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 email@example.com. (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.
Elaine Chiam, who runs the Love Kuching Project, will be speaking at the NUS PEACE Animal Welfare Symposium 2012 this Saturday. She will be sharing about her experiences with rescuing and fostering stray cats. Do come down for the symposium and show your support for the many organisations and individuals who commit their time and resources towards animal welfare in Singapore.
Domestic Dog (Canis lupus familiaris) Mandai, 31st May 2012
This photograph of a carcass of a domestic dog washed up in the mangroves at Mandai was shared by Dan Friess on Twitter. From the bloating and loss of hair, it had clearly spent some time in the water.
Discus (Symphysodon sp.) Potong Pasir, 7th March 2012
This dead discus, a South American cichlid native to the Amazon Basin, was seen at the foot of an apartment block by Alvin Lim, who took a photo and shared it on Instagram.
There was no water nearby, and my guess is that this was not an abandoned pet. It’s possible that this was a case of a fish jumping out of a tank placed close to a window, only to end up falling all the way to the foot of the block. Alternatively, the fish could have died in the aquarium, only to be dumped out of the window instead of being tossed into the trash or flushed down the toilet bowl.
It is also possible that this discus fish had been released into a nearby canal or pond, only to get snatched and subsequently dropped by a piscivorous bird like a kingfisher, heron, or raptor. We probably won’t know for sure.
The vast majority of discus seen in aquariums are captive-bred varieties that have undergone intensive artificial selection for distinctive colours and patterns. The taxonomy of discus in the wild is still unclear, but most traditional references list 2 species; consequently, the nomenclature regarding domestic varieties (some of which might be hybrids between discus belonging to different populations or even species) also requires further clarification.