The Daily Populous

Wednesday June 15th, 2022 night edition

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Believed to be extinct for more than a century, a rare species of giant tortoise is in fact still alive.

The species is better known as the ‘fantastic giant tortoise’ and is native to the Galápagos Fernandina island.

But in 2019, Princeton researchers discovered a lone female tortoise on the island that hinted that the species might live on.

Giant tortoises can weigh as much as 417 kg and can grow up to 1.3m.

There are 14 different species of giant Galápagos tortoise, all descended from a single ancestor - and all listed on the IUCN Red List as either vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered or extinct.

"The finding of one alive specimen gives hope and also opens up new questions, as many mysteries still remain," she added.

How did tortoises colonise Fernandina, and what is their evolutionary relationship to the other giant Galápagos tortoises?” »

Putin’s number one critic ‘disappears’ from prison colony

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Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been transferred out of his prison colony to an unknown location, an aide said.

His team said they do not know where the anti-corruption activist, Russia’s most recognisable critic of Vladimir Putin and his inner circle, has been taken.

He had previously been serving his sentence at Correctional Colony No. 2, a prison camp in Pokrov, 74 miles east of Moscow. »

Marjorie Taylor Greene blames trans men for shortage of tampons

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is blaming a shortage on tampons on transgender people.

“The latest news is, Brian, that now there’s a shortage of tampons,” Greene said to host Brian Glenn on the Right Side Broadcasting Network.

Marjorie Taylor Greene falsely claims the tampon shortage is "probably because men are buying tampons." »

Single beaver caused mass internet, cell service outages in Northern B.C.

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BC Hydro official Bob Gammer said crews identified a beaver as the culprit because of chew marks at the bottom of the downed tree.

“So I wouldn't be a rich man if I had a nickel for every beaver outage, but they do happen.”.

Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain said cell service was affected because some of the cell towers use fibre connections allowing higher bandwidth. »