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Who says karma doesn't strike back? When it has to, it comes back full circle making sure we're aware and wary of its existence. This is exactly what happened at South Africa's Kruger National Park a few days ago, when a poacher was poached by the animals of the wildlife reserve. A suspected Rhino poacher was believed to have been 'suddenly' attacked by elephants where he died and later his remains were eaten by lions. As tragic and astounding as it sounds, it was certainly a relief to know the animals were safe and sound and that they've finally learnt to take care of themselves amidst poachers. #sapsMP Komatipoort: A human skull found in the Kruger National Park (KNP) is believed to be that of a man reportedly killed by an elephant while poaching with his accomplices on 01/04; duo arrested, rifles & ammo seized. MEhttps://t.co/XXsXpJqTjA pic.twitter.com/4Oye38Eddh — SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) 6 April 2019 © Twitter The man entered the park with four other men, carrying arms and ammunition, in all probability to hunt and poach Rhinos, one of the most endangered species in existence today. The police said the man was suddenly attacked by an elephant, after which his accomplices claimed to have left his body on the road so that passers-by could find it, while they ran away from the park. When his family found out about his death, they urged the park to carry forth a search for him. While they'd been searching a few days, they didn't find his body but with the help of some additional field rangers, they discovered what was left of the man. By the looks of it, a pride of lions had devoured the man and left just his skull and his trousers as evidence. "Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains leaving only a human skull and a pair of pants," the police told a popular international publication. © Twitter Even though the man was out on an illegal hunt, this has to be one of the most tragic ways to die. With absolutely no trace whatsoever. But then again, that's how animals die too. Except their traces are sold in the market at a high price. This incident can be looked at with utmost grief, or with profound satisfaction about the fact that nature does answer back, if its peace is trespassed upon. Especially when you have to be that foolish to trespass barefoot inside a jungle. © Twitter "Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that. It is very sad to see the daughters of the deceased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains." Said Glenn Philips, the managing executive of Kruger National Park, while he extended his condolences towards the trespasser's family. © Twitter The rest of the individuals who'd escaped the park were arrested shortly after the man died in the park. There have been many instances of Rhino poaching before. Rhinos are poached for their horns as it's believed the horns have medicinal properties and they act as an aphrodisiac, making it more valuable than cocaine in the world. All we can hope is that this is a strong message for all the poachers who infringe upon personal boundaries and poach animals with little or no remorse. Next time, maybe they'll think thrice?
We are living in very interesting times where literally anything and everything is capable of stopping a game or a match. From a naked dude streaking across the field to elements in nature, no one can expect where the next obstacle in a match can come from. A few days ago, the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand went on a halt because of sun outrage. And yesterday, another old mate came back onto the field to halt yet another match, none other than our beloved bees. © PTI Over the years we have seen many 'bee attacks', the most memorable one was witnessed in South Africa two years ago, when the host were playing against Sri Lanka. Something similar happened yesterday during the fourth one day match between India A and England Lions in Trivandrum, where the play came to a standstill for 15 minutes when a swarm of bees attacked the spectators at the stadium. An unexpected and painful turn of events took place at the Green Field International Stadium, as the match was just in its 28th over when the bees began to charge at the audience and left a lot of spectators in the stadium injured. All of this was captured in a video which went viral after the incident. Fortunately, none of the players at the stadium were seriously injured at the scene, as the bees did not enter the field. But the India A coach, Rahul Dravid, who was around the stadium at that time, had to run for his safety. A few spectators were taken to the hospital immediately because of the bee attack and the crowd at the stadium was shifted from the west side of the stadium to the east. The Chief Operating Officer of Sports Facilities Ltd told The Indian Express: "It was an unfortunate incident. We had ensured that the gallery where the spectators who sit for watching the match was cleaned ahead of the match. But it were some spectators who went upstairs where they were not supposed to go in the normal circumstances and stirred the hive unknowingly or mischievously." Though India won comfortably by 6 wickets, in which the recently named ICC Emerging player of the year, Rishabh Pant scored a blistering knock of 73 of 76 balls, and with Shardul Thakur assisting in the bowling department, team India safely secured the fourth straight win in the series.
