Tuesday, December 22, 2015

MONUMENTAL GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Apocalyptical Disaster - Gigantic 6 Kilometre Earth Crack Opens Up Along Route III In Paraguay! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

How can you drive on this road in Paraguay

December 22, 2015 - PARAGUAY - About 6 km of road have been swallowed by a giant crack along Route III between the districts of Yby Yaú and Azotey in Paraguay.


Route III has been swallowed by the ground after torrential rains in Paraguay.

6 kilometers of raods have been swallowed by the giant earth crack along Route III.

This crazy earth fissure is insane.

Compare the size of the gap with that of the adults around. Terrifying

The river just swallowed up the ground and the road above.

This giant fissure in the gound is the result of torrential rains and the overflowing of creek Guireño on December 10, 2015.

Apocalyptic disaster.

WATCH: Giant fissure in Paraguay.





- Strange Sounds.





PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: "Almost Too Late" To Halt Spread Of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found In Pigs - Scientists!

© Reuters

December 22, 2015 - HEALTH - It is “almost too late” to stop an antibiotic resistant bacteria gene found in pigs and humans creating a global superbug crisis, scientists warn.

Experts from Antibiotic Research UK now say there is only a fifty-fifty chance of salvaging the world’s antibiotics and keeping them usable against resistant diseases.

The warning comes after scientists found a gene, which makes bacteria resistant to the last gasp antibiotic defense known as colistin.

Resistance to colistin is thought to be the final step toward effectively untreatable diseases.

Dr David Brown, director at Antibiotic Research UK, told the Guardian: “It is almost too late. We needed to start research 10 years ago and we still have no global monitoring system in place.”

Brown said efforts to find new drugs are “totally failing” and that “there has been no new chemical class of drug to treat gram-negative infections for more than 40 years.”

“I think we have got a 50-50 chance of salvaging the most important antibiotics, but we need to stop agriculture from ruining it again.”

Resistance is thought to have developed because of the mass application of drugs in agriculture, with China being a hotspot for such overuse.

Unnecessary use of drugs is thought to be the problem, allowing bacteria to adapt. In China, for example, drugs are used to increase the size of animals, a practice that has been banned in the EU since 2006.

Brown warned migration could also become a major factor.

“In 2016, a number of factors are going to come together – including the effects of the migration crisis,” he said. “Southern Europe, places such as Italy and Greece, and the Middle East are more under threat because of weaker health systems and weaker monitoring systems. India, especially, could be in real trouble.

“The migration crisis will probably not be helping anything as a lot of people coming over from Syria could be bringing bugs,” Brown added. - RT.





MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Extreme Weather - America's 2015 Wildfire Season Is Now The Most Expensive On Record!

Firefighters try to contain the Lake County blaze, the worst of 21 major fires in California this year. © Getty Images

December 22, 2015 - UNITED STATES - The 2015 wildfire season is now the costliest on record, with $1.71 billion spent to fight the blazes, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday.

The previous record of $1.67 billion, adjusted for inflation, was set in fiscal year 2002, U.S. Department of Agriculture communications director Matt Herrick said. (The Forest Service is part of the U.S.D.A.)

With the season nearly over, 9.8 million acres burned in 2015, the second-highest total since records began in 1960, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Only 2006, with 9.87 acres charred, had a higher total.

In addition, seven forest service firefighters died this year battling wildfires. Since 2000, on average, 18 firefighters have died each year fighting flames, the fire center reports.

Most of the fires hit the West and Alaska, which is typical. The size of the area burned this year is roughly equivalent to the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined.

Over the past 10 years, the Forest Service has spent $1.13 billion on average each year to fight wildfires. That amount does not include local or state costs to fight fires.

Nor does it include other federal agency firefighting costs. Agencies such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also chip in, though the Forest Service contributes the most.

Because of the cost of fighting fires, the Forest Service has been forced to tap other funds, such as forest-thinning projects, in order to keep up with the massive blazes, according to a report released by the agency in August.

The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act — a bipartisan effort that would have treated wildfires more like other natural disasters and ended the transfer of money from other programs to battle the blazes — did not make it into the federal budget released this week, though there are hopes it can be revived next year, Herrick said.

