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A clash of claws and tails

Despite putting up a good fight, the lizard’s defence wasn’t enough for the hungry leopard as it succeeds in grabbing it by the neck before walking off with it.

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New Delhi, Feb 6 : An intriguing video of a clash between David and Goliath is doing the rounds on the Internet and this fight between a leopard cub and a monitor lizard is thrilling the social media users.

IFS officer Parveen Kaswan and shared the viral video on Twitter with the caption: “#Leopard V/S Monitor #Lizard. This lizard is a fighter but #Leopards are excellent hunters.

A post read: “Many people in Konkan region eat this lizard. But she’s dangerous. While catching her if she succeeds in hitting her tail on any of your limbs, then that limb gets paralyzed.”

The video was filmed at Kaingu Safari Lodge, Zambia in 2018, reported the Daily Mail.

In the viral video the leopard gets close to the lizard and repeatedly slaps it with its paw. The reptile uses its tail to defend itself by whipping it around.

Despite putting up a good fight, the lizard’s defence wasn’t enough for the hungry leopard as it succeeds in grabbing it by the neck before walking off with it.

As the post went viral, Twitterati have flooded the social media with their reactions.

A user wrote: “So wildlife people were standing like fools and were not saving a monitor lizard which was on the verge of extinction. Couldn’t you feed him chicken or goat.”

Another wrote, “Feeling bad for the lizard!! But wondering! What all vitamins the big cat is going to get from eating that lizard…?”

“Can leopard survive after eating that monitor lizard?” asked one user.

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A prophecy on Covid-19 that came true

Covid-19 is a virus which attacks the lungs and has become a potent force in the beginning of the year 2020. There is no known vaccine yet for the virus.

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End of Days Sylvia Browne

New Delhi, March 3 : The prediction for a Covid-19 type of pandemic which will attack the lungs had been made by Sylvia Browne in her book, “End of Days”.

In the bestseller titled “End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies about the End of the World”, author Sylvia Browne seems to have got the prediction right about Covid-19.

According to the book, “In around 2020 a severe pneumonia like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and revisiting all known treatments.”

She added further, “Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again 10 years later, and then disappear completely.”

Covid-19 is a virus which attacks the lungs and has become a potent force in the beginning of the year 2020. There is no known vaccine yet for the virus. It is yet to be seen if the illness vanishes quickly and whether it attacks again 10 years later. This part of the prediction remains to be seen in the future.

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Only 160 kg of gold can be extracted in Sonbhadra,says GSI

This exploration was carried out almost twenty years back, in the field season 1998-99 and 1999-2000 and the report has been handed over to the DGM UP for information and further necessary action.

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Kolkata, Feb 22 : The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has poured cold water on the El Dorado-type scenario in Sonbhadra as it estimates that only 160 kg of gold can be extracted from the deposits and the surveys for gold in the region have not been encouraging.

The GSI has clarified on news reports about the availability of 3,350 tonnes of gold in Sonbhadra Pahadi and Hardi field.

Some of the reports have mentioned that the State Directorate of Geology and Mining, (DGM) Uttar Pradesh has shared this information.

Read: 3,000 tonnes of gold reserves found in UP’s Sonbhadra

“Geological Survey of India is not a party to the information published in the news. GSI has not estimated such kind of vast resource of gold deposits in Sonbhadra district, UP”, the GSI said categorically in a statement.

The Geological Survey of India, Northern Region, has carried out several exploration works for gold. “However, the results were not encouraging about major resources for gold in Sonbhadra district”, GSI said.

This exploration was carried out almost twenty years back, in the field season 1998-99 and 1999-2000 and the report has been handed over to the DGM UP for information and further necessary action.

In the report, GSI has estimated a probable category resource of 52806.25 tonnes of ore with 3.03 grams per tonne gold (average grade) for a strike length of 170m in Sub-Block-H, Sonapahari area, Sonbhadra district, UP.

The mineralized zone having an average grade of 3.03 grams per tonne of gold is tentative in nature and the total gold which can be extracted from the total resource of 52806.25 tonnes of ore is approximately 160 kg and not 3,350 tonnes as mentioned in the media, GSI said.

A joint press conference as sought by the DMG, UP has also been organized by GSI and DGM Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow to clarify the issue.

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Don’t build marine-mammal park, PETA urges Maha CM

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Mumbai, Feb 18 : People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Tuesday wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to urge for the shelving of a plan to build a marine-mammal park in the state.

“The request follows reports that the state plans to invite expression of interest from private players to choose the proposed park’s location,” a PETA statement said.

The animal welfare organisation said that the project was inspired by SeaWorld theme park chain headquartered in Orlando, Florida.

“Aquaria and marine-mammal theme parks like SeaWorld sell the sufferings of intelligent social beings, who are denied everything natural and important to them, as entertainment,” PETA India CEO and veterinarian Dr Manilal Valliyate said.

“PETA India requests that Maharashtra steer clear of marine ‘abusement’ (sic) parks and instead support only the tourist attractions that don’t involve keeping animals in captivity,” the statement added.

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