March 13, 2012

Bear Grylls     Photo: lwpkommunikacio/Flickr

Discovery Channel Fires Bear Grylls

Star and network disagree over projects

Discovery Channel and Man vs. Wild star Bear Grylls have parted ways over over an unresolved contract dispute, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Grylls, 37, a former British SAS soldier, refused to participate in two unnamed initiatives for the network. Filming for season six of Man vs. Wild is already complete, although it is unclear whether footage from that season will air. "Unfortunately, Bear and Discovery have not been able to come to mutual agreement on new programming, and he disagrees with Discovery's decision to terminate current productions," said Grylls's spokeswoman Heather Krug. In recent years, Grylls has expanded his personal brand to include a line of clothing, an iPhone app, and half a dozen books. Season five of Man vs. Wild attracted an average of more than one million viewers per episode in the United States.

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

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Road bike     Photo: docc/Flickr

Cyclist Foils Mugging

Commuter chases down, tackles robber

Chicago cyclist Eric Puetz foiled a mugging on Thursday by chasing down and tackling a man who mugged a 75-year-old woman and ran away with her purse. Puetz followed the mugger into an alley, where he and a bystander tackled the man and held him down until police arrived. "There are just certain things that aren't acceptable," Puetz told the Chicago Tribune on Friday. The suspect, Larry Bostic, remains in custody with bail set at $300,000.

Read more at Huffington Post

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Rainforest     Photo: Lubasi/Flickr

Uncontacted Tribe Found in Paraguay

Forest was sold to loggers

In a report leaked earlier this month, Paraguay's Department of Indian Afffairs confirmed the presence of an uncontacted tribe living on land recently sold to two Brazilian ranching companies. Authorities have discovered evidence of members of the isolated Ayoreo Totobiegosode Indians, including footprints and traps used to catch turtles. Since beginning logging operations, the ranching companies have cleared thousands of acres of forest to make way for cattle ranching. Native-rights activists are calling for a halt to logging operations until authorities can determine whether the logging companies legally acquired the land. Under a United Nations Indigenous Tribal Peoples treaty, it is illegal to make first contact with an uncontacted tribe unless initiated by the tribe.

Read more at Global Post

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Ferry on the Meghna River     Photo: Lingarak G J/Flickr

Dozens Dead in Bangladesh Ferry Accident

Boat crashes, capsizes with 200-300 aboard

More than 30 people are dead and many more missing after a ferry accident on a river in southern Bangladesh on Tuesday. The ferry, which was carrying between 200 and 300 people, crashed into another boat and then capsized on the Meghna River Tuesday morning. Emergency officials have rescued 35 people. More than 180 people died in a ferry accident off the coast of Papua New Guinea last month.

Read more at USA Today

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Black-footed cat at the Brookfield Zoo     Photo: Jonathan Kriz/Flickr

Endangered Cat Born to Domestic Animal

Procedure raises hopes for species' survival

A domestic cat gave birth last month to an endangered African black-footed kitten, scientists announced yesterday, raising hopes for the species survival. The kitten, named Crystal, was born at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in Algiers and is the sister of two black-footed kittens born last year. All the kittens were conceived through in vitro fertilization, but Crystal is the first to be carried by a domestic cat. "It gets along beautifully with the domestic cat mother," director Earle Pope said. "They don't know, or do not care, that it's a different species."

Read more at The Times-Picayune

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