Endangered vulture caught in northern Vietnam

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The "big, weird" bird caught by an ethnic resident in Son La Province last month has been identified by a zoologist as the Cinereous Vulture. A "big, weird" bird caught by an ethnic minority resident in the northwestern province of Son La last month has been identified by a zoologist as the Cinereous Vulture (also known as Black Vulture, Monk Vulture, or Eurasian Black Vulture). Professor Vo Quy, a noted zoologist, told online newspaper VnExpress the bird was not "strange" but it is rather … [Read more...]

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New Year wishes of the poor

For many people, the New Year means a burden of worry or something else, not a time for celebration. The 59-year-old porter Le Van Lien works at mid night in Vinh Kim fruit market in Tien Giang ProvincePhoto: Tuoi Tre With the traditional lunar New Year festival approaching, poor people have felt pressure to save at least enough for a good meal to offer on the altar in the home for their late relatives, and for offering small gifts to children. At 8 pm, in a … [Read more...]

Buffalo injures 5 at Do Son fighting festival

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One buffalo charged into the spectators at the annual buffalo fighting festival in northern Hai Phong City's Do Son District yesterday morning, injuring 5 people. The buffalo managed to escape from its owner's control and then attacked viewers, witnessed said. All the victims were taken to the Do Son District Hospital for emergency treatment but two of them, with severe wounds, were later transferred to the Viet - Tiep Friendship Hospital for surgery. Le Van Lien, 47, had some muscles and … [Read more...]

Trading begins at HCMC annual Tet flower markets

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Colorful Tet flower markets opened in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Wednesday, selling popular Lunar New Year varieties such as ochna and peach blossom. Ochna blossoms, which southern Vietnamese believe bring good luck, were showcased on the Pham Ngu Lao Street-side of downtown September 23 Park, HCMC's prime flower market. Tourists view flowers displayed at the market … [Read more...]