"The future trend will be hotter, longer, and more severe and ultimately more costly fire seasons, which directly impacts the Forest Service's ability to fund other critical work such as restoration that can reduce wildfire threat, drinking water area protection and recreation investments," Herrick said. - USA Today.




FIRE IN THE SKY: "It Looked Like A Comet" - Strange Fireball Lights Up The Skies Over Las Vegas, Nevada?!

Photo by Lisa Dalene Morawetz.

December 22, 2015 - NEVADA, UNITED STATES - Many Victor Valley residents posted to Victor Valley News Facebook group inquiring about a colorful object streaking across the night sky.

The object described as colorful and round fireball streaked across the western sky heading west just after 6:15 P.M., on Tuesday, December 22, 2015.

Below are a few of the comments posted by Victor Valley News members:

“It looked like a comet because it changed colors. Green to red. It was really cool,” stated Todd N Zabrina Martin.


Photo by Robert Akers.

“It looked like something entering the atmosphere and breaking up, reminded me of when the space shuttle burned up,” stated Jim Pryor.

Early unconfirmed reports are describing the “object” as a meteor or space debris (i.e. satellite) that was seen over several states including Nevada and California.

As of 6:30 P.M., there has been no official confirmation on what exactly the object was.

More information will be updated as it becomes available.

Did you see it? Send us any photos or videos by emailing news@vvng.com


WATCH: Strange Light in the Sky Seen Across the Victor Valley.




- VVNG.



PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: New Bird Flu Outbreak - More Than 60 Farms In France Infected!


December 22, 2015 - FRANCE - New cases of highly pathogenic avian flu in poultry have recently been detected in south-western regions of France, forcing authorities to step up sanitary measures.

The total number of confirmed cases of contamination with the virus in France has risen to 61, according to a statement from the French Ministry of Agriculture. The statement was published on Tuesday.

Special protection zones stretching for between 3 to 10 kilometers around the farms have been set up until the epidemic ceases, a decree published in the Official Journal said.

There is currently no evidence that the virus is transmitted to humans through birds’ eggs, meat or foie gras, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease and Control (ECDC) stated.

However, on Friday France tightened its grip on sanitary regulations and limited movement of poultry in the south-western regions, as the virus is usually spread by people or cars that come into contact with birds’ feces.

“The new measures are aimed at sanitizing in an effective way poultry production across a wide zone, and at providing all necessary guarantees to EU and non-EU countries that import French poultry birds and meat,” the ministry said in a statement.

China and Japan, the world’s largest importers of foie gras, have restricted the supplies of poultry products, birds, animals and eggs from the whole of France after the information on the outbreak was revealed.

Iraq has also joined the two countries by banning all fresh and frozen poultry imports from France, Reuters reports.

The first case of avian flu in eight years was detected in the south-western department of Dordogneis on November 24, with the departments of Landes, Haute-Viene, Gers, Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Hautes-Pyrénées later becoming affected as well, the statement said.

The last full-scale avian flu epidemic, which affected about 64 farms in France, occurred in 2006. Some isolated cases appeared in the eastern department of Moselle in 2007. - RT.




MONUMENTAL GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Planetary Transformations Continue Unabated - Silver Lake Mysteriously Dries Up On Staten Island; And Lake Poopo, Bolivia's Second Largest Lake Has Almost Dried Up?!

Silver Lake, Staten Island. © Jimmy Oddo


December 22, 2015 - EARTH - The following stories provide further proof of the monumental transformations that planet Earth is undergoing. Staten Island's Silver Lake is giving up decades of soggy secrets — from a vandalized street sign to an old motorcycle — as the massive city reservoir mysteriously drains away.  The water level is down six to seven feet since early October, photo comparisons show. And, the government of the western Bolivian province of Oruro issued a declaration of natural disaster Saturday after learning that Lake Poopo, the second largest in the country after Titicaca and which once covered more than 1,780 sq. miles, has almost dried up.


Silver Lake mysteriously dries up on Staten Island

The water level is down six to seven feet since early October, photo comparisons show.

Leaks underneath the lake are going unaddressed by the city Department of Environmental Protection, which has also stopped pumping water into the lake.

