August 29, 2003 |
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 |
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.
March 8, 2001 |
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.
May 13, 1999 |
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.
October 5, 1998 |
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.
June 4, 1998 |
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.