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Pittsburgh Zoo building an elephant sperm bank

Frozen Dumbo

Zoo plans for pitter-patter of big little feet

When big elephants don't make enough little elephants, someone's got to help. No, not that way. Officials at the Pittsburgh Zoo are trying to establish North America's first elephant sperm bank. They have run into some bureaucratic hurdles, but hope South African officials will approve the shipment of frozen elephant semen to the United States in about a month. Scientists collected the samples last year as part of what's called Project Frozen Dumbo, a two-year international effort to help preserve elephants and breed them in captivity without having to ship animals from zoo to zoo.

Dig this, partner

Burros may race to honor miners

Like Florida's racing at Daytona, some in Colorado would like to have their own trademark sports event: burro racing. Republican state Rep. Tom Massey says skiing has been declared the official winter sport, so he plans to sponsor a resolution next year declaring pack burro racing as the official summer sport of Colorado. Western Pack Burro Association spokesman Brad Wann told KDVR-TV that donkey races are a tribute to the miners who would race back to the office with their donkeys after they struck gold to file claims. Competitions today are five to 29 miles long. Competitors run alongside the donkeys, which carry 33 pound packs and mining tools.

Bass you can do?

His catch is way older than he is

Anglers will love this. A 10-year-old Montana boy caught a largemouth bass that state wildlife officials say could be nearly twice as old as he is. And he was fishing with a rubber worm. The largemouth bass caught and released in a Flathead River slough by Garrett Frost on July 16 could be as much as 19 years old. The fish was 20 to 22 inches long and weighed about 3.5 pounds. Garrett took a tag placed on the fish in 1997 before releasing it. The fish was about five years old at that time.

Taxing trips

Meter plan links gas pedal, wallet

We've all heard that the tax man cometh, but in some places he's going to go with you. Governments in car-clogged regions of Europe, Asia and even the United States have ways to charge drivers a fee for the miles they drive. But in the Netherlands, a really complicated experiment is taking place. Cars will get a wireless meter that hooks up to the Internet and GPS and charges for each trip, based on miles, a car's fuel efficiency, the time of day and route. Vehicle owners will get monthly bills showing times and costs of usage.

Compiled from Times wires

Pittsburgh Zoo building an elephant sperm bank 08/11/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 12, 2011 12:04am]
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