Friday, 24. October 2014
17. 12. 12. - 16:00
A new snake has arrived at Schönbrunn Tiergarten, the world's oldest zoo in Vienna.
On the occasion of the Chinese year of the water snake 2013 the aquarium house of the zoological garden has accepted the new resident. The tentacled snake is a snake which is characterized by two tentacles at its head.
The two tentacles on its front head help the snake to locate smaller fish. Dagmar Schratter, director of the zoological garden, explains how her latest cohabitant uses its tentacles to hunt prey: "They use their tail to grip an aquatic plant, bend their body to a bow and wait for their prey to come to them. Once a fish comes close they can move their tail rapidly towards the fish so that when it tries to flee it flees directly into the open mouth of the snake."
The tentacled snakes can be up to 70 centimetres long and feel at home in countries like Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam. They live in seas, rice fields and small rivers, which they rarely leave. Although tentacled snakes are very poisonous, their poison is too weak to be dangerous for humans.
Get Shorty As Confused Bald Ibis Gets Lost Again
A rare bald Ibis that seems to have a different sense of direction to her fellow birds has once again had to be rescued after getting stuck trying to find a different route to the southern Italian feeding ground.
Alpine Trains Venture Into Space As The Final Frontier
Austria’s national railway line the OeBB has raised eyebrows after offering themed toilets including one that is supposed to "look and smell like outer space".
MEP caught In Brit papers Fraud Probe Jailed
A corrupt MEP caught by a British newspaper offering to propose amendments to EU laws in exchange for 100,000 euros a year has been given a three-year-jail term.
Vienna Jihad Girls Want To Come Home
The two Austrian teenage girls who became ‘poster girls’ for the jihad in Syria are now desperate to come home after getting completely disillusioned with their new lifestyles.
There was a festival atmosphere as Bundespresident Heinz Fischer opened Vienna's new Hauptbahnhof Friday morning.
Apple Truck Causes Traffic Jam
When 24 tonnes of apples are catapulted across a road it can only mean a jam.
Farmer Cleared Over Wolf Shooting
Furious animal rights campaigners have accused an Austrian farmer of lying after he shot dead a wolf that he claimed he thought was a fox.
Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.
Pat On The Back From Manure Explosive
A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding.
Viennese Jihad Girl May Have Been Killed
Austrian police say that one of the two attractive young teenage girls who fled the country to go to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels may have been killed.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Dirty Diggers Face Jail For Grave Offence|
|Russian Artist Cuts Off His Ear|
|Shocking Pics As Boys Arm Torn Off At Zoo By Bear|
|Beggars Disable Camel For Cash|
|Docs Perform Heart Surgery By Mobile Phone Light|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.