Firefighters save wild boar, gamekeeper shoots them

This video from France is called Wild boar (Sus scrofa).

Translated from Blik op Nieuws in the Netherlands:

14-09-2014 17:51

Party for the Animals asks parliamentary questions about shooting boar rescued from water

Rescued by firefighters from water, boar yet slain

It must have given mixed feelings to firefighters who managed to rescue wild boar from the water in Weert this Sunday morning at eight. A gamekeeper shot all the boar when they were on dry land.

Around 08:20 on Sunday the Weert fire brigade came out for initially 5 wild boar in the water. Once on the spot there turned out to be no less than eight wild boar.

The fire brigade, with the support of two boats, drove the animals to the wildlife staircase at the lock. Here people could get the animals out of the water safely. Some wild boars were already removed from the water. The firefighters also managed to get the other boar, threatened by drowning, on land.


Despite the efforts of the firefighters, the animals were then shot by a gamekeeper of the Forestry Department. This has everything to do with a zero tolerance policy of the government with respect to the living and residential areas of wild boar.

These living and residential areas are limited to the Hoge Veluwe and Meinweg area in Central Limburg. If wild boars are outside these areas, for any cause whatsoever, they must unfortunately be shot, according to the guidelines of the government.

Party for the Animals

The Party for the Animals this Sunday has asked parliamentary questions about the shooting of these wild boar. “Do you agree that animals in need of help should be experiencing other conditions than to be killed?” is one of the nine questions.

According to Limburg provincial authorities, even though the boar were outside of their ‘legal’ territories, the gamekeeper still acted illegally, as he shot the boar on a Sunday. See also here. And here.

Hundreds of mud-puddling Dutch butterflies

This is a map butterfly video.

Dutch entomologist Marlie Huskens described nature reserve De Meinweg in Limburg province, on last Tuesday, 2 September 2014.

To her surprise, she counted over 250 map butterflies. Most of them feeding on horse and roe deer manure. Others fed on hemp-agrimony flowers. Yet others were resting, or drinking from puddles.

Such big congregations of butterflies are called mud-puddling. It is unusual for the Netherlands.

Good red-backed shrike news

This is a video of a red-backed shrike (and whinchats) in Sweden.

Translated from the Dutch ARK conservationists:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

In the nature areas of ARK Natuurontwikkeling in Three Countries Park near Vaals village this year no less than five red-backed shrike couples nested, a substantial part of the Limburg province population. In 2011 the first pair was discovered and then we already expected that there would be more. Apparently the grazed rough nature is attractive for this rare bird. Development of the Nature Network Netherlands appears to deliver exceptional results here.

Migrating cranes, video

This video shows a flock of migrating cranes, fling over the backyard of Erik Smeets in Schin op Geul in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

Young storks again in Dutch Limburg, after a century

This video from the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

August 12 2014

For the first time in over 100 years in the south of Limburg province, young wild European white storks have hatched. This spring a pair of wild storks chose to nest on a pole at the restaurant of GaiaZOO as their ideal nesting location. They brought nesting material, various matings were seen and after a month of faithful breeding on June 1, three young storks hatched.

Almost two months later, on Thursday, July 24th, the first young stork took off, flying; the other two followed within a few days. Before they will go along with their parents on migration to Africa or to India in late August, they will still get some flying lessons. The basis for a new breeding colony of storks in South Limburg is hereby established. Filmed by Michelle Hollands.

Rare harvestman discovery in the Netherlands

This video says about itself:

2 eyes 8 legs Phylum Arthropoda – Arthropods /
Class Arachnida – Arachnids /
Order OpilionesHarvestmen

Harvestmen, also called Daddy Longlegs, are not spiders, but they are close relatives.

Unlike spiders, which have two main body sections, Harvestmen only have one. This one’s body is about 1/4 inch long. Harvestmen have eight legs like a spider. The Harvestman also has a little knob on its head with two eyes. They don’t possess silk glands, produce no webs, are non-venomous. They’re generally carnivorous, feeding on live invertebrate prey. Some species prefer to dine on dead animals or juices from plants, fruits and veggies.

Harvestmen release a foul-smelling odor as a defense against predators.

Translated from ARK conservationists in the Netherlands:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In the Onderste Bos nature reserve in the south of Limburg province under a piece of wood the very rare harvestman Paranemastoma quadripunctatum has been found. This animal was in the forest edge in a nature reserve of ARK Natuurontwikkeling.

Rare spider back in the Netherlands after 124 years

This video is about a Piratula knorri spider.

Naturalists in the Netherlands report that a spider species, last seen in the Netherlands in 1890, was seen again on 29 May 2014 in Limburg province.

This species is called Piratula knorri.