News Brief (E367, 28 May, 2010)

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Cat Tien National Park: Cause of Javan rhino’s death unveiled
Following a scientific examination into the death of an extremely rare Javan rhino reported earlier this month, on May 27, experts from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) showed that the Javan rhino had been hunted by poachers. The evidence was a bullet found in rhino's left foreleg. WWF experts also found unnatural cuts in the rhino’s skull where the horn should have been. Previously, the head of Cat Tien National Park annouced that the rhino probably died of natural causes. 
(Vietnamese version)
Te giac mot sung chet tai VQG Cat Tien: Phat hien dau vet san trom

Hai Phong: More elephant ivory confiscated
On May 25, Hai Phong Customs confiscated more than one ton of elephant ivory on board an African ship without legal documents. This is the 3rd time this month that Customs have discovered an illegal shipment of elephant tusk at a Hai Phong port.
(Vietnamese version)
Hai Phong lai phat hien luong lon nga voi nhap lau

Thai Binh: Elephant ivory offence prosecuted
Provincial Police recently prosecuted two people from central Nghe An province for the illegal transportation of 13 pairs of elephant tusk. The duo were caught transporting the load along Highway 10 on May 23 this year.
(Vietnamese version)
Khoi to 2 doi tuong van chuyen trai phep nga voi

Hanoi: Asian golden cats confiscated
On May 21, six Asian golden cats (Catapuma temmincki) were confiscated by Hanoi Environmental Police (EP) after the frozen bodies were discovered in a parked taxi in Dong Da district. The three people involved in the case are from northern Son La province. The case has been transferred to Dong Da police for further investigation.
(Vietnamese version)
Ha Noi phat hien vu van chuyen 6 ca the beo lua

Illegal transportation of wildlife
The illegal transportation of two bear cubs, a monitor lizard and 150kg wild meat was discovered by Dien Bien Police on May 20. On May 26, a load of wildlife including 30 bear paws and seven unidentified turtles was confiscated by Nghe An Police. Police were alerted during a routine check of a bus when they noticed the vehicle was bearing Laotian license plates but was being driven by two Vietnamese men from Nghe An. Both cases are under further investigation.
(Vietnamese version)
Bat giu vu van chuyen trai phep dong vat hoang da
30 chan gau, 7 con rua di xe khach bien so Lao

Wildlife rescued
On May 24, the Nong Thon Ngay Nay newspaper reported that a reticulated python (Python reticulatus) caught by poachers was confiscated by the Hoai An district FPD in southern Binh Dinh province. The python had been transferred to the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens earlier in the month.

A leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) trapped in Tay Ninh province was later rescued by the provincial Forest Protection Department (FPD) during the first week of May this year. The leopard cat is currently under rehabilitation at the Lo Go – Xa Mat National Park.
(Vietnamese version)
Ban giao ca the tran gam bi san bat trai phep
Cuu ho mot ca the meo rung thuoc loai quy hiem

Quang Ngai: Coral cache confiscated
Quang Ngai Border Guards confiscated over 400kg of coral (Pennatulacea) from a local resident’s fishing boat. The case is under further investigation.
(Vietnamese version)
Tau ca van chuyen lau san ho den

Ha Noi: Environmental violators fined
Two local companies will be forced to pay a fine of 180 million VND for violating environmental protection regulations. The two companies were not classifying hazardous waste nor disposing of it safely.
(Vietnamese version)
Ha Noi phat 2 DN vi pham ve moi truong

Dak Lak: Large group of wild elephants mysteriously appears in Yok Don National Park
According to the Vice Director of Yok Don National Park, 32 wild elephants appeared in the park on May 21 and their origin is yet to be established. Six of the elephants are fully grown males with tusks, and five are very young, possibly babies. This is the first time the park has seen such a large and diversified group of elephants.
(Vietnamese version)
32 ca the voi rung keo ve Vuon Quoc gia Yok Don

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