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Oh Baby! Tennessee Aquarium has a Nursery Full of Tiny Turtles
Tiny terrapins are taking over the Tennessee Aquarium, triggering a tidal wave of tasks for turtle keepers. This month to date, herpetologists have tallied two dozen new turtles. While many might think tracking turtles would take a tortoise-like tempo, the Aquarium’s collection of more than 500 turtles from 75 different species makes herpetology truly a trade that’s tackled in track shoes. “In addition to all of the exhibits with turtles, we care for a large number of pairs off exhibit. So we stay busy throughout the year,” said Aquarium senior herpetologist Bill Hughes. “While many species nest at specific times of the year, they don’t choose specific times of the day to lay eggs. So, we really have to keep a close eye on all of the enclosures to make sure we collect the eggs in a timely fashion for incubation.”
Up-To-Date Turtle Tot Totals – 21 New Babies Help Conservation Efforts
Hughes reports eight yellow-blotched map turtles, Graptemys flavimaculata, this year. A few more could hatch at the Aquarium before the season is over. This species of map turtle is endemic to the Pascagoula River and some of its tributaries in Mississippi. “They are declining in the wild because of habitat loss and are currently federally-protected,” Hughes said. Success with species like the yellow-blotched map turtle helps provide offspring that can be placed at other institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). “We’re then able to reach guests with important conservation messages about rare or protected species that cannot, or should not, be removed from the wild,” said Dave Collins, the Aquarium’s curator of forests. See video: http://bit.ly/LPGPE2
The sex of these hatchlings depends on the incubation temperature. Aquarium experts are able to manage the temperature carefully to get an even number of male and female yellow-blotched map turtles. This is critical for the long-term success of any turtle breeding program. “This builds assurance colonies. If these species should disappear in the wild, they won’t become totally extinct,” said Collins. Adult yellow-blotched map turtles can be seen in the Aquarium’s Delta and Pascagoula River exhibits.
The red-headed Amazon River turtle, Podocnemis erythrocephala, is listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, IUCN, but the reality of their status could be much grimmer. “The most recent information is from 1996 so we don’t really know how many are left in the wild,” said Hughes. “It’s difficult to believe their populations have increased significantly since the last report.” There are now seven new baby red-headed Amazon River turtles at the Aquarium. “In the previous years combined, we have only hatched five of this species,” Hughes said. “We still have one egg incubating that appears to be viable.” Aquarium guests can see an adult male red-headed Amazon turtle in the Rivers of the World Gallery. See video: http://bit.ly/MLir6h
The four-eyed turtle, Sacalia quadriocellata, is listed as Endangered by IUCN. The Aquarium has three new four-eyed turtle hatchlings. This species gets its name from the false eye markings on their necks. Hughes said these most recent babies hatched from eggs laid in April. The Aquarium displays a hatchling from last year in the nursery exhibit in the River Journey Turtle Gallery. Baby four-eyed turtles from previous years have been placed at other AZA institutions. The majority of the U.S. population of these turtles is at the Tennessee Aquarium, the only zoo or aquarium currently breeding this species. “Critically endangered species, including many Asian species such as the four-eyed turtle, face a very real threat of disappearing in the wild,” said Collins. Guests can also see four-eyed turtles in the Asian River exhibit. See video: http://bit.ly/QkZzyl
Finally, two Florida chicken turtles, Deirochelys reticularia chrysea, joined the rest of this recent baby boom at the Aquarium. This pair hatched from eggs laid at the end of January. This species is not threatened or endangered in the wild in spite of their common name. They were once commonly sold in southern markets as food. The meat was said to “taste like chicken.” Collins says breeding success among these rather abundant turtles can help other endangered species.
“Chicken turtles have unusual reproductive strategies,” said Collins. “They breed in winter and their eggs need to be cooled for several weeks before being warmed to begin developing. Research in zoos and aquariums helps uncover these details. And that can lead to successful breeding of rare species for conservation purposes.” Aquarium guests can see chicken turtles in the Delta exhibit. See video: http://bit.ly/PuJUJz
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OSCAR WINNERS LUPITA NYONG'O AND JARED LETO AN ITEM?
