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San José, Costa Rica, Friday, April 24, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 80
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Fuerza Pública officers expand their list of helping wild creatures
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Add anteater to the list of creatures that have received a helping hand from the Fuerza Pública. Thursday morning the scene was in El Carmen de Paso Canoas, Corredores.

A resident called the local office of the Policía de Fronteras and said that an anteater, sometimes called oso hormiguero in Spanish, was in a tree in a local park. Because of the urban nature of the area, the resident said there was fear that dogs or misguided individuals might do the animal harm.

Anteaters are considerably less challenging than a 4.5 meter crocodile or even a sharp-clawed sloth, which police have encountered earlier. So two officers were successful in getting the creature down from the tree. Despite the name, these creatures eat a variety of insects, so the animal probably was up the tree looking for a meal.

Local workers for the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación were given the job of finding the animal a new and safer home, said police.

Just this year, police agencies have had 23 animal calls, ranging from birds to members of other unique species of tropical Costa Rica. Last year police handled 75 such calls, said the Minsterio de Segruidad Pública.


anteater
Ministerio de Seguridad Pública photo
The anteaters is about to take a trip for a new home.


Latest world happiness study relegates Costa Rica to 12th place
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

So what happens when your country is no longer listed as the happiest in the world? At the very least, that misleading claim can no longer be used to lure tourists.

Costa Rica was once listed as the happiest nation. This year the country is listed in 12th place just three spots above the United States.

Unlike the 2012 report, this year the report seems to say that wealthy First World countries have the happiest citizens.

The World Happiness report put Switzerland first, followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway. The ranking seems counter intuitive. The Swiss are well known as industrious but hardly jolly. Icelanders are known for heavy drinking. And the Danes face a 45 percent income tax levy.

But again the happiness index is heavy on ideology.

Some can question the methodology and reliability, too. When Costa Rica was ranked first in 2012, Vietnam followed closely. This year Vietnam is 75th. The report also says the country that became happier than any others from 2005 and 2007 to 2013 and 2014 was Nicaragua. Costa Rica's neighbor is just a decimal point above second place Zimbabwe.

A news release explains the methodology this way:

The report, produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, contains analysis from leading experts in the fields of economics, neuroscience, national statistics, and says measurements of subjective well-being can be used effectively to assess national progress.

The first World Happiness Report, released in 2012 ahead of the U.N. high-level meeting on Happiness and Well-being, drew international attention as a landmark first survey of the
state of global happiness. This latest report digs even
unhappy


deeper
into the data looking at country trends since the first report, regional indicators, factors in gender and age, and the importance of investing in social capital.

As previous reports have done, The World Happiness Report 2015 reveals trends in the data judging just how happy countries really are. On a scale running from 0 to 10, people in over 150 countries, surveyed by Gallup over  2012 to 15, reveal an average score of 5.1 (out of 10). Six key variables explain three-quarters of the variation in annual national average scores over time and among countries: real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption, and generosity.

This year for the first time ever, the report breaks down the data by gender, age and region.


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