June 28, 2005 |
Scientists are surprised at the success of California's newest elephant seal colony thriving in a rocky cove near San Simeon, despite its proximity to zooming cars on Highway 1 and hordes of gawking tourists. In a tale of adaptation and opportunity, biologists say the herd produced 3,500 pups last winter, 16% more than the year before and a rate higher than at other colonies. Yet, the increase occurs in the shadow of intense human activity.
April 16, 2005 |
The world's only known whale-dolphin hybrid has given birth to a playful female calf, officials at Sea Life Park Hawaii said Thursday. The calf was born on Dec. 23 to Kekaimalu, the only known living hybrid of a false killer whale and an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Park officials said they waited to announce the birth because of changes in ownership and operations at the park. The young, as yet unnamed "wholphin" is one-fourth false killer whale and three-fourths Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.
March 11, 2005 |
Mean-tempered, big-tusked wild boars were transformed thousands of years ago into floppy-eared domestic pigs not once or twice but repeatedly in many parts of the world as humans abandoned foraging and hunting for a settled farming life. In a report published today in the journal Science, scientists used DNA from wild boars and pigs to conclude that pig domestication occurred in at least seven places through the millennia.
February 25, 2005 |
Napoleon Dynamite would be so relieved. The massive feline on the loose in the Simi Valley veld was not a liger. It was a tiger, now a very dead tiger. The mystery ended Wednesday morning, when the creature, spotted near an elementary school, was shot and killed by law enforcement officials. Earlier in the week, Patrol Capt.
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October 9, 2004 |
As befits a tiger with a life-threatening toothache, the anesthetized Awang Relak was strapped down on a surgical table Friday at the San Diego Zoo for procedures to help save his life -- and maybe give his endangered species a boost. A dental-medical team swarmed around the 240-pound Indochinese tiger's head as dentist Dave Fagan worked to remove several defective teeth, clean out pockets of infection and pry smaller teeth away from larger ones.
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September 2, 2004 |
Hua Mei, the giant panda born five years ago at the San Diego Zoo and one of its most popular animals ever, has given birth to twins in her ancestral China. Both mother and cubs were reportedly in good shape at the Wolong Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan province in the hours after the birth. The cubs, roughly the size of sticks of butter, weigh about 4 ounces each. One is male; the gender of the other hasn't been determined.
August 3, 2004 |
The gray whales that glide down the California coast each year on their annual migrations are remarkable in their abundance: Nearly extinct a century ago, they now number about 17,500. Not so their almost identical twins on this side of the Pacific. About 100 gray whales remain in the group that idles its summers away in the Sea of Okhotsk near this remote Russian island.
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July 23, 2004 |
Emma Regina Harter, an animal breeder convicted of keeping more than 230 Chihuahuas in squalid conditions at her Acton home, was sentenced Thursday to five years' probation and barred from owning any animals during that time. Harter, 73, was also ordered to receive psychological treatment. Harter seemed unmoved by the sentence, a far cry from her reaction during her trial four months ago.
June 5, 2004 |
Until Smarty Jones won the Kentucky Derby, his pedigree was considered modest by many. Now experts are dusting off ancestors deep in the lineage of the undersized Pennsylvania-bred colt to justify why he is a Triple Crown contender who can break the record for winnings by topping the $10-million mark with a victory in today's Belmont Stakes. He is a great-grandson of Foolish Pleasure, the 1975 Kentucky Derby winner, and a great-great-grandson of Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner.