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August 31, 1996 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
PERSONAL: Two MH (male hippopotamuses) seek RHS (rich Homo sapiens) for permanent, nurturing relationship. Favorite pastimes include sleeping, eating and swimming. Domestic squabble necessitates leaving Poland as soon as possible. Good home only, please. Telephone: 011-48-22-619-7775. * WARSAW--Bisia and Norma, hippo brothers, are in hot water. And to make things worse, the zoo here is about to pull the plug on them.
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WORLD
October 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Hippos in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo face extinction and could be wiped out in many parts of Virunga National Park by year's end because of intense poaching by rebels, the Zoological Society of London said Saturday. In the first two weeks of October, more than 400 hippos were slaughtered in the park, once home to one of Central Africa's greatest hippopotamus populations, the group said.
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SCIENCE
January 29, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A second look at some 40-million-year-old fossils provides a missing link to suggest that the closest living relative of whales is the hippo, a group of scientists said Monday. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team from UC Berkeley, the University of Poitiers in France and the University of N'djamena in Chad proposed a theory that whales and hippos had a common water-loving ancestor 50 to 60 million years ago.
WORLD
February 20, 2005 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
For a panic-stricken baby hippo, lost and far from home, the sight of an old, wrinkly, rotund male tortoise must have suggested something very different: Are you my mother? Owen the hippo sought refuge behind the tortoise shortly after Christmas, and weeks later here they are together, safe and warm on a lazy afternoon. Owen looks like a character in a children's book, his eyes closed blissfully as he snuggles down in a mud puddle near a reptile 130 years his senior.
WORLD
August 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The hippopotamus population in eastern Congo, once the world's largest, has been devastated by civil war and poaching, the World Wide Fund for Nature said. A survey in Virunga National Park shows that only 1,300 hippos remain, compared with 29,000 less than 30 years ago, the WWF said. Susan Lieberman, director of WWF International's species program, said armed factions killed the animals for their meat and teeth, which are used in the ivory trade.
NEWS
June 4, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A hippopotamus has died of bacterial pneumonia at Disney's Animal Kingdom, the latest in a series of deaths of animals at the new theme park in Lake Buena Vista. The 13-year-old female was found lying dead in a pool in the park's savanna, a 120-acre area built to replicate the African bush, Disney spokesman Bill Warren said. Nearly 30 animals, including cheetahs, an otter, a rhino and another hippo, died at the park before it opened in April. The U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A doctor who kept a rare pygmy hippopotamus in his backyard for a decade before it was seized by authorities has defended his treatment of the animal. Arthur Stehly, 63, said he always kept unusual animals while his 10 children were growing up. He said the hippo, which had a skin condition that caused it to bleed, was well fed and happy. No charges were filed against Stehly. The hippo was seized eight months ago, but Stehly had not discussed the incident until now.
NEWS
October 5, 1998 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a legend popular among many Africans, the great creator allowed hippos to live in the water under one condition: They could not eat fish, which had been promised to the crocodiles. So every night since the beginning of time, the voracious vegetarians have taken to land in search of supper. But along the lush banks of the Crocodile River on the outskirts of this impoverished black township near Kruger National Park, the sacred deal is running afoul of South Africa's young democracy.
WORLD
October 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Hippos in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo face extinction and could be wiped out in many parts of Virunga National Park by year's end because of intense poaching by rebels, the Zoological Society of London said Saturday. In the first two weeks of October, more than 400 hippos were slaughtered in the park, once home to one of Central Africa's greatest hippopotamus populations, the group said.
WORLD
August 18, 2002 | From Associated Press
Zookeepers in the Czech capital lured a hippopotamus out of its hiding place in the elephants' pavilion Saturday, thrilled to find the animal had survived last week's devastating floods. The 18-year-old hippo, named Slavek, was spotted only Friday, days after the animal disappeared in the chaos of raging waters at the Zoological Garden. "For us, it was a great surprise to find him," said zoo director Petr Fejk. "He was very angry." But he did not stop eating, Fejk said.
