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first_img“I love Ruby,” said Jennie McNary, curator of mammals, who has worked with her for nearly 15 years. “She’s like a big goofy kid. She’ll test you. She’ll see what she can get away with. “We’re all going to miss her a lot.” Ruby has traveled much of her life. As a baby, she was taken from the African wild and shuttled to Circus Vargas. Later, at the the L.A. Zoo, she developed a close bond with Gita, an Asian elephant who died last summer. Ruby was separated from Gita in 2003 and sent to the Knoxville Zoo, where the once-timid pachyderm was kept in solitary for her aggression toward other elephants. Returning 18 months later to the L.A. Zoo, she became a symbol of strident animal welfare activists who say that elephants – social creatures who roam many miles in the wild – have no place living in zoos. Now, after about four decades in the public eye, Ruby will finally be put to pasture. At dawn Tuesday, she will be loaded into a temperature-controlled truck and hauled 350miles to join three African elephants at the PAWS elephant sanctuary in the Sierra Foothills east of Stockton. For her journey, she’ll be joined by her favorite toys – a “boomer ball” stuffed with peanuts and a hay ball – and some road treats, including her daily diet of 125pounds of hay, 75pounds of carrots, a box of apples and some romaine lettuce. And yams and potatoes, too. “The whole thing is to keep her calm, keep it fun,” Briscoe said. “We’ll all be there to comfort her – just talking to her, touching her, petting her.” “We’re ready for her,” said Pat Derby, co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society, which has a 75-acre preserve in San Andreas. “We’re all excited about her coming. “She’ll have her own suite. She gets the Jacuzzi Pool Suite.” Until then, her three L.A. keepers are spending as much time as they can in her private, off-site barn and yard. They give her brushes dipped in water paint – for a dash of L.A. splash. They stroke her trunk. Speak to her softly. And vow to visit her often. “Hey, Ruby,” a paint-spattered Briscoe coaxed as the giant mammal lumbered from her barn and extended him her grizzled trunk. He turned on dinner music, some Prokofiev. He said she especially likes “The Elephant Song” from “The Jungle Book” film soundtrack, and she has been known to sling mud to country favorites Alan Jackson and Frankie Laine. Together, Ruby’s last zookeepers offered her a banana stalk, her favorite. They fed her carrots. Held forth an acacia bough, which she inhaled like a sprig of parsley. And rolled out a cut elm log for dessert. “They’re all our kids,” said Vicky Guarnett, who has been with Ruby 10 years. “These guys are not just animals we take care of, they’re part of our family, (and) we’re part of theirs.” “I’m sure she will miss us,” Briscoe added. “We intend to stay in contact. We’ll be in a long-term relationship, go up there and bring her stuff – new toys or special pumpkins. Maybe we’ll haul her a tree up. “Maybe Vicky will bake her some cookies.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She’s as flamboyant as Pollock and as wild as deKooning. This weekend, Ruby the elephant took abstract expressionism to even greater heights. She painted her zookeepers. “This is nothing,” said elephant keeper Vicky Guarnett, whose face and uniform were flecked with blue, green and pink splotches after she handed Ruby a paintbrush. “She has done better work on me than this.” Keepers at the Los Angeles Zoo will say goodbye to Ruby on Tuesday, when one of their dearest friends heads off to retirement at a Northern California elephant sanctuary. Jeff Briscoe, the zoo’s principal elephant keeper, had welcomed Ruby to the L.A. Zoo in 1987, when she arrived from Circus Vargas. Nearly 9,000 pounds and 9 feet high at the withers, she was squat, with a physique like a sumo wrestler’s. And she was as spirited as a seal and as friendly as a Shetland pony. She has been known to love the smell of her handlers’ new shoes. During the past 20 years, the 46-year-old African elephant has been a favorite of zookeepers, zoogoers and animal activists across Los Angeles. This spring, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called her “one of L.A.’s true greats.” last_img read more

