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Rare African desert warbler in western Europe for first time


This video is about an African desert warbler.

The video was recorded in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, on 21 November 2014, by Adri de Groot.

This north African species had never been seen in Europe, except for a few times in Spain and Italy.

Photos of this bird are here.

Wolf travels 450 miles to Grand Canyon


This video from the USA is called Grand Canyon National Park.

From Wildlife Extra:

Gray wolf travels 450 miles to Grand Canyon

For the first time in 70 years a lone gray wolf has been sighted in Arizona. The female wolf originated from the northern Rocky Mountains and has travelled at least 450 miles to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

“This wolf’s epic journey through at least three western states fits with what scientific studies have shown, namely that wolves could once again roam widely and that the Grand Canyon is one of the best places left for them,” said Michael Robinson from the Center for Biological Diversity.

Gray wolves face an uncertain future. Almost 100 years ago, in 1915, the federal US government conducted began culling wolves in the western United States, and by the early 1920s most of the wolves had been exterminated and the last one was sighted Arizona in the 1940s. The Gray wolf was added to the country’s Endangered List and in the 1990s 66 wolves were brought to the Rocky Mountains.

As a result of this conservation work populations are increasing and the US Fish and Wildlife Service are now, due to the success, are proposing to remove the species from the list. But this has concerned some conservationists as they say without the protection the species could be persecuted again.

“It’s heartening this animal has been confirmed as a wolf. But I am very worried that if wolves are taken off the endangered species list she will be killed and wolf howls from the North Rim’s pine forest will never again echo in the Grand Canyon,” [said] Robinson.

Earlier this month, the Center released a first-of-its-kind analysis identifying 359,000 square miles of additional wolf habitat in the lower 48 states that could significantly boost wolf recovery which include Northeast, West Coast and southern Rocky Mountains, as well as the Grand Canyon.

“There’s so much more room for wolves in the West if only we extend them a bit more tolerance,” Robinson said. “The Grand Canyon wolf is a prime example of what wolves can do if only we let them.”

Murdered United States civil rights activists get Medal of Freedom


This video from the USA is called Angela Lewis On Her Father, James E. Chaney, & The Mississippi Burning Case. 8/4/2014.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Barack Obama presents Medal of Freedom to 19 activists including murdered civil rights campaigners

Tuesday 25th November 2014

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama presented the Medal of Freedom to 19 activists yesterday.

The group receiving the country’s highest civilian honour included actor Meryl Streep and singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder.

Posthumous medals were awarded to six individuals, among them civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were murdered in 1964 in Mississippi by the Ku Klux Klan.

However, the honour made their relatives uneasy.

They warned it could relegate the racial equality movement to history when it was still as relevant as ever.

“You know, the struggle in this country probably started with the first revolt on a slave ship and it continues now,” said Mr Schwerner’s widow Rita Bender.

And Mr Chaney’s sister, the Rev Julia Moss, said the award should be for all of those killed during the civil rights struggle.

“It’s really about all the families,” she said.

“It’s about the history of the pain of the African-American experience in Mississippi.”

Pygmy sperm whale rescued in Wales


This video from Texas in the USA is called Pygmy sperm whale rescued in Galveston.

From Wildlife Extra:

Rare whale successfully rescued after stranding on Welsh beach

A stranded young six-foot Pygmy Sperm Whale has been successfully been refloated off a beach at Anglesey, North Wales and last seen heading towards the Irish Sea.

Sea Watch volunteer and BDMLR marine medic Ben Murcott, was the first to arrive at the Newborough beach on Anglesey after the alarm was raised. He and other trained volunteers assessed its condition and kept it comfortable until they were satisfied it could cope with being refloated. It was then carried out to the sea on a stretcher and allowed to reacclimatise to the water before being released to swim away.

The Pygmy Sperm Whale is one of two species of the Kogia Whale, the other of which is a Dwarf, and sightings of either is unusual in UK waters.

“Dwarf Sperm Whales are tropical species, occurring in the Atlantic off the West African coast whereas pygmy sperm whales normally range further northwards as far as the Bay of Biscay, said Dr Peter Evans, Director of Sea Watch.

“There are only seven previous records of dwarf sperm whale in all of Europe and although pygmy sperm whale has been recorded more often, there are still only about a dozen records from the UK, and only one previous one from Wales.”

To find out what you should do if you find a stranded cetacean please click here

For more information on what is involved in becoming a marine mammal medic click here

Fascist Le Pen wants beheadings in France


This video from France is about French National Front leader Marine Le Pen and German ex-officer of Hitler’s SS and neo-nazi leader Franz Schönhuber, a political ally and personal friend of the Le Pen family.

Marine’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen is a Holocaust denier, and the founder and honourary president of, and member of the European parliament for, the French neo-fascist party, the National Front.

On 24 November 2014, Le Pen demanded that the death penalty, abolished in France, should be brought back. He said the death penalty should be beheading by the guillotine. The guillotine was introduced in the eighteenth century. King Louis XVI signed it into law. Little did His Majesty then suspect that he himself would die by it during the French revolution.

Later, the nazi regime in Germany beheaded people by guillotine.

Hitler apologist Le Pen especially wants to behead Muslim suspects. He claims that decapitation is ‘the usual method of execution in the Islamic world’. As usually with Le Pen, that is a lie. Only Saudi Arabia practices beheading. So, if Le Pen’s daughter and Jean-Marie appointed successor Marine Le Pen would become president of France (unfortunately, not a totally impossible scenario) and would act on her father’s advice, that would make France one of only two countries in the world practicing beheading. The so-called ‘Islamic State’ of ISIS is not recognized as a country.