The longest-lived koala in the world unfortunately lives in a zoo

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The longest-lived koala in the world unfortunately lives in a zoo

The longest-lived koala in the world is called Midori and is 24 years old: unfortunately the animal, decimated by last year's fires in Australia, does not live in wildlife, but in a Japanese zoo. Midori received the certificate of recognition from the Guinness World Records.

Midori, who was born in Australia, turned 24 last month and has lived in the Minami-Awaji City Zoo in Hyogo Prefecture since 2003. Captive koalas live an average of 16 years. The previous record of 23 years belonged to a female koala in an Australian park.

The zoo says Midori still has a great appetite and loves eucalyptus leaves despite her age, which, in human terms, would be around 110 years old. Midori still manages to curl up on the trees and loves being brushed with a bruschino.

Her guardian, who regards her as a member of her family, says Midori is very calm and hopes to be able to take care of her for as long as possible.

Scorpions are at risk of extinction due to their poison

In a study published in BioOne claims that all the scorpions on the planet are in danger of extinction due to human activity, and that in addition to the destruction of habitat, their survival is at risk because they possess a very precious resource and for which a real gold rush has been unleashed.

Scorpion venom is specialty. These are very complex substances that are often used in biomedical research, so much so that the breeding of scorpions for the purpose of milking poison is a very important activity for the pharmaceutical industry.

The official farms have an approach based on sustainability, but in recent years these have been accompanied by a black market for farmed scorpions, with real illegal farms that they are fed with specimens captured in the wild, and therefore stolen from the ecosystem.

The study reads that in Iran the rumor has spread, via social media, according to which a liter of scorpion poison can be resold for 10 million dollars; this blew up illegal farms across the country, and made tens of thousands of animals disappear from circulation.