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Pitbull named ‘Nazi’ mauls 60-year-old owner in Thailand

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  • A pitbull named “Nazi” mauled its 60-year-old owner after it saw her feeding a stray dog on Monday in Nakhon Ratchasima province in Thailand.
  • The owner was found lying in a pool of blood with “gaping wounds” on her neck and upper arm.
  • The victim’s condition and the dog’s fate following the attack are currently unknown.
  • The dog’s name, which is used to describe a member of the German fascist party under Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1945, was not viewed as unusual in Thailand.

A Pitbull named “Nazi” mauled its 60-year-old owner in northeast Thailand.

Nazi reportedly attacked its owner, identified as Supaporn, after it saw her feeding a stray dog at 2 p.m. local time on Monday in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

Elephant is caught on CCTV trampling monk to death in Thailand

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  • Phra Prachon Suksingh, a 66-year-old Buddhist monk, was trampled to death by a wild elephant in Chanthaburi province, Thailand, on Saturday.
  • Another monk discovered Suksingh’s body outside on the temple grounds at 5 a.m. the next morning.
  • Staff confirmed that an elephant was responsible for the monk’s death after reviewing surveillance footage and finding footprints at the scene.
  • Wildlife rangers have reportedly been deployed in the area to keep elephants away from villages.

A wild elephant was captured on surveillance footage killing a Buddhist monk in eastern Thailand.

Phra Prachon Suksingh, 66, was trampled to death by a wild elephant in Chanthaburi province at around 9:20 p.m. local time on Saturday.

Sightseeing train in Japan is fueled by used cooking oil, discarded ramen soup lard

Tempura ramen broth biofuel
  • Takachiho Amaterasu Railway, a train company operating in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, started using biodiesel fuel created from used tempura cooking oil and discarded lard from ramen soup to power its open-air sightseeing train on Aug. 1.
  • The railway tested the fuel for its open-air sightseeing train in mid-June using a ratio of 9:1 used tempura oil and lard extracted from ramen broth and refined with chemicals.
  • Although the price is similar to that of diesel, the company noted that it has not had problems with black smoke coming from its train or the strong smell of exhaust gas that is commonly present in diesel-run engines.
  • The ramen broth biofuel was first used by Nishida Shoun, a trucking company based in Shingu in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture.

A Japanese company started using biodiesel fuel created from used tempura cooking oil and discarded lard from ramen soup to power its open-air sightseeing train last month.

Takachiho Amaterasu Railway Co., a train company operating in Takachiho, a town in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan started using the fuel developed by transportation company Nishida Shoun on Aug. 1.

The ultimate clean energy? Scientists create green hydrogen fuel from air

Humidity into green hydrogen fuel
  • A team of scientists has managed to invent a device that could turn water from the air into green hydrogen fuel, according to a Nature Communications study published by the group on Sept. 6.
  • “This module uses a hygroscopic electrolyte exposed to the atmosphere constantly,” Gang Kevin Li, a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Melbourne and co-author of the research, told Newsweek.
  • The DAE can provide hydrogen fuel to remote and dry areas with humidity as low as 4 percent, which Li said is drier than any desert.
  • “A lot of places with abundant renewable energy sources have limited water supply,” Fan Xiaolei, a co-author of the study from the University of Manchester’s chemical engineering department, said.
  • Some of the regions on the planet that show promise with good solar and wind energy but have a scarcity of freshwater are listed as North Africa, West and Central Asia, Midwest Oceania and southwest North America.
  • “We expect the product to be ready for market launch by the end of 2025 at the size of 1,000 square meters and operating in deserts, cold regions, and places with storms,” Li said.

Scientists have discovered a way to turn air into green hydrogen fuel and expect to make the technology available to the public in less than three years.

The team’s findings were published in the journal Nature Communications on Sept. 6. In the paper, the researchers explained that using their invention, which they called a “Direct Air Electrolyzer” (DAE), they were able to electrolyze the humidity in the air and turn it into “green hydrogen.”

Indonesian monkeys use stones as sex toys, researchers find

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  • Researchers studying the activity of over 170 long-tailed macaques living at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in central Bali between 2016 and 2019 observed that the monkeys were using stone tools as sex toys.
  • The study, which builds on lead author Camilla Cenni’s previous research in male monkeys in 2020, established that female monkeys exhibited similar behavior.
  • One difference the scientists observed among the female monkeys was their selectiveness in choosing stones to rub/tap against.
  • "When we talk about tool use in animals, we normally think about survival-dependent instances," Cenni was quoted as saying. "There is an increasing number of studies that are suggesting that using objects as tools doesn't have to be a matter of survival. This is clearly an example."

A species of monkeys in Indonesia has been observed using stones as sex toys, a new study revealed. 

Researchers made the conclusion after studying the activity of over 170 long-tailed macaques living at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in central Bali between 2016 and 2019. 

Chinese scientists successfully create world’s first mammal with fully reprogrammed genes

Chinese scientists have successfully recombined a mouse’s chromosomes to create the world’s first mammal with fully reprogrammed genes. 

Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing broke down the chromosomes into different segments and rearranged them in different combinations to create a new package of genes, resulting in the mouse called “Xiao Zhu” (Little Bamboo).

