Veterinarians in East Bohemia have ordered some 80 tons of fish be
destroyed following an outbreak of the herpes virus at the Buñkov fish
farm near Pardubice.
Although the strain cannot be transmitted to humans, it is highly contagious among fish species. It is the first such outbreak reported this year.
For several weeks now, a brown bear has been roaming the mountain region of Valašsko located in the easternmost part of Moravia, near the Slovak border, approaching villages and attacking sheep at remote farms. Environmentalists are now trying to trace the animal and chase it away from people’s dwellings.
A snake on the loose in a Kaufland store in Orlova, in the Karvina region,
has been captured and the store has reopened to the public.
The store had been closed since Tuesday when the snake appeared on security cameras on the premises. Vets were unable to identify it from the pictures available and set thermal traps in different parts of the store.The reptile, which turned out to be a harmless grass snake, was captured on Friday.
It is the second snake-scare in the country this month. Recently a green mamba escaped in Prague, after biting its owner, but it too was eventually captured in a near-by garden.
The ceremonial launch of three days of harvesting began on Friday morning
at the largest Czech fish pond Rožmberk, near Třeboň in South Bohemia.
The town is the country’s most famous centre for the production of carp,
which is traditionally eaten by Czechs for Christmas dinner.
Overall, fishermen in Třeboň expect to harvest some 2,200 tonnes of fish from its 250 ponds this year. Last year, the traditional fish harvest attracted some 55,000 people.
A star animal attraction at the Prague Zoo, the hippopotamus Slávek, has
died at the age of 33, due to a severe inflammation in his stomach and
Zoo director Miroslav Bábek said laboratory tests have yet to be carried out to determine the premature cause of death. Hippopotamuses can live to be 50 years old.
Slávek gained fame for surviving the devastating floods of 2002, which claimed the lives of his mate, Lentilka, and one of his seven offspring, a daughter named Barborka.
Police and snake capture specialists are still searching for the pet green
mamba that went missing on Wednesday in Prague’s district of Hlubočepy.
Police have evacuated the building where the snake escaped from. According to experts, the deadly reptile is most likely still somewhere in the building, seeking shelter in warm and humid conditions.
The mambas’ owner, who was bitten by the snake, remains in hospital in an induced coma, after being given anti-venom.
Police have called in snake capture specialists from the Prague Zoo to help
track down a pet green mamba that went missing on Tuesday in the district
Due to the cool weather, the deadly reptile is likely to be seeking shelter in a heated building, experts said. Police were alerted to the situation after a woman, allegedly the green mamba’s owner, sought medical treatment for a snake bite.
Construction firms are erecting special fences along Czech highways to
prevent frequent clashes of cars with wild animals.
Every year clashes with deer and wild boar cause over 12 thousand accidents, many of which are fatal.
The autumn and winter periods are especially dangerous in this respect because animals migrate in search of food.
The Vraní hory mountain region in north-east Bohemia is the second place in the Czech Republic to which wolves have returned and started reproducing in the wild after a break of 200 years. A wolf with a cub was recently caught on camera. They are believed to have come from the vicinity of the Czech-Polish border region where a pack of wolves first settled and has been breeding since 2015.
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