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Zoo kills giraffe, feeds it to lions
A Danish zoo has sparked
outrage as it put down a young
gira e then chopped it up
and fed it to lions as visitors,
including young children, looked
e fate of 18-month-old
Marius shocked animal lovers
around the world, with thousands
signing an on-line petition
to save him and a billionaire
o ering to buy him and keep him
in his Beverly Hills garden.
Copenhagen Zoo said the
action was necessary to prevent
inbreeding and Marius was put
down with a bolt gun after being
A crowd of visitors, including
small children, looked on as an
autopsy was carried out and the
animal skinned and chopped up.
Some grimaced while others
A full-maned lion later tucked
into the gira e's remains in full
view of the public.
"It was put down at 9.20. It
went as planned. It's always the
people's right to protest. But of
course we have been surprised,"
zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek
Bro told media.
He said some zoo sta had
received death threats including
scienti c director Bengt Holst
who "received a call in the middle
of the night".
In a statement on its website,
the zoo said that under European
Association of Zoos and Aquaria
(EAZA) rules, inbreeding
between gira es was to be
It said it had no choice other
than to prevent the animal
attaining adulthood, stating that
castration is considered cruel
with "undesirable e ects" and
there was no programme to
release gira es into the wild.
e gira e's impending death
sparked outrage on-line, with
more than 33,000 people signing
various "Save Marius" petitions.
A Swedish zoo, which is not
part of the EAZA network, tried
in vain to get Marius transferred,
while a Danish promoter living
in Los Angeles, Claus Hjelmbak,
told a Danish newspaper he had
found a buyer, but that the zoo's
director was not interested in a
A wildlife park in Britain said it
had urgently contacted the zoo to
adopt Marius but had received no
response. --- AAP
PICTURE: Getty Images
e Lions in Copenhagen Zoo eat the remains of a perfectly healthy young
gira e named Marius who was shot dead at Copenhagen zoo despite an on-line
petition to save it signed by thousands of animal lovers.
6 - Monday, February 10, 2014
Victoria's worst res since the
devastating Black Saturday blazes
of 2009 have destroyed homes
on Melbourne's outskirts and are
threatening communities across the
On the corresponding weekend
to Black Saturday, emergency
warnings are in place throughout
Gippsland and in Melbourne's
northern suburbs and areas north
of the city as thousands of hectares
burn out of control.
A family of ve escaped from their
home in the northern Melbourne
suburb of Warrandyte before it
went up in ames.
Authorities say another home has
been lost around Mickleham and
reports are that others may have
been destroyed or damaged in both
O cials say they have major
concerns for the continuing threat
posed by the blaze in Gisborne,
north of Melbourne, that has
reportedly impacted the town of
Riddells Creek, and another around
Donnybrook and Wallan, north of
e res in Gippsland may impact
the state's power supplies with one
blaze taking hold in the Hazelwood
opencast coal mine.
A substation at the Hazelwood
Power Station is under threat and
res are approaching the nearby
city of Morwell and the Yallourn
open cut mine.
State Fire Services Commissioner
Craig Lapsley described Sunday
as one of the worst re days in
" is is the most serious re day
we have had in the state in ve
years," Lapsley said.
" ey have been intense, fast-
moving and in some cases have
been that fast-moving they have
moved onto properties with limited
time to warn those residents in that
A day that began with three
emergency warnings had 15 in
place at one stage and 11 still in
e ect at 6pm. e warnings inform
residents they are in immediate
danger, that it is too dangerous
to leave their properties and they
should take shelter indoors.
ere is no expectation conditions
will ease until late in the week at
" e impact on properties,
potential to have impact on life is
still real and happening," Lapsley
"Tomorrow will be cooler,
however it doesn't change the
conditions, it doesn't bring rain and
we will see the re danger decrease
but the res still have the potential
to do damage over the next number
of days," he said.
While a cool change caused
temperatures that approached
40degC about noon to drop in the
early afternoon, it also worsened
the situation as res turned back on
themselves and broke out on new
and wider fronts.
