild is not a good idea. For one, most of these animals are unlikely to survive for long since they’ve spent most of their lives in captivity. Those that do survive, on the other hand, may end up establishing feral populations that may compete with other animals and upset the ecological balance. If you own pet birds, please be a responsible pet owner, and if you see people releasing animals into the wild, please gently advise them against doing so.
A beautiful Pin-tailed Parrotfinch (Erythrura prasina), found dead in Tiong Bahru by Isabelle Lee. Like most of the dead birds that have passed through me, this one’s neck is definitely broken – likely another case of windowkill. In the freezer now, bound for David Tan from the Avian Genetics lab tomorrow.
Two days ago (13 July 2015) at about 7.40am, a pink carrier was spotted by our officer at a walkway on Bukit Batok Road leading towards the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), just after the Traffic Police speed camera. Our investigating team arrived at the scene to find the carrier empty, but a dead animal was spotted on the left lane of the road, most possibly run over multiple times by moving vehicles. Tufts of white fur and excrement were also found in the pink carrier.
The dead animal was later verified by our vet to be a Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), and its fur colour matched that of the tufts seen in the carrier.
A month ago, we were similarly alerted to five allegedly abandoned Rabbits found in a blue carrier. This is the second incident of Rabbits found abandoned at the same location.
We appeal to all pet owners to be responsible pet owners. Never abandon your pet if you can no longer keep it.
Domestic Rabbits will not be able to survive once left in forested areas to fend for themselves.
The SPCA urges anyone with further leads on this incident, to call its 24-hour hotline at 62875355 (ext. 9), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (Information provided will be treated in strict confidence).
Under the revised Animals and Birds Act, anyone found guilty of cruelty to animals, including abandonment of any animal, can be imprisoned for up to 18 months, fined up to $15,000, or both.
Australian Red-claw Crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) Tampines Quarry Lake, 10th September 2012
This exoskeleton of an Australian Red-claw Crayfish was found on the shore of Tampines Quarry Lake, an artificial lake that formed out of a disused sand quarry. Hence most of the larger aquatic fauna like fishes and decapod crustaceans are likely to have been introduced by humans. The presence of a crayfish exoskeleton suggests that there might be a population living in the lake, although I have yet to see a living specimen.