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First panda cub born in Singapore is named Le Le by online voters

Singapore Baby Panda Le Le
  • The name of the first giant panda cub born in Singapore was revealed to be “Le Le,” stemming from an old Chinese name for the republic, “shi le po.”
  • The cub was born in August, and a subsequent online poll took place in which 64,000 casted votes to decide on the panda’s name.
  • Le Le will be on view twice a day for 20-30 minutes in a special nursery designed for his comfort.

Singapore’s first panda cub, born in August, has finally received its name following an online voting contest. 

Singapore and China jointly announced the name on Wednesday in a virtual ceremony. The cub will be named “Le Le,” which is derived from an old Chinese name for Singapore, “shi le po.”

An award-winning photo of an elephant swimming has reignited a fierce debate on animal welfare in Thailand

elephant swimming thailand

An image of a young elephant performing for an audience while submerged in a tank in Thailand has reignited conversations on the issue of animal welfare. 

Award-winning photo: Taken at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Australian photojournalist Adam Oswell’s winning entry for the Natural History Museum’s (NHM) prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) award for Photojournalism attracted international attention in October this year, reported CNN

‘They’re sentient’: Scientists, activists sound alarm as world’s first octopus farm nears completion

first octopus farm

Scientists and environmental conservationists are opposing the development of the world’s first commercial octopus farm, arguing that it would torture an animal research has repeatedly proven to be sentient.

Driving the news: Spanish multinational firm Nueva Pescanova, which focuses on seafood commercialization and farming, succeeded in breeding the octopus in July 2019. According to their reports, the company will begin selling farmed octopuses in 2023.

Here’s where you can donate to Filipinos affected by the Super Typhoon Rai

Typhoon Rai Relief Funds
  • Super Typhoon Rai has displaced more than 481,000 Filipinos and has resulted in 375 verified deaths.
  • Many organizations and companies have set up local and international methods through which people can help those affected.

Organizations and companies are calling for urgent donations for those affected by Super Typhoon Rai in the Philippines.

International Donations 

Super Typhoon Rai kills 375, displaces 481,000 Filipinos

Typhoon Rai Destruction
  • Super Typhoon Rai, a Category 5 storm, ripped through 10 regions in the Philippines last Thursday, displacing 481,000 and killing 375 Filipinos.
  • The typhoon caused widespread floods and landslides, destroying a total of 55,475 houses.
  • Many organizations are calling for urgent donations to help the victims and communities of those affected.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Super Typhoon Rai death toll has risen to 375 and displaced more than 481,000 people in the Philippines.

The destruction of Super Typhoon Rai

How one man repopulated San Francisco with a locally rare butterfly species by using his backyard

Tim Wong Butterfly
Tim Wong, a San Francisco aquatic biologist, helped repopulate his city with a locally rare butterfly species by breeding them in his backyard.

Saving the butterflies: San Francisco was once the home of the California pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor hirsuta), a butterfly species known for its majestic blue color, Bright Side reported. The species was ultimately driven out of its natural habitat in the early 20th century as more areas in the city began to develop.


Indonesian court rules to save Indigenous ancestral lands from palm oil companies’ exploitation

Indigenous West Papua

An Indigenous group in Indonesia’s West Papua province is celebrating a ruling that saves their ancestral lands spanning tens of thousands of hectares from palm oil exploitation.

Driving the news: On Tuesday, the Jayapura Administrative Court in West Papua ruled in favor of Sorong Regency head Johny Kamuru, who was sued after revoking permits that allowed over a dozen palm oil companies to turn Indigenous forest areas into plantations. 

Ground-level witness videos of Mount Semeru eruption show devastation of Indonesian villages

Mount Semeru’s volcanic eruption

Dozens have either gone missing, become injured or died after Mount Semeru’s volcanic eruption over the weekend devastated the Indonesian island of Java.

Unexpected videos: Indonesians living near the volcano in Lumajang Regency recorded the disastrous event and uploaded footage of plumes of rising smoke, ash that looks like snow and streams of flowing hot mud to TikTok, reported Vice.

China ‘modified’ weather to create clear skies for CCP anniversary parade, new study says

China Weather Modification

China reportedly used weather modification technology to clear Beijing’s skies for the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) centenary earlier this year.

Making it rain: Scientists from Tsinghua University suggested that the Chinese government conducted a cloud-seeding activity the day before the CCP’s 100th-year celebration in Tiananmen Square on July 1, reported South China Morning Post.

Report: World’s 100 most polluted cities are all in Asia

Report: World’s 100 most polluted cities are all in ASIA

In an apparent wake-up call to Asia, the world’s 100 most polluted cities in 2020 all happened to be in the continent, according to the latest annual report by air quality tracker IQAir.

Key findings: India had the highest number of polluted cities on the list, with a total of 46. China had 42 while six were in Pakistan, four in Bangladesh, one in Indonesia and one in Thailand completed the rest of the list.