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Suspicion After Another Lion Dies In Mendoza Zoo

Suspicion After Another Lion Dies In Mendoza Zoo

Argentina's Mendoza zoo has come under scrutiny again after a lion died after undergoing surgery. This is the second lion to die there in recent months, and suspicions have been raised numerous times over the living conditions of animals in the zoo.

The cause of death in this case was not neglect, but a risky operation to mend a serious fracture in the animal's broken right paw. The zoo's chief veterinarian Alberto Duarte said that the lion "would have died in its natural habitat because his species would have abandoned him, and he wouldn't have been able to fend for himself."

He added that it would have been easier to put the animal down, but the medical team and zoo director decided to operate to try and save him.

In May, many speculated on the level of living conditions in the zoo in the central Argentine city after another lion died, with a post-mortem autopsy showing a tumor in its spleen, reports Buenos Aires daily Clarin, and this revived the debate about the zoo's polar bear, Arturo. Many, including global superstar Cher, have urged the zoo to free the bear, though experts have said the 29-year-old animal was too old to travel to its natural habitat, the north pole.

File photo of a lion — Photo: elPadawan

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

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Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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