August 11, 2009 |
Rescuers worked desperately to save a whale and her calf that had beached themselves in south Florida on Monday, but despite measures that included using wet towels and umbrellas to shield the animals from the scorching sun, neither survived. Hundreds of beachgoers, many in tears, watched the frantic effort. The drama began about 1 p.m. when swimmers and lifeguards spotted the whales in waist-deep water at Hollywood beach, just north of Miami. Swimmers tried to encourage the whales back out to sea, and at first the animals seemed to take the hint.
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July 21, 2009 |
The Los Angeles Zoo paid a federal fine of several thousand dollars in the wake of a U.S. Department of Agriculture investigation into the 2006 deaths of the zoo's popular female Asian elephant, Gita, and a chimpanzee, Judeo, zoo officials confirmed Monday. Gita was found down in her enclosure early one morning in June 2006 and could not be saved despite extensive veterinary intervention.
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April 4, 2009 |
A dead two-ton gray whale that drifted to shore has been hauled up a steep cliff and taken to a local landfill for burial. Officials decided to remove the young 25-foot whale Friday after efforts to tow it out to sea failed and federal marine authorities deemed the carcass a health hazard. The whale was pulled about a mile out to sea after it was spotted Wednesday but returned to shore in the evening. Researchers were not able to perform a necropsy and say the cause of the death will likely remain uncertain.
February 21, 2009 |
Socks, the White House cat during the Clinton administration, has died at the age of 18. Socks had lived with President Clinton's secretary, Betty Currie, in Hollywood, Md., since the Clintons left the White House in early 2001. Currie said she was "heartbroken." The Clinton Foundation released a statement from the Clintons: "Socks brought much happiness to Chelsea and us over the years, and enjoyment to kids and cat lovers everywhere. We're grateful for those memories, and we especially want to thank our good friend Betty Currie for taking such loving care of Socks for so many years."
November 16, 2008 |
An inquisitive Asian elephant known for being the largest of its kind born in captivity in the U.S. died at the Houston Zoo last week after suddenly contracting an incurable disease. The zoo held a memorial service Saturday for the popular 2-year-old elephant named Mac, who was remembered in anecdotes tinged both by sadness and laughter. Behind a fence and to the side, Mac's mother, Shanti, and his aunt, Methai, looked on. "We all loved Mac and he will live in all our hearts forever," zoo volunteer Toni Noble said, her eyes tearing up. Mac died Nov. 9, less than 12 hours after first showing symptoms of elephant herpes virus, which causes blood vessels to weaken.
October 13, 2008 |
An animal welfare advocate says a wayward manatee rescued from Cape Cod waters died on the way to Florida. Chris Cutter of the International Fund for Animal Welfare says the juvenile male died outside Orlando. The cause of death will be investigated. The animal wandered into a harbor near Dennis, Mass. Wildlife officials who feared for his health in the chilly water decided to pull him out Saturday. Manatees, normally found off Florida and Georgia, stop eating if they get too cold.