August 8, 2012 |
The 3-month-old cheetah cubs at the National Zoo in Washington have been named for the fastest Americans in the Olympics. The zoo said the cubs have been named Carmelita and Justin after Carmelita Jeter and Justin Gatlin, who had the best American finishes in the 100-meter dash. Jeter won the silver medal in the women's 100 meters, finishing in 10.78 seconds. Gatlin took the bronze in the men's 100 with a time of 9.79. Cheetahs are the fastest animals on land. The cubs were born in April at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia.
April 29, 2012 |
GRAAFF-REINET, South Africa — "All right, this is where we get out and walk," said Charl Pretorius, our ranger, as he jumped from the safari vehicle and began to scan the horizon. I turned to my friend: "He's kidding, right?" But Charl was very serious. He'd gone into that tracking-mode trance that had become so familiar over the last few days, and he was onto something. Sure enough, within a few minutes Charl had found her. Not more than 15 feet away, under the shade of a shepherd's tree, lay a cheetah.
December 29, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Cheetah was a scene-stealing sidekick - this much is true. But this week's news that he died in a Florida sanctuary at the ripe old age of 80, after a career spent starring in the "Tarzan" movies, is raising plenty of questions that would have Cheetah scratching his head and looking quizzically into the camera. The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Foundation in Palm Harbor announced that Cheetah The Chimp - "star of the Tarzan films" - had died of kidney failure.
December 29, 2011 |
Dick Clark on Saturday will mark the 40th anniversary of his televised Times Square bash, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve . "There have been many memorable moments," Clark tells USA Today. "The year of the Iran hostage crisis [in 1980], the ball almost didn't drop," he says. The owner of One Times Square wanted to cancel to protest Iran's detention of 52 Americans. "The most nerve-racking would have to be the first New Year's Eve after the 9/11 tragedy," Clark adds. Clark says the popular show had its origins in Philly.
April 22, 2011 |
Disney's "African Cats" opens on Earth Day, but a more appropriate holiday might be Mother's Day. For the film concerns two mothers - one an aging lioness with a cub, the other a cheetah with five newborns - and their struggles against predators and their own mortality to raise these youngsters into adulthood where they can fend for themselves. The narration, dramatically rendered by Samuel L. Jackson, constantly harps on the theme that "a mother's love" is all that will sustain and protect these young cats.
April 22, 2011 |
No one here sings about the "circle of life. " African Cats , a live-action Lion King released by Disneynature, focuses on the urgent challenges of the cycle of life in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve. Given the spectacular footage of lioness and cheetah moms protecting their spawn, it rightly should be called Prey Eat Love . Filmed over the course of 2 1/2 years and released to coincide both with Earth Day and Mother's Day, African Cats celebrates two single moms: Layla, a battle-weary but wily lioness, and Sita, a sleek cheetah, who live on the opposite banks of the Mara River.
April 10, 2010 |
Krysti Maronski is one of the premier pitchers in South Jersey, but that didn't appear to bother Gloucester Catholic on Friday in a Tri-County Conference Diamond Division softball game against visiting Gloucester Institute of Technology. The Rams pounded 10 hits off the all-South Jersey hurler, took advantage of a couple errors, and walked away with a 9-1 victory to take sole possession of first place in the division. "To hit Maronski was a big deal for us," said junior rightfielder Shayla Giosa, who slammed two doubles, one of which she tried unsuccessfully to stretch into a triple in the sixth inning.
November 5, 2006 |
Too old for Barbie but too young for Britney? If your little girl fits that profile, it may be time to draft her into the Cheetah Girls army - that is, if she hasn't already enlisted. A musical sensation for preteens, the Cheetah Girls - Kiely Williams, Adrienne Bailon and Sabrina Bryan - bring their bright-eyed, multicolored tour to a sold-out Wachovia Spectrum this afternoon at 4. Think of this matinee show as a starter concert, a funky, 14-song festival that moms and daughters can happily share.
July 17, 2006 |
WILLIE WILSON lovingly pats his favorite hornbill, looking for missing feathers, and perhaps a bent wire or two. Zazu is propped up on a work bench, almost ready for action. There is actually another Zazu lying on its side on the shelf below, just in case. The night before, the upper Zazu had quite a workout, three hours of flapping and squawking and singing and dancing on the stage at the Academy of Music as one of the main puppet characters of "The Lion King. " Zazu is one of 230 puppets and masks used by human characters in the ultra-interactive "Lion King" stage show, and each of them gets a good look-see every day by Wilson, the road show's puppet master since 2002.
August 20, 2005
You can just hear Bob Newhart launching into his phone routine: "You wanna do what? . . . let lions and cheetahs loose in America? . . . The Great Plains? . . . That's where they used to be back in the day? Heh-heh-heh-heh . . . sorry, no, sorry, I'm listening . . . heh-heh-heh . . . you want to . . . let elephants run wild on the plains? . . . heh-heh-heh . . . tigers on the prairie? . . . if you let some cheetahs loose, it'll be good for the pronghorn antelope because . . . heh-heh-heh . . . because they have no one to run away from right now?