CFA incident controller Chris
Hardman con rmed the property
losses. "I can con rm that homes
have been lost. I can't tell you how
many," he told AAP.
e res also cut most major
highways in the state, including
those leading to Melbourne.
Chief Police Commissioner Ken
Lay said the Princes Highway
was closed at Cann River in the
far east and near Moe. e Calder
Highway west of the city is closed
at Diggers Rest and Gisborne, and
to the north the Hume Highway is
closed at several points, including
Donnybrook and Wallan.
Authorities said three re ghters
were reported injured in separate
incidents around the state, but no
fatalities have been reported.
Mr Hardman said the CFA
was hopeful of containing the
Warrandyte re before nightfall.
But Alan Goodwin from the
State Control Centre said the res
nearest to Melbourne remain of
"First and foremost now it's about
keeping people safe," Goodwin
Grass res are also burning in the
Melbourne suburbs of Fawkner,
Reservoir and Keilor.
Other large res, some that have
been burning for days, are the
subject of emergency warnings
in Gippsland, where residents
in Orbost, Raymond Creek and
Moors have been urged to evacuate.
Two worshippers were killed and
six injured when a man opened
re during a prayer service in a
cathedral on Russia's Far East island of
e man, who worked as a security
guard at a private rm, was detained
after the shooting and his motives
were not immediately clear, Russia's
Investigative Committee said in a
A nun and a worshipper died in the
attack. e wounded sustained various
injuries but their lives were not in
danger, said the statement.
e incident occurred in the
Southern Sakhalin region, which was
seized from Japan along with the Kuril
Islands by Soviet forces at the end of
World War Two.
Japan's continuing claim on four of
the southern-most Kuril Islands has
complicated economic ties between
Moscow and Tokyo for decades.
e o shore zone of Sakhalin Island
provides Russia with most of its
lique ed natural gas.
Russia has stepped up security
across the vast country for the Winter
Olympic Games in the Black Sea
resort city of Sochi, located about
7500km west of Sakhalin Island.
Islamic militants who want to
carve out their own state in the
North Caucasus near Sochi have
threatened to disrupt the Games
with attacks aimed at embarrassing
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Two worshippers slain in Russian cathedral
Severe ooding and landslips cut o
rail links to large parts of south-west
England for more than 24 hours at
the weekend as the government came
under pressure for its handling of
storms battering Britain.
Some areas have been underwater for
over a month in the wettest January on
record, with angry residents criticising
the government for not doing enough
to prevent ooding or reacting quickly
enough to help those a ected by the
e military have been brought in to
help build ood defences and evacuate
properties. Britain's Met O ce said
several weather warnings remained
in place for the coming days, with
more heavy rain and gale force winds
Prime Minister David Cameron,
who visited the region on Friday, has
announced extra funding for ood
defence repairs and maintenance.
He is due to chair a meeting of the
government's emergency committee
later on Sunday.
But Environment Agency chairman
Chris Smith, who received a frosty
reception when he visited ood-hit
areas this week, has faced calls to step
Yesterday the government's
communities minister Eric Pickles,
who took over responsibility for the
ood response after the environment
minister was taken ill, apologised.
"We made a mistake, there's no
doubt about that, and we perhaps have
relied too much on the Environment
Agency's advice," he told the BBC,
saying the government now realised
rivers should have been dredged to help
"I'll apologise unreservedly and I'm
really sorry that we took the advice," he
said. "We thought we were dealing with
In the Somerset Levels, where
muddy brown water stretched o in all
directions as far as the eye could see,
nearly 3 million tonnes of water were
being pumped out every day.
Earlier in the week, high tides and
stormy seas destroyed a large section of
sea wall at Dawlish in Devon, washing
a stretch of railway track into the sea.
Further ooding and landslips cut o
all rail links to Devon and Cornwall on
Yesterday Network Rail, Britain's rail
network operator, said one route had
now reopened for a limited service,
with trains running at a reduced
Low cost airline Flybe has said it will
double the number of ights it runs on
weekdays from Newquay in Cornwall
to London to help alleviate transport
Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain's
anti-European Union party UKIP,
has called for some of the overseas aid
budget to be diverted to help tackle the
Speaking to the BBC during a visit to
the region yesterday, he described the
government's response as "Too little,
too late". --- Reuters
United Nations members arrive to the besieged neighbourhoods of Homs to supply humanitarian aid and evacuate
Hundreds evacuated from besieged Homs
More than 500 people have
reportedly been evacuated from the
besieged city of Homs in central Syria.