The 56-acre lake was built as a city reservoir in 1917, but hasn't been used for drinking water since 1971. Today, underground storage tanks next to the lake supply Staten Island's water.

The lake collects the tanks' overflow, and forms the centerpiece of picturesque Silver Lake Park.

"The water hasn't been this low since the early 1980s," said parkgoer Patty Ribeiro, who lives nearby.

In 1982, an interagency battle halted water flow into the lake for a year, sparking local uproar that made the lake's maintenance a DEP responsibility.

Ribeiro sees more debris each day as the water recedes: "a plastic toy scooter, a rubber raft, traffic cones, broken ladders."

The motorcycle, once totally submerged, is now eight feet from the water's edge.

"You'd sometimes just see the tip of the wheel," Ribeiro said of the landmark she uses to gauge the lake's depth.

The draining of the lake came as a shock to leaders of local civic groups, including Dominick DeRubbio of the Silver Lake Conservancy.

"Maybe we can take advantage of this situation," DeRubbio said, referring to the cleanup efforts of the now-dried up depths.

The DEP would not say how low the water level will go or when the lake will be restored. - New York Post.


Lake Poopo, Bolivia's second largest lake has almost dried up

Dried up Lake Poopo, Bolivia

Oruro Gov. Victor Hugo Vasquez enacted a law that declared it a natural disaster, which will speed up the acquisition and use of funds to somehow improve the disastrous situation, which also affects the economy of the inhabitants of eight municipalities in the area.

The disappearance of Lake Poopo, announced this week in the media, took Oruro authorities by surprise as it did the national government, which was unaware of the gravity of the situation.

The lake, high up in the Andes, is in the process of desertification due to climate change, the weather phenomena El Niño and La Niña, and mining pollution, which have combined to made it into "a lifeless lake," agronomist Milton Perez of Oruro Technical University told EFE.


The saltwater Lake Poopo was located in the Bolivian altiplano at an altitude of 3,700 metres.  © David Mercado/Reuters

According to Perez, the ecosystem there is fragile and the lake very shallow - 5 to 13 feet - and has suffered a loss of water due to successive climatic phenomena.

Poopo maintained its balance for six or seven years, but now "the lake won't have enough time to reestablish itself in a natural way as the ecosystem it used to be," he said.

The drying up of the lake has also banished some 200 species of wildlife including birds, mammals, fish and reptiles, the ornithologist and expert in fauna of the Andean lakes, Carlos Capriles, told the daily La Razon.

The lake, now reduced to three small wetlands, was once a resting place for the thousands of birds migrating from north to south, and also a source of water for threatened species like the Andean puma.

Fishing in its waters was one of the main sources of food for inhabitants of nearby villages.

The Bolivian government estimates that an investment of some 800 million bolivianos (some $114 million) would be necessary to save Lake Poopo. - Fox News Latino.





DELUGE: Public Told To Prepare For Risk Of Further Flooding As More Rain Heads For West Wales!

Floodwater in Carmarthen, Wales. © Edward Davies

December 22, 2015 - WALES - Natural Resources Wales is urging people to prepare for the risk of further flooding across much of Wales.

A band of heavy rain is expected to hit West and North Wales tonight - the same areas where we issued nine Flood Warnings and 22 Flood Alerts during the weekend.

The Met Office has issued a yellow, be aware, warning for rain in Carmarthenshire tomorrow.

Over the weekend, several rivers in West Wales burst their banks, including the Towy in Carmarthen.In Ceredigion the A484 Llechryd Bridge in Llechryd remains closed in both directions at the Llechryd junction, because of flooding.



The River Teifi has burst its banks in Llechryd, closing the A484 through the village.

River Towy floods Carmarthen, Wales

Floods near Carmarthen, Wales

Flooding near Carmarthen, Wales


This in turn may cause further disruption in those areas that were affected by high rainfall over the weekend.

With the ground saturated and the rivers already swollen, this could cause rivers and streams to rise rapidly.

"We again expect to issue a number of flood warnings and roads could be closed as drains struggle to cope with the volume of water," said a NRW spokesman. "A further band of rain on Tuesday could also cause further problems.

