News Brief (E392, November 19, 2010)

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Hanoi: Frozen tiger smuggled in from overseas
On November 14, Dong Da district police stopped a car and found a 150kg frozen tiger, purchased from a man living in Hai Phong City for 600 million VND, and later identified as being captured in the wild in another country. The body has been transferred to the Vietnam National Museum of Nature and the case is undergoing further investigation.
(Vietnamese version)
Ha Noi: Pha vu van chuyen ho uop nguyen con tu nuoc ngoai ve

Ho Chi Minh City: Four yellow-cheeked gibbons rescued
On November 14, four yellow-cheeked gibbons (Hylobates gabriellae) were rescued and transferred to the Cu Chi Rescue Center by Ho Chi Minh City’s Forest Protection Department (FPD). The FPD, together with other authorities, had inspected a cafe and private home to rescue the four animals. The yellow-cheeked gibbon belongs to Group IB - the group of rare wild animals forbidden to be in captivity, hunted, traded or killed.
(Vietnamese version)
Giai cuu 4 con vuon den ma hung trong quan ca phe

Dak Lak: Elephants cause overnight havoc
Around 15 elephants have been entering villages in the Ea Sup district recently, appearing from early evening until around 5 am and devastating the area in the search for food. In early September and from 18 to 23 October this year, a group of around 7 elephants destroyed roughly 60m2 of worker’s camp sites and trees within 1ha of forest area in the region.
(Vietnamese version)
Dak Lak: 15 con voi rung gam gu, quay pha

Ben Tre: Green sea turtle released into river
On November 15, in the presence of inspectors from Ben Tre’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department and the Department of Fishery Resource Management, a man released a 56kg green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) into a local river. The man had purchased the turtle from a local fisherman for 3 million VND in order to release it.
(Vietnamese version)
Mua con vic 56 kg ba trieu dong de phong sinh

Medical expert warns of dangers of using bear bile to treat sprains
According to Dr. Nguyen Trung Dung from the Joint and Muscle Department of Hanoi’s Medical University Hospital, a sprain is a common injury that some people attempt to treat themselves by applying bear bile on the sprain, without being aware that it can become worse, even chronic, with the development of joint stiffness and even muscle atrophy. Applying bear bile on a sprain causes blood to rush to the area, sometimes resulting in necrosis. Some cases have required surgery to repair ligaments.
(Vietnamese version)
Cung khop, teo co vi xoa mat gau khi bong gan

Phan Thi Thuy Trinh
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