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November 15, 2007 | Karen Kaplan and Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writers
After years of false starts and an international scientific scandal, researchers said Wednesday that they had achieved a feat that some scientists believed was impossible -- cloning a monkey embryo from a skin cell of an adult and using it to harvest embryonic stem cells. Scientists have previously cloned embryos and adult animals of a variety of species, including rats, dogs and cattle.
June 29, 2007 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
The FBI and the Los Angeles Fire Department are investigating an anonymous claim that animal rights extremists placed an unexploded incendiary device found under the car of a prominent UCLA eye doctor last weekend. The incident was similar to one last year in which another UCLA researcher was the intended target. A gasoline-filled device was discovered Sunday by the car outside the Westside home of Dr. Arthur Rosenbaum, who is chief of pediatric ophthalmology at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute.
February 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Chimpanzees living on the West African savanna have been observed fashioning spears from sticks and using them to hunt small mammals -- the first routine production of deadly weapons observed in animals other than humans. The chimps were repeatedly seen using their hands and teeth to tear the side branches off long straight sticks and peeling back the bark and sharpening one end of the sticks with their teeth, the researchers report in Thursday's online issue of the journal Current Biology.
October 2, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Dozens of animal lovers and academics communed up close with chimpanzees at the Los Angeles Zoo on Sunday morning, peeking behind the scenes of their modern exhibit and wending their way through play areas under the apes' watchful eyes. The tour of the Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains exhibit, which opened eight years ago, was part of a weekend conference on chimpanzees organized in part by the Jane Goodall Institute, with Goodall delivering talks and checking out the chimps' quarters.
October 1, 2006 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
"The first thing I'm going to give you is a chimpanzee greeting, because it sounds lovely in a place like this," said Jane Goodall while looking out from a stage in Griffith Park across a meadow containing 1,000 people. Her voice started off soft and low: "Oooo, oooo, oooo...." Then her voice rose: "Hooo, hooo, HOOO! HOOO!" She finished with a smile, leaving her audience stunned for a second before they burst into applause.
January 7, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An endangered primate at the Sacramento Zoo died unexpectedly last month. Jimmy, a 13-year-old golden-bellied mangabey, collapsed Dec. 29; veterinarians were unable to revive him, zoo officials said Thursday. Little is known about mangabeys, but they are thought to live in a small area in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The primates are considered endangered because of poaching and habitat loss. There are 19 golden-bellied mangabeys in North American zoos.
December 20, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
It's the eyes. Sometimes blue and fierce, blazing with pain, at others brown and gentle, looking for love. But always they are expressive. They have gazed down from the heights of a movie screen for years now, though rarely from the same face. While actors always try to shift their appearance from role to role, few are as unrecognizable as Andy Serkis has been. Then again, he's not really known for playing humans.
November 9, 2005 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Paul Frank, who turned the image of a whimsical monkey into the foundation for a global apparel and accessory business bearing his name, has split from the company, it was announced Tuesday. The 38-year-old designer left "to pursue other interests," Costa Mesa-based Paul Frank Industries Inc. said in a statement, declining to elaborate. Frank, who began selling vinyl wallets in Huntington Beach in 1995, could not be reached for comment.
July 10, 2005 | Clare Nullis, Associated Press Writer
Georgie was bashed in the head and is missing part of his ear. Penny's right hand was mangled in a trap. Tammy's bullet-riddled leg had to be amputated. Golden Arrow was shot dead, leaving her infant to starve to death. The baboons of South Africa's Cape Peninsula are caught in a war with their human neighbors, who are sick of having their kitchens ransacked by marauding primates with an uncanny knack for breaking into houses. "People love them or hate them.
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