Ron Magill's Valentine's Day presentation shows how sex brings out the animal in, well, animals. The two-hour program is sort of a stag film, but with real stags, and many other pairs ranging from frogs to killer whales. Magill, an assistant curator at Miami's Metrozoo, has compiled five years of photographs, anecdotes, sound effects and props that relate _ one way or another _ to the sex lives of animals. "Animals don't have any hang-ups about the size of organs, frequency of interaction or how well they perform. Animals don't have any sex therapists either," Magill said. Magill's full show is given only once or twice a year, but an abbreviated version is booked solid for the next three months on the Rotary Club and Kiwanis circuit. The program is for adults only. "Some of what this program does is humble people, especially men. I give them statistics that just knock their socks off," Magill said.
The neighbors are loud
WELLINGTON _ They don't mind horses in this western Palm Beach County community, but 13 caged lions are a little much for some residents. Forced by higher rents to move his lion-taming operation out of Loxahatchee Groves, Baron Julius von Uhl, a licensed lion tamer and horse trainer, rented land near the entrance to the Little Ranches subdivision last week. "I am horrified," Margie Sloan said of her new neighbor. "I think it's a real danger to the small children and the other animals." Von Uhl, when told of complaints, said, "I never could stay low-profile." But von Uhl, who exhibits his lions at fairs and circuses, meets Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission regulations for keeping exotic animals. He has had an exhibition permit in Florida since 1983, and the commission is overseeing construction of the animals' cages. After an explanation, some residents seemed satisfied.
Beached whale hangs on
MARCO ISLAND _ Two adult pilot whales were found dead on a sand bar a half-mile from shore, but a younger whale was rescued, whale experts said Tuesday. The two adults, a 16-foot male and a 13-foot female, were dead when Florida Marine Patrol officers arrived Monday morning. The younger, 12-foot whale was stabililized after arriving at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. "It's holding its own, but the long-term prospects in cases like this are never very good," said Jay Gorzelany, coordinator of Mote's Stranding Response Team. He said the whale was being treated for dehydration, stress and infection. Gorzelany said he didn't have an explanation for the stranding but thought the whales could be part of a pod of whales that stranded last week near Flamingo in Everglades National Park. Pilot whales are the most common type found in the Gulf.