Indian monkey saves electrocuted friend’s life


This video from India says about itself:

20 December 2014

Kanpur Central Railway Station. Monkey saves friend’s life without any human help.

From the Deccan Herald in India:

Monkey saves ‘dying’ friend at Kanpur Railway station (Video)

New Delhi, Dec 21, 2014, Agencies:

A friend in need is a friend indeed: A hair-raising video that has surfaced on YouTube illustrates this proverb very well. In the video, a monkey could be seen trying to save another monkey lying unconscious on a railway track.

The monkey in the video is surely impressive for its presence of mind and efforts to help its injured friend. One of the monkeys in the video fell unconscious after experiencing electric shock while walking on the high-tension wires in Kanpur’s railway station. The other monkey comes to the rescue.

The conscious monkey licks, bites, hits and puts the unconscious monkey into the stagnant water at the railway track. After 20 minutes of tireless effort, the ‘hero’ monkey brings its friend back to consciousness.

See also here.

These monkeys were rhesus macaques.

This video says about itself:

25 November 2014

Hello! We are from Taiwan. My daughter and I were very lucky to see an upside-down tortoise, but it’s luckier to see his friend trying to help him turn back in Taipei Zoo.

Today (25, November) is the field trip day of my daughter’s school and I also went to Taipei Zoo with her. We were all very lucky to see such kind of scene – one tortoise saves the other one’s life! Also, it’s a great opportunity to give my daughter a lesson – Helping others is the origin of happiness.

Michael Brown solidarity in India


This 25 November 2014 video from Ferguson in the USA is called Heartbroken Michael Brown‘s Mother Reacts To Verdict: “They Still Don’t Care!”

From Quartz blog:

America’s police brutality protests have now reached New Delhi

The protests in America over police killings in Ferguson and New York have now reached halfway across the world.

A group of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi will protest “against anti-black racism in Ferguson and beyond” on Monday, to show their solidarity with the thousands of demonstrators in the US.

In November, a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the shooting of an 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri. This week, another grand jury did not press charges against a white New York City police officer whose chokehold caused an asthmatic black man’s death.

Both these incidents have led to race-related unrest in many American cities.

“We want to send a message to the American state that even though we are here in India, we are watching,” said Meghna Chandra, a history student at JNU, who is one of the organisers of the protest.

Chandra is an Indian-born American who graduated from University of Pennsylvania and has been living in India for a year now. She and other protesters will gather in front of the US Embassy in New Delhi on Monday morning.

The organisers, mostly Americans, have created a Facebook page to invite students from other colleges in Delhi.

“We see the connections between the criminalization of black and brown bodies in the United States and the criminalization of Muslim, Dalit, and Adivasi bodies in India,” the Facebook page said.

“The persistent discrimination calls into question the very notions of American and Indian democracy.”

The protesters also hope to create awareness about racial discrimination faced by foreigners in India.

Racism in India is not discussed much but it is really rampant against Africans,” said Vincent Kelley, a 21-year-old American exchange student at JNU.

Kelly referred to a video that appeared on YouTube in September this year, which shows a mob attacking African nationals at a busy metro station in Delhi.

More than 150 people are expected to participate in the demonstration, Chandra said.

JNU students have a history of fighting for social and political rights of the underrepresented.

The university was one of the first to organise a protest after the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student in a moving bus in Delhi two years ago. Their agitation eventually captured the attention of the entire world and helped bring about tougher rape laws in India.

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From AFP news agency, about New York City:

Friends and relatives yesterday attended the funeral of Akai Gurley, who was shot dead when a police officer opened fire in a dark staircase at a Brooklyn apartment building as he walked with his girlfriend late on November 20.

Dozens of mourners paid their respects at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church, where Gurley’s gray coffin was covered in a huge spray of red and white flowers.

The 28-year-old, whose mother lived in Florida, had been planning a surprise Thanksgiving trip to introduce her to his young daughter when he was killed.

USA: Report on Cleveland exposes national epidemic of police killings and abuse: here.

Anger and protests continued in New York City and in other US cities for a third day yesterday, following this week’s announcement that the police officer who killed 43-year-old Eric Garner in Staten Island in July would face no charges: here.

Protesters rally in Lexington after deaths in N.Y., Ferguson. Demonstrators in Lexington and Newton say they felt compelled to rally by lack of charges after deaths of 2 unarmed black men: here.

Across the country, protests continue as anger with the police grows. Several NFL and NBA players wore “I can’t breathe” shirts in protest over the weekend. [Reuters]

DOCUMENTS FROM FERGUSON GRAND JURY WITHHELD According to St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s office, the key documents missing are involved in the ongoing federal investigation. [USA Today]

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Declined 7-Year-Old’s Offer to Play Violin Music for Ferguson: here.

School Segregation, the Continuing Tragedy of Ferguson. Michael Brown beat the odds by graduating from high school before his death — odds that remain stacked against black students in St. Louis and the rest of the country: here.

EASTON – Amid national protests over two police-involved deaths in New York and Missouri, the family of DJ Henry, who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2010, has been living their own protest since his death, Henry’s father said Sunday: here.

Hundreds took to the streets in São Paulo this Thursday, December 18 to protest against racial profiling and police violence against black people. More than just support for the rallies in the US that followed the deaths of Ferguson, Missouri’s Michael Brown and New York City’s Eric Garner — two unarmed black men killed by white police officers — Brazilian protesters wanted to underline the country’s own reality: black people are systematically targeted and slain by the Brazilian police: here.

Indian leopards and humans, new research


This video fom India is called Human & Leopard ~ A Conflict – part01.

From Wildlife Extra:

Leopards live closer to people than previously thought

In a bid to understand how leopards relate to humans and adapt to their presence five leopards (two males and three females) that have been residing in human-dominated areas in India and perceived as ‘problem animals’, have been radio-collared. Two were released more than 50 km (31 miles) away from the site of capture, while the remaining three were released near the site of capture.

The scientists monitored the animals’ activities, for up to a year post-release, recording their behaviour and the strategies they adopt to avoid direct contact with people.

They found immediately after release, the two translocated animals moved 89 km (55 miles) and 45 km respectively (28 miles) away from the release sites and applied tactics to avoid encountering people, despite dependence on their resources, the scientists found.

This included mostly moving at night, when they also would often venture within 25 metres of people’s homes.

“This gave them an access to people’s livestock, and yet kept them safe from people,” said co-author Vidya Athreya of WCS India.

The two translocated animals occupied bigger home ranges (42 km [26 miles]and 65 km [40 miles] respectively), including one in the outskirts of Mumbai. The other three lived in areas with highest human densities, but occupied smallest home ranges (8-15 sq km) (3-5.7 square miles) ever recorded for leopards anywhere.

“The home ranges of the three animals are comparable to those in highly-productive protected areas with a very good prey density,” said Athreya. “This indicated that food sources associated with humans [domestic animals] supported these leopards.”

The scientists believe from the evidence that leopards in human areas are not always stray or victims of conflict like previously thought bat rather resident animals, potentially requiring policy makers to rethink India’s leopard-management strategies. Moreover, two of the females even gave birth to cubs during the course of the study, confirming their residence.

Despite living in close proximity to humans and even being dependent on their resources, none of the leopards were involved in human deaths during capture or following release.