Animal rescue stations around the Czech Republic are filling up with hedgehogs. The animal shelter in Prague’s Jinonice district, for instance, took in more than 650 hedgehogs since the start of November. Although animal activists appreciate people’s good intentions in helping the spiny mammals, they also say not every hedgehog found in the wild really needs help.
An accident in which a mother and her two little girls, aged 4 and 6, died
in a tragic road accident has made front page news after her teenage
daughter posted a video on Facebook claiming that the mother had killed
herself and her daughters intentionally after losing a custody battle for
The teenager blamed the authorities for allegedly failing to listen to repeated warnings from herself and other family members that her mother was mentally unstable and could harm the children.
The police have refused to comment on the case during an ongoing investigation. However traffic experts point to the fact that the accident happened on a straight section of the road in clear weather and the mother of two unexpectedly drove into the opposite lane, crashing with an oncoming garbage truck.
One of her little girls died on the spot, the other on the way to hospital.
A mass accident on the D1 highway in the Benešov region on Sunday evening
left one person dead, 10 injured and four cars burned. A police officer
directing traffic away from the scene was also injured by passing driver.
The accident involved a tanker truck and occurred at the 49-kilometre marker in the Brno direction. Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze at about 8pm, but that side of the D1 motorway was still blocked early on Monday.
The number of deaths on Czech roads caused by speeding has started to
increase, according to the data released by the country’s Centre for
Transport Research on Friday.
Last year, 218 people died in accidents involving speeding, which is an increase by one fifth on the previous year. The trend is set to continue, with 104 fatalities recorded between the start of January and the end of July.
Speeding is one of the main causes of traffic accidents in the Czech Republic and claims the highest number of fatalities.
Hundreds of police officers are out in force on the Czech Republic’s
motorways and roads for what is traditionally one of the most dangerous
weekends of the year, the end of the holiday season. Towing vehicles have
also been deployed on motorways in order to prevent tailbacks by quickly
removing cars that become involved in collisions.
Police say that a total of 41 people died over the nine weekends of the holiday period to date. On three occasions there were seven deaths, including on the traditionally risky first weekend of the season.
A passenger car collided with a train at a barrier-free railway crossing on
Sunday morning near Olomouc leaving the car’s driver and a passenger
The accident comes after renewed calls to install barriers at crossings and take other safety measures in the wake of 10 death at crossings in July alone.
According to the Rail Safety Inspection Office, over 740 collisions and other extraordinary events were recorded on the Czech rail network in January through July. Those crashes left 130 people dead.
Plans are afoot to install barriers at railway crossings on most of the country’s first-class roads by 2023. By the close of 2019, they should be in place on 132 of the 164 around the country.
101 railway crossing accidents have been reported so far this year,
resulting in 20 deaths, according to a statement by the Rail Safety
The statement was released in the wake of the accidental death of a family of four at the weekend.
The family, which included two small children, died at a crossing near Hradec Králové, equipped only with a light signal system.
Once a common species in the Czech Republic, the European ground squirrel, also known as the souslik, has become increasingly rare over the past decades. While in the past ground squirrels were exterminated as pests, today conservationists are trying to protect existing colonies and reintroduce them into suitable habitats. I discussed the sousliks with Hannah Findlay, a young British woman based in Moravia who works as a researcher for the Czech NGO Alka Wildlife. I started by asking her what made its numbers dwindle in the first place: