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Japanese police search for 3.5-meter pet reptile that escaped from apartment — RT World News From “RT World News”



A police search is under way for a pet python that managed to break free from its enclosure and escape from an apartment in Yokohama through an open window, according to local media.

The owner reported his pet snake missing on Thursday night, after he came home from work to discover that the snake’s glass container was empty, local news outlets said, quoting police. The owner, who lives in a second-floor apartment in Yokohama city, south of Tokyo, also said he had left the window open to ventilate the room. A team of 10 police officers have been combing through nearby woods and other areas to find the reptile.The missing snake, a yellow reticulated python, is considered the world’s longest snake. It is native to south and southeast Asia and can grow to up to 9 meters in length. The reticulated python is often kept as a pet. In March this year, a 2.5-meter snake was found on a farm in Wales. It was handed over to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), who said it was likely an escaped or abandoned pet.

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A license is required to keep a python as a pet. Police say the owner of the runaway reptile obtained a permit from the local government four years ago.The reticulated python is not venomous but is able to constrict and suffocate its prey. It’s been known to prey on humans. In 2017 and 2018, a man and a woman in Indonesia were caught and swallowed by two specimens of the reptile while tending to their crops.Like this story? Share it with a friend!







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UAE scientists inject immune camels with Covid-19 in search of clues to beat the pandemic — RT World News From “RT World News”



A group of scientists from the United Arab Emirates have injected camels with dead samples of Covid-19, hoping that the antibodies produced by the animals – which are immune to the virus – can someday be used to cure humans.

The Arabs have relied on camels for millennia and continue to do so in the 21st century, this time recruiting the desert animals in the battle against the coronavirus.The head of the UAE’s Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, Dr. Ulrich Wernery, and his team have chosen dromedaries or one-humped camels for their experiments because they’re known to be immune to Covid-19 and its predecessor, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Unlike humans and some other animals, they simply lack a virus receptor, which the disease uses as a gateway into cells.“MERS-CoV, [camels] can harbor but they don’t get sick. With Covid-19, the virus cannot attach to the camels’ mucosa cells of the respiratory tract as the receptor is absent or dull,” Wernery told Al Arabiya.“This makes it all very interesting. Besides humans, minks and cats – small and big, such as such tigers and lions – can get Covid-19 and can transmit the virus to other cats and to humans and vice versa. But not camels.”

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The scientist explained that camels had been injected with the dead coronavirus so that they could produce antibodies to it. The blood samples from those animals will then facilitate “better tests for the diagnosis for Covid-19,” he said.“We hope that maybe one day we can use the blood – the antibodies – from camels to treat humans against Covid-19 infections,” Wernery stated.Covid-19 has already infected over 153 million people and killed more than 3.2 million around the globe. And it turned out that animals weren’t immune to the disease. During the pandemic, reports emerged of cats, dogs, monkeys, tigers, lions and others getting sick and even dying of the virus. Last year, Denmark had to cull its whole population of mink due to a mutated coronavirus strain.

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The exact origins of the coronavirus are currently unknown, but one of the likely scenarios considered by the World Health Organization is that the virus was transmitted from bats to humans through another animal host.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!







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Chinese man dodges two navies to cross Taiwan Strait by rubber dinghy in search of ‘freedom and democracy’ : worldnews From “World News”



I feel like, if you can make it past two actively-patrolling navies in a dinghy, you’ve officially earned your shot at staying.Best of luck to this refugee (even if they can’t call him that because politics), and may he find the freedom and democracy he lacked!







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