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  • Experience: I Was Swallowed By a Hippo

    05/10/2013 12:12:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Guardian ^ | Friday 3 May 2013 | Paul Templer
    The hippo who tried to kill me wasn't a stranger – he and I had met before a number of times. I was 27 and owned a business taking clients down the Zambezi river near Victoria Falls. I'd been working this stretch of river for years, and the grouchy old two-ton bull had carried out the occasional half-hearted attack. I'd learned to avoid him. Hippos are territorial and I knew where he was most likely to be at any given time. That day I'd taken clients out with three apprentice guides – Mike, Ben and Evans – all in kayaks....
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • Restless Heart: Confessions of Augustine

    08/22/2012 10:16:36 AM PDT · by topher · 7 replies
    Link to Facebook page (with discussion and news): Restless Heart on Facebook.com Filmed in Europe, RESTLESS HEART is the first full-length feature movie on St. Augustine. Born in North Africa, Augustine studied in Carthage, becoming an accomplished but dissolute orator. After converting to Manichaeism, a guilt-free religion, he was called to the imperial court in Milan to serve as an opponent to the Christian Bishop Ambrose. But when the Empress Justina sent imperial guards to clear out a basilica where Augustine's mother, Monica, was worshipping, her constant prayers and the witness of Ambrose won him over to Christianity. Serving in...
  • Harry the hungry hippo gives his happy handler a loving lick (Cuteness overload)

    04/02/2012 5:44:15 AM PDT · by Maceman · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 2, 2012 | Emma Reynolds
    Adorable Harry the hippopotamus is no stick-in-the-mud when it comes to making friends with humans. The six-day-old pygmy hippo calf is filling the time of his doting carers after being rejected by his mother at birth. The 11lb baby was born last Thursday at a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa and requires round-the-clock care. Read more.
  • Highway to the cuddle zone: Harry the baby pygmy hippo (adorable)

    03/30/2012 6:11:39 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    Meet Harry the hippo, a baby pygmy so small the average person could carry him around with ease. Harry, named after Britain's Prince Harry, was born last week at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa, the Star reports. His handlers are being forced to hand-rear Harry after his mother Hilda refused to feed him. Keeping Harry healthy is a priority, as there are only an estimated 3,000 pygmy hippos left in the wild.
  • Swimming Hippos Chase Tourist Boat

    02/19/2012 10:20:45 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 1+ views
    “This Area Is Off Limits.” That was the warning two hippos sent to boat-riding tourists watching them swim in a lake. If these tourists were hoping to see a ballet-dancing hippo, they were probably disappointed. Far from expected, a pair of hippos, dipping in an African lake, chased them instead. With only its head protruding from the water, one hippo carefully observed the boat. The hippo then suddenly swam under water and began tailing the safari boat. “We’re being chased by a hippo,” a man said, laughing, as the eager hippo continued to follow them. It only gave up when...
  • Farmer is gouged to death by pet hippo Humphrey who was 'like a son to him'

    11/14/2011 7:56:34 AM PST · by george76 · 74 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14th November 2011 | Dan Newling
    A South African farmer has been killed by the pet hippopotamus he raised from the age of five months, and which he once described as being 'like a son' to him. Humphrey the Hippo gouged owner Marius Els, 41, to death by repeatedly biting him in a vicious attack on Saturday night. The farmer's mutilated body was discovered submerged in a river running through his 400-acre farm in rural South Africa. ... Hippos are considered to one of the world's most dangerous animals. They are, by nature, very aggressive -... They commonly attack humans with no apparent provocation, usually using...
  • Get off my patch ! Astonishing moment an angry hippo came face to face with a grumpy croc

    05/29/2011 12:51:04 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies
    After hours waiting beside an African river, Arnaud Germain thought he finally had the perfect shot of his favourite bird. But as the wildlife photographer trained his lens on the colourful kingfisher, he got a rather different snap than he was expecting. All of a sudden, a crocodile and a hippo burst from the tranquil waters straight in front of him, locking jaws in ferocious battle. Arnaud desperately tried to refocus his camera on the river monsters as they fought on the banks of the Shire River, in the Liwonde National Park, Malawi. After hours waiting beside an African river,...
  • How I made friends with Humphrey the happy hippo who even gives me piggyback rides across the river

