Sunday, May 19 2013 11:54 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:54:19 GMT
Dozens of volunteers in Middletown are giving back to a deserving single mother in need of a break. "It's way beyond anything I could've ever imagined in a million years," said Elizabeth Edwards, whoFull Story >
Dozens of volunteers in Middletown are giving back to a deserving single mother in need of a break.Full Story >
"Jomo," the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's 20-year-old silverback gorilla will soon welcome two female gorillas in hopes of finding true love.
The Cincinnati Zoo is one of the top breeders of this endangered species in the world, with 48 births to date.
Gorilla dating can be a slow process. "Asha", a nine-year-old female gorilla from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, arrived in Cincinnati on October 13, but she will remain off exhibit until next spring. "Anju", a 10-year-old female gorilla from the Pittsburgh Zoo is scheduled to arrive next spring. The Cincinnati Zoo will slowly introduce Asha and Anju to Jomo.
"All of the females that currently live here at the Cincinnati Zoo are considered over represented in captivity," said Ron Evans, Primate Team Leader at the Cincinnati Zoo. "However, our male Jomo is not. In order to breed Jomo, we needed to bring in other females that are genetically valuable."
The "gorilla match-making" was set up by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums' Western Lowland Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP) Program, which acts like an online dating service that places gorillas at accredited zoos in the United States. The gorilla SSP pairs gorillas together based on genetics, age and biology.
As part of the SSP's role in managing gorillas, the program looked closely at the entire gorilla population in the United States to see where the Cincinnati Zoo's gorillas could best be served.
On Tuesday, November 8, two of the Zoo's female gorillas, "Madge," 30, and "Shanta," 14, will be leaving Cincinnati to meet "Patrick," 21, at the Dallas Zoo in Texas.
"As genetically over represented females, Madge and Shanta are needed to help socialize Patrick, a lone male living at the Dallas Zoo," said Evans. "It is a primary goal of managing gorillas in captivity to not have solitary individuals. Madge and Shanta's social skills make them a great match for Patrick's personality."
Both Madge and Shanta are very socially savvy and highly skilled at how to approach a new silverback. They use a combination of non-confrontation, appropriate aggression, sexual persuasion and retreat to deal with a silverback's personality. Patrick has been alone for a number a years and will need experienced females to help him along in his socialization.
Once the pair arrives in Dallas, they will go into quarantine at the A.H. Meadows Animal Health Care Facility to be properly introduced to their new environment. They will then join Patrick at the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center for slow introductions. With much milder winters in Texas than in Ohio, Madge and Shanta will be given the opportunity this winter to explore their new outdoor home before they are officially introduced to Patrick in the exhibit.
The Cincinnati Zoo is also planning to say goodbye to "Muke," 29 and her son "Bakari," 5, in the spring. Both will be headed to the Oklahoma City Zoo. This move is being made to integrate Bakari into a family group that contains two other young males close to his age, to address his current and long term social needs.
Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered in the wild, with less than 175,000 individuals.
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:02 PM EDT2013-05-19 20:02:29 GMT
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park.Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Christopher Knight (PeterFull Story >
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show returned to the park on Sunday.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 9:06 AM EDT2013-05-19 13:06:15 GMT
Powerball tickets are selling at a brisk pace with such a large jackpot at stake. Surging ticket sales have pushed the multi-state Powerball jackpot to a whopping $600 million. The odds of winning areFull Story >
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 7 2013 9:23 PM EDT2013-05-08 01:23:28 GMT
An Oregon City man said he was shot in the back while he was longboarding in his neighborhood Friday night. Zach Losness described something stinging his back as he rode his long board, a longer versionFull Story >
An Oregon City man said he was shot in the back while he was longboarding in his neighborhood Friday night. Zach Losness described something stinging his back as he rode his long board.Full Story >
CLEVELAND (AP) - Two state legislators want to end the requirement for two license plates on vehicles in Ohio and require only one per vehicle. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/15UkzDK) reportsFull Story >
Two state legislators want to end the requirement for two license plates on vehicles in Ohio and require only one per vehicle.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:51 PM EDT2013-05-19 20:51:38 GMT
A trooper sustains minor injuries after a police chase Sunday morning. Dispatchers say it all started at a rest area near Lebanon. Dispatchers report that troopers spotted a woman driving a vehicle thatFull Story >
A 43-year-old woman is in custody after leading troopers on a 23-mile pursuit and crashing into a police cruiser in Warren County. Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:05:48 GMT
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A monkey is on the loose in Clermont County. The State Game Warden of Neville, Ohio states that he is looking for a loose monkey. It is unclear at this time where the monkey came from. Any sightingsFull Story >
A monkey on the loose in Clermont County was shot from a tree on Saturday afternoon.
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:24 AM EDT2013-05-19 08:24:11 GMT
DES MOINES, IOWA (KCCI/CNN) - A reunion between a special dog and a special man happened in Iowa Friday. Sgt. Ross Gundlach, a U.S. Marine, has a surprise reunion with Casey, a yellow Labrador that helpedFull Story >
A reunion between a special dog and a special man happened in Iowa Friday.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 11:18 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:18:36 GMT
FOX19 has exclusively learned that as many as five people could be the first Cincinnati IRS employees to face disciplinary action for allegedly targeting Tea Party and Liberty groups applying for non-profit status. Full Story >
FOX19 has exclusively learned that as many as five people could be the first Cincinnati IRS employees to face disciplinary action, and possibly even criminal charges, for allegedly targeting Tea Party and Liberty groups applying for non-profit status.Full Story >