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2013-11-20 23:22:14

From November 29 through January 5, 2014, hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights will illuminate the night sky to celebrate a holiday tradition in Oakland known as ZooLights. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) November 20, 2013 Final preparations are being made for Oakland Zoo’s holiday festival of lights. Friday November 29 marks the date Oakland Zoo will officially plug in the lights, sights, and sounds of the season. From November 29 through January 5, 2014, hundreds of thousands of sparkling...

2013-04-30 23:03:02

QA Graphics, provider of the award-winning Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard®, has created an educational display for Calgary Zoo´s ENMAX Conservatory in Alberta, Canada, to educate visitors on the building´s renewable energy technologies and other environmental features. Ankeny, IA (PRWEB) April 30, 2013 QA Graphics, provider of the award-winning Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard®, has created an educational display for Calgary Zoo´s ENMAX Conservatory in...

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2009-06-19 09:44:12

An Official at the Calgary Zoo in Canada say the gorilla that visitors had photographed holding a knife had no intent for violence. The photos showed Barika, the gorilla, holding the blade and pointing it at another gorilla in her cage. The knife was left behind by a zookeeper who had entered the cage to prepare food, Cathy Gaviller, the zoo's director of conservation, education and research, said. Occasionally, primates will pick up new items in their cages because they are curious, but...

2009-01-17 16:00:28

A wild goat died at the Calgary Zoo when it got tangled in a hanging toy zookeepers had placed in its enclosure, officials at the Canadian facility say. Zoo employees working in a nearby exhibit cut loose the 2-year-old male Turkmenian markhor when they realized it was in trouble Friday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Saturday. However, their efforts to get the animal breathing again were fruitless. This was a very unfortunate accident that happened while the markhor was playing...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'