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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2012 |
Down the narrow corridor that runs through one of California's oldest neighborhoods, behind the perfectly preserved 200-year-old houses, the source of a heated debate in San Juan Capistrano pokes out his leathery neck with a goofy smile. The city resting amid south Orange County's green-covered hills is known for its tight embrace of a rich history: Hundreds of horses march through the streets each year to welcome the swallows' expected return to the mission; an old-world Spanish motif of stucco walls and terra cotta roofs includes even burger joints and banks; and on historic Los Rios Street, there are strict rules about what belongs and what doesn't.
December 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The “spidernaut” has died. Just days after becoming a star attraction at the National Museum of Natural History's Insect Zoo, the spider that spent 100 days in space was found dead Monday. “The unexpected loss of this special animal who inspired so many imaginations will be felt throughout the museum community,” Kelly Carnes, a museum spokeswoman, said. The spider, named Nefertiti, died of natural causes, according to the museum. The spider visited the International Space Station in a science experiment proposed by an 18-year-old Egyptian student, Amr Mohamed, to examine how spiders would hunt prey in microgravity . Nefertiti, was indeed able to catch her prey - fruit flies.
November 30, 2012
The Swedish firm OMM Design puts a sweet spin on a Russian tradition with retro-flavored zoo of nesting dolls. The smallest of the critters is barely an inch tall. They are joined by two other sets, one of nesting owls and another of pocket-sized people, some sporting excellent facial hair. But how could you resist such a friendly looking sea lion and optimistic lion? The nesting dolls are $28.50 for the set at Huset , 1316-1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (424) 268-4213. MORE PICKS: Gifts for the home MORE PICKS: Gifts for under $50
November 29, 2012 |
The Times' editorial Monday on the L.A. City Council's proposed ban on elephants performing in traveling shows such as circuses paints a romantic picture of elephants as gentle giants. The editorial board seems to buy into the animal extremists' idealistic scenario of happy, fat pachyderms lazily wandering the open plains of Africa or the jungles of Asia, free of disease and conflict with humans. The reality is far grimmer. The "wild" left for these magnificent animals is rapidly disappearing.
November 20, 2012 |
A 22-year-old Idaho man has been arrested and charged with two felonies in connection with the apparent bludgeoning death of a Zoo Boise monkey -- a breed known for its tendency to be timid. According to Boise police, suspect Michael J. Watkins had to overcome "several zoo security measures" in the early morning hours Saturday to gain entry first to the zoo and then to the enclosure that held two Patas monkeys, a creature described as the fastest of all primates but also one of the least aggressive.
November 18, 2012 |
A break-in at Zoo Boise in Idaho's biggest city has left a Patas monkey dead and police searching for suspects. Zoo security reported spotting two men in dark clothing at the zoo before dawn Saturday morning, with one man outside the zoo near the primate exhibit and one man inside zoo grounds ( map ), according to the Boise Police Department. Both men ran after seeing the security guard and eluded police. Later, while searching for evidence, police and zoo employees found an injured Patas monkey "next to the perimeter fence near the primate exhibit where the suspects were last seen," police said in a statement.
November 12, 2012 |
The Lakers have officially announced the hiring of Mike D'Antoni. “After speaking with several excellent and well-respected coaching candidates, Dr. Buss, Jim and I all agreed that Mike was the right person at this time to lead the Lakers forward,” said General Manager Mitch Kupchak. “Knowing his style of play and given the current makeup of our roster, we feel Mike is a great fit, are excited to have him as our next head coach and hope he will help our team reach its full potential.” Interim head coach Bernie Bickerstaff noted that he expects D'Antoni to arrive in Los Angeles around Wednesday.
November 5, 2012 |
Pittsburgh Zoo officials and police were trying to determine what happened after a 2-year-old boy fell into an African painted dog exhibit on Sunday and died before police could save him. A news conference was scheduled for 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Monday. Police said the boy's unidentified 34-year-old mother, from Pleasant Hills, Pa., was holding her son over a four-foot railing in an elevated viewing area when he fell. The boy hit and then flipped over a mesh barrier before hitting the ground.
November 5, 2012 |
The 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy who died at the Pittsburgh Zoo over the weekend bounced two times on a protective netting after falling off a railing and into an African painted dog exhibit, where the dogs then attacked and killed him, the zoo's chief executive said Monday. Barbara Baker, who has been with the zoo since 1990, occasionally looked distressed during the morning news conference as she answered questions about Sunday's tragedy -- what she said is the first visitor death in the venue's more-than-100-year history.