by Bill Sloat
Little Joe lost weight and struggled after return to the wild
manatee is an orphan from Daytona Beach. He was brought to the
Cincinnati Zoo in June 2005 and thrived in its Manatee Springs exhibit
over the next four years. Little Joe then went to Tampa’s Lowry Park,
and from there to the wild. He made news last week when teams from Sea
World and the Florida the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
removed him from a waterway behind the University of Central Florida
campus — he appeared to be emaciated and stuck near a water treatment
plant. A video of the rescue is here.
When he was
released last May, Little Joe weighed 1,515 pounds. He was plump and
primed for life in the Sunshine State. The zoo followed his progress in
Florida on its blog.
A year ago, when the last sighting was
reported, Little Joe was hanging out with six other manatees and feeding
on hydrilla — manna to manatees. The species — sometimes called seacows
— are endangered and the Cincinnati Zoo is a partner in a federal
program aimed at preserving and protecting manatees. The zoo says some
rescued animals need long-term rehabilitation and are sent to special
facilities for care, including the Cincinnati Zoo. The
zoo says its been home to nine manatees, and the majority have been
released back into the wild. “While a manatee is with us, it
periodically undergoes a medical exam to
assess its progress and condition. Once it's healthy, it is prepared
for release back into the wild. Accompanied by zookeeper staff, the manatee is transported back to the Florida facility
where it gets used to eating natural vegetation and living in saltwater
again,” according to the zoo’s 2011 manatee rescue web page.Slip and Little Joe in happier days at the Manatee Springs tank at the Cincinnati Zoo.
by Jac Kern
Young Bucks, French music, comedy and puppies galore
Tonight our sister publication A-Line Magazine hosts The Pet Event at Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa. If you fell in love with A-Line's April Pet Issue and all the adorable critters inside, tonight's your chance to meet them! The winners of A-Line's cute pet contest will be around, along with Louise Labrie of Nationwide, who's offering pet insurance quotes. For every quote given, Nationwide will donate $10 to the Cincinnati SPCA. Bring your leashed dog and check out the amazing facility while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from 5-8 p.m. Find directions and more info here.Add a little français to your Thursday with Cincinnati Symphony's French Connection concert. Enjoy works of three French composers, performed by French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, led by French conductor Stéphane Denève. Tickets for tonight's 7:30 p.m. show at Music Hall start at just $10 — c'est bon marché! The show continues Saturday and Sunday. Go here for tickets and performance details.Comedian Nick Griffin kicks off his four-night run at Go Bananas tonight at 8 p.m. The Kansas native has been doing stand up for more than two decades. You may have seen him on late-night shows like Letterman and Conan, or on Comedy Central. Check out his latest comedy album, Shot in the Face on iTunes. Tickets to tonight's set are $10, $4 with college or military ID. Cincinnati Zoo's Tunes and Blooms series continues tonight with Magnolia Mountain and Comet Bluegrass All Stars. This free concert offers excellent local bands in the beautiful setting of the zoo's gardens. The concert runs 6-8:30 p.m.; admission to the zoo is free after 5 p.m. (parking is $8). Tunes and Blooms continues every Thursday this month.Tonight downtown drinkery Shooter's hosts its weekly western-themed night, Young Buck Thursdays. Get down with dance music, a Flashbox photo booth and $2 pink pony shots all night long. Mosey on down to the watering hole starting at 10 p.m. Find details here.Go here for tonight's live music lineup and check out our To Do page for more arts and theater events tonight.
Zoo installs largest publicly accessible, urban solar array
1 Comment · Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Lions, tigers and bears ... and energy? The Cincinnati Zoo’s latest pet project won’t be housed behind glass or enclosed in habitats; instead, it will be openly displayed outside the facility for all to see. Developed, designed, owned and operated by the Melink Corp., the $11 million Melink Solar Canopy will provide 20 percent of the Zoo’s energy needs.
0 Comments · Tuesday, May 11, 2010
In the Good Old Days, journalists generally held a story if authorities said it could compromise the stakeout, chase or anticipated capture of a suspect. Even if we knew where agents were headed or or stood with them outside a motel where a kidnapper and victim were hidden, we responded with silence. These issues arose again when the 24/7-obsessed news media unthinkingly helped the Times Square bombing suspect almost escape.
Celebrating the 40th annual ode to Earth
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Cincinnati doesn't mess around when it comes to Earth Day. Events take place at the Cincinnati Zoo, Sawyer Point, Fountain Square and more. If you're looking for a little green inspiration, there are plenty of area events to get involved in.
A dozen different ways to get your holiday on
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This time of year casts a bright, if cold, light on the many traditions that converge in America. Our shopping sprees and hectic schedules are time trial races and affectations that keep our eyes off the meaning — if there is any such holy grail to be found — of the holidays.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Sometimes it’s difficult for white men to really understand how hard it is to break through a glass ceiling (can’t you just smash it with a broomstick and try not to get cut when you climb up?). One organization that has proven over centuries that it won’t tolerate its womens speaking out or breaking anything is the Catholic church, which today reinforced its stained glass ceiling by banning a nun who supports the ordination of women priests.
40 years ago, Cincinnati hosted its own mini-version of Woodstock
1 Comment · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The success of the Woodstock Festival 40 years ago prompted dreams of hundreds of other mythic Rock festivals throughout the United States. Including Cincinnati. As luck would have it, the city's first major outdoor Rock festival was scheduled for Sept. 6, 40 years ago this Sunday. Jim Tabrell, who organized it, joins other local musicians to recall the event and the times.
International conservation education program helps make schools greener
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Lunch in Cincinnati, lunch in Costa Rica — is there a difference? Beyond the view, a significant difference is that you'll leave less trash behind when noshing in a rural area in the Central America country. Bethany Blevins learned that lesson last year on an Earth Expeditions program for local teachers.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The free "Tunes & Blooms" concert series at the Cincinnati Zoo returns this Thursday with the teaming of local Pop/Rock legends psychodots and Gypsy Jazz masters The Faux Frenchmen. Plus there's news about new albums from The Ohms and Cari Clara, an animal fundraiser at Stanley's Pub and PJ Herrington's new band coming through town.