Aussie wins Pacific island resort in raffle

The Kosrae Nautilus Resort ... an enchanting view.
Updated 27 July 2016
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Aussie wins Pacific island resort in raffle

SYDNEY: A lucky Australian man has won his own remote Pacific island resort in a raffle, after shelling out just $49 for the winning ticket to claim the paradise property.
The man, identified as Joshua, won the 16-room Micronesian resort in a draw organized by the Australian owners, who were looking to handover the lodge to someone like-minded.
Ahead of the draw, co-owner Doug Beitz said he was hoping the winner would be “someone who likes warm weather, likes meeting new people from around the world, is adventurous.”
A video posted on Facebook revealed the winning number, drawn on Tuesday evening by a computer, to be ticket 44,980.
But Doug’s efforts to reach the new owner by phone and inform him of his life-changing win were not immediately successful.
He eventually tracked the lucky winner down and gave him the good news.
“His name is Joshua and he’s from Australia,” Doug said, adding that he lived in New South Wales state.
The man’s full identity was not immediately revealed until news of winning the Kosrae Nautilus Resort on the Micronesian island of Kosrae, which lies west of Hawaii and north of the Solomon Islands, had sunk in.
Joshua will take ownership of a resort, which is debt-free, profitable and has more than 20 years left on its lease.
Doug and Sally Beitz, who built the resort in 1994, have lived in Micronesia for more than two decades but said they felt it was time to return to Australia.
They were going to sell the property in the traditional way until one of their sons came up with the idea of the raffle.
“We will do financially well out of it,” Doug said ahead of the draw, for which tens of thousands of tickets were sold around the world.
If nothing else, it afforded some people an opportunity to dream of life on a tropical paradise.


Two-headed turtle born in Malaysia

Updated 18 July 2019
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Two-headed turtle born in Malaysia

  • While rare, it was not the first time a two-headed baby turtle has been found
  • Green turtles are one of the largest sea turtles

KUALA LUMPUR: A two-headed baby turtle has been born in Malaysia, captivating conservationists, but it only survived a few days after being discovered.
It was found Monday on Mabul island, off the Malaysian part of Borneo, in a nest alongside more than 90 other recently hatched green turtles.
David McCann, marine biologist and conservation manager for group SJ SEAS — which oversees the nesting site — said the creature was “utterly fascinating.”
“The right head seems to control the front right flipper, and the left head the front left flipper. Yet they are capable of coordinating their movements in order to walk and swim,” he said in a statement.
SJ SEAS chairman Mohamad Khairuddin Riman added: “We have released around 13,000 hatchlings from the hatchery and have never seen anything like this before.”
But the turtle died late Wednesday, Sen Nathan, a vet from Sabah Wildlife Department, told AFP.
He said the cause of death was not yet known but added the turtle would have had little chance of surviving long in the wild.
“It would have been poached by an eagle because it could not swim well,” he said.
While rare, it was not the first time a two-headed baby turtle has been found.
Nathan said one was discovered in 2014, on an island off Malaysia’s east coast, which survived for three months.
Green turtles are one of the largest sea turtles, and are mainly found in tropical and subtropical waters.
Classified as endangered, they are threatened by habitat loss as well as by poachers who hunt them for their meat and eggs.