August 23, 1989 |
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.
November 17, 2002 |
Over a period of about eight weeks, three ships pulled into Northwest ports with a fin whale draped over their bulbous underwater bows. The first dead fin whale -- the mammal is the world's second-largest creature -- arrived Aug. 9 at the Port of Seattle on the bow of the container ship Tokyo Express. The second came into Portland, Ore., on the automobile transport vessel Ruby Ray on Sept. 2. The third reached a Cherry Point, Wash., refinery on the bow of an oil tanker Oct. 2.
April 12, 1998 |
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.
August 22, 1989 |
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
November 22, 2003 |
San Diego County's Animal Services Department has filed a complaint against a veterinarian who allegedly authorized a Valley Center egg ranch to kill 30,000 hens by dumping them alive into a wood chipper. Reports by the county, recently obtained by The Times, recount workers at the ranch feeding squirming birds by the bucket into the pounding machine, then turning the mashed remains with dirt and heaping the mixture into piles.
December 16, 1995 |
The Hmong shaman tried all the usual offerings. He burned paper money, sacrificed a chicken and a pig, even sought the remedies of American doctors. Yet nothing could appease the angry spirit that he believed was vexing his wife's health. So Chia Thai Moua brought out his last best offer: a 3-month-old German shepherd.
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September 22, 2007 |
Tow boat crews wrapped a huge nylon sling around the tail of a dead blue whale drifting in the Santa Barbara Channel on Friday and started hauling their grim cargo toward a beach at Point Mugu. In a deepening scientific mystery, the blue whale is the third in two weeks found dead off the Southern California coast. An endangered species, blue whales are the largest animals on Earth.
July 27, 2003 |
One night last January, wolves stole into a pasture at a ranch near Helena, Mont., and dropped a rust-and-white-colored bull. It's no small task to kill a 1,500-pound steer with teeth alone, and for that reason wolves usually take much smaller prey--calves or sheep. It was the only bull killed since the wolves began returning to Montana in 1979. No one knows exactly how the drama played out, but biologists say two or three hunters from a wolf pack usually kill large prey while the rest look on.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1990
The return of the kinkajous to UC Irvine is not the end of this controversy. Paul Sypherd, UCI's vice chancellor of research and graduate studies, says that animals rights advocates victimize people whose animals they have taken without the right and legal authority to do so. First, the kinkajous were not taken illegally. Secondly, vivisectors are not victims but perpetrators of heinous crimes against other sentient creatures. The true victims in this case are the kinkajous who were taken from their wild homes and subjected to the horrors of laboratory life.