Galapagos Tortoises Rescued From Smugglers
Recently the Galápagos National Park staff discovered 185 hatchling tortoises wrapped in plastic and crammed into a small suitcase during a routine inspection at the airport on the island of Baltra, Ecuador. The heartless smuggling attempt left ten of the critically endangered tortoises, ranging from one to six months old, dead. The remaining babies, as one official stated, are in “dreadful” condition.
Galapagos Conservancy Director of Conservation Wacho Tapia believes the hatchlings were removed from their nest on Santa Cruz Island, then wrapped in plastic so they couldn’t move so the smugglers could get through x-ray machines. An airport staffer became suspicious and opened the suitcase.
The surviving babies are under veterinarian care and are safe and secure. No arrests have been made, but the people that checked in the suitcase labeled “souvenirs” have been detained as further assessment by national and environmental police continues. Whoever is responsible for this crime against nature faces one to three years in an Ecuadoran prison.
AstraZeneca Vaccine Banned in 24 Countries
It all started after a seemingly healthy physician, Dr. Gregory Michael, was given the vaccine. He immediately began to suffer blood clotting, and it killed him. The company defended the vaccine by saying that the number of people who suffered blood clotting was lower than the expected amount of people in that age range with or without a vaccine.
Recently, the CDC said that only 6% of COVID deaths can be blamed on the virus alone. Most deaths – 94% – involve other co-morbidities, that is, other severe medical conditions that could cause death.
Do Americans Need Vax Passport to Travel in Country?
Many states have discussed the idea, but New York is the first to actually do it. The state has been hit hard, with now over 50,000 deaths and 1.9 million total cases.
Maybe New York is reacting to the number of tragic deaths they have had and not a realistic policy to keep citizens of the state safe. It will be interesting to see if other states will also demand people carry health papers. Eyes now turn to the state of California, which also experienced high numbers of infection rates and fatalities and eventually passed up even New York’s numbers.