The bird, goat, zebra, bobcat, antelope and three deers would be a snap, the new Planet of the Apes movies have informed my recognition of the baboon, but I'm unsure if I would know a lynx, wildebeest and African gazelle if they were approaching me on the street. By the way, stuffed and/or mounted v ... More >>
A 2-year-old girl is up and around today after a coyote bit her leg and dragged her away from her mother visiting Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress last week. Traps were set up and three coyotes were later shot and killed at the cemetery at 4471 Lincoln Ave. out of fears the scavenging animals w ... More >>
A Huntington Beach couple is facing charges in federal court in Los Angeles of sellling the skin of a Sumatran tiger for $8,000 through craigslist. "Tigers are critically endangered throughout the world, with estimates that there are less than 500 Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild," reads a sta ... More >>
Not quite a whale doing the backstroke in your soup, it was still a rare spectacle none the same Monday when a whale and dolphins were seen playing together in front of passengers and crew on a Dana Point Harbor sightseeing boat."It was pretty amazing," remarked eyewitness Patti Soltero of Eastvale. ... More >>
In light of three serval cats, who resemble small cheetahs, escaping from a Los Alamitos apartment recently, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) today renewed her call for a federal law prohibiting private possession of big cats except at facilities like accredited zoos. "This incident ... More >>
A Riverside County man was cited Sunday for allegedly poaching 47 California spiny lobsters from Laguna Beach waters within Southern California's new marine sanctuary zone that went into effect Jan. 1.State Department of Fish and Game warden popped Marbel A. Para, 30, of Romoland, off Heisler Pa ... More >>
Inland water agencies may say they want to work with government regulators on a Santa Ana River habitat for a tiny fish known as the Santa Ana Sucker, but as long as the H2O providers press their lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, four conservation groups will press back. The Si ... More >>
Passengers, a videographer and even the skipper are still shaking their heads over an unusually close encounter with a Pacific blue whale from a viewing boat in the fleet of Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari Friday afternoon off Dana Point."Dude, that was a miracle," a woman can be heard sa ... More >>
While its student body works toward wrapping up another fulfilling school year at UC Irvine, the university administration received one heck of an anonymous end-of-the-year gift: $10 million. That's one way to say thanks for the memories.The gift was received from an anonymous donor. The universi ... More >>
Jim Carrey and his tuxedoed friends on a grim march to nowhere in 'Mr. Popper's Penguins'
Sucker punchedA dozen water agencies serving nearly 3 million Southern California residents have formally warned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that it the federal agency does not want to be sued, it must rescind the recent expansion of critical habitat areas for the Santa Ana Sucker, ... More >>
Chasen Marshall/OC WeeklyIf only they could talk ...From the way the experts explain the nature of the injuries, it certainly appears there's a formulated attack on birds, mainly seagulls, going on in and around Huntington Beach. The Wetland and Wildlife Care Center (WWCC) has tended to more ... More >>
A fisherman who stomped on a California brown pelican at Newport Beach pier last March pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Tuesday and was sentenced to three years' informal probation and 20 days in jail.
So, the residents of Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos and East Long Beach are perturbed because coyotes are apparently attacking defenseless Fidos and Garfields with ever more frequency, and the response from officialdom is to leave the American jackals be. But close readers of this space shoul ... More >>
The Orange County Mystery Mammal is coming! No, not the OC housewife with an addiction to plastic surgery. It's a sea creature, also known as Paleoparadoxia, that once foraged for food like an ancient hippo-elephant thing, off the Southern California coast before going extinct some 10 million yea ... More >>
What the freak is happening off our beautiful, sin-kissed coast?There was the giant squid invasion this past winter. There was the rare sighting of Orcas earlier this week (with a giant halibut thrown into the cioppino for good measure). And there's the constant threat by that sea monster the egg ... More >>
Let's see, there's calamari, calamari salad, calamari tacos, squid sushi, squid burgers . . . Indeed, locals should demand anyone serving the mollusks to lower their prices considering the number of giant squid being pulled out of our waters. It's the law of supply and demand, baby. Call it squid pr ... More >>
Let's get the obvious out of the way. Someone over at the Register took my advice. How else to explain that their headlines about Dana Point Festival of Whales have evolved from the predictably punny triteness of last week's "Whale of a Festival" to yesterday's far more excellent "Festival of Whales ... More >>
Africa: The Serengeti
Monterey Jazz Festival
Bishop Brown citation dropped: The Los Angeles Times reports that a contempt-of-court citation against Orange Bishop Tod Brown has been dropped as part of an almost-$7 million sex abuse settlement. Plaintiff's attorney John Manly said the diocese forced them to drop their bid for the citation: "The ... More >>
Ridin’, ropin’, rasslin’ & other games of skill & contests of strength, blazing trails, seeing sights &, of course, Anteaters
Cut off from the powerful, cleansing waves of the Pacific ocean by a massive concrete breakwater, the gentle swells that lap the Long Beach coastline are so dirty that they were recently ranked the most polluted beach water in California by the Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal The Bay. Al ... More >>
Gore guilty: Al Gore III pleaded guilty Monday to possessing marijuana and other drugs when he was caught speeding in OC earlier in the month, reports the LA Times. This shooter's a giver: "Machine-gun Sonny" has mastered a shooting game at the OC Fair and wins mountain bikes nightly. But he doesn't ... More >>
777: The Gabrielino-Tongva tribe is coming to Garden Grove with a huge bag of Halloween goodies. What's the treat? $78 million-a-year to city coffers, 10,000 permanent new jobs and college scholarships to every graduating high school student in the city. The trick? Let the tribe--and some guys named ... More >>
Crazy animals have begun invading Long Beach by sea and land. Yesterday, a six-foot female blue shark was spotted swimming in circles near docked boats at the Marina Pacifica. The shark was in good health except a for a fishing hook and line hanging from its mouth. Marine workers were forced to sc ... More >>
On deck with weekend warriors angling for the mighty Humboldt squid
It's a familiar sounding story this time of year-- a virgin with child. Only this time the natural world is outdoing the supernatural, because this virgin is with children. Seven, in fact. And these virgin offspring will have grow up to have mouths filled with toxic bacteria-- though I'm not sure ... More >>
Freedom Costs a Buck-O-Five: Ladies and gentlemen, your Labor Day weekend!
Pat Brennan (no relation) reports in the Register that fire ants are resurgent in OC. As someone who grew up in South Louisiana, where the ants have freely roamed since Truman was in the White House, allow me to explain what this means to you: it means you're fucked. It means pain. It means little p ... More >>
Mountain Patrol: Kekexili; Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont; La Mujer de mi Hermano; Preaching to the Choir; Scary Movie 4, The Wild
Friendly sharks, briny visuals and soggy acting diminish Open Waters fear factor
Treading Red Water
Is Disneyland a haven for rodents?
Eco-activist fasts 31 days to protest Navy sonar linked to sea-mammal deaths
Lapin a la OC Weekly
Leisure World declares war on wabbits
Hares and Bunneys also divided
Cute woodland critters or sex-crazed maniacs?
Irvine Co.s Crystal Cove project raises eco-disaster fears
El Toro Airport Watch No. 115