A UN spokesman said aid workers
were also trying to distribute further
packages in the area, hours before a
three-day humanitarian truce was due
For a second day running, the relief
convoy to the rebel-held enclave came
under attack, Jens Laerke, spokesman
for the UN O ce for the Co-
ordination of Humanitarian A airs,
" e convoy again came under
mortar re, which is completely
unacceptable. e parties on the
ground are the ones who created this
humanitarian truce," Laerke said.
Opposition sources said a mortar
shell red by government forces hit a
group of civilians who were awaiting
evacuation, killing four and injuring
e numbers of evacuees, and the
reported deaths and injuries, could not
immediately be veri ed.
e opposition Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said that more than
500 women, children and men aged
over 55 had been evacuated by early
Sunday's di cult humanitarian
operation came a day before
government and opposition
delegations were due to begin a second
round of peace talks in the Swiss city
Yesterday a joint UN-Red Crescent
aid convoy was red on, resulting in a
Red Crescent aid worker su ering a
Two trucks were also damaged and
had to be left behind, the Syrian
Arab Red Crescent said on its o cial
ere are an estimated 2500 to 3000
residents trapped in the Old City of
Homs, where streets are strewn in
rubble and the population is su ering
from an acute shortage of food and
other vital supplies.
e delivery of humanitarian aid to
besieged civilians in the area was one
of the humanitarian steps proposed as
a con dence-building measure at the
rst round of the US- and Russian-
sponsored Geneva peace talks.
e con ict in Syria, which started
in March 2011 with peaceful
demonstrations, has claimed at least
130,000 lives according to the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights, which
has a network of activists inside the
UN agencies say 2.4 million Syrians
have ed the country, with another 6.5
million internally displaced. --- AAP
Hollywood's iconic good
guy, Clint Eastwood, is
also a hero in the real
world after swooping to
rescue a choking guest at a
"Clint saved my life,"
Steve John told e
Carmel Pine Cone, the
local newspaper where the
actor once served as mayor
in the 1980s.
During a reception for
a golf tournament in
Carmel-by-the-Sea this week, John was
eating and chatting, only to get a piece
of cheese stuck in his windpipe.
"Suddenly, I couldn't breathe. It was as
bad as it could have been," recalled the
director of the AT and T Pebble Beach
National Pro-Am golf tournament in
"Clint came up behind me, and he
knew exactly what to do."
e award-winning actor and director
told the local paper that
he saw in John "that look
of panic people have when
they see their life passing
before their eyes".
Eastwood, 83, moved
behind John to perform
the Heimlich manoeuvre.
"I gave him three good
jolts, and that got it out,"
the mega star recalled.
"And then I made him
drink a big glass of water
with a bunch of lemon
squeezed in it."
Eastwood, who most famously
inhabited the role of Dirty Harry,
confessed he'd never performed the
Heimlich manoeuvre in real life before:
"except to practise".
e manoeuvre consists of standing
behind a person and pressing strongly
with both hands just above their
navel to help expel any food or other
object that is blocking the airway.
Eastwood saves a life
Search for shark
e search is continuing for an
Adelaide teacher who was taken by a
shark while spear shing o the South
e 28-year-old was spear shing with
friends about 100m o the popular
Goldsmith beach, south of Edithburgh,
on the Yorke Peninsula, on Saturday
when he was attacked.
e experienced diver was due to
compete yesterday at the 2014 Freedive
Extreme York Peninsula Spear shing
Competition organiser Jonathan
Hammond said the man was the "best
bloke you would ever meet" and always
had a smile on his face.
" e community is still grasping with
what's happened and we're all banding
together just to make sure there is support
in place for the guys who witnessed it,"
Sharks were a natural risk when
spear shing and the victim would not
want the animal to be hunted and killed,
e principal at the school where
he teaches is expected to address an
assembly today about the incident.
