A 2,000-year-old mummy made its way home to Peru on Saturday (February 9) after a museum in Texas returned it to the South American country after it had been in the U.S. for decades.
Peru’s Diario el Comercio reports the mummy was probably a 2 – 4-year-old child and likely belonged to the Collagua culture that belonged to the larger Aymara group that lived in Peru’s Altiplano region.
Before making its way to Lima, the mummy had been housed at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The child mummy is wrapped in rope with its arms and legs tucked in with only the cranium and feet exposed. — Reuters
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019
A magnitude 8 earthquake has killed one person and injured 11 in the northern Amazon in Peru on Sunday (May 26). More than 50 homes were destroyed including schools, churches, and hospitals.
A 48-year-old man was killed after a boulder struck his home, according to emergency officials.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the earthquake was around 75 km SSE (south-southeast) of Lagunas and 180 km east of the town of Moyobamba, Peru. It was also felt in Ecuador and Colombia.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra posted on Twitter that authorities were “evaluating the affected areas” and urged people to remain calm.
Meanwhile, there are still no reports from the Department of Foreign Affairs if there are Filipinos affected by the earthquake.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019
Turtles at Lima’s Parque de las Leyendas zoo received flowers on World Turtle Day on Thursday (May 23), with zookeepers using the event to raise awareness of the dangers facing this animal.
“Currently in the world we have 300 different types of species in different parts of the world, and (that number) is going down a lot. Why should we keep them (turtles)? Because each animal is an important part of the ecosystem in our world,” said Zookeeper Mirian Cueva.
More than 40 turtles of different species reside in this enclosure, such as the endangered yellow-footed tortoise and 150-year ‘Sanson’ from the Galapagos Islands. Many turtles here were once domesticated pets that were later abandoned by their owners.
“The majority of turtles that we have here have been found, have been pets, or have been abandoned in the park. People come and leave them,” Cueva said.
“What our zoo does is keep them and takes care of them,” she added.
On World Turtle Day, students visited the park to see ‘Sanson’ feast on a bouquet of flowers and learn how they can better protect endangered turtles.
The biggest threats to turtles are human related, due to habitat loss, pollution and animal trafficking. (REUTERS)
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