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May 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One of the three northern white rhinos at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park has died, possibly of old age, officials announced Wednesday. Northern white rhinos are one of the world's most endangered species; only a dozen are known to exist. Nadi had been at the Wild Animal Park since 1972.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
The American Humane Assn., the group charged with overseeing the welfare of animals on sets, called injuries and deaths of animals involved in the movie "The Hobbit" "unacceptable" and said it needs broader authority to look out for the interests of animals. “We are currently only empowered to monitor animal actors while they are working on production sets,” AHA President and CEO Robin Ganzert said in a statement. “We do not have either the jurisdiction or funding to extend that oversight to activities or conditions off set or before animals come under our protection.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1992
I was disgusted at Lopez's cavalier comparison of the heinous crimes committed by the prison guards at Treblinka to wild animals killed on roadways. Lopez has provided yet one more example for extremists who continually deem the taking of innocent human and animal life morally equivalent. Lopez should immediately apologize to all concentration camp survivors and their relatives for his grossly insensitive remarks. BRUCE A. FISHER Long Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2012
Animal wranglers involved in the making of "The Hobbit" movie trilogy say the production company is responsible for the deaths of up to 27 animals, largely because they were kept at a farm filled with bluffs, sinkholes and other "death traps. " The American Humane Assn., which oversaw animal welfare on the movies, says no animals were harmed during the actual filming. But it also says the wranglers' complaints highlight shortcomings in its oversight system, which monitors film sets but not the facilities where the animals are housed and trained.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2003 | From Reuters
The return of fur to the world's fashion catwalks has spelled death to thousands of endangered animals with a boom in demand for their skins, a top wildlife protection officer said Friday. John Sellar, senior enforcement officer for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, said there had been a surge in seizures of tiger and leopard skins as the fashion industry embraced fur once again.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2005 | From Associated Press
Conditions at the National Zoo improved during the last year, but a number of weaknesses remain, a report released Wednesday by the National Academies' National Research Council says. After several animal deaths in early 2003, Congress asked the council to conduct a yearlong review of the zoo's flagship Washington facility and its Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va. The report said "more than a decade of decline in almost every aspect of zoo operation" preceded the deaths.
SPORTS
February 27, 1990 | From Associated Press
A Kentucky dentist allegedly killed thoroughbred racehorses so owners could collect insurance money, the FBI said Monday. Dr. Joseph James Brown of Shelbyville, Ky., was arrested and charged with wire fraud Feb. 17 at Calder Race Course after an investigation by the FBI and the New York-based Thoroughbred Racing Protective Board. "Brown was arrested . . . by FBI agents as he was about to administer a lethal injection to a thoroughbred race horse," FBI spokesman Paul Miller said.
NEWS
August 23, 1989 | H.G. REZA and GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Kandu the killer whale died from massive bleeding caused by a freak injury when, showing "normal behavior," she attacked a larger female whale that she was attempting to dominate, Sea World officials said Tuesday. Sea World veterinarian Jim McBain said Kandu, who weighed about 4,600 pounds, attacked Corky, her 7,000-pound rival, during the 4 p.m. show at the park Monday. McBain said trainers saw the whales fight in a holding pen behind the main pool midway into the 25-minute show.
NEWS
April 12, 1998 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With less than two weeks to go before Disney opens its fourth major theme park here, its publicists are busy describing the $800-million Animal Kingdom as a high-adventure jungle populated with exotic species, long-dead dinosaurs and "warm fuzzy moments" with beloved characters like Mickey and Minnie.
NEWS
August 22, 1989 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Kandu, a killer whale who gave birth last year at Sea World, died Monday after a collision with another female whale during a show at the marine park. Sea World officials issued a terse statement saying that the 14-year-old Kandu died after a "physical interaction" with Corky during the 4 p.m. killer whale show. Sea World officials refused to provide any other information about the circumstances of the whale's death. There were conflicting versions of when the collision occurred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2012 | Louis Sahagun
Federal researchers say an infectious and lethal cold-loving fungus sweeping through parts of North America and Canada has killed millions more bats over the last five years than previously estimated. The rapidly spreading fungus responsible for white-nose syndrome is now believed to have killed 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats, a count several times higher than earlier estimates, across 16 states as far west as Oklahoma. The fungus, which scientists know as Geomyces destructans, seems to prefer the 25 species of hibernating bats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
Riverside firefighters responded twice within 12 hours to two separate blazes in a house packed with debris where more than two dozen dogs died of smoke inhalation, authorities said Wednesday. In both blazes, which broke out Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning, firefighters had difficulty entering the single-story home and moving around inside because it was jammed with furniture and boxes filled with clothes and other items. "They were faced with pack-rat conditions," said Division Chief John Martinez of the Riverside Fire Department.
NATIONAL
August 11, 2009 | From Times Wire Services
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2009 | Carla Hall
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.
NATIONAL
June 28, 2009 | Associated Press
Hundreds of gulls were killed or maimed in Cleveland after what investigators believe was cooking oil spewed from a sewer pipe into the Cuyahoga River. Investigators said Friday that several hundred gallons of the substance killed or disabled hundreds of gulls near the Kingsbury Run tributary. Most of the birds are just downstream from the site where environmentalists last week celebrated the Cuyahoga River's comeback since floating oil and debris caught fire on June 22, 1969.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2009 | Missy Diaz
In the wake of the deaths of 21 prized polo horses, the United States Polo Assn. says it will announce today plans to provide additional protections for its animals. The announcement is expected after today's USPA Board of Governors meeting in Wellington. A spokeswoman for the organization did not provide any specifics of what is being considered, but there has been much discussion about the treatment of polo horses since the deaths last weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2009 | Washington Post
Several major bird populations have plummeted over the last four decades as development transformed the nation's landscape, but conservation efforts have managed to stave off potential extinctions of others, according to a comprehensive survey released Thursday by the Interior Department and outside experts.
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