More than 60 endangered turtles have disappeared from a zoo in Japan’s southernmost province in a suspected theft, officials said Thursday.
“We feed them twice a week and a keeper noticed their number was clearly low,” said Kozue Ohgimi, zoo section chief at Okinawa Zoo and Museum, told AFP.
Officials later found cable ties used to secure netting over the enclosure housing the turtles had been removed at several spots.
“The nets were loose enough to enable an adult to sneak into the area,” Ohgimi told AFP on the phone.
Officials fear the turtles may have been stolen for sale on the black market, where they are valued as exotic pets.
“They are traded for high prices,” Ohgimi said.
The disappearances have been reported to local police, who are investigating, zoo officials said.
The turtles are small, measuring about a maximum 20 centimeters (7.9 inches) long.
In all, the zoo said 64 turtles have disappeared — 15 Ryukyu leaf turtles and 49 yellow-margined box turtles.
Both types are on the red list of threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
Both species are also designated as “natural treasures” by Japan’s cultural affairs agency — meaning commercial trade in them is banned
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Watch a band in cow costumes sing about Devin Nunes at White House impeachment protest
Protesters clad in full-body furry costumes sang about Rep. Devin Nunes during a Saturday protest at the White House.
The protesters were dressed as cattle after the Fresno Republican sued a fake cow Twitter, @DevinCow.
The protesters changed the lyrics to the hit 1958 Chuck Berry song "Johnny B. Goode" to "Devin Nunes."
Video of the protested was posted to Twitter by Democratic strategist Parkhomenko, who was targeted by Nunes in one of his lawsuits.
The lyrics to the 1958 Champs song "Tequila" were changed to "subpoenas."
Shocking photos document the devastating flooding pummeling San Francisco
San Francisco was battered by a heavy winter storm on Saturday that caused localized flooding throughout the city.
"A low pressure system off the Northern California coast Saturday hurled bans of strong downpours into the Bay Area, triggering a flood warning for San Francisco," KPIX-TV reported.
"San Francisco Muni officials tweeted that train service between West Portal to Embarcadero Station had been shut down due to flooding. Several streets were flooded in San Francisco’s western neighborhood including knee-high water at 15th Ave and Wawona," the station noted.
North Korea announces ‘test of very great importance’ occurred at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground: report
North Korea state media reported on a "successful" test at a missile launch site.
"A very important test took place at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on the afternoon of December 7, 2019," a spokesperson for the Academy of the National Defense Science said.
The spokesperson said the test was "of great significance to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
#UPDATE North Korea conducts a "very important test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reports, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked https://t.co/abYhRDvBic pic.twitter.com/neCYEQTEhf