    01/08/2011 9:29:51 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 22 replies
    The hippo is most dangerous animal in the whole of Africa. But they're not all bad - as these incredible pictures show. A South African farmer has developed a friendship with one that is so trustworthy, the hippo helps him cross lakes on his 400-acre farmstead. Marius Els breeds 20 different species of wildlife on land near Petrus Steynlakes, including giraffe, buffalo, rhinos and antelope. But he has a real soft spot for Humphrey, whom he bought aged just five months and allows to roam free. He even built a dam to create a 200m wide and 18m deep lake...
  • Two-ton hippo leaves zoo to swim through flooded village in Montenegro

    12/30/2010 11:21:18 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 32 replies
    Nikica, the hippopotamus walks partially submerged in a flooded yard at a village in Berislavci, about 15 miles south of the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica.
  • Zorro the hippo is dead

    12/30/2010 4:30:41 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 186+ views
    "Zorro was out of the water when he was attacked by the rhinoceros bull," said City Veterinarian Elzette Jordan. She said Zorro became famous after he escaped from Rondevlei Nature Reserve in 2009. At that time he was attacked and forced out of the reserve by his father and went on to make his temporary home in the Strandfontein sewage works.
  • Topeka zoo says hippo might have to be sent to California by Federal Express

    12/12/2010 11:28:42 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 24 replies
    fox4kc ^ | December 11, 2010
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials at the Topeka Zoo say delays in getting a hippopotamus shipped to a zoo in San Francisco might mean the 5,500-pound animal will have to be shipped through Federal Express.
  • Mother hippo rescues a baby wildebeest

    12/12/2010 9:06:05 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    gadling ^ | Dec 10th 2010 | Annie Scott
    Sometimes, strange and wonderful things happen within the world of African wildlife. A few weeks ago at Sanctuary Olonana, a luxury camp in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Mother Nature looked the other way while the nature of a mother hippo took over. An infant wildebeest accidentally ended up in the middle of the Mara River, helpless and gangly and unable to swim. The calf had been crossing the river with its own mother (as part of the wildebeest migration, one of the natural wonders of the world), but was swept away by the strong current. The little guy...
  • Baby hippo finds a 100 year old new mom .

    11/18/2010 4:53:11 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 44 replies
    newsroompanama ^ | 13 November 2010
    A young hippopotamus in Kenya, has formed a bond with a 100 year old tortoise. The story and photos come from a former Panamanian resident now living in Uganda. The “baby” hippopotamus, less than a year old, survived tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast, and became attached to a giant male century-old tortoise in an animal facility in Mombassa after being rescued from the Indian Ocean. The hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen, weighs about 300 kilograms (650 pounds), The a male tortoise, about a century old, seems to be very happy with being a 'mother',' said ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in...
  • Angry hippo attacks vet, then shot dead at South Africa park

    11/15/2010 8:16:21 PM PST · by Joe 6-pack · 51 replies · 1+ views
    A veterinarian is lucky to be alive after the hippopotamus he was testing a new sedative on woke up and attacked him. The hippo was not so lucky, however. The 3.5 ton hippopotamus lived in South Africa's Kruger National Park and was being experimented on by Dr Markus Hofmeyr with a new kind of sedative for animals. Sky News reported that the tranquilizer the vets normally used was too strong for hippos because it was made for elephants and rhinos. The hippos would often drown with that sedative because their heads would fall under the water. According to The Sun,...
  • King Tut suffered 'massive' chest injury, new research reveals

