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Rare bird

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Rare bird

  BY KIM ATIENZA     On the last week of October, Manila Bulletin Lifestyle carried a picture story about the sight­ing and photographing of a rare bird at the EPIC PARC Rainforest in Tanay, Rizal. The beautiful, adorable red bird turned out to be a North Phil­ippine Dwarf Kingfisher. As its name suggests, this […]

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Away monkey

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Away monkey

  BY KIM ATIENZA   Yahoo News posted on Oct. 23: Chaos erupted in the streets of Chanderi, India as two monkey clans got into a massive scrap over territory. The turf war lasted for half an hour, causing a major inconvenience for the local resi­dents. In the animal kingdom, mon­keys are the closest to […]

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Crow vs. Eagle

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Crow vs. Eagle

BY KIM ATIENZA   I read somewhere that the only bird that has the guts to face up to an eagle is the crow. The crow, a fearsome creature himself due to his dark black color and ferocious nature, could sit on the back of the eagle and bite its neck. It is said that […]

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Pipinong dagat

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Pipinong dagat

  BY KIM ATIENZA     They look like your garden cucumber, our very own pipino. They’re soft and tender, these marine invertebrate related to sea urchins and star fish. They’re also nutritious and beneficial to one’s health. We’re talking about sea cucum­bers, known as pipino ng dagat. A recent story on Yahoo News said […]

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Goodbye, Kali

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Goodbye, Kali

  BY KIM ATIENZA     The only surviving Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) in captivity died last week. He reached the very senior age of 21. Tamaraws live from 20 to 25 years. Critically endangered, there are less than 500 of them living in the wild today. I was fortunate enough to have visited Kali (Kali […]

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No. 1 killer: Lamok

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No. 1 killer: Lamok

  BY KIM ATIENZA     It is said that when it comes to killing humans, no other animal even comes close to a mosquito. A Readers Digest article quotes Nature magazine as saying the world can do without mosquitoes. Its eradication or absence won’t affect nature’s ecosystem. While some fish, frogs, reptiles use them […]

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