Penguin cam gives bird’s eye view of hunting in Antarctica
Japanese scientists have recorded video footage from Adélie penguins as they forage for food in Hukuro Cove, Antarctica. The film shows penguins making shallow dives and going on hunting expeditions for krill, fish and other marine creatures. Small accelerometers on the birds’ heads and bodies capture their movement and the moment they strike (via guardian.co.uk)
Charlie Parker, three, swims in a pool at the Ballarat Wildlife Park with an American alligator called Gump, whose snout has been restrained (via guardian.co.uk)
Concerned Citizen Pulls Over Drunk Cop, Locks Him Up in His Own Cruiser
A South African driver is being praised for taking charge after spotting a cop allegedly driving under the influence through the streets of Pietermaritzburg.
Russell George of Prestbury told a local newspaper that he saw a police van making erratic moves and decided to follow it.
After the officer behind the wheel made several illegal maneuvers, including stopping abruptly and driving into oncoming traffic, George decided to phone emergency services and report the incident. “After five minutes, no one had arrived,” George told The Witness. “So I jumped out of my car and I approached the driver’s side and asked him to come out. He looked at me and I could smell that he had been drinking.”
The cop refused, so George snatched his keys and physically removed him from the car. He then dragged him over to the back of the van and locked him inside. (via Gawker)
USA: Yellowstone’s popular alpha female wolf shot dead by hunters outside park
A wolf beloved by visitors and tracked by scientists at Yellowstone national park has been shot dead by hunters, reigniting debate over the targeting of the animal.
The alpha female, known as 832F and described by wildlife enthusiasts as a “rock star” due to her popularity, was found dead on Thursday outside the park’s boundary in Wyoming, the New York Times reported Sunday.
Over the last few weeks, eight wolves that had been fitted with $4,000 GPS collars to help researchers track their movement have been killed. It has led to complaint by animal rights groups and calls for fresh limits to be put in place ahead of the inaugural wolf trapping season, due to come in on 15 December.
Naturalists at Yellowstone are said to be dismayed that so many of the wolves they are tracking have been shot dead by hunters. The animals are tagged in an effort to study their habits and population spread. (via guardian.co.uk)
Writer prepares to retrace early humans’ journey out of Africa’s Great Rift Valley
In what is probably the longest, most arduous piece of reportage ever undertaken, Paul Salopek, an experienced writer for the Chicago Tribune and National Geographic, is embarking on the astonishing task of retracing the journey taken by early man tens of thousands of years ago.
Beginning in the exotic surroundings of the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia, Salopek will take an estimated 30 million steps, reaching his destination seven years later, three continents away at the most southerly point of South America.
Along the way he will be writing stories for National Geographic at the rate of one long article a year, while maintaining a website that will be filled with regular multimedia updates from his 21,000-mile journey. After its starting point in Africa, his route will cross the Red Sea into the Middle East, traverse China, head into Siberia, cross the Bering Strait into Alaska and then walk all the way down the western coasts of North and South America. (via The Observer)
How to be happy: daily life in Bhutan – picture gallery
Photographer Jean-Baptiste Lopez travelled to the remote and isolated kingdom of Bhutan in pursuit of happiness, a concept the Bhutanese value above all else – and one which is putting this tiny Buddhist state in the spotlight at the UN climate change conference in Doha (via guardian.co.uk)
A Sikh Nihang performs a fire-breathing act during a procession from Sri Akal Takhat to the Golden Temple. The event took place on the eve of the anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev’s birth, who was the founder of Sikhism (via guardian.co.uk)
Sake, Democratic Republic of Congo
M23 rebel fighters rest as they withdraw. A rebel pullback from Goma, seized by M23 from fleeing United Nations-backed government forces, would signal some progress in international efforts to halt the eight-month-old insurgency (via Reuters.com)
A female protester displays her painted hands during a demonstration (via guardian.co.uk)
Afghanistan’s First Co-ed Skateboarding School
Skateistan was created by Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich a few years ago after children on the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan saw him using his board. And with that, skateboarding hit Afghanistan. But it didn’t end there. “Skateistan’s development aid programs work with growing numbers of marginalized youth through skateboarding, and provide them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment programs,” explains their website. “In Kabul, Skateistan’s participants come from all of Afghanistan’s diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and include 40% female students, hundreds of streetworking children, and youth with disabilities. In our skatepark and classrooms they develop skills in skateboarding, leadership, civic responsibility, multimedia, and creative arts, exploring topics such as environmental health, culture/traditions, natural resources, and peace.” (via The Mary Sue)