What happened in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, was incredible but also full of sadness: it feels alone, so the last wild macaw parrot enters the zoo to see its fellows. Today the few remaining specimens of Ara Ararauna are found enclosed in the BioParque do Rio.
Macaws Ararauna are endowed with a marked intelligence and can live up to 35 years. Neiva Guedes, president of the environmental association Hyacinth Macaw Institute, said: "Juliet (the name of the parrot, despite experts don't know if it is a male or a famele) should have found a life partner several years ago.
They are social birds, which means they don't like to live alone, whether in the wild or in captivity. They need company. Most likely she feels alone, and for this reason she goes to the enclosure to communicate and interact."
Except for Juliet, the last official sighting of a blue and yellow macaw flying free in Rio de Janeiro dates back to 1818. Until 2000 the city was populated by the Macaws of Spix. This species also became extinct a few years ago.
Prince of Liechtenstein accused of killing bear Arthur
According to the Romanian environmental group Agent Green and the Austrian VGT, Prince Emanuel of Liechtenstein killed Arthur, the biggest bear in Romania. Associated Press, a Romanian news agency, said the prince received permission from the Romanian Environmental Agency to hunt down a female bear who had caused damage to farmers in the village of Ojdula.
However, according to ambient groups, the prince did not kill the female bear for which he received permission, but the famous bear Arthur, the oldest specimen in Romania. Gabriel Paun, president of the NGO Agent Green, said: "I wonder how the prince could have confused a female bear who enters to do damage in a village, with the largest male alive, who lived in the depths of the forest.
Prince did not come to solve the problem of the locals but to kill the bear and take home the biggest trophy to hang on the wall." The brown bear is a species protected by international laws: moreover, Romania banned trophy hunting in 2016.
There are several dangers that endanger the survival of the bear: the most important are obviously climate change and activity. Human. Romanian Environment Minister Ta'nczos Barna said an investigation was opened to determine the precise circumstances of the bear's killing.
Ann-Kathrin Freude, coordinator of the Austrian NGO VGT, added: "Trophy hunting must be banned without exception, otherwise the conflicts will escalate and the species will be endangered, as has already happened in much of Europe. And It is a shame for Austria that Prince Emanuel has abused an exemption to kill this beautiful bear."