July 21, 1991 |
Hospitable he was not, this less than ferocious 16-pound furball from Down Under who sat with his back to the lines of sweaty cherub faces that braved a wicked sun to see him. There he slouched on his oak perch, hidden by eucalyptus, his head nearly buried between his legs, oblivious to everything in his midsummer slumber under a Sanyo air conditioner. The multitudes outside the glass cage sweltered, and he, at 73 degrees, was cool. He's here, Kupala the koala. "When's he going to do something?"
July 19, 1991 |
He's a cute, 4-year-old picky eater who needs to be accompanied by an adult. Maybe that description does fit the freckle-faced kid who lives next door, but it also applies to the adorable koala debuting at the Philadelphia Zoo tomorrow. On loan from the San Diego Zoo for two months, Kupala the koala can be seen in the zoo's Discovery House tomorrow through Sept. 15. Tomorrow and Sunday, the first 5,000 children who visit Kupala will receive koala buttons. Youngsters might be surprised to learn that this furry, cuddly looking animal is not a bear.
October 22, 1994 |
FIRST 'KOALA SPEED ZONE' TO BE ENFORCED IN AUSTRALIA Why did the koala cross the road? Probably because it was seeking a mate. Dangerous business in southeast Queensland, where about 350 koalas are struck by cars each mating season, prompting Australia's first speed limit to protect the national icon. Speed limits on some roads will be lowered from 50 m.p.h. to 37 m.p.h. between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. to coincide with the koala's nocturnal mating habits. The limits will be in effect for the August-to-December breeding season, and may be extended to highways where speeds would be reduced from 62 m.p.h.
November 23, 1996 |
President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton explored nature in grand Australian fashion yesterday, snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, petting kangaroos and wallabees, and cuddling a baby koala bear named Chelsea. In steamy heat on the edge of the mountain-ringed Port Douglas Inlet, President Clinton took time out from appreciating nature to talk about it. He praised an international effort to prevent the destruction of the nearby Great Barrier Reef, a spectacular chain of coral so immense - 1,240 miles long - that it can be seen from outer space.
December 13, 1987 |
The U.S. Postal Service will help Australia celebrate its bicentennial, with a 22-cent commemorative featuring cartoon drawings of an American bald eagle and a koala. Australia is issuing a 37-cent stamp with similar drawings. First-day-of-issue ceremonies will be held in Washington and Sydney on Jan. 26, Australia Day, which commemorates the first European settlement in Australia in 1788. On the stamps, the eagle is dressed with a vest in stars and stripes, and the koala is wearing a vest of green and gold, Australia's official colors.
November 30, 2005 |
Having the Italian ambassador from Washington trek to a Northeast Philadelphia manufacturing plant yesterday was a major clue that this was no ordinary groundbreaking. AgustaWestland Inc., one of the world's leading helicopter manufacturers, announced it was doubling the size of its factory here and adding 150 manufacturing jobs at a time when such jobs are disappearing in the United States. It is the second expansion in the last 18 months at Agusta Aerospace Corp., where helicopters shipped from Italy are assembled and customized.
July 9, 1997 |
In the days when Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello were artists and not Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, students would flock to a master's studio to help create paintings that entire nations could enjoy. Ten Upper Darby High School students and recent graduates are reenacting that artistic rite of passage, dipping brushes into burnt sienna and azure to create an endangered cultural species: public artwork. "I think this is awesome," said Lauren Klein, one of the artists who are painting murals on every hall wall in the school district's $1.9 million Kindergarten Center, set to open for the 1997-98 school year.
May 22, 1998 |
Never underestimate the amount of conversation-producing tidbits that can be found in a baseball media guide. Can it really be the official residence of Phillies infielder Kevin Jordan is Birkdale, Queensland, Australia? "Yeah," he said, laughing. "More than any other place, I guess. " While playing winter ball in Australia after the 1992 season, Jordan met Nina Gorogo, who became his wife. Now, the pair spends a short amount of the offseason in Jordan's native San Francisco and spends the bulk in Australia.
October 9, 2005 |
My 50th birthday loomed, and I felt that the years were slipping away with too many dreams unfulfilled. I'd dreamed of visiting Australia since my teens; I decided to wait no longer. Shortly before my birthday, my husband and I took off on a 17-day tour down under. While I enjoyed the cities we visited, I fell in love with the outback and Kangaroo Island. KI, south of Adelaide, remains relatively undiscovered and undeveloped, with more koalas and kangaroos than people. It's definitely my kind of place.