Oui oui: France’s presidential pooch leaves palace puddle

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French President's wife Brigitte Macron (C-L) speaks with colleagues, next to the president's dog Nemo (R), at the Elysee Palace in Paris, in this October 12, 2017 photo. (AFP)
Updated 23 October 2017
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Oui oui: France’s presidential pooch leaves palace puddle

PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron’s dog Nemo has been filmed casually peeing on an ornate fireplace at the Elysee Palace as the French leader met with members of his government.
Macron’s meeting with the three junior ministers was interrupted by the sound of Nemo relieving himself noisily and at length behind them, much to their amusement.
“He is doing something quite exceptional,” says Macron in the video recorded by the LCI news channel.
“It happens often?” asks one of the ministers.
“No,” Macron replies laughing, “You have triggered a totally unusual behavior in my dog.”
Nemo, a black two-year-old labrador-griffin cross, is regularly photographed accompanying Macron and his wife Brigitte on official duties.
The Macrons adopted the dog from a rescue center in August.
Nemo is not the first presidential pooch to misbehave.
Nicolas Sarkozy’s dogs reportedly caused thousands of euros (dollars) worth of damage to furniture in the palace.
And Jacques Chirac’s Maltese Bichon Sumo, apparently unable to cope with a return to the humdrum life after leaving the gilded splendour of the Elysee, had to undergo treatment for depression after biting his master three times.


Sumatran elephant found dead with missing tusks in Indonesia

Updated 17 November 2018
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Sumatran elephant found dead with missing tusks in Indonesia

  • The cause of death was not immediately clear because the body was badly decomposed
  • At least 11 wild elephants died in Aceh last year, most of them killed by humans

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: A Sumatran elephant has been found dead with its tusks removed in an apparent poaching case targeting the critically endangered animal, an Indonesian conservation official said Friday.
The 10-year-old male’s rotting corpse was found in Blang Awe village in Aceh province earlier this week.
“His tusks were missing and there were traces of blood in the location where he was found,” Aceh conservation center head Sapto Aji Prabowo told AFP.
Officials estimated the animal had been dead for at least a week when the carcass was discovered.
The cause of death was not immediately clear because the body was badly decomposed, Prabowo said.
Tissue samples will be analyzed for signs of poisoning.
Rampant deforestation has reduced the species’ natural habitat and brought them into conflict with humans, while their tusks are prized in the illegal wildlife trade.
At least 11 wild elephants died in Aceh last year, most of them killed by humans.
In July, a Sumatran elephant was found dead from apparent poisoning in a palm oil plantation.
The environment ministry estimates only around 500 Sumatran elephants remain in Aceh.