The A474 is just passable on A474 in Ammanford around the A483 Wind Street, Ammanford Square junction, because of flooding.

Tonight, the highest rainfall totals are likely on high ground in the Cambrian Mountains, Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons.


WATCH: Flooding in Wales.






"We are advising people to allow extra time for journeys as driving conditions may be difficult and to take care near fast-flowing and swollen rivers.

"Our officers are out checking that flood defences are in good working order and that rivers are clear of debris which could restrict river flows." - Carmarthen Journal.





WEATHER PHENOMENON: Intense Columnar Vortex - Waterspout Seen Forming In Costa da Caparica, Portugal And Waterspout Filmed Off The Coast Of East Java, Indonesia!

© YouTube/gatopreto26 (screen capture)


December 22, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes two of latest reports of waterspouts formation.


Waterspout seen forming in Costa da Caparica, Portugal

Waterspout seen forming in Costa da Caparica, Portugal on 13th December 2015.

WATCH: Costa da Caparica waterspout.



Waterspout filmed off the coast of East Java, Indonesia

Waterspout filmed off Madura, East Java.

WATCH: East Java waterspout.



- YouTube.



ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Boy Scout Leader Attacked By Black Bear At Split Rock Reservoir, New Jersey And Sailor Attacked By Shark As He Clung To The Side Of Rescue Buoy In Caribbean Sea!

A bear dragged 50-year-old Christopher Petronino (pictured on the stretcher) into a cave at Splitrock Reservoir on Sunday afternoon.
Above emergency personnel place him into an ambulance

December 22, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes two of latest reports of animal attacks on humans.

Boy Scout leader attacked by black bear at Split Rock Reservoir, New Jersey

A 50-year-old Boy Scout leader used a rock hammer to fight a bear off during an encounter with the animal in northern New Jersey.

On Sunday afternoon, the bear grabbed Christopher Petronino's foot and dragged him into a cave at Splitrock Reservoir on Sunday afternoon, NJ.com reported.

Authorities have said the Scout leader was hurt - but the three Scouts with him were unharmed.

State wildlife officials think the bear was guarding its hibernation spot. During the incident, the animal bit Petronino's leg and shoulders. He had reportedly told investigators that he had known about the cave since the 1980s.

Bob Considine with the Department of Environmental Protection said in a statement issued to NJ.com: 'Division of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers and the Wildlife Control Unit believe the bear was protecting its hibernation location and they do not, at this point, consider the bear to be a Category I bear.'

Considine said in the statement to the website: 'Petronino struck the bear twice in the head with a rock hammer.

'He then pulled his sweatshirt over his head and curled into the fetal position.

'He yelled to the scouts, who were outside the cave, to leave and go get help.'

NJ.com reported that via cell phone the three Scouts contacted authorities but were not able to give a clear description of where they were located.

The group also lured the bear away from the cave by leaving food for it as instructed by Petronino.

The scouts also attempted to build a fire to distract the bear, according to NBC.

Officials told NBC News that Petronino was in the cave with the bear for an estimated 80 minutes from the time of the 911 call to his rescue.

Eventually, the bear emerged from the cave and a dog that was with the group barked and scared it off before the bear ran up a hillside, NBC reported.

Once the bear left, Petronino followed behind it and then called 911 to give authorities a better description of their location.

Using GPS coordinates from the cellphone, authorities were able to locate them.

The scoutmaster, who was reportedly bleeding from his neck, arm and head, was then airlifted to a medical center, NBC reported.

Early Monday, his father Michael Petronino, told NBC his son was in 'bad shape' and that he would have to undergo surgery.

The bear attack occurred only a day following the end of New Jersey's extended bear hunting season, according to NBC. - Daily Mail.



Sailor attacked by shark as he clung to the side of rescue buoy in Caribbean Sea



A sailor whose boat capsized has been mauled to death by a shark just moments before a rescuer hanging from a helicopter overhead was able to pull him from the water.

The man was found clinging to a buoy near Aruba, an island off the coast of Venezuela, when the shark attacked him.

He was one of seven Venezuelan men on board the boat that capsized, two of whom died when they sank with the vessel.

