BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities have stopped a man at Vienna airport as he tried to smuggle 74 protected chameleons from Africa into the country. They said in a statement a 56-year-old man, who was not further identified, had hidden the animals in socks and empty ice-cream boxes when he was caught at customs control in Vienna. He had traveled to Austria from Tanzania via Ethiopia. The chameleons were taken to the Austrian capital’s Schoenbrunn Zoo, which said that three of the animals did not survive. All the animals were from the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania and ranged in age from 1 week old to adult animals.
JAU, Brazil (AP) — Just as Brazil has a glimpse of hope with the start of vaccination, it faces a dizzying second COVID-19 wave that is straining facilities ability to treat patients. Intensive-care units in public hospitals have been maxxed out in several states and municipalities across the country, including two state capitals in the remote Amazon and even some cities like Jau in Sao Paulo, the nation’s wealthiest state. Each day, several patients like turn up to the doors of the Santa Casa de Jau hospital door, hoping to get treatment or to be hospitalized. But the facility, which also attends COVID-19 patients from 11 nearby municipalities, reached full capacity on Jan. 18.