Sherihan celebrates New Year with online photo, love letter

Sherihan
Updated 02 January 2018
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Sherihan celebrates New Year with online photo, love letter

CAIRO: Egyptian actress Sherihan has shared photo with her husband, the Jordanian billionaire Alaa Al-Khawaja, on Instagram, in the first few moments of the New Year, along with a long love letter, Sayidaty magazine reported.
The love letter read: “To my great destiny and choice who owns my heart, love, affection, and respect, you held my hand and supported me after God, and honored me with your and your respectable family name. You gave me the most beautiful jewels: Loulwa and Taliya, and their most precious brother, Omar.
“You gave me life, love, respect, and the greatest family, the respectable Al-Khawaja family. Every second, every hour, and every day in your life, you have been all the good and love.
“You have been respect, generosity, tenderness, and life’s greatest lesson … I pray to God out of gratitude because He blessed my life with you! My beautiful life!”


S. Korea’s last polar bear dies ahead of British retirement

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S. Korea’s last polar bear dies ahead of British retirement

  • Tongki — a 23-year-old male named after a Japanese cartoon character of the 1980s — lived in a 330-square-meter (3,500-square-foot) concrete enclosure at the Everland theme park outside Seoul
  • The autopsy results suggested that Tongki appeared to have died of old age

SEOUL: The last polar bear kept in South Korea has died of old age only weeks before his planned departure to better living conditions in Britain, zoo officials said Thursday.
Tongki — a 23-year-old male named after a Japanese cartoon character of the 1980s — lived in a 330-square-meter (3,500-square-foot) concrete enclosure at the Everland theme park outside Seoul.
The zoo had planned to move him to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park next month to allow him to enjoy his final days in more appropriate surroundings — the facility in northern England has a 40,000 square meter polar reserve — and had thrown him a farewell party in June.
But Tongki was found dead on Wednesday night and autopsy results suggested that he appeared to have died of old age, the zoo said in a statement, adding it plans to conduct more tests to determine the exact reason for his death.
The average life span of polar bears is around 25 years and Tongki was the equivalent of around 80 in human terms.
“We have designated this week as a period of mourning for Tongki and decorated his living space so visitors can say farewell,” a zoo official told AFP.
Born in captivity at a zoo in the southern city of Masan, Tongki was the only polar bear still living in South Korea and had been alone at Everland since the last fellow resident of his species died three years ago.
Everland said Tongki will not be replaced, and other South Korean zoos have no plans to import the animals, which are classed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of endangered species.