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Costa Rica to Close All Zoos

Will release animals or transfer to refuges

The Costa Rican government is planning to close two of the country's oldest zoos in what it says is the first step to moving all captive animals to sanctuaries or back into the wild. The 100-year-old Simon Bolivar Zoo, located in the capital city of San Jose, will become a botanical garden, and the Santa Ana Conservation Center, just west of the city, are both set to be shut down and turned into a botanical garden and a park respectively.

While environmentalists have championed the move, a veterinarian from one of the zoos set to close down told CNN that releasing many of the animals is unrealistic.

"If they close it down, none of the animals here could be released," said Randall Arguedas. "Most have permanent injuries. Even though they have been treated, these injuries preven them from flying or seeing well."


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Testicle-Biting Fish Found in Sweden

Swimmers warned to cover up

A testicle-biting fish native to the Amazon is causing concern among swimmers in Scandanavia after an 8-inch specimen was caught in a strait between southern Sweden and the Danish island of Zealand.

The pacu is a piranha-like fish that grows up to three feet long. While not normally a threat to humans, pacu have been blamed for several attacks, and a handful of fishermen have reportedly bled to death after having their testicles eaten by the fish.

"They bite because they're hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouth," said Henrik Carl, a fish expert at the Denmark National History Museum. "And its mouth is not so big, so of course it normally eats nuts, fruit, and small fish, but human testicles are just a natural target."

In a statement, the museum warned swimmers in the area to keep their trunks on.

Via 9News


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Sinkhole Destroys Florida Resort

All survive

Portions of a Florida resort were destroyed Sunday when a 60-foot-wide sinkhole formed below two buildings, collapsing one and sinking the other, CNN reports. All guests inside the buildings—about 35 people—were extracted before the first building collapsed.

Guests at the resort in Clermont, about 10 minutes away from Walt Disney World, called for help, saying they heard loud noises and noticed windows cracking. With security personnel convinced of the danger, the evacuation started at 10:30 p.m., and continued as a 15-foot crater enveloped much of one building.

No injuries were reported, but  many guests were forced to make rapid escapes from the building. Trapped because of a collapsed door frame, one couple and their infant escaped through a window. And another woman was forced to flee in nothing but her shorts after the tub she was bathing in "levitated."

Sinkholes are a common occurrence in Florida. In February, a 36-year-old man was swallowed by a sinkhole that opened beneath his Tampa home. His body was never recovered.