Banff to Host Pond Skimming World Cup

"Qualifying skims" for the World Cup will take place across North America this coming winter.     Photo: Geoff Stearns/Flickr

Banff to Host Pond Skimming World Cup

Inaugural event coming May 2016

Banff, Alberta, will host the First Annual Pond Skimming World Cup on May 23, 2016, Curbed Ski reported Thursday

Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine will team up with Powder magazine to host the event, which will take place alongside the 2016 Slush Cup at Sunshine Village, according to the company’s press release.

Qualifying skims for the event will take place across North America next winter. The company says more information about the Pond Skimming World Cup and qualifying events will be released in the coming months.

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Orangutan “Person” Could Be Released from Zoo

Sandra, a 29-year-old orangutan, was given “nonhuman person” status in December.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Orangutan “Person” Could Be Released from Zoo

Would be unprecedented worldwide

A court in Argentina is deciding this week whether to release Sandra, a 29-year-old orangutan, from the Buenos Aires Zoo after she was given “nonhuman person” status back in December, Reuters reported Friday.

The zoo’s biologists argue that the animal will not be able to care for itself in the wild. “You would end up harming her because she is unaware of her predators,” said Adrian Sestelo, the zoo’s chief biologist. “She doesn’t know how to find food. She doesn’t know how to prepare a nest in a free environment. So, in fact, you could end up damaging the entire species by setting her free.”

Sandra remains at the zoo while the court deliberates. The cost to transport her back to the wild in Southeast Asia could be more than $150,000.

“A zoo is like a prison,” said animal rights lawyer Andres Gil Dominguez, who is petitioning for Sandra’s release. “It would be the same if they said a human being in captivity is doing great, he is being taken care of, he is being well-fed, but deprived of his freedom. It wouldn’t be justifiable.”

In a similar case back in December, a New York court ruled that chimpanzees are not entitled to human rights.

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