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White Tiger Vijay becomes a father of four cubs

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New delhi,30 july : A 22-year-old man was killed last year by a white tiger Vijay in Delhi Zoo.But today the white tiger has become a father to four cubs. The story became a viral overnight and made Vijay a celebrity in 2014.

“After the incident, visitors came from across the country to catch a glimpse of Vijay. Now, many have forgotten the incident,” said Riaz Khan, curator, Delhi Zoo.

Manoj, Vijay’s handler, calls him as a calm animal. He is also the star breeder of the zoo, who fathered five cubs last year with his mate, Kalpana.

Kalpana (name of the tigress) plays with one of her four cubs at National Zoological Park Delhi on Thursday. Kalpana gave birth to four tiger cubs with Vijay (the tiger who last year mauled a 20 year old man) under the breeding programme. Express photo by Oinam Anand. 14 January 2016

Vijay with mate kalpana. Express photo by Oinam Anand. 14 January 2016

However, only four of the cubs survived as the fifth cub died after a piece of meat got stuck in its throat.

“Vijay mourned for two weeks after his cub’s death. He stopped eating. Of all the wild animals here, Vijay is the least dangerous,” he added.

Manoj said he has been handling Vijay since 2007, when he was brought to the zoo from Punjab, just two months after his birth. In 2013, he bought a dog comb from his personal savings to brush Vijay’s coat.

“It is my gift to him and he loves to be brushed. I have attached a stick to the brush to rub his belly as well. We need to keep his coat shining to attract female partners,” he said.

Recalling the tragic 2014 episode, people assumed that Vijay might have turned into a maneater, but that was not the case he added.

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France ditches plans for controversial west coast airport

Activists on the 1,600-hectare rural site say they have developed it into a utopia of organic farming and political debate.

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The French government on Wednesday formally abandoned decades-old plans for a controversial new airport on the west coast that became a site of resistance for environmental activists.

In a keenly awaited announcement, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the divisions unleashed by the proposed new airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes near the city of Nantes made it impossible to proceed.

“The project cannot go ahead in a climate of bitter opposition between two sides of the population that are nearly equal in size,” he said, adding: “The project is therefore abandoned.

The decision ends years of debate over a project first mooted in the 1960s — but sets the stage for a possible standoff with environmental activists who have been occupying the airport site for the past decade.

Activists on the 1,600-hectare rural site say they have developed it into a utopia of organic farming and political debate.

Philippe gave them until the spring to leave voluntarily, after which they would be evicted.

“We will put a stop to the no-go zone which has flourished in this area for nearly 10 years,” he said.

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Southern California wildfire largest on record

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Los Angeles, Dec 23: The wildfire, which has razed 273,400 acres in southern California so far, has become the largest wildfire in the state since records began.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said that the Thomas fire, which began on December 4, had surpassed the fire Cedar, which had burned 273,246 acres in San Diego county in October 2003, reports Efe news.

Records of the area destroyed by wildfires have been kept by the organisation since 1932.

Thomas has destroyed 1,063 buildings and killed two, compared to the 2,820 destroyed by Cedar and 15 deaths caused.

Although during the first few days Thomas was difficult to control and spread rapidly through Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, in the last few days emergency services have managed to practically stop the wildfire’s progress and have contained 65 per cent of the flames.

This year is turning out to be California’s worst year for wildfires on record, mainly because of massive fires in October in several counties in the northern part of the state, which ravaged many wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties.

Those fires claimed the lives of 44 people and destroyed close to 8,900 houses and structures, according to the final estimates of the authorities.

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Assam: 40 Elephants die in 100 days as man-animal conflicts increase

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Almost 40 Elephants died due to unnatural incidents within 100 days in Assam. According to a report published in The Times Of India , All of them have been killed due to unnatural causes, with the primary reasons being mowing down by moving train, electrocution, poisoning and accidentally falling in ditches especially in tea garden areas.

Bibhab Talukdar, secretary general of Aaranyak, an NGO that works on biodiversity conservation told the times of India,“It is very unfortunate that more than 40 elephants have died in the last 100 days. It clearly shows that elephants are not getting priority when it comes to conservation of animals.”

While rhinos in state are confined to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, an estimated population of 500 elephants in Assam have habitats across all reserved forests. The state has five elephant reserves covering an estimated area of 10,967-sq km. Only a small portion of these reserves are in protected areas, in the form of national parks or wildlife sanctuaries, while the rest are reserved forest areas.

Conservationists pointed out that elephant reserves in the state do not enjoy the same level of protection as national parks. They fear the large-scale deforestation of elephant habitats, which lie outside protected areas, has endangered the survival of elephants.

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