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Police investigating Chinese food vlogger who livestreamed herself eating an endangered baby shark

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  • A Chinese food vlogger who livestreamed herself eating an endangered baby great white shark and shared the clip on social media is now being investigated by police.
  • Following social media backlash, the influencer deleted the clip and all other previous posts from her account.
  • In the video, she is seen eating the pepper-covered roasted tail of the baby shark while cutting the rest of it up and boiling it with spices.
  • The vlogger claims in the video that the baby shark was “edible” and “bred in captivity,” but many internet users are questioning whether she legally bought the fish.

Police are investigating a Chinese food vlogger after she shared a livestream clip of herself eating an endangered baby great white shark.

The influencer, known as Tizi, livestreams on Douyin and Kuaishou, where she has attracted millions of followers for her bold food choices. She often consumes rarely eaten animals cooked in a large wok with spices and oil, such as an ostriches and crocodiles. 

7-ton haul of illegal animal parts worth $18 million seized by Malaysian authorities

  • Malaysian customs officials seized a haul of illegal animal parts, including rhino horns, elephant tusks, pangolin scales and tiger bones worth around 80 million ringgit (approximately $17.9 million) at Port Klang, Malaysia, on July 10.
  • Malaysian Customs Director General Zazuli Johan said the seizure of the elephant tusks was the biggest in the country’s history.
  • Investigations into the illegal haul’s shipping agent and importer are currently ongoing.
  • It remains unclear if the container was to be shipped to other countries in Asia. However, conservationists have identified Malaysia as a major transit point from which endangered wildlife are illegally trafficked to other Asian countries, especially China.

Malaysian customs officials seized a haul of illegal animal parts worth nearly $18 million. 

The trafficked animal parts, which included rhino horns, elephant tusks, pangolin scales and tiger bones worth around 80 million ringgit (approximately $17.9 million), were discovered at Port Klang in Selangor state on July 10.  

Over 30 endangered sea turtles found with stab wounds to their necks on Japan beach

  • Okinawa Prefectural Police launched an animal cruelty investigation following the discovery of over 30 stabbed green sea turtles on a beach in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, on July 14.
  • The turtles were reportedly found with stab wounds to their necks and flippers, and many of them were unmoving.
  • The Kumejima Municipal Government and local police are currently investigating the incident.
  • The turtles were believed to have been stabbed by fishers after getting tangled in fishing nets.
  • “I disentangled some of them and released them into the sea, but I couldn’t free heavy ones, so I stabbed them to get rid of them,” one fishery operator reportedly admitted, according to the Mainichi Shimbun.
  • Green sea turtles are considered an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Japanese Environment Ministry.

Okinawa Prefectural Police launched an animal cruelty investigation following the discovery of over 30 stabbed sea turtles on a beach in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.

Employees of the Sea Turtle Museum of Kumejima rushed to the beaches of Kumejima island after residents reported dozens of green sea turtles found with stab wounds to their necks and flippers on July 14. 

Video: Critically endangered sawfish weighing 550 lbs netted off India coast

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  • A sawfish was found dead on the coast of Karnataka after accidentally getting caught in fishing nets.
  • Mangalore City shared photos of the shark, described as “extremely rare” and weighing approximately 250 kilograms (about 551 pounds).
  • Sawfishes, a species of carpenter sharks, are considered an endangered species and protected in India under the Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
  • Many users on Twitter reacted to the news, expressing outrage and sorrow.

A very rare carpenter shark, also known as sawfish, was found dead after getting tangled in fishing nets on the coast of Karnataka, India.

A video posted to the Nakhuda Boys Manki’s Facebook page shows the large sawfish being lifted by a crane and has been shared by many on social media.

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

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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.

 

Giant Panda’s Sudden Death in Thai Zoo Sparks Anger in China

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A giant panda on permanent loan to a zoo in Thailand since 2003 has unexpectedly passed away on Monday, sparking outrage in China where it originated.

Local media reports that the 19-year-old male panda, named Chuang Chuang, collapsed after eating bamboo Monday afternoon in Chiang Mai Zoo, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. Pandas, which generally live 14-20 years in the wild, live up to 30 years in captivity, according to WWF.

Chinese Mountain Cats in the Wild Caught on Video For the First Time

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In a very rare moment, an infrared camera set up in Chindu County recently captured a small Chinese Mountain Cat family in the wild.

This is the first time a family of Chinese Mountain Cats (Felis bieti) has been filmed on video in the wild, according to CGTN. The animal is listed as a second-class protected wild animal in China, as well as an endangered species — truly one of the rarest types of cat in the world.

China Arrests ‘Pangolin Princess’ Who Loves Eating Endangered Animals

A Chinese woman dubbed the “Pangolin Princess” for her appetite for endangered animals was arrested and now faces 10 years in prison after she posted images of her meals online.

A Weibo user shared screenshots of posts from another user named “Zhanfangdeduoduo” in 2011 and 2012, showing a bowl of “Eight animal stew,” which included nationally-protected animals such as the pangolin, swan and snake cooked for five hours, according to Shanghaiist.