CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2013 |
The San Juan Capistrano dinosaur is one step closer to extinction after city planning commissioners voted to evict the 40-foot long Apatosaurus statue from a petting zoo in the heart of the city's oldest neighborhood. Commissioners said the dinosaur, which peeks onto historic Los Rios Street from the tiny zoo, does not reflect the history of San Juan, which would have been underwater when such animals roamed the Earth. Carolyn Franks, owner of Zoomars Petting Zoo, said she plans to appeal the commission's 4-2 vote.
May 27, 1988 |
A zebra in a Yugoslav zoo chose death over captivity and killed herself by smashing her head against the ground. The state news agency Tanjug said Thursday that the zebra broke her spine after keepers foiled an attempt by her and her mate to escape from the Sarajevo zoo.
May 26, 1988 |
A zebra in a Yugoslav zoo chose death over captivity and killed herself by smashing her head against the ground. Tanjug news agency said today that the zebra broke her spine after keepers foiled an attempt by the animal and her mate to escape from the Sarajevo zoo.
March 31, 1998 |
A 12-year-old boy fell into a cage at a Moscow zoo and was mauled to death by a bear, officials said. The boy went Sunday to a zoo belonging to a youth organization of aspiring biologists. He climbed atop a cage and fell through, police said. The female bear was shot dead by police in a bid to save the child. The child died in a hospital overnight, the Interfax news agency said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1988
I'm not sure your readers fully understand the hazards of working with elephants. As a former 10-year employee of the Erie, Pa., zoo, I can share this knowledge: Elephants have killed more people than any other zoo or circus animal. The elephant is an extremely strong, powerful and dangerous animal who can crush a man against a wall with about as much effort as a human can flatten a fly. If an elephant doesn't respect its handler, the handler is the one who will be beaten and into a more critical state than a light bruising.
July 12, 1988 |
A century ago, when Brazil was Latin America's only monarchy, a nobleman named Joao Batista Viana de Drummond opened Rio's first zoo. To attract customers, he started a daily raffle with gate prizes. And, in a fitting flourish, the numbers used for the raffle were symbolized by animals: the ostrich, the camel, the elephant, the monkey, the tiger and others.