February 2, 2013
The only thing colder and stiffer than the crowd bundled up near a Washington fountain early Saturday morning was a woodchuck standing on its hind legs on a small wooden platform. Potomac Phil, you see, is stuffed. Or more precisely, taxidermied. When you can't get your hands on the real thing on Groundhog Day, you make do with what you have - dead or alive. At the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore , the forecasting task was assigned to Pteri, an Abyssinian ground hornbill bird, and Hobbes, a leopard.
December 18, 2012
The Prime Rib at Maryland Live Casino opened, quietly, a few weeks ago, six months after the casino's grand opening and 10 months after the surprise announcement that Buzz Beler's storied Baltimore steakhouse was joining the casino's lineup. Operated, Beler has said, as a "joint venture" with the casino's developers, the Baltimore-based Cordish Cos., the new restaurant has been designed with respect for Prime Rib icons like leopard skin carpeting, black-leather booths and Icart prints.
February 2, 2012
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Thursday, a sure sign that winter will continue for six more weeks. Amari, the Maryland Zoo's spotted leopard, disagreed. And the law of the jungle says leopard trumps groundhog every time. For the second year in a row, the zoo staff arranged for one of its critters to make a prediction. With a crowd of employees watching, the 19-year-old cat sprang from her rocky lair and bounded toward two cardboard boxes. The pink box was decorated with flowers, filled with meatballs and surrounded by straw carrying the essence of elephant.
November 7, 2011
Tiny little palm-sized bundle! Zookeeper Sar Roeun feeds this leopard cub by bottle in the wildlife rescue center at the Phnom Tamao zoo near Phnom Penh. Local media there reported that a fisherman found three female leopard kittens in a flooded area of Kandal province three weeks ago, and then handed them over to the center. One since died.
November 12, 2010
Visitors to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore have often had to search a towering white oak to spot the zoo's two prized African leopards, Amari and Hobbes, which frequently scaled the trunk and took to the branches. The cats would each perch on a sturdy limb that gave the best view of a boardwalk filled with people and the neighboring enclosure co-habited by zebras, ostriches and two white rhinos. It was as close to living in the wild as two cats could get. But by the end of Saturday, only a stump will remain of their favorite spot.
March 14, 2010
Before Joppatowne's girls basketball team lost to Smithsburg by 21 points over the Christmas holiday in Hagerstown, the Mariners spent the day napping on their bus and walking around an outlet mall, because they entered the tournament late and raised enough money for only one night's hotel stay. Saturday night, the No. 13 Mariners were plenty rested and fully focused as they scored the first 15 points and avenged that loss, 63-46, for their first state championship, the Class 1A crown, at UMBC's RAC Arena.