PARIS (AP) -- So, do Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto share something other than just winning Oscars this past Sunday. Could be. They both showed up in Paris -- together -- for a fashion show by Italian designer Prada. The two have been coy about the nature of their relationship. They haven't confirmed they are an item -- but haven't denied it, either. This past Saturday, Leto thanked "my future ex-wife Lupita" during a speech at the Independent Spirit Awards. Lupita has laughed off questions about her personal life -- but no denials.
MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN PREMIERES IN LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Allison Janney says she remembers watching Mr. Peabody and Sherman on TV as a kid. And she says the thing that struck her at the time was that a dog was the one who adopted the kid -- instead of the other way around. She says as a dog lover herself, that intrigues her to this day. She's one of the voices in the animated film, which had its premiere in Los Angeles last night. Janney was joined by fellow cast members Ty Burrell and Ariel Winter.
Ty Burrell says his "Modern Family" bounce landed him the gig in "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."
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Allison Janney says she recalls -- sort of -- watching Mr. Peabody, Sherman and their cartoon buds as a kid.
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Allison Janney says the premise of "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" has always intrigued her.
"AMERICAN IDOL" JUDGES GIVE MIXED REVIEWS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was a mixed bag of singing during "American Idol" last night. The judges were so torn on Jessica Meuse (MYOOS) doing Dido's "White Flag" that they were still debating it coming back from commercial. Harry Connick Junior wanted Jena (JEE'-nah) Irene to bust out more with "Suddenly I See," and Keith Urban told Alex Preston he kept thinking the word "instability" during his performance. Jennifer Lopez thought Emily Piriz was brave for tackling a JLo song, although Connick thought it was too big a production for her. Lopez liked Malaya Watson's gospel song "Take Me To The King," saying it gave her "goosies" from head to toe and tears in her eyes.
Jennifer Lopez gives her reaction to Emily Piriz covering her song, "Let's Get Loud." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Malaya Watson performing "Take Me To The King" during broadcast. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Keith Urban tells Malaya Watson he thoroughly enjoyed her rendition of "Take Me To The King." COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Caleb Johnson performing "Working Man" during broadcast. COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Harry Connick Junior
Harry Connick Junior tells Caleb Johnson he walks a fine line between consistent and predictable. Courtesy: COURTESY: Fox ((mandatory on-air credit))
KRISTIN CHENOWETH'S ASTHMA
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you heard her sing on Broadway, you'd probably never guess that Kristin Chenoweth suffers from asthma. But the actress is trying to let people know about her condition -- now that she's a spokeswoman for a product designed to treat the disease. She says she used to get sick all the time and had trouble catching her breath -- but it was years before doctors were able to pin down the diagnosis as asthma. She needs to carry an inhaler all the time. And she's the spokeswoman for a brand of inhaler that keeps count on how many doses she has left.
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IDINA MENZEL VEXED ABOUT FAME
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fame can be a funny thing -- just ask Tony-winning Idina Menzel. She is getting all kinds of attention these days because of the success of her hit "Let It Go" from the animated film "Frozen." But she finds it strange that the song is getting love on the pop charts -- when she is best known for belting out show tunes as a Broadway actress. She says she's been trying to convince people she has the chops to be a rock or pop singer -- but the one time she ends up getting a big hit, it's from a Disney movie song. Menzel puts it another way: "I'm singing at the Oscars -- I've never sang at the Grammys." She didn't just sing at the Oscars; "Let It Go" won the Academy Award for best original song for a movie.
GAME SHOW HOST GEOFF EDWARDS DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For the second straight week, we have lost a TV game show host who was popular during the 1970s. The latest to pass away is Geoff Edwards -- who used to preside over the shows, "Jackpot!" and "Treasure Hunt." Edwards was cut from a slightly different bolt of cloth than the usual game show host of that time. He often ditched the suit and tie, often wore jeans -- and had longer hair than more straight-laced hosts back in the day like Bill Cullen, Wink Martindale, Jim Lange and Bob Eubanks. His agent says Edwards died of complications of pneumonia in Santa Monica, California. He was 83. Funeral plans are pending.
Sound of Geoff Edwards hosting the TV game show "Treasure Hunt."
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Here's the opening of the game show "Jackpot," hosted by Geoff Edwards, who has died.
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