January 15, 1990 |
Hilda the hippo's brief taste of freedom ended in tragedy today. The three-ton hippopotamus escaped from her trailer onto a busy four-lane English highway but died after being shot with a tranquilizer dart while being recaptured. "It didn't survive the drug that was used and the stress and trauma of the recapture," said Roger Cawley of Longleat Safari Park, Hilda's owners.
June 3, 2012 |
San Diego could be improved. If the county had 75 miles of beaches instead of 70. If the Padres won a World Series or the Chargers won a Super Bowl. Or if the municipal sloganeers dropped "America's finest city" in favor of "You stay classy, San Diego. " But this is nit-picking. Besides its most obvious tourist attractions - the beaches, the zoo and Old Town - San Diego's downtown has interesting edges, several old neighborhoods are showing new vigor, and everybody seems to be brewing artisan beer.
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March 26, 2014 |
An actor on the hit TV show "Scandal" was arrested Wednesday after prosecutors charged him with felony battery with serious bodily injury for allegedly knocking out a man and breaking his nose. Columbus Keith Short, 31, is accused of punching a man at a West Los Angeles restaurant March 15 and rendering him unconscious. Short allegedly sucker-punched the man after becoming involved in a disagreement, prosecutors allege. Short was booked by Claremont police Wednesday and released on $50,000 bail soon after.
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January 7, 2012 |
Reporting from San Diego -- Two ailing and aged elephants at the San Diego Zoo had to be euthanized this week, zoo officials announced Friday. The two Asian elephants were suffering and their chances for recovery were virtually nil, officials said. Cha Cha, estimated to be 43 years old, was euthanized Wednesday. To allow other elephants to see her a final time, her lifeless body was lifted on a forklift and taken to where other elephants in the Elephant Odyssey exhibit are kept.
December 3, 1998 |
A South African judge ruled that 30 young elephants had been treated cruelly and awarded temporary custody of them to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The elephants' plight had drawn international concern, igniting protests in Washington and London. The elephants' owner, animal exporter Riccardo Ghiazza, had planned to sell them to zoos in Europe and a safari park in China.
February 24, 2013 |
Robert the Talking Zebra from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will speak to you at the L.A. Times Travel Show on Sunday but if you want to see some real animals, you can see them at the booth every 45 minutes starting about 11 a.m. Animal guests include a python, a cockatoo and a cerval. The show closes at 5 p.m. (Robert talks with L.A. TImes Travel Editor Catharine Hamm in the above clip.)
May 26, 2012 |
In the 1970s, disco-themed skating rinks were all the rage. In the '80s it was paintball battlefields, followed in the '90s by urban skateboard parks. And now comes the zip line - an elevated cable ride that zips harnessed riders downhill at high speeds, powered only by gravity. Across the nation, these rides stretch over canyons, vineyards, island tourist towns and even zoos. Since 2001, the number of zip lines built in the U.S. has soared from 10 to more than 200, according to zip line experts.
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July 5, 2011 |
It's a cool morning, and the Arabian oryx herd at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park is hungry and slightly hostile to the visitors in its midst. The dominant male, known as No. 337, fixes a cold stare, lets out a loud snort and waggles his sharp horns, ready to protect his harem and offspring. The females, with equally sharp horns, attempt to lead the visitors away from their babies, cat-sized creatures tucked in small crevasses in the ground. It's a matter of genetics: For eons, the herd's ancestors roamed the Arabian Peninsula, honing their survival skills.