Some peculiar animal news from all over the place

Actually, from Harper’s Weekly Review. My favorite is the one about the enterprising crocodile in the Key Largo canal.

596 endangered pig-nosed turtles from Indonesia were intercepted at a border checkpoint in Hong Kong; and smugglers in Cameroon were arrested after trying to bring 256 pangolins to Vietnam, where use of their scales in medicine is covered by health insurance. In Spain, law enforcement shut down Europe’s biggest illegal turtle farm, and it was reported that 40,000 giraffe parts have been imported to the United States over the past 10 years. Two goats were caught running loose on subway tracks in Brooklyn, New York, and a crocodile in Key Largo, Florida, was spotted using a pool noodle to swim across a canal. “He looked like just any typical Florida tourist,” said one onlooker. It was reported that a mysterious four-ton creature, described as a “hairy carcass,” washed up on shore in eastern Russia, and a “vampire-like creature” was reported to have killed and sucked the blood of eight sheep in eastern Ukraine. Scientists from the University of Oviedo and the University of Toronto Mississauga published a study that implies angelfish can count. This reinforced the findings of a 2015 study involving guppies.


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