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November 6, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Zoo this week announced its first birth of a rare okapi -- also known as a forest giraffe. The calf was born Aug. 26 but until now was kept out of public view while it bonded with his mother. Okapis are shy, with velvety fur, zebra-like black and white strips on their legs, and a prehensile tongue that can be as long as 18 inches, according to the zoo. They are the closest living relative to the giraffe and are found in the forests of Central Africa. Adult okapis grow to more than 6 feet tall and weigh between 400 and 700 pounds.
May 22, 2013 |
Who let the dogs out? In 2009 the Baha Men's lyrics felt caustic, clever, comical and slightly subversive, perfect for the debauched Las Vegas bachelor party that was about to unfold. Phil, Stu and Alan - a.k.a. the Wolfpack, played by Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis - were about to begin their politically incorrect, impossibly irreverent and consistently perverse struggle to reconstruct the night and figure out where they lost the groom. Side-splittingly hilarious, it used a heady blend of Mike Tyson, a Bengal tiger, a hooker, a baby, a chicken and a crazed, screaming and sometimes naked Mr. Chow to incredible comic effect.
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May 3, 2013 |
This Sofie is no teething toy. The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens on Thursday announced the successful birth of a female giraffe named Sofie, a close riff on the wildly popular Sophie baby teething toy in the likeness of a giraffe. The zoo's Sofie, however, is a bit larger, weighing in at 135 pounds and standing 6 feet tall. She was named by the great granddaughter of zoo donor Robert McMillan, according to an announcement issued on Thursday. Sofie, born on April 22, is the first calf for the zoo's Masai giraffe, Hafina.
March 7, 2013 |
"The Hangover Part III" trailer promises plenty of mayhem as we see the return of Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Ken Jeong for the final installment of Todd Phillips' trilogy. The latest trailer includes very few lines of dialogue and only hints at the plot: Revenge on Sin City. The teaser dramatically opens with Cooper and Helms' characters -- Phil and Stu, respectively -- attending a funeral, which showcases a moving "Ave Maria" solo from Galifianakis' Alan. "My God. He's got the voice of an angel," Phil says.
August 14, 2011 |
At the premiere of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" last month, a clutch of impassioned animal activists gathered on Hollywood Boulevard. But they weren't there to throw red paint on fur-coat-wearing celebrities. Instead, one demonstrator — dressed in a full-body monkey suit — had arrived with a sign complimenting the filmmakers: "Thanks for not using real apes!" The creative team behind "Apes" used motion-capture technology to create digitalized primates, spending tens of millions of dollars on technology that records an actor's performance and later layers it with computer graphics to create a final image — in this case, one of a realistic-looking ape. "There are some performing animals that actually do have a more fulfilling life, but apes, you could probably say that's not the case," director Rupert Wyatt said.
March 18, 2011
There's a very tall animal in this photo. Do you see it? Look at the center and you'll spot a giraffe watching Times reader "rdabk96. " "On safari in the Serengeti last month, my wife, Gloria, asked me to take some pictures of the sunset over the lake near our mobile tented camp, since we would be leaving for home the next day," says the photographer. "To my surprise, I found a giraffe looking back at me from the bush. " The Serengeti plain in Tanzania and Kenya is renowned for sights such as this one. Huge herds of mammals, including wildebeests, gazelles, giraffes and zebras, roam these vast grasslands.