101 railway crossing accidents have been reported so far this year,
resulting in 20 deaths, according to a statement by the Rail Safety
The statement was released in the wake of the accidental death of a family of four at the weekend.
The family, which included two small children, died at a crossing near Hradec Králové, equipped only with a light signal system.
Once a common species in the Czech Republic, the European ground squirrel, also known as the souslik, has become increasingly rare over the past decades. While in the past ground squirrels were exterminated as pests, today conservationists are trying to protect existing colonies and reintroduce them into suitable habitats. I discussed the sousliks with Hannah Findlay, a young British woman based in Moravia who works as a researcher for the Czech NGO Alka Wildlife. I started by asking her what made its numbers dwindle in the first place:
Two Barbary lion cubs have been born in Dvůr Králové Zoo, an important
breeder of large African mammals since the 1970s.
The cubs, one male and one female, have not yet been named. They were born in mid-May to a two-year old lioness named Khalila and a seven-year-old male named Bart.
The zoo did not announce the birth until it was clear they were healthy.
Barbary lions are a subspecies believed to have been extinct in the wild since the 1960s. Fewer than 100 are estimated to live in captivity.
Although billions of crowns are spent on the modernization of Czech roads every year, being on the road in this country is not always a pleasant experience. Czech drivers are reputed to be inconsiderate, aggressive and inclined to take risks. And finding a solution to the problem has been an issue of heated debate for years.
The Prague ring road, which was blocked by a serious accident on Thursday,
reopened to drivers late on Friday morning.
One person was killed and 14 were injured in a head-on collision of a prison service bus transporting nine prisoners and ten security guards with a lorry carrying two veteran tanks to Plzen to be used in the end-of-war celebrations this weekend.
A fire broke out immediately after the collision in which the bus was completely destroyed and the lorry and tanks damaged.
The accident happened near Řeporyje, in the direction of the airport. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
The Constitutional Court has rejected a complaint against a ban on
billboards by Czech motorways filed by a group of 17 senators. Speaking for
the group, senator Václav Chaloupek said that the prohibition, which also
applies to first class roads, violated legal certainty and a ban on
retroactivity. The petitioners also argued that it contravened the right to
do business and the international protection of investments.
The court, which had been considering the matter since 2017, said that the billboards ban could be justified on the grounds of public interest, safety and environmental concerns.
Last year 565 people died on Czech roads, which was 63 more than the
previous year and the highest figure in three years. Numbers presented by
the police on Tuesday morning also showed that the deaths of motorcyclists
increased by over 40 percent in 2018.
Transport police were called out to over 100,000 traffic accidents last year, the division’s chief, Tomáš Lerch, told journalists.
Almost 2,500 people were left with serious injuries after collisions in 2018. Over 25,000 suffered minor injuries.
A trap set for a brown bear in the Zlín region in Moravia has so far only
caught other animals, the news website Lidovky.cz reported. The bear has
been roaming around an area of the Beskydy Mountains since September. It
has killed a number of sheep, with the latest reported on Tuesday, and has
Rangers set a cage trap with honey for the animal but it has only caught a cat and some birds to date. They have also established a photo trap in a bid to monitor the bear’s movements.
The wildcat is a small carnivorous species that once inhabited the Czech Republic’s forests, before it was hunted down at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. However, images of the wildcat recently captured by camera traps in some parts of the Czech Republic suggest that the rare feline may once again be settling in the country.