58 Australian fairy penguins slaughtered in suspected dog attack

Fairy penguins are the world’s smallest penguin species. (AFP)
Updated 17 October 2018
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58 Australian fairy penguins slaughtered in suspected dog attack

  • The grisly find comes just months after a dozen birds were found dead on a nearby beach, also in an alleged dog attack

SYDNEY: Wildlife officials in the southern Australia on Wednesday announced an investigation into the mass death of 58 penguins they believe were killed in a dog attack.
The carcases of the fairy penguins — the world’s smallest penguin species — were found strewn across a beach in Tasmania, a island-state off the mainland.
“We would like to remind dog owners of the need to take responsibility for their animals at all times as dogs have the capacity to do a lot of damage to penguin colonies in a short period of time,” Tasmania’s department of parks, water and environment said in a statement.
The latest grisly find comes just months after a dozen birds were found dead on a nearby beach, they too are believed to have been killed in a dog attack.
“All reports of alleged unlawful harming of wildlife are regarded extremely seriously by the department,” the government department said.
Fairy penguins — who grow to around just over a foot (30 centimeters) and can live for up to 24 years — are only found in southern Australia and New Zealand, with Tasmania supporting around half of the global population.
Fairy penguin colonies remain under threat from increasing urbanization, traffic and domestic animals.


’Unusual air activity’ over Ireland sparks investigation

Updated 13 November 2018
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’Unusual air activity’ over Ireland sparks investigation

  • The Irish Aviation Authority said it was looking into “reports from a small number of aircraft”
  • The bright lights were seen Friday morning by pilots from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic

LONDON: Irish aviation officials are investigating reports of bright lights moving quickly in the skies over Ireland.
The Irish Aviation Authority said Tuesday it was looking into “reports from a small number of aircraft” about what was called “unusual air activity” on Friday.
“The report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process,” the authority said in a statement.
Press reports indicate the bright lights were seen Friday morning by pilots from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
The airlines did not immediately respond to request for comments.