Weekly Animal News Update: girl dies from bird flu, elephant Moti died 

Weekly Animal News Update: Week 8

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11-year-old girl dies from bird flu in Cambodia
An 11-year-old girl in Cambodia died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu, and her father, who had been showing symptoms, also tested positive for the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the recent increase in bird and mammal cases and has urged heightened surveillance from all countries. 

Lioness shot dead in South Africa after escaping truck 
A lioness that escaped from a truck while being transported between game reserves in South Africa was shot dead by a local farmer who felt it posed a risk and danger to the community. The animal’s owner is a lion breeder, and locals had reported sighting the lioness roaming around a residential area, prompting authorities to launch a ground-and-air search. 

Alligator killed after attacking woman in Florida
US authorities killed a ten-foot-long alligator in Fort Pierce, Florida, after he attacked an 85-year-old woman and her dog. The alligator was captured by an alligator trapper and officers, who tied his feet, taped his mouth and eyes, and transported him to an unknown location to be killed. A video of the incident showed the alligator being dragged over the grass and lifted into a truck while still alive.

Abused elephant Moti dies of painful leg injury in India
An Asian elephant named Moti died in India after suffering a painful leg and foot injury due to lifelong abuse, according to animal welfare organization Wildlife SOS. Moti lived in captivity until 2021, after which his owner died, leaving him to beg on the streets of Ramnagar.  

Crocodiles survive in polluted Tarcoles River in Costa Rica
Despite the pollution caused by untreated wastewater and agricultural runoff, around 2,000 American crocodiles still live in the highly polluted Tarcoles River in Costa Rica. Biologists are surprised that the crocodiles in the area haven’t gone down in numbers, and they seem to be surviving under harsh conditions.

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