    11/12/2010 8:50:37 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 93 replies · 1+ views
    Heritage Key ^ | Friday, November 5, 2010 | Owen Jarus
    One possibility that Dr. Harer ruled out is that of a chariot accident. "If he fell from a speeding chariot going at top speed you would have what we call a tumbling injury -- he'd go head over heels. He would break his neck. His back. His arms, legs. It wouldn't gouge a chunk out of his chest." Instead, at his Toronto lecture, Harer brought up another, more exotic possibility -- that Tut was killed by a hippo. It's not as far out an idea as it sounds, hippos are aggressive, quick and territorial animals, and there is an artefact...
  • Otis the smiling hippo scores worldwide internet fame

    10/29/2010 11:15:32 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies
    Perhaps he is having a pleasant dream or he may simply be obliging the snap-happy tourists passing his tank but, either way, he looks pretty pleased with himself. ‘When we saw his face we just thought we had to get a picture,’ said Jay Parker, who took this photo of wife Lauren, 30, with the animal during a trip to San Diego Zoo. Now the innocent holiday snap has taken cyberspace by storm, popping up on blogs and chatrooms from America to China.
  • Farmers abandon rice fields, aftermath of hippo attack

    06/24/2010 10:28:30 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 43 replies
    today ^ | 22 June, 2010 | MUSTAPHA MBENGA
    Rice farmers at the Moriba rice fields in Janjangbureh South have abandoned their rice fields, and may not return there until there is a definitive action to combat the issue of attacks on the fields by hippopotamus. Hippopotamus recently destroyed over fifty plots of paddy rice fields at the rice fields. The plots which were transplanted were on their maturity stages. This serious damages caused by the hippos has caused farmers a big loss. Speaking to journalists after a conducted tour of the damaged rice fields, Mr. Muhammed Fatty, president of Moriba lay rice field explained that the rice farms...
  • Killer hippo shot dead at Munyonyo

    06/07/2010 2:51:55 PM PDT · by Joe 6-pack · 28 replies · 47+ views
    The New Visioin ^ | June 6, 2010 | Gerald Tenywa
    Residents of Kawuku-Gaba sharing the meat of the hippo that was killed on Sunday THE hippo, which has been terrorising residents in the Lake Victoria belt at Munyonyo, has been killed by rangers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). UWA’s head ranger Paul Naluma, who camped with a colleague at Bunga village, killed the hippo at 6:30am on Sunday. “It was a response to public outcry and advice from the Inspector General of Police,” Naluma said. The hippo is blamed for the death of two brothers who were fishing on the lake on Friday night. On the same night,...
  • Three Dog Down Hippo Tours (Review)

    05/24/2010 12:34:33 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 736+ views
    montanawithkids ^ | 23 May 2010
    If you’ve never ridden a duck or a hippo, it’s an experience quite unique, and you simply must try it out. The World War II era Ducks, and Korean War era Hippos are amphibious watercraft that have been sagely appropriated for tourist rides, and if you want a mixed land/sea adventure, there’s little finer you can find for your adventure. Although goggles aren't normally recommended, we just happened to have some we were already wearing anyhow. Seattle, San Francisco and Boston all have Duck tours, but the Ducks are the older, heavier, slower craft, all designed and built more than...
  • The great hippo debate

    05/22/2010 7:02:09 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies · 1,468+ views
    timeslive ^ | May 23, 2010 12 | Ndumiso Ngcobo
    I am blessed with a wide array of personality defects, such as an overinflated sense of self importance, an incredible lack of attention to detail and general belligerence. However, the personality disorder that takes the cake is my argumentativeness. My need to start and win arguments is pathological. And I'm one of those types who will not allow reason, common decency or the World Wide Web come between me and a loud and violent debate. As a result, I'm drawn to like-minded people who love a good old scrap. This thought was sparked off by an incident a couple of...
  • Hippo Named After Jonas Brothers

    05/22/2010 2:35:50 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 3 replies · 373+ views
    taragana ^ | By WENNMay 14th, 2010
    The JONAS BROTHERS have a hippopotamus named after them thanks to an animal-loving fan who adopted the mammal in their honour. The Lovebug hitmakers admit they have had some weird and wonderful gifts from their adoring fans in the past, but the big animal tops the list. Joe Jonas says, “A hippo was one of our gifts once. Somebody adopted a hippo in our name, so that was pretty amazing.” But they have no idea where in the world the Jonas Brothers hippo lives. Joe adds, “I’d love to visit one day.”
  • Hippo killed in S.Africa apartment complex

