Game hunting has been a major sport in Zambia for a long time, but now that killing animals such as leopards and lions can possibly affect the tourism rate in the country, Minister Sylvia Masebo has put in end to the sport!!
Miz Masebo said:
In Nepal, several soccer-playing elephants got together for a quick game of soccer, or as they call it, trunkball.
It was part of Nepal's three-day, elephant-themed festival to help promote conservation awareness and boost tourism.
The elephants trained for weeks and seemed to have a great time playing around.
"We hope that the elephant festival will help bring more tourists to Chitwan. We need both foreign and domestic visitors."
They're probably trying to bring back tourists ever since their ten-year insurgency from armed rebels killed more than 13,000 people.
Hopefully the elephants will help.
"Training the elephants to play soccer was not easy but they learned the basic command. They understood they need to hit the ball when I yell 'kick' at them."
And an elephant never forgets, so maybe they'll keep up the soccer and we'll have a Christiano Ronaldophant.
Sorry, that was bad. LOLz!
[Image via AP Images.]
We've already seen a bearded lizard playing the newest reptile craze, the game ant crusher.
But now we've got a huge African Bullfrog playing it.
Except he's not too happy with his owner when he finds that he's not actually catching any ants.
Check it out in the above HIGHlarious video.
It's not uncommon for PETA's stunts and ads to really ruffle some feathers, but apparently, nintendo and Mario fans were so upset with PETA's "Mario Kills Tanooki" campaing, that PETA actually came out and said on the record that they were joking.
As we previously mentioned, PETA attacked Mario for wearing fur in his upcoming adventure, Super Mario 3D Land.
PETA said Mario fans should "relax" and that their violent video-game parody where a bloody, skinned raccoon dog chases down Mario (who's wearing it's skin) was:
"[…] meant to be tongue-in-cheek, a fun way to call attention to a serious issue, that raccoon dogs are skinned alive for their fur."
PETA said they were:
"[…] a little surprised that the game was taken so literally by some, but we're thrilled that we're able to bring so much attention to raccoon dogs whose suffering is very real.
Our spoof is simply making a serious point: that there is a much darker story behind tanuki skins than Mario lets on."
We're actually a little surprised at PETA for making light of such a serious and horrible issue.
At least PETA wasn't actually attacking the video game.
A spokesperson said:
"No one really believes that Mario actually kills and skins a raccoon dog for his fur in Super Mario 3D Land."
Well at least they've made their intentions clear.
And it is good that people are more aware of the plight of the raccoon dog.
[Image courtesy PETA.]
PETA launched a campaign called "Mario Kills Tanooki."
Nintendo is releasing Super Mario 3D Land and it marks the return of the Tanooki transformation, that was first in Super Mario Bros. 3.
Tanooki is based on the Japanese raccoon dog, and when Mario powers up, he's able to flap his tail and float around the level.
PETA, upset that he's wearing a fur suit, said:
What What What are we seeing???
Watch and see what it'd be like if our dogs could turn into skateboards.
No dogs were harmed in the making of this video - watch till the end to see how it was done!
If dogboarding became a sport would they compete at Westminster dog show or the X Games?
Oh no! This is so sad!
Grizzly bear deaths near the Yellowstone region in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho have risen to near record levels in 2010.
An estimated 75% of grizzle bears, which are protected animals, were killed or removed from the wild. Sources say that the deaths were blamed primarily on the grizzlies being pushed into inhabited areas where food is scarce, and where they become easily stalked by hunters.
In 2008, 79 Yellowstone grizzlies died or were removed, with only three of those deaths being natural.
"In general, if you were going to make a bet on whether a bear died because of people versus natural causes, it would be people," said Chuck Schwartz, a U.S. Geological Survey biologist who leads the multi-agency grizzly bear study team. "Eighty-five-plus percent of independent bears that die, die because of people," he added.
Hunting grizzly bears is still illegal, however at least 15 were killed this year by hunters.
This is terrible! We have to protect our wildlife!
[Image via WENN.]