A cat detained at Sri Lanka’s main prison while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and cell phone SIM cards has escaped, media reports said Monday.
The feline was detected by jail intelligence officials on Saturday at the high-security Welikada Prison, a police official said.
He said nearly two grams of heroin, two SIM cards and a memory chip were found in a small plastic bag tied around the cat’s neck.
But it escaped on Sunday from a prison room where it was kept, the Aruna newspaper said.
There was no immediate comment from prison authorities.
The prison had reported an increase in incidents of people throwing small packets of drugs, cell phones and phone chargers over the walls in recent weeks.
Sri Lanka is battling a major drug problem with some anti-narcotics detectives also implicated in selling confiscated drugs.
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Over 350 Pilot Whales Dead In Australia’s Worst Stranding In History (Photos)
Nearly 380 pilot whales have been confirmed dead off the coast of Tasmania as rescuers battle to save the remaining few that are still alive in one of the world’s largest ever mass strandings.
Authorities have confirmed that a total of more than 470 of the marine creatures were discovered on Wednesday morning about five kilometres south of the original stranding site at Macquarie Harbour, the largest in the country’s history.
Some 50 whales were successfully rescued and coaxed back to the open ocean but the remaining 30 animals still alive remain stranded on a shallow sandbar off Tasmania’s west coast.
The search effort was initially launched on Monday after 270 were spotted struggling in shallow water on Monday.
Rescue teams are now racing against the clock to save the whales, with Parks and Wildlife regional manager Nic Deka conceding time is quickly running out.
‘I would expect that we would shift through a transition from rescue into the retrieval and disposal effort … we’re just considering options at the present time,’ he told the ABC.
Hampering rescue efforts are ‘ugly’ conditions including cold temperatures and rain, though Carlyon added that the conditions will help the whales survive longer by keeping them wet and cool.
Beached whales most often die of dehydration. The animals have a very thick layer of blubber that keeps them warm in deep-sea temperatures, but causes them to rapidly overheat near the surface.
A stranded whale may also be crushed to death by their own weight, without water acting as a support, or else if they are stranded in deep water they may drown if their blowholes are covered.
All of the whales have to be reached by boat, limiting the number that can be worked on at any one time, while rescuers are having to operate in teams to prevent hypothermia.
They are also battling the unusual tides in Macquarie Harbour, which are dictated by barometric pressure.
Kris Carlyon, a government marine biologist, said a team of around 60 rescuers – including local fishermen and volunteers – are being forced to ‘triage’ the whales, working to free those who are in the best condition and easiest to reach first.
Workers are using boats fitted with slings to drag the animals off the sandbar, along with teams of people in the water to guide the animal back into the ocean.
Though mass whale strandings occur relatively often in Tasmania, such a large group has not been seen in the area for more than a decade.
Scientists believe the animals – which were spotted from the air on Monday – come from two pods that number around 470 in total.
Once the whales are returned to deeper water, Carlyon said, the biggest challenge will be herding the social creatures out of the sandbar-riddled harbour and back into the open ocean.
Scientists said it was unclear what caused the latest stranding, but Carlyon suggested the pod may have gone off track after feeding close to the shoreline or by following one or two whales that strayed.
Karen Stockin, an expert in marine mammals at New Zealand’s Massey University, said Tasmania was a ‘particular hotspot’ for pilot whale strandings in large pods.
‘It seems to be a notorious whale trap… you do tend to get these mass stranding events there,’ she told AFP.
Stockin said that while pilot whales were typically more resilient than other whale species, rescuers faced a race against the clock as the mammals can overheat, their muscles deteriorate and their organs become crushed outside their natural environment.
‘Time is never your friend,’ she said. ‘So without doubt, the more expedited rescue missions are, the more likely there is an increased (chance) of survival.’
Mike Double, the head of the Tasmania-based Australian Marine Mammal Centre, said it was ‘tragic’ that such a ‘massive’ pod had become stranded but other whales had previously been saved from the same location.
‘The state team responsible for responding are extremely experienced and they’ll be absolutely working incredibly hard to get the best possible outcome,’ he said.
Most of a 30-strong group on a nearby beach were found dead Monday, while about 60 other whales on the sandbars are also believed to have since died.
James Tucker, from the Marine Science Centre at Southern Cross University in New South Wales, said it will be a ‘huge operation’ disposing for that many whale carcasses.
There are four ways to dispose of the whale carcasses; dragging them out to sea, burying them, leaving them to decompose, or disposing them at a waste management facility.
Leaving the carcasses to decompose naturally can be a risk as they tend to attract sharks.
Malaysian Monkey Steals Man’s iphone, Takes Selfies & Dumps It In The Jungle
A man discovered a cheeky monkey had stolen his iPhone when he recovered it and found a selfie on his camera roll.
The pesky primate took the phone from student Zackrydz Rodzi’s house in Johor, Indonesia while he slept. When the 20-year-old woke up, he thought he had been burgled, but couldn’t see any signs of a break-in.
He was even more confused to find his phone casing under his bed but not his phone. Having no luck with the Find My iPhone app, he tried calling his mobile on another device.
The following day, Saturday, September 12, he was shocked to find his phone after hearing a ringtone coming from a jungle near his house. It was muddied and lying under a palm tree, but otherwise undamaged.
Stunned to discover it again, he looked through his camera roll to try and uncover more about the thief.
To his surprise, he found a series of pictures and even a couple of “selfies” taken by the apparent culprit – a monkey. The animal even unwittingly filmed itself trying to eat the phone.
An amused Zackrydz shared the images in a Twitter thread on Sunday, September 13. “I didn’t know there was a monkey living in my housing area but damn you monkey, you’ve made my life miserable for the past couple of days,” he said.
He tried to lure the “thief” with another phone, but the monkey burglar has yet to return.
Apparently, he has something of a criminal record, with Zackrydz’s neighbours telling him their phones had been snatched by the primate in the past.
As humans encroach further and further into monkey’s territory, they are interacting more with humans than ever before.
Last month in Malaysia, a terrifying army of rampaging monkeys invaded a town and even tried to kidnap children.
The long-tailed macaques live in a forested area next to a neighbourhood in Puchong in the south of the country, but often breach the compound and enter built-up areas.
Blind Sphynx Cat Who Lost Both Eyes Becomes Instagram Sensation
Jazzypurrs’s owners were forced to remove his eyes after he got cat-herpes and suffered from corneal ulcers.
They wrote: “For those who don’t know Jazzy’s story, he was adopted at two years old seemingly healthy.
“After a couple of years he was diagnosed with FHV (feline herpes virus), but at the time all that meant was he was a sniffly boy. Then in November 2013 he got a corneal ulcer in his right eye. It was so bad that removal was the only option.
“As scary as the news was that Jasper would now be totally blind, he adapted super well. Finally in April 2019 he had a mild stroke. It was a terrifying experience trying to figure out what was going on, why he woke me up spinning in circles, but the diagnoses was a relief.
“The cause is unknown, which is unfortunately common, but it means it wasn’t caused by any of the awful things that we know can cause one.
“Since then he’s recovered almost 100%, he walks a bit more cautiously and occasionally is unsure of where is is and will meow for help, but otherwise he’s perfect.”
Jazzypurrs, also known as Jasper, is said to be a “very happy kitty” and vets reckon he should live for another 10 years.
His Instagram profile gets updated with videos of him playing like a regular cat every few days.
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