Environment Forum

Excess baggage in Bangkok: tortoises, lizards, spiders and snakes

February 14, 2011

ploughshare-seized-thailandWhat happens when the airport scanner  shows shapes that look like live spiders, snakes, lizards and tortoises inside three big suitcases? Last week in Bangkok, it meant the detention of an Indonesian man and the seizure of 259 live creatures that were slotted into compartments in the black traveling bags.

New monkey puzzles scientists: why does it sneeze in the rain?

October 27, 2010

A monkeynew species of monkey has been found in northern Myanmar, puzzling scientists because of a snub nose that means they are often heard “sneezing in the rain”.