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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.
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 | 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.
August 21, 2003 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
The Butterfield Stagecoach ride at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park reopened Wednesday after an accident this week killed a horse and left several passengers with minor injuries. The replica Old West stagecoach whose brake problems led to the accident is not in use, said Knott's spokeswoman Susan Tierney. Five other stagecoaches were inspected and cleared to take visitors around the park's northeast corner, near Camp Snoopy and Fiesta Village. About 5:15 p.m.
June 14, 2007 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
Losing one whale shark may have seemed a misfortune. But when another of the rare fish at the Georgia Aquarium died Wednesday, there was talk of carelessness: It was, in short, a public relations crisis. Norton, a 23-foot juvenile whale shark and one of the stars of Atlanta's super-sized aquarium, was euthanized after he had slowly spiraled to the bottom of his tank.
February 26, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
For years, two Central Coast animal sanctuaries run by the Dancing Star Foundation had reputations as good places for old and ill animals. Care was unstinting, the facilities well-kept and the budget ample. But over the last few months, economic declines have forced layoffs at the sanctuaries near Paso Robles and Cayucos in San Luis Obispo County. Even worse, some former workers said, Dancing Star began to euthanize cows, horses and burros whose care was deemed too expensive.
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.
September 22, 2007 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
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 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.
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