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Chinese zoo denies its sun bears are humans in disguise

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Hangzhou zoo in eastern China has denied speculations that some of its bears may actually be humans dressed in costumes

A video showing a sun bear standing on its hind legs had caused social media users to question its authenticity, suggesting it might be a human impersonating the bear due to its slender legs and fur folds.

However, the zookeepers issued a statement clarifying that the bear was indeed real and not a hoax.

They emphasised that Malayan bears, like the one in the video, are petite and the smallest bears in the world.

To debunk the human impersonation theory further, a spokesperson for the zoo explained in an audio recording that it would be impossible for a person in a bear suit to withstand the extreme summer temperatures.

He assured the public that such deception would not occur in a state-run facility.

In response to previous incidents of animals being misrepresented in Chinese zoos, the zoo employee arranged visits for reporters to witness the bears firsthand.

Sun bears typically stand at most 1.3m tall on their hind legs, much smaller than other bear species like grizzlies, which can reach up to 2.8m.

There have been allegations that other Chinese zoos dyed their dogs to look like wolves or African cats, and painted their donkeys to look like zebras.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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Boeing face delivery delays following guilty criminal charge plea

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Boeing’s deliveries are down after months of controversy, is it because they can’t make the planes, or because airlines right now don’t want them?

Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with the investigation into two fatal crashes involving its 737 MAX aircraft.

Boeing reported a significant 27% decrease in deliveries for June compared to the same month last year, possibly attributing the decrease to the companies ongoing controversies.

Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas joins to discuss. #featured

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