    05/18/2010 2:17:43 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 65 replies · 2,155+ views
    hostednews ^ | May 18, 2010 | Nicky Smith
    JOHANNESBURG — A stray hippo that moved into the reservoir for a South African apartment complex has been shot dead, due to fears it could hurt a resident, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The hippopotamus was killed Saturday after it was spotted in the complex reservoir near Tzaneen, a town in the northern province of Limpopo, The Beeld newspaper said. "We did not have the manpower to catch and relocate the hippo," provincial environmental affairs spokesman Joshua Kwapa told the paper.
  • Marine saves man's life after hippo attack

    05/12/2010 9:40:28 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 35 replies · 1,914+ views
    marines ^ | 3/22/2010 | Lance Cpl. Benjamin Harris
    ARLINGTON, Va. — “It all started with an early [canoe ride] up the Zambezi River,” said Cpl. Justin Trinidad, a Marine security guard with Detachment Harare, Zimbabwe, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group. The day that began with a simple tour ended with Trinidad saving the life of another man on the safari after the group was attacked by a hippopotamus March 14. Trinidad, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native, and his girlfriend, Kaylynn Hankey, were enjoying a guided trip up the Zambezi River when one of the guides began shouting that there was a hippo in the water and everyone needed...
  • Gambia Promises Quick Resolution of Hippo Assault (Bush /Cheney failure)

    05/05/2010 7:49:35 PM PDT · by woofie · 20 replies · 367+ views
    Today online ^ | 30 April, 2010 05:36:00 | MODOU BALDEH
    The Gambia’s minister of Forestry and the Environment, Hon. Jato Sillah has promised the people of Bakadaji in Nianija District of the Central River Region that the government under the leadership of His Excellency, Sheikh Prof. Dr. Alh. Yahya AJJ Jammeh has heard their cry on the incessant attack of hippopotamus on rice farms in the area and other places, and that a solution would soon be proffered. The minister said this during his nationwide tour of forest resources at the Bakadaji Forestry Station in Nianija while responding to a complaint raised by one Sarjo Sillah of Bakadaji who said...
  • Gambia promises quick resolution of hippo attack

    04/30/2010 7:56:12 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 562+ views
    today ^ | 30 April, 2010 | today
    The Gambia’s minister of Forestry and the Environment, Hon. Jato Sillah has promised the people of Bakadaji in Nianija District of the Central River Region that the government under the leadership of His Excellency, Sheikh Prof. Dr. Alh. Yahya AJJ Jammeh has heard their cry on the incessant attack of hippopotamus on rice farms in the area and other places, and that a solution would soon be proffered. The minister said this during his nationwide tour of forest resources at the Bakadaji Forestry Station in Nianija while responding to a complaint raised by one Sarjo Sillah of Bakadaji who said...
  • Wis. Man Fined $177 After His Pit Bull Attacks Boy (and bites off boy's cheek)

    04/19/2010 10:39:49 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 26 replies · 453+ views
    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) ― The owner of a pit bull that bit off part of a Sheboygan boy's cheek has been fined $177. Police records released Monday show that 52-year-old Thomas J. Schmitz was cited over the weekend for owner liability for a dog causing injury. A telephone listing for Schmitz was disconnected. Police say a 12-year-old girl was walking the dog on a leash Tuesday when it attacked the 8-year-old boy.
  • Memphis Girl Mauled by Pit Bull

    04/11/2010 6:06:39 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 224 replies · 3,339+ views
    Memphis Girl Mauled by Pit Bull: Family Wants Dog Euthanized Reported by: Kevin Holmes Email: kholmes@myeyewitnessnews.com Last Update: 7:58 pm SHELBY COUNTY, TN – A Memphis child was mauled by a pit bull while inviting her friends to her birthday party. The 8-year-old girl is recovering at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, as authorities decide what should happen to the dog that attacked her. Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies say the dog was chained to a tree in a front yard on Northdale Drive when it got loose. Hailey King has undergone several surgeries to repair her hands, face, legs and...
  • Zoo cited by USDA for eight items