SCIENCE
January 29, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A second look at some 40-million-year-old fossils provides a missing link to suggest that the closest living relative of whales is the hippo, a group of scientists said Monday. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team from UC Berkeley, the University of Poitiers in France and the University of N'djamena in Chad proposed a theory that whales and hippos had a common water-loving ancestor 50 to 60 million years ago.
OPINION
November 28, 2004
This week's big broadcast news set others in the medium to sniping. "Dan Rather announced today that he's stepping down as anchor of the CBS News, though he said he hasn't been able to verify it yet, so it's not official," said Jay Leno. "He has a lot of offers. He might host the show 'Ripley's Believe it or Not.'
WORLD
August 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The hippopotamus population in eastern Congo, once the world's largest, has been devastated by civil war and poaching, the World Wide Fund for Nature said. A survey in Virunga National Park shows that only 1,300 hippos remain, compared with 29,000 less than 30 years ago, the WWF said. Susan Lieberman, director of WWF International's species program, said armed factions killed the animals for their meat and teeth, which are used in the ivory trade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A doctor who kept a rare pygmy hippopotamus in his backyard for a decade before it was seized by authorities has defended his treatment of the animal. Arthur Stehly, 63, said he always kept unusual animals while his 10 children were growing up. He said the hippo, which had a skin condition that caused it to bleed, was well fed and happy. No charges were filed against Stehly. The hippo was seized eight months ago, but Stehly had not discussed the incident until now.
WORLD
August 18, 2002 | From Associated Press
Zookeepers in the Czech capital lured a hippopotamus out of its hiding place in the elephants' pavilion Saturday, thrilled to find the animal had survived last week's devastating floods. The 18-year-old hippo, named Slavek, was spotted only Friday, days after the animal disappeared in the chaos of raging waters at the Zoological Garden. "For us, it was a great surprise to find him," said zoo director Petr Fejk. "He was very angry." But he did not stop eating, Fejk said.
NEWS
March 8, 2001 | KAY HAUGAARD
When Bubbles got loose in the lake, all she really wanted was to stay there so she could eat grasses and water plants. But now the guards had caught her! They herded her back to her pen, and Bubbles didn't like it at all. She liked the cool, dark, skluppy lake and the delicious plants. Once she was in her pen again, the zoo sent some men to make it much stronger. They put in more posts. They made it taller. Bubbles was very unhappy.
WORLD
February 20, 2005 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
For a panic-stricken baby hippo, lost and far from home, the sight of an old, wrinkly, rotund male tortoise must have suggested something very different: Are you my mother? Owen the hippo sought refuge behind the tortoise shortly after Christmas, and weeks later here they are together, safe and warm on a lazy afternoon. Owen looks like a character in a children's book, his eyes closed blissfully as he snuggles down in a mud puddle near a reptile 130 years his senior.
NEWS
June 7, 1992 | Associated Press
A severe drought in southern Africa is threatening the lives of hundreds of hippopotamuses, authorities said Friday. About 300 hippos live around the Limpopo, Letaba and Olifants rivers in the northeastern Transvaal, but large sections of the rivers have dried up and grazing land is depleted.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 1999 | DAVID PAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sixteen of the most desirable paintings in the world are on display at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art--and there's not a Van Gogh, Picasso or Rembrandt among them. Nor is there anything by Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol or Norman Rockwell, much less by Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet or Jackson Pollock.
NEWS
October 5, 1998 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a legend popular among many Africans, the great creator allowed hippos to live in the water under one condition: They could not eat fish, which had been promised to the crocodiles. So every night since the beginning of time, the voracious vegetarians have taken to land in search of supper. But along the lush banks of the Crocodile River on the outskirts of this impoverished black township near Kruger National Park, the sacred deal is running afoul of South Africa's young democracy.
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