The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the Buffalo Zoo, in Buffalo, New York is the planned destination, for the near future, for an orphaned polar bear cub found near Point Lay, Alaska, on March 12. The three-to-four month-old male, named Kali (pronounced cully - the Inupiat name for Point Lay), is currently receiving care at the Alaska Zoo but is expected to be safely transported to the Buffalo Zoo sometime this spring, pending final approvals and the health of the cub.
Kali will be introduced to the Buffalo Zoo’s female polar bear cub, born on November 27, 2012. She is being hand-raised by the Zoo’s veterinary and keeper staff due to inadequate care by the cub’s mother, Anana. The orphaned cub’s planned journey from Point Lay to Buffalo is the product of collaboration among the Alaska Zoo, the Buffalo Zoo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the AZA’s Polar Bear Species Survival Plan® management group.
Angolan Colobus Monkey Born At Chicago-Area Brookfield Zoo
Olivia, a five-year-old Angolan colobus monkey, clutches her baby which was born March 9, at the Brookfield Zoo on March 27, 2013 in Brookfield, Illinois. The infant monkeys are born completely white, turn gray, and then black, their adult coloration, in approximately three months.
Angolan colobuses are native to dense rain forests throughout equatorial Africa.
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
Fury as workers remove parts of Berlin Wall’s longest remaining stretch for upscale building project
Work crews backed by about 250 police removed parts of the Berlin Wall known as the East Side Gallery before dawn Wednesday to make way for an upscale building project, despite demands by protesters that the site be preserved.
Residents of the area expressed shock at the move, which followed several protests including one attended by David Hasselhoff.
By mid-morning the six-yard (meter) gap was covered by a wooden fence and protected by scores of police. Passers-by and a handful of protesters stared in disbelief.
“If you take these parts of the Wall away, you take away the soul of the city,” said Ivan McClostney, 32, who moved here a year ago from Ireland. “This way, you make it like every other city. It’s so sad.” (Britta Pedersen / The Associated Press)
Despite massive international pressure, North Korea has been moving ahead with its long-range missile and nuclear ambitions, launching a rocket in December and conducting a nuclear test in February. International sanctions tightened in response, and even China, a longtime ally, stepped up inspections of North Korea-bound freight. Responding to the crackdown, North Korea’s government has been issuing new threats of war nearly every day over the past month, cutting ties to South Korea and ordering military units to prepare for attack at any moment. Over the past month, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea’s official media division, has been issuing a stream of images of military exercises, soldiers in training, and, of course, supreme leader Kim Jong Un inspecting and inspiring the troops. (At least one of these images appears to be digitally manipulated). Gathered here are recent KCNA photographs of North Korea’s war machine, as the country wishes the world to see it. The photos were distributed by Reuters, AFP, and AP as a service, and cannot be independently verified or authenticated.
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Today, a majority of the Supreme Court justices voiced strong skepticism of the Defense of Marriage Act’s constitutionality.
Indeed, DOMA may be doomed.
Man stuck on ‘It’s A Small World’ Disneyland ride awarded $8,000 for ‘pain and suffering,’ disability law violation
An attorney says a disabled man was awarded US$8,000 by Disneyland after the “It’s A Small World” ride broke, stranding him for a half hour while the theme song played continuously.
Lawyer David Geffen says Jose Martinez didn’t medically stabilize for three hours after the ride broke down in 2009.
Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said the Anaheim theme park believes it provided appropriate assistance during the incident, and is disappointed that the court did not fully agree. (Bloomberg)
Pictures from life on the DMZ, the demilitarized space separating North and South Korea.
Photo: REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won (via reuterspictures)
CNN: Julia Pierson has been sworn in as the first female director of the Secret Service in its 148-year history. She took the federal oath administered by US VP Joe Biden and President Obama holding the Bible in the Oval Office.
Pierson has been the chief of staff to the director since August…
Depeche Mode are set to release Delta Machine, their 13th studio album and first since 2009, on March 26th. Get an exclusive look at the making of the album with this short documentary.