April 26, 1992 |
Baby Animals are three guys fronted by a tough-and-tender, guitar-wielding, rock-wailing woman. The Australian band's music ranges from gritty rock to graceful ballads, all with a compelling blend of edgy bravado and revealing vulnerability. OK, now get those thoughts of the Pretenders out of your head. "Chrissie Hynde . . .
June 3, 1992 |
You peer out your kitchen window and see a baby bird hopping and fluttering in the back yard as though it can't get off the ground. You want to help, but what can you do? Sometimes the greatest kindness is to do nothing. "First make sure the baby needs help," says Martine Colette, founder and president of the Wildlife Waystation, a nonprofit animal rescue and rehabilitation facility. "At the end of the season, baby birds sometimes leave the nest and flutter and hop on the ground.
May 2, 2002
Los Angeles Zoo (Griffith Park at Ventura and Golden State freeways,  644-6400). Throughout May, the zoo will present its annual "Everybody Loves a Baby" event, whose baby animals include the gerenuk above. Other zoo attractions include the Winnick Family Children's Zoo; the Red Ape Rain Forest, a replica of a natural habitat for orangutans; and the Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8.25; seniors 65 and older, $5.25; children 2-12, $3.25.
October 2, 2012 |
See these tiny, adorable kittens, their eyes so wide, their tiny ears so perky? Your boss probably thinks they're a distraction, but they actually may have boosted your concentration and productivity. Turns out that puppies, baby harp seals and other Knut-like creatures aren't just good for winning points on the “Aww” index. Beyond the uncontrollable surge of affection they inspire, cute animals may also influence behavior, according to researchers from Hiroshima University. Tests showed that an image of fluffy little critters “not only improves fine motor skills but also increases perceptual carefulness.” They could be used “to induce careful behavioral tendencies in specific situations, such as driving and office work,” according to the report.
March 3, 2006 |
And here comes "The Wonder Pets!," premiering today on Nickelodeon's preschool programming block, Nick Jr. (regular daytime airings begin Monday), in which a guinea pig, a duckling and a turtle, who live together in a little red schoolhouse, become superheroes after the children go home, traveling the world to save imperiled baby animals. Readers already au fait with Nick Jr. will see a resemblance to "Go, Diego, Go!
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April 29, 1989 |
A miniature Betty White in a safari suit appears to sit in a notch of a rock to explain the habits of the very real spotted skunk running around below. The illusion of a vampire bat hangs near a visitor's shoulder as well as inside protective glass, and touching a blank glass wall produces surprise images of everything from a bear to--yechht!--a cockroach. Nearby, the Zooputer quizzes the visitor who has just pressed a button summoning a photo of a chuckwalla lizard: "What lunches on the chuckwalla?"