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Speedy pigs, rare baby baboon make their mark

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 01:44

From a pig race prior to the British general election, to colorful macaws over Caracas skies, here is this week's animal roundup. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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This little piggie went to Devon, England to join other piggies in a political race to the finish. They call him David Hameron... and he went snout-to-snout with four other micropigs, representing the political parties seeking election on May 7. The animals became a cheeky metaphor for the faces of parliament. (SOUNDBITE) (English) POLITICAL PIG RACING ORGANIZER, CHRIS MURRAY, SAYING: "They like to have their snout in the trough sometimes." But in the end, David Hameron showed little enthusiasm for finishing first. Food is often a motivating factor... and these red river hogs got a taste of the good life at the San Diego Zoo. It was the three-week-old litter's first attempt at eating grown-up, solid food. Mission accomplished. New York's Bronx Zoo debuted its baby gelada baboon this week -- the first one born in the U.S. in 13 years. This primate will stay put... While at the same time, an animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in May, to argue two chimps who live at a New York state university cannot be held captive because they are autonomous, intelligent creatures. And flying high over Caracas, thousands of colorful macaws. Vittorio Poggi has been breeding them for years and says they've adapted well thanks to the tropical vegetation surging between skyscrapers. He says its a way for residents to relax and find peace, in a city known for its violence.

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Speedy pigs, rare baby baboon make their mark

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 01:44