Alexa

In Brief

In Brief

China closes zoo where tiger was killed
BEIJING, China
China has closed an understaffed zoo where a rare Siberian tiger was found beheaded and skinned last week and where seven tigers died in the last four years, state media reported yesterday.
Forestry and police officials in Yichang city in Hubei province, where the zoo is located, issued a directive closing the zoo and ordering it take a range of measures to improve security and living conditions for the animals, the government's Xinhua News Agency said.
The order came after wildlife officials gave details of the seven deaths after the bodies of two stillborn Bengal tiger cubs were found over the weekend in a refrigerator at the Three Gorges Forest Wild Animal World in Yichang, Xinhua said. Three tigers died of starvation in December 2003, and after that another four died of sickness or fight wounds, the report said.
Xinhua quoted Cao Guangyi, spokesman for the Yichang Forestry Bureau in Hubei province, as saying that the hides and bones of six of the tigers had been preserved in the zoo and that the other was at a research institute.
Beckham 'starstruck'
LONDON, England
David Beckham said on Tuesday he was "starstruck" when he met Stevie Wonder, and told his wife that he wanted to take a picture with the music legend.
The England national soccer star told BBC Radio that he was also left in awe by Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali, and added that Wonder's 1972 hit "Superstition" was his favourite song.
After explaining his music selection, Beckham said that when he met blind singer Wonder, "He turned round to me and said, it was quite funny, he said: 'If you could teach me to play football, then you'd be some player'. You know, those sort of moments you cherish."
"It's quite embarrassing because I was like turning round to (wife) Victoria and saying: 'I really want a picture but I can't ask him'."