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October 18, 2003 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. -- Every October when the air grows chill and the aspens turn to gold, thousands of visitors from around the world come here to witness one of the greatest spectacles in nature. In meadows stretching from one mountain to the next, the air vibrates with the guttural bugling of the bull elk. Harsh yet haunting, the call is meant to attract mates, but it reels in even more humans.
October 6, 2003 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
In deference to a pair of peregrine falcons, the long-awaited addition of decorative lights on the Vincent Thomas Bridge will wait until next summer so that the birds can mate and nest in peace. Supporters of the lights had hoped to see the outline of the region's largest suspension bridge glimmering with small blue lights by New Year's Eve. They believe the display will help transform the little-known bridge across Los Angeles Harbor into a citywide landmark.
September 11, 2003 | From Associated Press
Break out the cigars: The San Diego zoo's newest panda is a boy. A zoo veterinarian got the first chance to handle the 3-week-old cub Wednesday when its mother, Bai Yun, left the birthing den for a few minutes. The unnamed cub weighed 19 ounces and measured 10 inches from nose to tail. "The cub is doing exceptionally well," said Meg Sutherland-Smith, the San Diego Zoo's senior veterinarian who handled the newborn panda.
August 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A rat breeder faces a felony charge of animal neglect for his part in allegedly housing about 35,000 rats in "unbelievably squalid conditions." Peter Springer, who has helped run Rats R Us for eight years to breed rats for reptile food, is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 17. If he's convicted, he faces up to three years in prison. Springer, 62, declined to comment Friday.
July 18, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Asking to first speak with her husband and alluding to certain concessions regarding some $500,000 in impound fees, the owner of 174 maltreated Chihuahuas declined to sign an agreement that would have released the dogs to a rescue organization, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Steven Heller. The parties trying to settle out of court were Heller, Chihuahua Rescue, Baldwin Park animal shelter, Los Angeles Animal Control and an attorney for the dogs' owner, said Heller.
July 16, 2003 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
It's a story of what happens when Chihuahuas go bad. Granted, some people could argue that Chihuahuas always go bad, but perhaps sympathy is in order because 174 little lives hang in the balance. The saga involves a breeder who let things get out of control, two competing Chihuahua rescue groups, a judge who must determine the dogs' fates and, of course, all those Chihuahuas.
June 7, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Trace residue from synthetic estrogen used in many oral contraceptives winds up in waterways and may hamper the ability of male rainbow trout to fertilize eggs, according to researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. They reported in the June issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry that, when exposed to levels of estrogen actually present in waterways, a mature male rainbow trout's fertility levels decreased by as much as 50%.
April 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A panda whose knack for getting pregnant earned her the nickname "Heroic Mama" is carrying her 13th baby, the official New China News Agency said. Qing Qing, 22, showed signs of pregnancy recently after mating four times at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in southwestern China, the agency said. If all goes well, she will give birth in August. Qing Qing has given birth to four sets of twins and four other offspring since 1989.
October 28, 2002 | From Associated Press
Tenants of a poultry ranch in Napa say there is nothing wrong with raising roosters and selling them to people who stage cockfights in Mexico, but California law doesn't agree and animal rights advocates say it's just plain cruel. Although it is a misdemeanor to raise fighting fowl, Capt. Mike Loughran of the Napa County Sheriff's Department says he can't search the Napa ranch unless evidence links roosters on the property to cockfights in other places.
"Don't run. Shuffle your feet," the naturalist tells the fifth-graders. That's a tall order for 10- and 11-year-olds who have been cooped up on a boat and are ready to scamper up the trails on this wind-swept island. When they round the first bend, all of the rules make sense. Baby sea gulls are everywhere. Nests pop up every 20 feet. Clueless chicks, camouflaged by downy, mottled black and tan feathers, wander in every direction.
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