Marine mammals that inspired ancient mermaid tales are now ‘functionally extinct’ in China

  • The dugong — a marine mammal that purportedly inspired ancient mermaid tales — has been declared “functionally extinct” in China due to the degradation of its habitat caused by humans.
  • On Wednesday, a group of researchers from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences published their findings in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Royal Society Open Science.
  • They discovered that only 5% of 788 respondents reported previous dugong sightings, with the "mean last-sighting date" dating back 23 years. Three respondents claimed to have seen the marine mammal in the last five years.
  • “We are forced to conclude that dugongs have experienced rapid population collapse during recent decades and are now functionally extinct in China,” the authors of the study noted.
  • They believe that hunting combined with “the degradation of seagrass beds and accidental entanglement” have played a part in the decline of the dugong population in China’s waters.

The dugong — a marine mammal that purportedly inspired ancient mermaid tales — has been declared “functionally extinct” in China due to the degradation of its habitat caused by humans.

On Wednesday, a group of researchers from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences published their findings in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Royal Society Open Science.

Vietnamese father in Texas wrestles alligator outside his home using tips from late Steve Irwin

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  • A Vietnamese father and restaurant owner in Missouri captured an alligator outside of his home by remembering what the late Steve Irwin did.
  • As he was getting ready to take his kids to their first day of school, he and his daughter encountered the alligator in front of their home.
  • Remembering what Irwin did when handling an alligator, the father recalled that a towel must be placed over the animal’s head to calm it down.
  • After dropping his kids off at school, the man and his 19-year-old daughter secured the alligator’s mouth to prevent it from biting and released the animal in a nearby pond.

On Tuesday morning, a Vietnamese father and restaurant owner in Missouri City, Texas, successfully wrestled an alligator using tips he learned from watching the late wildlife expert Steve Irwin.

While getting ready for work and his children’s first day of school, Mike Trinh discovered an alligator at the front of his home after his daughter alerted him of the animal. 

Overworked elephant rips Thai owner in half

  • A 20-year-old male elephant named Pom Pam reportedly ripped his owner, Supachai Wongfaed, in half using his tusks in the Thai province of Phang Nga on Wednesday.
  • Supachai’s remains were recovered after authorities called Phang Nga Provincial Livestock officers to help them sedate the towering animal.
  • During their preliminary investigation, Takua Thung Police Station officers suggested that the hot weather on Wednesday drove the elephant to “go crazy” while it was forced to carry wood.
  • Rescuers reportedly used a dart gun to tranquilize Pom Pam and retrieve Wongfaed's body, which was later handed to his relatives for his funeral.

An annoyed elephant has reportedly ripped his owner in half using his tusks in the Thai province of Phang Nga after being forced to work under hot weather.

Officers from Takua Thung Police Station responded to a call about the elephant owner’s death at around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the Tha Yu subdistrict.

Elephant at Chinese zoo filmed returning shoe to child

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  • A video has gone viral of an elephant returning a child’s shoe after it fell into its enclosure at a zoo located in eastern China.
  • In the video, the elephant grabs the shoe with its trunk and reaches up to the child, handing him back the shoe.
  • The video has garnered over 2.5 million views and 14,000 likes since being uploaded on Wednesday.

An adorable elephant in Shandong province of eastern China was caught on video returning a little boy’s shoe after it fell into his enclosure at a zoo.

The video, uploaded to Twitter on Wednesday by Now This, shows the elephant grabbing the tiny shoe with its trunk and carefully reaching up to the boy as the child grabs his shoe back. 

Video of elephant giving birth in Kenya reserve goes viral

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  • A video of an elephant giving birth in snowy conditions went viral on Monday, garnering over 8.5 million views in a day.
  • The one-minute clip posted on Twitter was reportedly taken at the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya and shows an elephant rocking back and forth, pushing out the baby.
  • The video begins with the baby’s bottom already visible, poking out from the mother’s body.
  • As the female elephant swings back and forth, even raising her trunk in what appears to be an effort to push harder, the baby comes tumbling out, surrounded in its afterbirth.
  • The video concludes with a stampede of elephants coming to the mother and baby: the family unit is known to form a circle around the female as she gives birth, to protect her during labor.

On Monday, a video of an elephant giving birth in snowy conditions went viral, garnering over 8.5 million views in a day.

The one-minute clip posted on Twitter was reportedly taken at the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya and shows an elephant rocking back and forth as it pushes out the baby. 

Viral video captures elephants springing to action to save calf drowning in pool

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  • In a video posted to Twitter on Saturday, two elephants can be seen rushing to save a drowning baby elephant.
  • In what appears to be footage from Seoul Grand Park Zoo in South Korea’s capital, a calf can be seen falling into a large pool of water.
  • An adult elephant who is thought to be the baby elephant’s mother begins to panic, and another adult elephant rushes over.
  • The two adults enter the pool from the shallow end while the calf struggles to keep its trunk above water.
  • Keeping the little elephant between them, the adults lead it safely out of the water.
  • The clip has gone viral since it was uploaded, already garnering more than 2.3 million views.

In a video posted to Twitter on Saturday, two elephants can be seen rushing to save a drowning baby elephant.

In what appears to be footage from Seoul Grand Park Zoo in South Korea’s capital, the calf can be seen falling into a large pool of water.