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September 13, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The San Diego Wild Animal Park has closed its aviary because 10 lorikeet parrots have died within the last week. Park officials said that tests by county health officials ruled out West Nile virus. The cause is under investigation. It is unusual for birds living together to die all at once, according to park spokeswoman Christina Simmons. "We don't know if it's illness or feed or something else," she said. Simmons said officials at the park don't believe there was any danger to human health.
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June 11, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Zoo officials working to bring the California condor back from the brink of extinction celebrated the hatching of a chick at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. The birth Monday raises the total number of the birds to 222. Since 1992, 157 captive-bred vultures wearing radio wing tags have been released by the San Diego and Los Angeles zoos and by the Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho, said Michael Mace, the park's curator of birds. Of those, 57 have died.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1986
A rare California condor, believed to have been the last breeding female condor in the wild, died of starvation Saturday in San Diego. Officials at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, where the condor was brought Jan. 3 after being captured northeast of Los Angeles, said the bird could not eat because its digestive tract had been paralyzed from lead poisoning suffered as a result of swallowing shotgun pellets in the carcasses of animals it ate.
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April 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
A California condor chick began the struggle to break out of its eggshell and should emerge as the latest addition to the nearly extinct species by Wednesday, San Diego Wild Animal Park officials said Monday. A "pip" or dime-sized hole in the shell was detected by condor keepers late Sunday night and signaled the start of the anticipated three-day hatching process, park spokesman Tom Hanscom said. "If the bird does not show signs of hatching by itself in 72 hours, then we will step in and help it out of its egg," Hanscom said.
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November 16, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Less than 48 hours after his abduction from the San Diego Wild Animal Park, Fred, the sidekick cockatoo of the 1970s television series "Baretta," was found walking in the middle of a road near the park, police said. The feathered star was rescued about 8 a.m. Thursday by two television cable employees, one a fan of the former cop show, as they were driving to an assignment. After nibbling on a sandwich from the lunch box of one of his rescuers, Fred was safely returned to the park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1991
A ton of marijuana went up in smoke in Escondido Monday as it was torched by law enforcement officials. The 1,900 marijuana plants--with a valued of $7 million--were spotted by San Diego County Sheriff's Department helicopter pilots on routine patrol Friday, Sgt. Roy Stamper said. "It just sticks out like a sore thumb from the air," Stamper said. "When it's up and observable, it's harvestable, so you've got to go get it."
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