    04/15/2010 9:27:37 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 5 replies · 312+ views
    cjonline ^ | April 15, 2010 | James Carlson
    As the Topeka Zoo begins interviews to fill its director position, the facility is addressing issues raised by federal inspectors during a visit earlier this week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the zoo for eight noncompliance issues, such as failing to conduct required daily inspections of the elephants' feet, not maintaining a veterinary care protocol for all animals and denying a hippo access to its pool.
  • 9-Year Old Badly Hurt In Pit Bull Attack (ripped his cheek off)

    04/14/2010 5:14:21 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 265 replies · 2,417+ views
    9-Year Old Badly Hurt In Pit Bull Attack By Michael George SHEBOYGAN- 9-year old A.J. Sterling is recovering at home after being attacked by a pit bull. His injuries are severe, and his parents are angry with the dog’s owners. Witness Connor Lieser tells TODAY’S TMJ4 the attack appeared to be unprovoked, as the boy was reaching down to pet the dog. Maria Ramirez and Afero Sterling, parents of A.J., just watched him go through plastic surgery. He was bitten on the face by the pit bull just one block from his home in Sheboygan. “I wouldn’t want any child...
  • Pit bulls attack 6-month-old boy

    04/07/2010 8:13:56 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 233 replies · 3,196+ views
    Pit bulls attack 6-month-old boy 03:44 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 By SARAH BURGE Police are investigating a dog attack Saturday at a Murrieta apartment in which a 6-month-old boy was bitten in the groin, authorities said. Animal control officials said the child lost his testicles in the attack. Sgt. Bob Landwehr said today that police were called to a report of a dog bite shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday at an apartment complex at 26301 Arboretum Way. The mother and her friend had left the baby strapped into a portable carrier and unattended in a room with...
  • Hippo Swims Out of Flooded Montenegro Zoo, Into Village

    01/12/2010 3:13:41 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 489+ views
    ap ^ | January 12, 2010
    A hippo escaped from a flooded private zoo in Montenegro Tuesday, shocking villagers who found her strolling near their homes. Nikica escaped as heavy rains sent water flooding through the zoo, raising the water level in her pen and allowing her to swim over the top of the cage surrounding it. Zoo owner Dragan Pejovic ..."Of course, we will not be able to bring her back until the water recedes," he said. Although hippos are known as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa, he said that "there is no reason for panic." "Our hippo is a peaceful and...
  • Pygmy hippopotamus shot during Northern Territory hunting trip

    11/16/2009 10:29:44 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 22 replies · 1,434+ views
    news ^ | November 16, 2009
    A PYGMY hippopotamus has been shot dead during a pig hunting expedition in the Northern Territory. The hippo is normally native to the swamps of west Africa, in particular Liberia. The Northern Territory News reports, Nico Courtney, 27, was out spotlighting for pigs with his mate Rusty on a station in the Douglas Daly district 200km south of Darwin on Saturday night. "It was about 1am and running away from us - from the tail end it just looked like a big pig," Mr Courtney said. "We got out, had a look at it, and thought 'that's not a pig,...
  • Hunt called off for drug lord's hippo

    07/15/2009 1:20:20 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 365+ views
    news ^ | July 16, 2009 | Hugh Bronstein
    COLOMBIA has called off the hunt to kill a drug lord's escaped hippo and will instead try to relocate the beast after its mate was shot dead by order of the government, sparking outrage from animal rights groups. The giant animals were imported from Africa by late cocaine king Pablo Escobar and put in his zoo. They escaped in 2006 to live in the wild near the Magdalena river in northern Colombia, causing concerns about local public safety. Colombia was shocked on Friday when photographs were published of the dead hippo, named "Pepe", and by news that the hunt was...
  • Pablo Escobar's Fugitive Hippo Shot Dead

