27 apr: a new born red ruffed lemur hangs in a net at cologne zoo in germany. contrasting coat colours make the red ruffed lemur one of the most beautiful lemurs. rarely descending from the canopy of madagascar's tropical rainforests, the females leave their litters in tree top nests or stashing locations where they're looked after by other members of the community. sadly, the young are prone to falling out of these nests. big groups of red ruffed lemurs come together in the wet season when fruit is plentiful, and then break up as the season dries and food becomes scarce. they are large for lemurs and very vocal, barking in guttural yaps when their only natural predator, the fossa, comes too close.
two black-and-white ruffed lemurs and one red ruffed lemur were born at the zoo on 31 march and 1 april 2017. photo: epa/sascha steinbach
27 apr: while the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn continues to plague several african countries, a relatively new phenomenon is emerging. demand for donkey skins is on the rise - the gel found in the hides is in much demand in china, where it's used in traditional medicine. by some estimates, the population of donkeys has halved in the past 20 years, and this is having a profound effect on rural communities who depend on the animals for agriculture, transportation and other things. #donkeys#animals#nature#southafrica#johannesburg#africa#bbcshorts#bbcnews@bbcnews
27 apr: a crab invasion has taken over cuba's bay of pigs. each year after the first spring rains, millions of red, yellow and black land c***s head to the sea, wreaking havoc along the way. the adult c***s march for days from the surrounding forests to the beaches, once there they lay eggs in the waves, the babies hatch at sea and then return to their parents in the forest. #c***s #cuba#bayofpigs#animals#beach#forest#nature#sea#sand#waves#bbcshorts#bbcnews@bbcnews 🦀🦀
27 apr: scientists in the united states have been able to keep premature lambs alive for weeks using an artificial w**b that looks like a plastic bag. it provides everything the foetus needs to continue growing and maturing, including a nutrient-rich blood supply and a protective sac of amniotic fluid. the research led by the children's hospital of philadelphia is trying to find a better way to support babies who are born too early. read more: bbc.in/womb #artificialwomb#lamb #w**b #science#health#babies#prematurebabies#health#who#bbcshorts#bbcnews@bbcnews
26 apr: guernica is one of the best-known paintings in the world. spanish artist pablo picasso said that his great work means what each person sees in it, but critics and experts have tried to fathom a deeper meaning to each of its elements. on the 80th anniversary of the bombing of the basque town of gernika (guernica in spanish) which inspired the painting, we ask an expert to interpret the great work. according to rosario peiro, head of collections, reina sofia museum, guernica is notable as a departure from earlier military-themed art – it does not celebrate victory, but shows the drama and suffering of a people, a work in which the heroism is human pain and suffering. for more on guernica: bbc.in/guernica #guernica#gernika#spain#basque#basquecountry#spanishcivilwar#art#pablopicasso#picasso#bbcshorts#bbcnews@bbcnews
26 apr: ilhan omar made history last year by becoming the first somali-american legislator in the us. just days earlier, donald trump had accused the somali community in her home state of minnesota, home to the largest somali community in the us, of spreading extremism. ms omar has been telling the bbc why being a woman and a muslim are such important aspects of her story. read more: bbc.in/somalilawmaker #somalia#usa#ilhanomar#minnesota#law#donaldtrump#bbcshorts#bbcnews@bbcnews
25 apr: a huge robbery in paraguay has sparked gun battles in the city of ciudad del este and in neighbouring brazil. the gang blew up the vaults of a security firm stealing up to $40m (£31m; €37m) in what paraguayan officials are calling "the robbery of the century". they set fire to cars and attacked a local police station to create a diversion in a bid to get away across the border. brazilian police exchanged gunfire with members of the gang in a two-hour shootout. a police officer and three gang members were killed, but the majority of the gang escaped. a security operation is under way both sides of the border to catch them. for more on this story go to:bbc.in/paraguayrobbery #paraguay#brazil#robbery#robbers#bbcnews#bbcshorts@bbcnews
25 apr: could plastic roads help save the planet? a british start-up uses local waste plastic to build roads, and two english councils have already started building roads this way. this approach could potentially solve two world problems: the poor quality of roads we drive on and the waste plastic epidemic seen in the world today. find out more: bbc.in/plasticroads #roads#transport#environment#bbcworldhacks#bbcshorts#bbcnews@bbcnews
25 apr: with only three of their kind left, the race against time is intensifying to save the northern white rhino species. the last remaining male is the equivalent of one hundred years old, and the final two females have proven to be infertile. scientists and conservationists are now hoping artificial reproductive techniques, which have never been performed on rhinos, will save the species. but it’s not going to come cheap. for more on white rhino conservation: bbc.in/whiterhino #rhino#whiterhino#northernwhiterhino#animals#kenya#africa#nature#conservation#bbcshorts#bbcnews@bbcnews
Celebrating the achievement of pioneeering women
25 apr: peggy whitson has broken the record for most days in space by a us astronaut.
dr whitson already holds records for the most spacewalks carried out by a woman astronaut and is the first woman to command the international space station (iss) twice.
now she's beaten the record previously set by jeff williams, who had a total of 534 days in space.
at 57, she is also the oldest woman to have gone to space.
dr whitson already holds the record for longest time spent in space by a woman. born in iowa, she has an advanced degree in biochemistry and worked for nasa in several prominent medical science and research positions, before being selected as an astronaut candidate in 1996. she first went into space in 2002 and became the first woman to command the iss in 2007.
the oldest person to go into space is john glenn, who was also the first american to orbit earth in 1962. he went back into space in 1998 aged 77. he died last year at the age of 95.
25 apr: a venezuelan opposition activist isits in front of a burning barricade during a demonstration against president nicolas maduro in caracas.
the latest violence raised the death toll to 24 in three weeks of protests. public defender tarek saab said several others were seriously injured and "between life and death".
the latest protests were sparked by the decision of the supreme court to take over the powers of the opposition-dominated national assembly. the court's reversal of the ruling was not enough to stop a wave of demonstrations, with opposition supporters calling for immediate elections. on monday a man was shot dead in a pro-government demonstration in the city of merida. two other men - one in merida and another in the nearby town of barinas - also died, though it is not clear what side of the protests they were on. merida state governor henrique capriles, one of venezuela's main opposition leaders, tweeted that "paramilitary groups" were responsible for the killings. photo: ronaldo schemidt/afp
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