Roderick Gouverneur, a spokesman for the Dutch Carribean Coast Guard, said the attack victim died while being transported to hospital.

Four other men who survived by holding on to a refrigerator and pallet were hospitalized in Aruba for dehydration.

The men were traveling from Bonaire to Aruba to sell whiskey when their boat capsized after it was hit by a wave, he said.

Venezuelans often travel on boats laden with goods to sell throughout the Dutch Caribbean islands. - Daily Mail.







PLANETARY TREMORS: "What The Hell" - Magnitude 2.7 Earthquake Hits Bergheim, Germany?!

© Google Maps.


December 22, 2015 - GERMANY - Residents of a suburb of Cologne were jolted from their sleep on Tuesday morning when an earthquake hit western Germany.

Phones at the local police station were ringing off the hook as shaken locals called in to report the incident, Focus magazine reports.

"We can confirm that the earthquake took place. So far twelve people have called in to tell us about it," a spokesperson for the police in Bergheim said.

"Concerned residents mentioned shaking wardrobes," the spokesperson continued, adding that "we're in contact with the fire services."

Witnesses reported that the tremors lasted around five seconds and were "surprising, sharp and short."

Authorities are now checking houses for possible damage.

A spokesperson for the fire services said that people reported their houses shaking and hearing strange noises.

The earthquake station in Bensberg confirmed that the quake registered 2.7 on the Richter scale and that the epicentre was a kilometer underneath the ground in Bergheim.

According to Focus the quake was likely caused by mining in the region.

Locals took to social media to write about their experience of the tremors, with some claiming they were ripped from their sleep by the convulsions.

"What the hell? The whole house shook" wrote one person on Twitter. What the hell?! Das ganze Haus hat gewackelt #bergheim #erdbeben?

- The Local.






ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Beached Whale Dies Following Stranding Along Galveston Isle, Texas?!

A whale kicks its tail after it got stranded in the shallow water near West Beach on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Galveston. © J. Patric Schneider


December 22, 2015 - TEXAS, UNITED STATES - A whale died early Tuesday afternoon after drifting in and floundering helplessly in the surf on West Galveston Island as dozens of onlookers watched.

The whale died at about 12:30 p.m., according to a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about five hours after it was spotted. Volunteers had been planning to euthanize the ailing marine mammal once the tide moved it closer to shore.

Officials plan to observe the whale overnight before performing a necropsy on Wednesday.

The whale likely drifted onto the beach in front of the Terramar Beach subdivision because it was ill, said Heidi Whitehead, operations coordinator for the nonprofit Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

"At this point, it's a matter of watching for the whale to come ashore," she said before the whale died.

She had said it was too dangerous to approach the whale - estimated to be 30 to 40 feet long -- until that time.

"Just the sheer size of an animal like this makes it dangerous," she said. "It can be dangerous for someone to approach and it rolls on top of them."

Mike Romeyn, 45, who lives in the Terramar subdivision, said a neighbor notified him that a whale was on the beach and he called the network at 7:23 am.

The network's Mel Thompson confirmed that a passerby walking on the beach spotted the whale at about that time. Late Tuesday morning, the whale was barely visibly in the surf on an overcast day.

It is unknown how long the whale may been caught in the shallows.

Thompson said it's unusual to have such a large whale so close to shore. The group regularly helps dolphins stranded on beaches or in shallow water, but rarely have whales been seen in such dire conditions in the area.

Often, unhealthy whales can get confused or have little control to swim in heavy currents and end up close to shore, said Dr. Chris Marshall, an assistant professor in the marine biology department at Texas A & M University in Galveston. Also, whales in distress may seek calmer waters in shallows.

"If they are sick or something is why they come up in shallow waters," Marshall said.

In February 2011, a pygmy sperm whale found stranded in shallow surf along Galveston's West End was euthanized as a way to end its suffering. A veterinarian who examined the whale determined that the animal couldn't live in captivity and was in no condition to be released. - Houston Chronicle.






EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT: War On Mother Nature - African Lions To Join The Endangered Species List!

