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05/05/20
« on: Tuesday, 05 May, 2020 @ 02:44:14 »
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Tiny pair of world’s smallest cat breed born in UK

A pair of the world’s smallest and rarest species of cat have been born in Britain.

The rusty-spotted cat measure around 35cm to 48cm in body length and at birth are no bigger than mice.

The kittens, which belong to an endangered species normally native to India and Sri Lanka, were born at an animal sanctuary in Cornwall.

Their birth was part of the Rusty Spotted Cat Conservation Breeding Programme at Porfell.

The Covid-19 lockdown has left the sanctuary facing financial problems and they are appealing for help via their GoFundMe page.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/rusty-spotted-cat-india-sri-lanka-uk-cornwall-breeding-sanctuary-a9497531.html



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« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, 05 May, 2020 @ 08:56:15 »
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Wild stork chicks to hatch in UK for first time in over 600 years
https://www.channel4.com/news/wild-stork-chicks-to-hatch-in-uk-for-first-time-in-over-600-years

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« Reply #2 on: Tuesday, 05 May, 2020 @ 14:50:51 »
Heard Mavrata plateia is looking much improved after locals organised DIY restoration works.

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« Reply #3 on: Tuesday, 05 May, 2020 @ 14:54:03 »
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Invading alien fish may soon become staple foods in Greece

They may not have quite the same ring of familiarity as grilled calamari, but trumpetfish soup and lionfish ceviche could soon be staples on the menus of Greek tavernas if conservationists have their way.

The fish feature in a new cookbook, 'Recipes for Edible Alien Species'.

It aims to persuade tourists to tuck into exotic species along with their tzatziki and chilled white wine next time they are on holiday in the Aegean.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/invading-alien-fish-may-soon-become-staple-foods-in-greece-39181365.html

Think I might pass on that offer.

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« Reply #4 on: Tuesday, 05 May, 2020 @ 17:26:35 »
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Coronavirus: Can airports and airlines ensure passenger safety?
Passenger aviation and social distancing are fundamentally incompatible
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/coronavirus-airports-airlines-passenger-safety-update-a9499386.html

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« Reply #5 on: Tuesday, 05 May, 2020 @ 19:05:39 »
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Two Orphaned Bears Released Into the Wild in Northern Greece

One-year-old orphaned bears, called Bradley and Cooper, were released into the wild on Saturday after being trained by wildlife experts in how to make it on their own.

The 16-month-old yearlings were tagged and released by the environmental group Arcturos, which runs a bear sanctuary in Florina, in northern Greece.

Bradley and Cooper were found starving and undernourished near a sheep pen in the village of Oinoi, Kozani, last year.
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/05/05/two-orphaned-bears-released-into-the-wild-in-northern-greece/

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« Reply #6 on: Tuesday, 05 May, 2020 @ 19:30:48 »
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Greek Ιslands: Timetable for Lifting of Covid-19 Τravel Restrictions Expected Soon

The timetable for the lifting of restrictions on travel to and from the Greek islands is expected to be announced soon, according to Greek Maritime Affairs Minister Yiannis Plakiotakis.

Speaking recently to the media, the minister said the rules related to travel to and from the country’s islands will have a specific framework and include rules.

Plakiotakis mentioned that among the rules were for ferries to carry out routes with less passengers on board (50 percent reduced capacity).
https://news.gtp.gr/2020/05/05/greek-islands-timetable-lifting-covid-19-travel-restrictions/

Hm, not sure if that's good news, or not.

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« Reply #7 on: Tuesday, 05 May, 2020 @ 20:44:18 »
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Man dies and two injured after attack by water buffalo in Wales
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/wales-water-buffalo-attack-death-gwehelog-a9500461.html

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« Reply #8 on: Tuesday, 05 May, 2020 @ 20:47:10 »
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UK’s largest bird of prey returns to England for first time in 240 years
White-tailed eagles last seen on Isle of Wight in 1780

Britain’s largest bird of prey has returned to the English skies for the first time in 240 years.

White-tailed eagles, which have a wing span up to 2.5 metres, were once a common sight across southern England until the 18th century when they were wiped out by illegal killing.

They were last recorded in England in 1780 at Culver Cliff on the Isle of Wight, before becoming extinct in the whole of the UK in 1918 when the final bird was shot on the Scottish Shetland Islands.

European populations of the sea eagle also suffered from heavy persecution, which led to significant declines and extinction in several countries, according to Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

But thanks to Forestry England and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation this lost species is making a comeback.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/white-tailed-eagles-extinct-england-isle-of-wight-a9497476.html

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« Reply #9 on: Tuesday, 05 May, 2020 @ 20:48:29 »
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UK meteorologists confirm April as sunniest on record
There was an average of 224.5 hours of sunshine last month

Despite the cold end to the month, temperatures averaged 1.7C above the norm, making it the fifth warmest April on record.

It was also dry, with rain levels falling 40 per cent below the usual rate for the month across the UK.

Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at the Met Office, told The Independent that the UK should expect more good weather this week.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-april-sunniest-sun-record-weather-a9500091.html