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March 26, 2014 |
The Porsche that Paul Walker was riding in when it crashed and burst into flames, killing the "Fast & Furious" actor and his friend behind the wheel, was on tires that were more than twice the recommended age for the high-performance car, investigators found. At least two of the tires were more than nine years old; Porsche recommends that tires be replaced after four years. As a result, CHP investigators wrote that "the driveability and handling characteristics" of the car "may have been compromised.
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.
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.)
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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.
October 27, 2010 |
Tourists can now fly down an 800-foot -long zip line over the crowds at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas , gliding at up to 30 miles an hour along steel lines under the arched metal canopy that displays the hourly light show. Canada-based Greenheart Conservation Co ., which has built a steeper and longer zip line 30 miles away in Boulder City, Nev., as well as zip lines at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and other sites, set up a temporary rig above Fremont (shown above in a company video, via Vimeo)
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February 20, 1991 |
Sea World Inc. has filed for a permit to import a killer whale from a British marine park. The application, required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, was filed with the National Marine Fisheries Service, said Dan LeBlanc, a Sea World spokesman in San Diego. Sea World has 13 killer whales at four parks: in San Diego; Orlando, Fla.; San Antonio, Tex., and outside Cleveland, Ohio. The company hopes to acquire a 15-year-old female killer whale now housed at Windsor Safari Park near London.
May 24, 1987
Irvine-based United Leisure Corp., formerly Lion Country Safari, reported a net loss of $139,178 for the first quarter, compared with a year-earlier loss of $252,521. Revenues for the period ended March 31 were $203,808, a dramatic increase from $85,801 a year earlier. Harry Shuster, president and chairman, attributed the loss to the company being a seasonal business, with the first and fourth quarters historically the weakest of the year.