first_imgCloughaneely GAA News: ***Donegal v Tyrone tickets ***Donegal play Tyrone in Ballybofey in the preliminary round of the Ulster Senior Football Championship on Sunday May 17th. Any club member looking for tickets to the game please have your orders in with Martin Duggan (Tel: 086- 3119186) by Sunday May 3rd. ***Division 2 League***D’imir Cloich Cheannfhaola in éadan Naomh Náille sa cúigiú babhta de Shraith an Chontae i dTamhnach an tSalainn Dé Domhnaigh. Bhain an fhoireann tacaíochta a gceathrú cluiche i ndiaidh a chéile agus chríochnaigh na sinsir ar chomhscór nuair a fuair Seán Mac Gearailt pointe ó chic soar leis an chic dheireannach den chluiche. Imreofar an seisiú babhta den tSraith ar an Fhál Charrach in éadan Sheáin Mhic Cumhaill ar an tSatharn seo ar 6:00 agus 7:30 PM.Cloughaneely travelled to play St. Nauls on Sunday last in the 5th round of their league campaign. The reserves have had an excellent start to their league campaign and are currently sitting at the top of the table thanks to their 4th consecutive win against St Nauls! Reserve FT Score: CCF: 2-11 St. Nauls 1-09.The Seniors managed to secure a draw at the last kick of the game! Stephen Griffin got proceedings underway in the senior game with the first point of the match for St. Nauls 7 mins in. Griffin was on target for the home-side as he converted a subsequent 4 frees in the first half; leaving him St. Nauls’ only scorer within the first 30 mins. Cloughaneely’s Jason McGee made an impressive debut on the starting 15 and also contributed 1 point to Cloughaneely’s score, while also making some great runs to set up further points. Points from John Fitzgerald, Cillian Gallagher, Ciaran McGeady and John Mcgarvey ensured Cloughaneely went in with the advantage at half time.Senior HT Score: CCF 0-07 St. Nauls 0-052 mins into the 2nd half Cloughaneely were awarded a penalty which overshot the crossbar for a point; this was shortly followed by a converted free from John Fitzgerald to help extend Cloughaneely’s lead to 4 points. St. Nauls responded strongly to the widening gap by scoring 2 points within quick succession. Cloughaneely battled strongly to maintain their distance with subsequent points from Darren Ferry and a Cillian Gallagher free; however a goal from St. Nauls 21 mins into the 2nd half quickly brought them within 1 point of the visiting side. St. Nauls managed to steal into a 1 point lead, 27 mins into the 2nd half, for the first time since the start of the game; and they managed to hold that lead for the remainder of normal time. Time was on Cloughaneely’s side as the referee announced 6 ½ mins of injury time was to be played; Cloughaneely managed to hold St. Nauls scoreless during injury time; while John Fitzgerald ensured that Cloughaneely went home with 1 point added to the league table as he converted a free which was the last kick of the game!Senior FT Score: CCF: 0-13 St. Nauls : 1-10Cloughaneely: Shaun McClafferty, Ciaran McGeady (0-01), Lee O’Brien, Eamonn Curran, Paddy Cannon, Kevin McFadden , Declan McGarvey (0-02), Ciaran Scanlon, Jason McGee (0-01), Eugene McGuire, Darren Ferry (0-01), Cillian Gallagher (0-03, 2F) , John Fitzgerald (0-04, 4F), Shaun McGuire, John McGarvey (0-01).CCF Subs: Injured Lee O’Brien replaced by Paul Gallagher 15 mins into 2nd half. Darren Ferry replaced by Martin McGuire (2nd Half, 30 mins)***Next Up:***Seniors and Reserves are due to face Sean Mac Cumhaills at home on Saturday, May 2nd. Reserves at 6:00 PM, Seniors 7:30 PM. Please come down and support the lads! For those of you who can’t attend follow us twitter (@clgcloughaneely) for match updates! Best of luck to both teams.***Minor Board Meeting***The next minor board meeting will take place Monday, May 4th, at 8:30 in the club house. ***U-12 / U-14 Girls***U-12 girls had a great start to their season on Saturday last, beating Gweedore 2-04 to 04-02. U-14’s play Dungloe away on Tuesday evening.***Guess the Score***Congratulations to Sally Whoriskey who won €100 on the club’s recent Guess the Score competition! There is another Guess the Score competition being run for the Donegal v Tyrone game -€2 a guess! If you come across some of our Ladies team/committee selling lines for this competition your support would be greatly appreciated!***REMINDER: Topaz Cash for Clubs Scheme***The deadline is fast approaching for submission of the Topaz Cash for Clubs cards. For those of you who will be clocking up the extra miles travelling to county and Club games in the coming weeks,Cloughaneely GAA club has signed up to the Topaz Cash for Clubs initiative where you can help win up to E 10,000 for the club! The Cash for Club Scheme ends 5pm Sunday 10 May 2015.Collect a card at your local Topaz and you will earn one stamp per fuel transaction with a minimum value of E40. We need to collect 300 completed cards to qualify for the draw so your help and support is appreciated!! When you have your card completed you can drop them into the Cloughaneely boxes in TOPAZ outlets in Falcarragh or Gortahork. Alternatively you can hand over your stamped card to Anna Marie Coyle, Martin Duggan, Marie McClafferty or any club officer.*******The Club ID which you will need to enter on the loyalty card is 10906*****GAA NEWS: LATE FREE FROM JOHN FITZGERALD SECURES VITAL POINT FOR CLOUGHANEELY was last modified: April 28th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CloughaneelyGAANoticesSportlast_img read more