Baby tigers found dead in PRC zoo
Two Siberian baby tigers have been discovered dead in a refrigerator at a Chinese zoo, the second such incident in less than a week involving the endangered species in a country where tiger body parts are treasured as medicines.
State media reported yesterday that the baby tigers were found over the weekend in the freezer in the ticketing office of the Three Gorges Forest Wildlife Park in the southwestern province of Chongqing.
"They were born not long ago and are now dead," a park employee was quoted by the Beijing News as saying.
The discovery comes days after a Siberian tiger was found skinned and beheaded at a zoo in the same area.
Local authorities are investigating the cause of the deaths, the newspaper said.
According to Xinhua, of just 400 estimated to live in the wild, only 10-17 live in China. Many hundreds live in captivity, where they are popular in zoos.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
A leopard at Malaysia's national zoo attacked a five-year-old girl leaving her needing plastic surgery, a report said yesterday.
The girl was hospitalized for scratches and cuts to her back, neck and mouth after the leopard grabbed the collar of her dress, The Star newspaper reported.
Her parents said she would need plastic surgery following the attack, the first such incident at the zoo, according to the report.
Officials are probing the weekend incident. The leopard's enclosure is barricaded with a cable fence supposed to keep visitors about one meter away.
Zoo director Mohamad Ngah said the zoo would not offer compensation for the girl's injuries, adding the park could take legal action against the girl's parents for allowing her to cross the barrier.
Priest kills himself
A Hindu priest in central India killed himself with the promise he would come back to life after two days, police said yesterday.
Manoj Baghel, described as an intensely religious man, poisoned himself in front of a small crowd on Saturday at a temple in Raigarh in Chhattisgarh state, police said.
He was taken to hospital, and died soon after.
Police have registered a case of suicide, but have been unable to take the 25-year-old's body for an autopsy because supporters have insisted on returning the body to the temple and waiting to see what happens.
Police expect the crowds will give up their vigil by yesterday evening.
Doctors have safely removed a bullet that had been lodged in a Vietnamese man's lung for nearly three decades, his surgeon said yesterday.
Doctors at Thanh Hoa hospital presented the bullet to Vu Van Thanh, 50, about two weeks ago. The 2.5-centimeter AR15 bullet had been stuck in his lung since he was shot while fighting in neighboring Cambodia in 1978.
Dr. Nguyen Van Chung said tests revealed his special patient was fine after the three-hour operation was completed. Thanh was sent home over the weekend.
Thanh, a farmer, had long wanted it removed but could not afford the operation. Doctors carried out the procedure for free.
Actress does jail time
Former "Lost" star Michelle Rodriguez will be spending the holidays in jail.
Rodriguez reported to a Los Angeles County jail Sunday to begin a six-month sentence for failing to complete community service and alcohol monitoring as part of her probation from a drunken driving incident, authorities said.
She was booked into the Century Regional Detention Facility on Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Aura Sierra said. It is the same jail where Paris Hilton served much of her sentence earlier this year.
A call Sunday to a Rodriguez representative was not returned.
Baby tigers found dead in PRC zoo