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A Reach Down, a Slap on a Hippo's Butt, Now a Crime Probe

LAPD looking for man who smacked the backside of 4-year-old hippo at Los Angeles Zoo

(Newser) - By now, everyone should know not to get too close to hippos in the wild or in captivity, but a California man didn't get the memo. Officials at the Los Angeles Zoo tell the Los Angeles Times they've recruited the LAPD to help look for a most unusual... More »

LA Zoo Elephants Lose a Battle in Court

Court overturns order aimed at protecting them

(Newser) - For years, the Los Angeles Zoo has been under a court order requiring it to exercise its three elephants on soft ground and not use electric shocks or barbed sticks on them. On Thursday, that court order was overturned in a unanimous decision by the California Supreme Court that animal... More »

Surprise: Hippo on Birth Control Has Baby

Los Angeles Zoo is pretty happy with its new accident

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Zoo is celebrating its first birth of a hippopotamus in 26 years. It was a bit of surprise, too, because the mother was on birth control. Vets haven't determined the sex of the new hippo, but they say the baby appears to be doing well and... More »

Chimp Kills Baby Chimp at LA Zoo

Stunned visitors watch infant bashed to death

(Newser) - An adult male chimpanzee at the Los Angeles Zoo bashed to death a three-month-old baby chimp as nearly 100 horrified onlookers watched on Tuesday. The baby, daughter of mom Gracie, was a favorite of zoo fans, and several fled the scene after witnessing the bloody attack. "All I heard... More »

Betty White Gets 2-Book Deal

She'll write a memoir, and a book about the zoo

(Newser) - Betty White has struck a deal to write two books for GP Putnam's Sons, USA Today reports. The first will be a memoir of sorts titled Listen Up!, focusing on lessons from her Hollywood career, growing old, sex, and more. The second is The Zoo and I: Betty and Her ... More »

Chimps, Lions Saved From Calif. Inferno

Volunteers help evacuate exotic animals from threatened Wildlife Waystation

(Newser) - Volunteers leaped to the rescue yesterday as the gigantic Station fire approached a home for exotic animals north of Los Angeles. Rescuers drove trucks, horse trailers, and an 18-wheeler Budweiser truck to the Wildlife Waystation to help evacuate its tigers, lions, bears, ostriches and other animals to the Los Angeles... More »

Betty White-Barker Feud Heats Up

Price is Right host won't attend game show awards if she's there

(Newser) - Bob Barker might not come on down to the Game Show Awards this weekend—at least, not if Betty White dares to show her face, BuzzerBlog reports. The feisty oldsters are feuding over an elephant Barker wants relocated from the Los Angeles Zoo, and since the Golden Girl got her... More »

Los Angeles Zoo to Bob Barker: Price Is Wrong

Park turns down $1.5M offer to relocate controversial elephant

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Zoo responded forcefully—and negatively—late yesterday to a $1.5 million offer from celebrity Bob Barker to relocate the zoo’s last elephant to a sanctuary, the Times reports. “Billy’s home is at the Los Angeles Zoo, not a distant location that is both... More »

'I Spy' With My Little Eye: an Elephant

Veteran actor Robert Culp sues LA Zoo to block new exhibit

(Newser) - Robert Culp, best known for his 1960s TV show "I Spy," in which he starred with Bill Cosby, has sued the Los Angeles Zoo and accused it of being cruel to elephants. He seeks to stop the zoo from building a $40-million elephant exhibit.  A judge allowed... More »

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