After topping Group F, England will look to Russia 2018 cautiously as a young team led by Harry Kane will look to get past the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006. Having crashed at the group stage in 2014 and Euro 2016, England will have to take one stage at a time. History © Reuters World Cup 2014 saw England crash out and finish last in a group containing Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. 2010 saw Germany hand them a 4-1 thrashing in the Round of 16 stage. At Germany 2006, they lost on penalties to Portugal. England's golden generation, comprising of David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney had failed to deliver after so much promise. Having won the World Cup 52 years earlier at the iconic Wembley stadium under the charismatic Bobby Moore, England have always flattered to deceive on the final stage ever since. A Paul Gascoigne inspired team went through to the semifinals of Italia 90, only to lose to eventual champions Germany on penalties. Four years earlier, a diminutive man known as Maradona bamboozled England in the quarterfinal. Senior players like Gary Cahill, Ashley Young need to take responsibility and lift some burden off captain Harry Kane, who will be leading England for the first time at an international tournament. Current Form © Reuters Having sailed through during the qualifiers, England have been in good form ever since. They have beaten Nigeria (2-1), drew with Italy (1-1) and beaten the Netherlands (1-0) in friendlies. England have a comparatively young squad of 26 years, with Brazil and Argentina are 28 years and 29 years, respectively. Gareth Southgate has used the same formation of 3-3-2-2 over these three games, with wing backs on both sides. Trippier on the right with the ever dependable Young on the left, who has had a renaissance of sorts since moving to the position at Manchester United. The attacking quartet of Sterling, Alli, Kane and Lingard will most likely start for England at the World Cup, having come off impressive seasons. In the game against Nigeria, England conceded a goal after Nigeria changed their formation from a back four to a back three, leaving the men in white hapless. Southgate needs to look after this. Expectations At the World Cup © Reuters Progression from the group stage is a must, and England need to focus on this. A titanic encounter against Belgium will most probably decide the group, but the remaining two fixtures are tricky. Tunisia, quick to adapt to different formations as per the game demands will knock on the door, with French born players Saif Eddine Khaoui and Ellyes Skhiri are combative in midfield. Panama, playing their first FIFA World Cup will be bold and courageous, and with having the oldest average squad of the tournament at 29 years, the CONCACAF can definitely spring a surprise here and there. Beyond the group stage, England should aim to reach the semifinals of this tournament with the youth and experience of this team. Certainly not favorites for this edition, England can pull off a mighty win against Brazil, Argentina or even the eternal rival, Germany. Southgate can look to build the squad for EURO 2020 if England put on a good show. Squad Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Kyle Walker (Manchester City) John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool). Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace), Fabian Delph (Manchester City). Forwards: Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) Harry Kane (Tottenham), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
Animals like Bengal tiger pervade the popular culture but are at risk in the wild. Photo: Manila Bulletin Iconic animals like elephants, tigers, lions and panda bears are everywhere in movies, books and toystores. But their wide pop culture...
MANILA: Lions, chimpanzees, giraffes, leopards and a wide variety of sharks received added protection at a UN wildlife conference in the Philippines, organisers said Saturday. Some 34 endangered species were selected to receive heightened conservation efforts at the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) conference that just concluded in Manila. Protecting migratory species poses particular difficulties since they cross borders, including possibly moving to countries with less stringent wildlife protection systems said Bradnee Chambers, CMS executive secretary. "If the species is moving around all of these countries, everybody has to pitch in," he said at the end of the week-long conference. Lions, leopards, and chimpanzees were singled out as needing more conservation work. The chimpanzee, in particular, is at risk as their numbers have dropped in recent years due to habitat loss, the organisers said. The giraffe, which is in decline throughout Africa with fewer than 90,000 animals left in the wild, was also listed. All four of these African mammals were approved by a "wide majority" for additional protection measures, a CMS statement noted. Other animals that were listed were three species of shark including the whale shark, the largest fish in the world. Host country the Philippines had lobbied for this creature, which has become a major tourist attraction. More than 120 states are party to the CMS, but this does not include China and many other Asian countries. "We´re trying to work to bring China onboard as a member of the convention. We have been engaging them and they are actually doing quite a bit," Chambers told reporters. "What it required is positive engagement with the country to see how to find solutions instead of just bashing the country and looking at the negative side."
In probably one of the most bizarre birth story ever, a woman gave birth in an ambulance surrounded by a dozen lions. Cue the awesome Lion King music! For Manguben Makwana, June 29th will forever be a night she won't forget. The 32-year-old woman's family members had called the 108 emergency ambulance service after she went into labour. The whole, extremely weird incident took place around 2:30 am on Thursday, as the ambulance was shifting the pregnant woman, a resident of Lunasapur village, to the government hospital in Jafarabad town, said Chetan Gaadhe, Emergency Management Executive of '108' in Amreli. © Youtube "When the ambulance was on its way to Jafarabad with Makwana, the on-duty Emergency Management Technician (EMT) Ashok Makwana realised that she would give birth anytime, as the head of the baby was protruding out. Thus, he asked the driver Raju Jadav to stop the ambulance mid-way to deal with the emergency," said Mr Gaadhe. As the EMT was contacting a physician over the phone to take directions, a pride of lions sensed the presence of humans in the area and came out to surround the ambulance. "Though Jadav, who is a local and understood the behaviour of lions, tried to scare them away, the lions refused to budge. Some of them even sat in front of the vehicle, blocking its passage," he said. © TOI Following the directions given by the physician over the phone, EMT Ashok calmly and successfully delivered the baby inside the ambulance the driver Jadav was on the duty of monitored the movement of the "curious" lions outside. "Later, Jadav started the ambulance and moved slowly so that lions would give way. Upon seeing the movement of the vehicle as well as the blinking of lights, the big cats eventually moved and gave way to the ambulance," he said. © Twitter Both the mother and her new born son were finally able to reach the hospital after quite an interesting night, and are both safe and sound. Now, this is a badass birth story as this new born baby will be the coolest kid on the block! Images for representational purpose only.