February 11, 2009 |
Firefighter David Tree noticed a koala moving gingerly on scorched paws as his fire patrol passed through the charred landscape of Australia's deadly wildfires. Clearly in pain, the animal stopped when it saw him. "It was amazing -- he turned around, sat on his bum and sort of looked at me . . . like, put me out of my misery," Tree said Tuesday. "I yelled out for a bottle of water. I unscrewed the bottle, tipped it up on his lips and he just took it naturally.
November 4, 2006 |
Australian scientists on Monday unveiled three baby koalas produced with new artificial insemination technology designed to ensure the species' survival. The breeding techniques involve mixing sperm with a solution that prolongs its shelf life. About 25 koalas have been produced by artificial insemination with a success rate approaching that of natural mating.
March 2, 2004 |
Thousands of koalas are reportedly eating their food supply too quickly on Australia's Kangaroo Island, but authorities have refused to heed conservationists' pleas to reduce the population, fearing a backlash from tourists and animal rights activists. The island's estimated 30,000 koalas have stripped many of the eucalyptus trees, their sole food source, and they could eventually starve.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2004 |
It's not surprising that a gardening project in Encino leaves people stumped. Who would expect, after all, to find a koala food farm located between a quiet residential neighborhood and the Ventura Freeway? But that's where a eucalyptus tree plantation has been under cultivation for 22 years. Some of the eucalyptus species grown by the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department tower nearly 100 feet into the air.
March 31, 2003 |
Whenever things got awkward during DJ Kid Koala's multimedia presentation promoting his first graphic novel on Saturday at the Knitting Factory, the Vancouver-born turntablist simply faced the audience and deadpanned, "It's a book release," as if he were as momentarily nonplused as everyone else.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2002 |
A koala believed to be the world's oldest documented male member of its species has died at age 19, officials said Friday. San Francisco Zoo spokeswoman Nancy Chan said Clarry the koala died Thursday at his indoor enclosure at the zoo's Koala Crossing exhibit. Officials said that according to the International Koala Stud Book kept in Melbourne, Australia, Clarry had lived longer than any other male koala documented. Some females have lived even longer.