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March 20th, 2006

vivific @ 09:28 pm: Wherein the Professor helps me study for my Russian final
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March 8th, 2006

squeakydahmer @ 09:16 pm: John Dykstra to Direct Tortoise and Hippo
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor John Dykstra is set to make his directorial debut on Tortoise and Hippo for Walden Media and Relevant Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Tortoise and Hippo is based on a real-life event written by Shrek co-writer Roger S.H. Schulman. Relevant Entertainment partner Mike Menchel is producing the film based on a wire-service photo discovered by his children in a newspaper. The widely circulated photo documented a baby hippo and 100-year-old tortoise comforting each other at a wildlife sanctuary in 2004 after being rescued from the Indian Ocean in the wake of the Asian tsunami.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe director Andrew Adamson is in final negotiations to produce the live-action and photo-real computer-animated film, which like "Narnia" will present stylized animals existing in a human world.

Producers are aiming for a 2007 release.

Dykstra's cinema-technology prowess dates back to 1977 on George Lucas' Star Wars, for which he built the first computer-operated motion-control camera system and won an Oscar for best visual effects. He since has been nominated three times and won best visual effects last year for Spider-Man 2.

One of the director's main challenges will be depicting the tsunami onscreen, which brings with it computer-graphic and storytelling challenges.

"The tsunami is a critical component in the telling of this story," Dykstra said. "It's a sensitive storytelling issue."

Relevant has a publishing deal for a tie-in book with the children's division of Penguin Books.

August 21st, 2005

squeakydahmer @ 10:44 pm:

August 9th, 2005

squeakydahmer @ 06:21 pm: One of oldest hippos turns 54, stays on diet

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Let them eat cake. At least this party's guest of honor seemed content with sticking to her diet. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed birthday cake Saturday at the Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden while Donna the hippo ate frozen fruit to celebrate the 3,500-pound animal's 54th birthday.

Zoo keeper John W. Stuteville said Donna is considered one of the world's oldest living Nile hippos. She has already outlived her mate and all eight of their offspring.

Stuteville said that in the wild, hippos usually live to be only 30 to 45 years old.

Arthritis, which afflicts Donna, usually brings them down because they carry too much weight on their short stubby legs and knees.

Stuteville attributes Donna's longevity to the care she has received at the zoo and to her surroundings, including inclines she must climb out of her enclosure's pools - a design that keeps her active.

Mesker obtained Donna from a zoo in Memphis in 1954, three years after she was born. Stuteville greets the hippo each morning with a variety of food that usually includes two oranges, a tomato, a sweet potato, an apple and two bananas.

"I have a banana also, and usually give her half of it," he said.

May 22nd, 2005

vivific @ 01:18 am: :(
Hippopotamus, The
by Hilaire Belloc

I shoot the Hippopotamus
With bullets made of platinum,
Because if I use leaden ones
His hide is sure to flatten 'em

April 11th, 2005

vivific @ 03:26 am: Tame Hippo
Hippo just one of the family

A truly touching article about Jessica the hippo. She drinks about 20 litres of weak coffee every day. Now, that's like 5 gallons! Egads! She plays with the doggies and swims with the kiddies. How precious!

Current Music: Brain Bug - Nightmare

February 13th, 2005

sisiphus @ 02:41 pm: ...
Hippo Girl song

January 25th, 2005

sisiphus @ 02:41 pm: You will pay for hippopotamus at court!

Romanian girl has brought an action against her might-have-been boyfriend because the latter called her a hippopotamus. The girl and the young man met with the help of an agency for matching couples. The problem is that the girl lied about her actual weight when she sent a letter of acquaintance to a man. This became a reason for the whole of the story.

Relations between Nikoleta Popesku and Gabriel Malinesku started very romantically. They found each other through a notice in a newspaper and began sending letters and making calls to each other. The romantic story lasted for two months, over the whole period the man believed that his girlfriend was young, slender, beautiful, kind and merry. Nikoleta lied that her weight was 50,5 kg, and Gabriel had no reasons at all to mistrust her words. Finally, after the two months of romantic friendship the couple decided to date.

When the young man saw his darling, his heart nearly broke. Contrary to his expectations, the girl was rather stout, with the weight making approximately a centner. The man was so much discouraged at that moment that he impulsively called the girl a she-hippopotamus because of her grand weight. The insulting was rather unexpected for Nikoleta who really believed that her weight would cause no problems for romantic friendship with the man. The insulted girl decided to obtain justice with the help of the law. Nikoleta Popesku has brought an action against Gabriel Malinesku on compensation of moral damage caused by the hippopotamus insulting. The girl said: "I have been so much injured. He is probably ignorant of the fact that beauty on the whole does not mean external beauty only."

January 14th, 2005

sisiphus @ 01:28 pm: ...

Giant tortoise adopts baby hippo

NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters) -- A 120-year-old giant tortoise living in a Kenyan sanctuary has become inseparable from a baby hippo rescued by game wardens, officials said on Thursday.

The year-old hippo calf christened Owen was rescued last month, suffering from dehydration after being separated from his herd in a river that drains into the Indian Ocean.

"When we released Owen into the enclosure, he lumbered to the tortoise which has a dark grey color similar to grown up hippos," Sabine Baer, rehabilitation and ecosystems manager at the park, told Reuters.

She said the hippo's chances of survival in another herd were very slim, predicting that a dominant male would have killed him.

However, Owen's relationship with the Aldabran tortoise named Mzee, Swahili for old man, may end soon. The sanctuary plans to place Owen with Cleo, a lonely female hippo.

Odd couple make friends in Kenya

A baby hippo rescued after floods in Kenya last week has befriended a 100-year-old tortoise in Kenya. The one-year-old hippo calf christened Owen was found alone and dehydrated by wildlife rangers near the Indian Ocean.

He was placed in an enclosure at a wildlife sanctuary in the coastal city of Mombasa and befriended a male tortoise of a similar colour.

According to a park official, they sleep together, eat together and "have become inseparable".

"Since Owen arrived on the 27 December, the tortoise behaves like a mother to it," Haller Park tourism manager Pauline Kimoti told the BBC News website.

"The hippo follows the tortoise around and licks his face," she said.

The tortoise is named Mzee, which is Swahili for old man.

Ms Kimoti said that if the 300kg hippo continued to thrive then in the next few weeks they would allow the public to see the unlikely pair together before they are separated.

The sanctuary, which is on the site of a former cement factory, plans eventually to get the help of the Kenya Wildlife Service to place Owen with Cleo, a lonely female hippo in a separate enclosure.

This is the latest in a series of unusual bondings in the wild that have surprised and delighted zoologists in Kenya.

In 2002, a lioness at Samburu National Park adopted a succession of baby oryx.

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