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Spike the beetle that can make drawings

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KATHMANDU — Have you ever seen an insect hold a pen and draw like human?

The beetle, named Spike, is a pet living with the owner Mandy, an English teacher from Japan, who recently began posting photos of his drawings online.

Spike then soon has won the hearts of thousands of people on social media with its extraordinary talent of holding a pen and ‘drawing’ on paper, creating incredible artwork.

When they went viral, the beetle’s proud owner Mandy, created new Twitter and Instagram accounts specifically to show off her artistic insect.

Mandy discovered Spike’s artistic skill by accident. A video of the beetle wandering around on a piece of paper with a marker clasped in his mandibles went viral on Mandy’s Twitter.

She shares pictures and videos of the stag beetle drawing and eating on his Twitter account, which has over 45,000 followers.

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As per the reports, Mandy posted a picture of Spike and his artwork which garnered more than 60,000 retweets and thousands of fans.

Mandy told Daily Mail that stag beetles are popular as pets for kids in Japan.

The creative insect is so popular that his art are sold at auction for hundreds of dollars,according to a report in Daily Mail.

Spike’s art is auctioned on eBay and has received several bids. And funds from the eBay auction will set up an online shop and 15 per cent will go to the People’s Trust for Endangered Species which works for conservation of stag beetles.

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India’s 700 year old banyan tree put on saline drip

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HYDERABAD — The world’s second largest Banyan tree in Pillalamarri of Mahabubnagar district in Indian state of Telangana is on ‘saline drip’ now as part of the rejuvenation of the tree that is almost dying.

The 700-year-old ficus tree is now given treatment by injecting a diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested the tree.

The tree was spread across three acres and is believed to be the second biggest Banyan tree in the world,according to news agency ANI.

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One of its branches got infested by insects and is on saline drip as part of the rejuvenation. The tree is given treatment by injecting diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested it.

Termites had affected almost entire tree due to which parts of it are fallen, and it closed for tourists in December 2017.

District collector of Mahbubnagar inspected the tree and ordered forest officials to take care of it. They began the treatment of the tree with mixed chlorpyrifos(Pesticide) in saline bottle.

Forest officials are infusing the chemical solution drop by drop using saline bottles similar to a saline drip given to patients in the hospital as pumping of chemical into the stem failed. The solution was injected in the barks of the tree.

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