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2008-11-26 08:50:56

Zookeepers in Kushiro, Japan, said they have discovered the problem preventing their pair of polar bears from mating -- the animals are both female. The zookeepers said the Kushiro municipal zoo obtained a polar bear named Tsuyoshi three years ago as a cub and officials said they were baffled when the bear refused to mate with the zoo's 11-year-old female, Kurumi, after the animals were introduced in June, CNN reported Wednesday. Zoo officials said Tsuyoshi was put under anesthesia earlier in...

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2008-11-26 09:55:00

In a zoo in northern Japan, handlers of a popular polar bear were in for a surprise when they brought him in to mate with a female and found that he, was in fact, a she. Masako Inoue, a zookeeper at the Kushiro Municipal Zoo, said that four year old Tsuyoshi, a 441 lb. polar bear, had been living in harmony with a female polar bear since June. "We thought he was a male, so we never had any doubts as we took care of him," she said. "But one day we realized that the two bears urinate in the...

2008-10-07 09:00:28

By Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The federal government will designate "critical habitat" for polar bears in the ocean off Alaska's coast, a decision that could add restrictions to future offshore petroleum exploration or drilling. Federal law prohibits agencies from taking actions that may adversely modify critical habitat and interfere with polar bear recovery. That likely will affect oil and gas activity, said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of three...

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2008-10-07 06:30:00

Three conservation groups have reached a settlement with federal officials on polar bear habitat. The agreement could add restrictions to future petroleum exploration or drilling off Alaska's coast; it sets deadlines for the Interior Department secretary to designate "critical habitat" for polar bears. The designation stops federal agencies from doing anything that may "adversely modify" critical habitat that could interfere with polar bear recovery. Those actions could include offshore...

2008-10-02 12:03:53

Attorneys with Pacific Legal Foundation, the nation's leading legal watchdog for property rights and a balanced approach to environmental protection, today filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's listing of the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act, because the government's own scientific studies say the polar bear is not threatened. Today's lawsuit is filed on behalf of a coalition of food producers, landowners, employers and consumers who, along with businesses and...

2008-09-10 18:00:20

POLAR bears are incredible hulks but this might be the first time one resembled the comic book hero. Three of the animals at Japan's Higashiyama Zoo turned green after swimming in algae in their moat. An onlooker said of the harmless change: "There's always a pawsible explanation." (c) 2008 Daily Mirror. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-09 18:00:19

THREE polar bears are puzzling visitors at a Japanese zoo as their fur turned green after swimming in an algaefilled pond. (c) 2008 Daily Mirror. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

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2008-09-08 09:05:00

The Associated Press Green polar bears are drawing questions from puzzled visitors at a Japanese zoo. Three normally white polar bears at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in central Japan changed their color in July after swimming in a pond with an overgrowth of algae. The sight of green polar bears has prompted many questions from visitors concerned about whether the animals are sick or carrying mold, zoo official Masami Kurobe said Sunday. High temperatures in July and August and...

2008-09-03 09:00:26

Japanese film wins top jury prize at Montreal World Film Festival MONTREAL, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Japanese director Yojiro Takita's "Okuribito" (Departures) won the top jury prize Monday at the 32nd Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF). The MWFF jury, which included Chinese director Xie Fei, awarded the Grand Prix of the Americas to Takita's drama about an out-of- work cellist who leaves Tokyo to return to his hometown to become an undertaker. "The Necessities of Life," directed by...

2008-08-31 12:00:26

By Kari Lydersen The Washington Post CHICAGO -- The American Petroleum Institute and four other business groups filed suit this past week against Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director H. Dale Hall, joining Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's administration in trying to reverse the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species. On Aug. 4, the state of Alaska filed a lawsuit opposing the polar bear's listing, arguing that their populations as a whole are...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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