The order states the Fish and Wildlife Service will deny a permit to import a sport-hunted lion to anyone who has been convicted
or pleaded guilty to violating federal or state wildlife laws

December 22, 2015 - AFRICA - African lions are to be placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, just five months after a famous lion named Cecil was killed in Zimbabwe by an American dentist.

It is hoped the move will better regulate hunting and make it trickier for hunters to bring lion trophies into the US.

Lions in central and west Africa will be listed as endangered, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service, while a second subspecies found across southern and eastern Africa will be listed as threatened.

Both changes will make it harder for hunters to import lion parts.

In particular, importing skins and trophies from countries where the animals are endangered will be 'generally prohibited,' the agency told The New York Times.

The order states the Fish and Wildlife Service will deny a permit to import a sport-hunted lion to anyone who has been convicted or pleaded guilty to violating federal or state wildlife laws.

If this rule had been implemented sooner, it could have potentially prevented the death of Cecil.

In 2008, Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who shot the lion with a bow and arrow earlier this year, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Fish and Wildlife Service about a black bear fatally shot in western Wisconsin outside an authorised hunting zone.

Under the changes, this would have prevented him getting a permit to travel and Africa and hunt Cecil.



African lions are to be placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act


The move has been made in response to a large decline in the numbers of lions in Africa over the past two decades, rather than in direct response to Cecil's demise.

But some claim the creature's very public death was the driving force for many such changes.

For example, France has banned the import of lion trophies and the UK has promised to do the same by 2017. More than 40 airlines no longer carry hunting trophies.

Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society of the United States, told journalist Eria Goode that Cecil had 'changed the atmospherics on the issue of trophy hunting around the world.'

Conservation groups have been warning of declining numbers for years, driven by habitat loss, killings by farmers and sometimes trophy hunters.

Without intervention, one group recently warned the number of lions in Africa could half in just 20 years, with Oxford University estimating just 20,000 now roam the continent.

Mr Pacelle said Cecil had 'changed the atmospherics on the issue of trophy hunting around the world.'

The administration signalled it would protect lions in Africa long before Cecil's case caught the public's attention.

The Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a rule in October 2014 to list the African lion as threatened. After getting feedback, the agency revised its findings.

It determined that two subspecies of lions live in Africa.

One group, found primarily in western and central countries, is more genetically related to the Asiatic lion. Only around 1,400 remain in Africa and India.

The agency is listing that subspecies as endangered, meaning it risks extinction.

A second subspecies, numbering between 17,000 and 19,000 and found across southern and eastern Africa, will be listed as threatened.

The Endangered Species Act requires the Fish and Wildlife Service to list species as endangered or threatened regardless of the country where they live.

'If we want to ensure that healthy lion populations continue to roam the Africa savannahs and forests of India, it's up to all of us - not just the people of Africa and India - to take action,' Dan Ashe, the agency's director said.

The listings will bring extra protection for both subspecies.

A permit would be required before importing any live or sport-hunted lions.

The bar for an import permit would be highest with the endangered group, with permits granted if importing the animal would enhance the species' survival.

The permitting process for the threatened group would require the import to come from nations that have sound conservation practices, and those that use trophy hunting revenue to sustain lion populations and deter poaching.

Currently, sport hunters don't need a permit from the US to bring in a trophy lion.

Mr Ashe said trophy hunting can and does contribute to the survival of species in the wild as part of a well-managed conservation programme and that the new permitting requirements in the US will encourage African countries to improve their lion management programmes.

The agency added hundreds of sport-hunted trophy lions are brought into the US each year.

The agency already has authority to deny an import permit to individuals who have violated federal and state wildlife laws. But Mr Ashe's order essentially turns that authority into a requirement.

'Importing sport-hunted trophies and other wildlife or animal parts into the United States is a privilege, not a right, a privilege that violators of wildlife laws have demonstrated they do not deserve,' he continued.

The agency said its investigation into the Cecil's killing is ongoing and declined to comment directly on the case.

Mr Palmer said he shot the big cat outside the park's borders, but it didn't die immediately and was tracked down the next day.

Mr Palmer admitted he would not have shot the animal if anybody in the hunting party had known of the lion's status.

Zimbabwe officials cleared Mr Palmer of wrongdoing in October, saying he did not break the country's hunting laws. - Daily Mail.