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Bye-bye Bertha: World’s oldest hippo dies at Manila Zoo

Bertha, the world’s oldest hippopotamus, has died at Manila Zoo aged 65. Following an inquest since her death on Friday, zoo director James Dichaves said the 2.5-tonne female died due to multiple organ failure. “Bertha was among the pioneer animals here,” he said. “Her mate died sometime in the 1980s…


Luzon has the most unique mammals in the world: here’s why…

Luzon, the largest island of the Philippines, is not only home to at least 53 million people but also has the greatest number of unique mammals in the world. Ben Garrod, a biologist from the UK’s Anglia Ruskin University, explains why: We’re taught that evolution is all about “survival of the fittest”. But that’s not always…