    07/14/2009 6:57:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 488+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Jul 2009
    Hunters have shot dead a fugitive hippopotamus that escaped from a menagerie owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.They are now searching for another two hippos, which have been branded a danger to society, just like their former owner. The trio had been living in a tropical valley after escaping almost three years ago from Escobar's property. They were part of an exotic collection of animals that the cocaine baron assembled during his heyday as a billionaire drug trafficker. Pablo Escobar's fugitive hippo spotted in northern Colombia Colombia's most-wanted drug lord arrested Lions and tigers kept as pets in danger...
  • Escobar's Hippo Killed, Two Still On The Run

    07/11/2009 4:06:28 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 798+ views
    news.sky ^ | July 11, 2009
    Bounty hunters have killed one of three fugitive hippos who escaped from a zoo founded by the fallen Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar. The other two remain on the run in the north west of the South American country. The one-and-a-half ton male was killed by two hunters near a river in Antioquia province on June 18, but the news was first reported on Friday by Colombian news media. The three mammals bust loose from the zoo two years ago, surviving on the lush vegetation of the steamy Magdalena valley, far from their native Africa, ever since. Colombian wildlife authorities...
  • Is a Hippo a Pig or a Whale?

    03/25/2009 9:29:08 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 224 replies · 3,275+ views
    CEH ^ | March 24, 2009
    Is a Hippo a Pig or a Whale? March 24, 2009 — Two teams of evolutionists are having a spat over whale evolution. Thewissen and team (Northeastern Ohio U) say the hippo is close to the pig, but Jessica Theodor (U of Calgary) and Jonathan Geisler (Georgia Southern U) say it’s in the whale family tree. Their arguments and counter-arguments were published in Nature last week...
  • Hippo eats Dwarf

    01/31/2009 2:02:26 PM PST · by woofie · 73 replies · 3,392+ views
    unknown newspaper via internet
    Bangkok: A hippopotamus swallowed a circus dwarf in a "freak accident" in northern Thailand according to a columnist in the Pattaya Mail. The Grapevine column reported" A circus dwarf nicknamed Od,died recently when he bounced sideways from a trampoline and was swallowed by a yawning hippopotamus waiting to appear in the next act" "Vets said Hilda the Hippo had a gag reflex which caused her to swallow. More than 1000 spectators continued to applaud wildly until they realized there had been a tragic mistake"
  • Pictured: Puppet gets little pygmy hippo to eat again. (schmaltzy but sweet)

    11/17/2008 12:03:06 PM PST · by yankeedame · 17 replies · 1,308+ views
    DailyMail.uk ^ | 17th November 2008 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Chico the hungry pygmy hippo gets a helping hand (puppet) to rediscover his appetite A pygmy hippo which started turning up his snout at food has been given a helping hand to start eating again. Chico worried keepers at his home in Heythrop Zoological Gardens when he began to refuse food. Chico chomps happily on his favourite carrot sticks fed to him by Gloria But the little animal was lured back to his trough under the watchful eye of Gloria, a hand puppet... Chico was refusing to eat until he met his new puppet playmate Zoo keepers... said they had...
  • Hippo Lives As Pampered Houseguest

    05/15/2008 8:16:24 AM PDT · by fings · 8 replies · 87+ views
    Bo (woof) In Commentary: This story is unbelievable. So much so that I had to make sure it wasn’t posted on April 1st. Take a read, or if you’re already feeling like the dog days of summer are upon us, just watch the video at the end. (To come upon a hippopotamus in the wild would be sobering and cause for serious alarm, but a South African family has become surrogate parents to a hippo in their house as their pampered pet. Jessica the hippo prefers her home creature comforts to a life in the wild as she wanders around...
  • Dwarf hippo fossils found on Cyprus

    12/05/2007 4:35:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 398+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/5/07 | Menelaos Hadjicostis - ap
    AYIA NAPA, Cyprus - An abattoir used by early Cypriots, a place where animals went to die, or a shelter that ultimately proved a death trap? Cypriot and Greek scientists are studying a collapsed cave filled with the fossilized remains of extinct dwarf hippopotamuses — descendants of hippos believed to have reached the island a quarter-million years ago. Paleontologists have unearthed an estimated 80 dwarf hippos in recent digs at the site just outside the resort of Ayia Napa on the island's southeastern coast. Hundreds more may lie beneath an exposed layer of jumbled fossils. Scientists hope the fossil haul,...
  • Jessica the Hippo

    07/06/2007 3:21:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies · 694+ views
    YouTube ^ | June 29, 2007 | (uploaded by) CarlyJay31
    Jessica the Hippo has made herself a member of this South African family.
  • Singer Shakira Against War in Lebanon : Calls for Immediate Interventation to Stop War.

