There has been a lot of talk about the potential for climate change to wipe out animal and plant species across the planet and that’s certainly concerning. But in some good news, it seems as though an animal that was thought to be extinct has once again resurfaced after many years.
The Formosan clouded leopard (aka Neofelis nebulosa brachyura) was recently spotted in southeast Taiwan. The leopard hasn’t been seen in the wild since the 1980s and was officially declared extinct in 2013. Authorities are currently working on confirming the sightings.
The Taitung District Office of the Forestry Bureau is now investigating the claim made by Alangyi Village rangers stating that they have spotted the once thought extinct Formosan clouded leopard on a cliff in Taitung County’s Daren Township.
The rangers have been searching for the leopard (also known locally as Li’uljaw) since last summer. One set of rangers reported seeing the leopards on a cliff in Taitung County’s Daren Township hunting goats. Another group said that they noticed the wild cat close to their scooters before the animal ran up a tree.
The leopard has become a symbol of Taiwan’s conservation indicators and is a sacred spirit to the Paiwan tribe. The chief said a village meeting had been held to discuss the sightings and how to stop outsiders from attempting to hunt them.
National Taitung University’s Department of Life Science professor Liu Chiung-hsi, said:
“I believe this animal still does exist.”
He also said that it was no surprise that the animal had not been seen for a long time since they are vigilant and avoid human contact.
Despite the lack of evidence – and even before the sighting report emerged – many scholars and indigenous tribe members were reluctant to declare the elusive leopard subspecies to be extinct.
The last officially verified sighting of the Formosan clouded leopard was back in 1983.
Harpy Eagles Are A Cool Reminder That Mythical Creatures Actually Exist
These awesome birds are terrifyingly majestic!
Anyone who has ever seen a harpy eagle will immediately be taken back by the creature's beauty. These gorgeous birds are known for their size and curious name. Interestingly, harpy eagles are named after the mythical monsters for a really great reason: they are somehow mythical creatures themselves.
Harpy eagles were first described by Linnaeus in his Systema Naturae in 1758 as Vultur harpyja. The species name harpyja comes from Ancient Greek harpyia in reference to the Harpies of Ancient Greek mythology. Harpies are wind spirits that took the dead to Hades and were said to have a body like an eagle and the face of a human. It's a fitting name for the harpy eagle indeed.
Playing Action Video Games Could Help You Become A Better Driver
Game on, people. For our sake if not your own.
Driving requires utmost attention and long lasting patience as drivers need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Overall, a driver has to have quick motor skills to see and to react to different traffic scenarios while he/she is on the road.
Fortunately, it seems that all those hours you spent slouching on the couch and harassing that console controller is finally paying off. A new study reveals that playing video games, especially the ones in the action genre, enhances certain areas of your brain that are responsible for performing tasks that require quick judgment and extreme focus. In short, playing video games can make you a better driver.
Cadbury Caramel Spread Goes On Sale And Sends Shoppers Into A Frenzy
The chocolate gods have heard our prayers.
Cadbury just turned their famous gooey caramel bar into a chocolate spread, and it instantly became many shoppers' obsession. Nobody expected that the British multinational confectionery company would switch things up a bit for those sweet tiny squares but they did - and were so glad about it.
In fact, people have been raving about Cadbury Caramel Spread on social media nonstop. The 400-gram tub is available at selected Coles supermarket stores and retails for $7.95. The sweet treat consists of dairy milk chocolate and flowing caramel.