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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.
February 11, 2011 |
Which one is Melman? In a scene out of a DreamWorks movie, eight giraffes this week were barged back to their native area in what organizers say may be the first-ever attempt to carry giraffes across water in Kenya . The giraffes, divided into two groups, were loaded onto a restored landing craft at Soysambu Conservancy in the Great Rift Valley for their 90-minute journey to the Ruko Community Wildlife Conservancy in the Lake Baringo region....
August 5, 2010 |
A male Rothschild giraffe calf born late last month at the Prague Zoo is gunning for the title of World's Cutest Zoo Baby. He has some tough competition -- an Amur leopard cub in Germany, a red-necked wallaby joey in Australia, a pair of Asian lion cubs in Germany, a parma wallaby joey in Ohio and a koala joey in Germany, to name a few -- but we think the sweet, snuggly relationship he has with his mother Nora just...