Schapelle Corby's release from jail
--- potentially today --- has been
a long time coming, but there are
yet more bureaucratic hurdles she
must jump before going to her new
e boss of Kerobokan Prison,
Farid Junaedi, overnight con rmed
the documents needed for the
convicted drug smuggler's parole
had been sent from Jakarta.
If he gets the crucial paperwork
early today, the Australian could
leave this afternoon.
Junaedi will give a media
conference this afternoon.
e rst thing Corby, 36, will see
when she gets out of Kerobokan's
four walls is another wall --- of
Once past them, she will have
more mundane tasks to ful l.
From Kerobokan, o cials say she
will have to go to the prosecutor's
o ce for paper work and
ngerprinting that may take more
than an hour.
e next stop is the corrections
o ce, known as Bapas, where she
will be interviewed further.
Corby will then be free to go to
the address she has nominated on
her parole forms, the Kuta home of
her sister Mercedes and brother-in-
law Wayan Widyartha.
It is more than nine years since
the then-Gold Coast resident took
her ill-fated trip to Bali, and was
arrested at the airport with 4.2kg of
cannabis. --- AAP
Corby waits for freedom
About 3000 residents of a central
Victorian town are under threat
from a fast-moving grass re.
People in Numurkah, about 25km
north of Shepparton, have been
urged to evacuate to Cobram where
it is safe to do so, however for some
it is too late to leave.
e CFA says residents in the
town's northern fringes have should
take shelter inside.
Local incident control spokesman
Robert Scott said the threat had
increased from earlier in the day
after a new re started at Reilly's
"It's actually impacting on
Numurkah," Mr Scott said.
"It's not heading towards
Shepparton at the moment. If we
get the southerly winds it will blow
it away from Shepparton," he said.
Entire town under fire threat
Lawyers representing pop star
Justin Bieber have led legal
documents in an attempt to prevent
the release of images showing the
singer in police custody.
e request comes after footage
emerged of the Baby hitmaker
being strip-searched by police
in a Florida jail after his arrest in
e motion, led by Bieber's legal
team states: "While in custody at
the Miami Beach police station
the defendant was captured on
videotape in various states of
undress which show intimate
personal parts of the defendant's
e documents allege the release
of the video showing Bieber's strip
search is in violation of the law and
it emerged before the pop star's
lawyers were made aware of the
existence of the footage.
Earlier in February, it was
revealed a police o cer was facing
an internal investigation over
claims she attempted to take a
picture of the singer while he was
Bieber, 19, was charged with
driving under the in uence, driving
without a valid licence and resisting
arrest after allegedly drag racing in
January. --- AAP
Two owners of a Bangladeshi garment
factory where 112 workers were killed in
a 2012 re have turned themselves in to
authorities and have been jailed pending
e detentions of Delawar Hossain,
managing director of the Tazreen
Fashion factory, and his wife, Mahmuda
Akhtar, the factory's chair woman, were
ordered by a Dhaka court a month and a
half after the court issued arrest warrants
against the owners and managers of the
ey were among 13 people charged
with culpable homicide.
Six of the suspects have secured bail
and one other person is in jail ahead of
the trial, prosecutor Anwarul Kabir said.
Four managers remain at large, Kabir
Investigators led the charges after
more than a year of investigation.
e owners have been accused of
negligence in the re, which gutted the
factory in the Ashulia industrial district
near Dhaka on November 24, 2012.
Survivors alleged that the main exits
were locked and they were not allowed
to leave when the re broke out at the
factory, which produced clothing for
global brands such as Wal-Mart and C
Bangladesh, the world's second-largest
garment producer after China, has been
under scrutiny for poor safety standards
after the Ashulia re and the collapse
last year of the Rana Plaza building,
which killed more than 1100 people on
the outskirts of Dhaka.
e garment industry accounts for
nearly 80% of Bangladesh's exports.
Mahmuda Akhtar and Delaware
Bid to block Bieber photos
Owners of deadly
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