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March 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
The European Commission on Thursday proposed to extend for an unlimited period its five-year-old ban on imports of seal pup skins. The commission, the executive body of the 12-member European Community, said its decision was based on the Norwegian government's announced intention to resume seal pup hunting as soon as the ban expires.
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January 11, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
In the annals of smuggling, Los Angeles International Airport has seen it all ? lizards in luggage, songbirds strapped to a passenger's legs, boxes of tarantulas and two pygmy monkeys hidden in a traveler's pants.                    Now, officials said, they have recorded another milestone in the animal kingdom ? smuggled turtles. Authorities said two Japanese men were arrested with more than 50 live rare turtles, from Chinese big-headed turtles to Indian Star tortoises, packed neatly inside snack food boxes.
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June 4, 1994 | Reuters
Tens of thousands of seals along Namibia's desert coastline have died in the worst disaster on record to hit the country's Cape Fur seal colonies. Teams of workers Friday started clearing away rotting carcasses of seal pups, which apparently starved to death. The fisheries ministry said that "unusual oceanographic conditions" had profoundly affected the fish on which the 750,000 Cape Fur seals feed along the southwest coast of Africa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1999 | ALEX MURASHKO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The relationships start with a Web site posting. Personality counts as well as looks. The warmth builds via e-mail exchanges, followed finally by face-to-face bonding. Yes, the Seal Beach animal shelter's 2-year-old e-adoption system has really been moving those cats out the door and into loving homes. This year, feline adoptions are at 473, up by nearly 100 cats over last year, with December numbers still to come.
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March 11, 1995
Beach-goers may see unattended baby seals on local beaches for the next three months, during harbor seal pupping season in California. No one should touch or remove a baby seal from the beach, said Hilda Diaz-Soltero, director of the National Marine Fisheries Service. "A harbor seal pup cannot feed or care for itself," Diaz-Soltero said, "and it probably will not survive if separated from its mother."
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January 8, 1998
Obadiah, a blind 7-month-old harbor seal, has found a home at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific in the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit. When found on the shore in Newport Beach in August, she was dehydrated and underweight. The Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Care Center in Laguna Beach nursed her back to health. Obadiah has cataracts in both eyes, and her chances of survival in the wild are less than 10%, said aquarium spokeswoman Michele Nachum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1989 | JEFF MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
Two northern elephant seal pups, malnourished and dehydrated, were slowly recovering Wednesday at a Laguna Beach marine mammal shelter after rescuers plucked them from the sand Tuesday afternoon in back-to-back rescue operations. Mickey and Minnie--as they are called by their rescuers--were found Tuesday afternoon by Crystal Cove State Beach lifeguards, near Laguna Beach. The mammals, which can grow to a length of 16 feet and weigh up to 4 tons, were taken to safety by the Friends of the Sea Lion, a Laguna Beach group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
Leaders of the nonprofit Friends of the Seal Beach Animal Shelter say the city is not paying its fair share of the cost to care for homeless animals. Members of the volunteer organization are asking city officials to increase the funding of shelter operations to $9,000 a year from $800. A city task force is being formed to resolve the funding issue. "The question that's being posed is, how much should it cost for them to provide this service?" interim City Manager Jack Shelver said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
In the annals of smuggling, Los Angeles International Airport has seen it all ? lizards in luggage, songbirds strapped to a passenger's legs, boxes of tarantulas and two pygmy monkeys hidden in a traveler's pants.                    Now, officials said, they have recorded another milestone in the animal kingdom ? smuggled turtles. Authorities said two Japanese men were arrested with more than 50 live rare turtles, from Chinese big-headed turtles to Indian Star tortoises, packed neatly inside snack food boxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1999 | ALEX MURASHKO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The relationships start with a Web site posting. Personality counts as well as looks. The warmth builds via e-mail exchanges, followed finally by face-to-face bonding. Yes, the Seal Beach animal shelter's 2-year-old e-adoption system has really been moving those cats out the door and into loving homes. This year, feline adoptions are at 473, up by nearly 100 cats over last year, with December numbers still to come.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1998
Obadiah, a blind 7-month-old harbor seal, has found a home at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific in the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit. When found on the shore in Newport Beach in August, she was dehydrated and underweight. The Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Care Center in Laguna Beach nursed her back to health. Obadiah has cataracts in both eyes, and her chances of survival in the wild are less than 10%, said aquarium spokeswoman Michele Nachum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
Leaders of the nonprofit Friends of the Seal Beach Animal Shelter say the city is not paying its fair share of the cost to care for homeless animals. Members of the volunteer organization are asking city officials to increase the funding of shelter operations to $9,000 a year from $800. A city task force is being formed to resolve the funding issue. "The question that's being posed is, how much should it cost for them to provide this service?" interim City Manager Jack Shelver said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1995
Beach-goers may see unattended baby seals on local beaches for the next three months, during harbor seal pupping season in California. No one should touch or remove a baby seal from the beach, said Hilda Diaz-Soltero, director of the National Marine Fisheries Service. "A harbor seal pup cannot feed or care for itself," Diaz-Soltero said, "and it probably will not survive if separated from its mother."
NEWS
June 4, 1994 | Reuters
Tens of thousands of seals along Namibia's desert coastline have died in the worst disaster on record to hit the country's Cape Fur seal colonies. Teams of workers Friday started clearing away rotting carcasses of seal pups, which apparently starved to death. The fisheries ministry said that "unusual oceanographic conditions" had profoundly affected the fish on which the 750,000 Cape Fur seals feed along the southwest coast of Africa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1989 | JEFF MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
Two northern elephant seal pups, malnourished and dehydrated, were slowly recovering Wednesday at a Laguna Beach marine mammal shelter after rescuers plucked them from the sand Tuesday afternoon in back-to-back rescue operations. Mickey and Minnie--as they are called by their rescuers--were found Tuesday afternoon by Crystal Cove State Beach lifeguards, near Laguna Beach. The mammals, which can grow to a length of 16 feet and weigh up to 4 tons, were taken to safety by the Friends of the Sea Lion, a Laguna Beach group.
NEWS
March 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
The European Commission on Thursday proposed to extend for an unlimited period its five-year-old ban on imports of seal pup skins. The commission, the executive body of the 12-member European Community, said its decision was based on the Norwegian government's announced intention to resume seal pup hunting as soon as the ban expires.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2008 | Adam Bernstein, Washington Post
Louise Firouz, an American expatriate in Iran credited with saving the pony-sized Caspian horse from extinction and championing an ancestral link to the prized Arabian breed, died of lung and liver failure May 25 at a hospital near her home in northeastern Iran. She was 74. Firouz spent part of her childhood on her family's farm in Great Falls, Va., where she developed an interest in animal husbandry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1996 | From a Times staff writer
The Marine Mammal Care Center at Ft. MacArthur in San Pedro could be called an orphanage for lost baby seals and sea lions. It scoops up those disoriented pups and yearlings who have become weak from not eating and puts them back on the road to recovery. And on Sunday, at its second annual "Day of the Seal," the center will demonstrate how it gets the animals into shape for their return to the sea. At 9 a.m.
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