    08/09/2006 10:11:08 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 59 replies · 4,746+ views
    YNETNEWS ^ | 08/09/2006 | Sagie Ben Nun
    Shakira against war in Lebanon Rock star calls for immediate intervention to stop war in Lebanon, says 'we need leaders who care about people and their needs, not those who create dispute, anger and hate' Sagie Ben Nun Rock star Shakira, the daughter of a Lebanese father, calls for international diplomatic intervention aimed at bringing about a ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon. "It breaks my heart, that we remain silent while this is happening," Shakira said over the weekend. "I hope that my generation will call upon the world to intervene to end this conflict. There has to be immediate...
  • Helen Thomas Available for lectures

    03/22/2006 6:10:19 AM PST · by Brainhose · 25 replies · 465+ views
    KeySpeakers.com ^ | Today | Brainhose
    Yes kids!For only $12,500 you too can have Helen Thomas give a lecture at your event.I'm sure it's a rousing good time!
  • Hippo attack kills bathing man

    09/06/2005 10:07:30 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 75 replies · 1,300+ views
    News24.com ^ | 9/6/05
    Phalaborwa - A hippo killed a man who was forced to wash in a river on Monday, apparently because the water supply to his village had been reduced to a trickle. Thomas Ngobeni, 47, was bathing in a river in Lulekani near Phalaborwa in Limpopo when the animal attacked him shortly after midday. Superintendent Moatshe Ngoepe of Mopani police said on Tuesday: "A huge hippo suddenly appeared from the water and clamped its jaws around Ngobeni's right leg." Ngobeni shouted for help and loudly clapped his hands, drawing the attention of a passer-by. "Amazingly, the hippo let go of the...
  • Hippo kills Australian tourist in Kenya

    03/01/2005 7:25:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 65 replies · 1,487+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/1/05 | Antony Gitonga - AP
    NAIVASHA, Kenya (AP) - A hippopotamus flipped and trampled an Australian tourist to death at a popular resort in central Kenya, police said Tuesday. Vicky Elizabeth Bartlett, 50, was with a group of 12 tourists at Lake Naivasha on Monday night when the hippo attacked, said Simon Kiragu, the regional police chief. "The hippo attacked the woman, flipping her into the air before tossing her on the ground and trampling her," he said. Bartlett was rushed to a hospital but died while undergoing treatment. No one else was injured in the attack. Wilflife experts say hippos can pose extreme danger...
  • "And the lion shall lie down with the lamb" -- Tortoise adopts baby hippo

    01/21/2005 7:45:53 AM PST · by jmhfnyc · 9 replies · 1,177+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | January 6, 2005 | BBC
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  • Edwards' wife says flap over Cheney's daughter is a GOP feint

    10/18/2004 2:12:05 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 210 replies · 4,422+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 18, 2004
    The wife of Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards said Monday that Republican criticism of Sen. John Kerry for mentioning Mary Cheney's sexual orientation was a distraction from more pressing issues. Campaigning in Denver, Elizabeth Edwards also argued that President Bush has tried to politicize the issue of gay rights in pressing for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. ``I believe the president has tried to use the constitutional amendment as a wedge issue, instead of addressing things like health care or real reform and attention to our veterans' issues,'' Edwards said. Mrs. Edwards also said she was upset...
  • Hippopotamus kills Mpuma man

    02/23/2004 12:36:09 PM PST · by ambrose · 34 replies · 283+ views
    News24.com ^ | 2.23.04
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