The roar of a tiger proves too much for the weak hearts of the pri­mates of Ut­tar Pradesh

The East African - - OPINION -

A dozen mon­keys died si­mul­ta­ne­ously in an In­dian fort from heart at­tacks when they were “scared to death” by a roar­ing tiger. Lo­cals in Kot­wali Mo­ham­madi area of the north­ern In­dian state of Ut­tar Pradesh, were ini­tially baf­fled after the mon­keys were dis­cov­ered in a for­est clear­ing. The vets thought that the an­i­mals were poi­soned and post-mortems were car­ried out. How­ever, post-mortem tests re­vealed that the pri­mates had all died from heart at­tack. Dr San­jeev Ku­mar, a lo­cal vet said it was con­firmed in the post-mortem re­port that the mon­keys died due to car­diac ar­rest. “The mon­keys could have died due to tiger’s roar as tigers of­ten tra­verse that area,” he said. Vil­lagers re­ported tigers are of­ten in the area and were heard roar­ing at the time of the deaths..

A mon­key, a selfie and a lengthy copy­right row

At­tor­neys rep­re­sent­ing a macaque mon­key in the US have agreed to a com­pro­mise in a case where they as­serted the an­i­mal owned the copy­right to selfie pho­tos it had shot with a pho­tog­ra­pher’s cam­era. Un­der the deal, the pho­tog­ra­pher agreed to do­nate 25 per cent of any fu­ture rev­enue from the im­ages to char­i­ties ded­i­cated to protecting crested macaques in In­done­sia. At­tor­neys for the group and the pho­tog­ra­pher, David Slater, ap­pealed to the US Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peal to dis­miss the case and throw out a lower-court de­ci­sion that said an­i­mals can­not own copy­rights. The pho­tos were taken dur­ing a 2011 trip to Su­lawesi, In­done­sia, with an unat­tended cam­era owned by Slater. Slater said the Bri­tish copy­right ob­tained for the pho­tos by Wildlife Per­son­al­i­ties should be hon­oured world­wide.

It’s Septem­ber 2017 here but it’s 2010 in Ethiopia

Each year on Septem­ber 11, Ethiopi­ans come to­gether in large num­bers to cel­e­brate the start of a new year. And so it was this year, when fam­i­lies gath­ered to hold festivities to mark the start of the year, 2010, mak­ing merry and ex­chang­ing gifts. Ethiopia is one of few coun­tries in the world with its own unique cal­en­dar. The coun­try has its own cal­en­dar with 13 months, 12 of which have 30 days as the thir­teenth month – called Pagu­men – has five days which be­come six each

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