October 1, 2008 in Nation/World

Marine park puts dolphins on diet

 
Haruo Imazu Kinosaki Marine World photo

One of the dolphins at the Japanese marine park in Toyooka, western Japan, is fed mackerel Tuesday. Kinosaki Marine World
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Dolphins at a Japanese marine park are going on a low-fat diet after developing pot bellies and failing to look sharp in their aquatic performances.

Kinosaki Marine World in western Japan said Tuesday that its 19 dolphins have been on a low-fat diet since late August, when they started failing to hit jumping targets and keep upright while treading water.

“We were puzzled by their poor performance, then we noticed they looked rounder,” said park spokesman Haruo Imazu.

Keepers measured their weight and found all had gotten plumper, some up to 22 pounds heavier just during the summer.

Jodhpur, India

At least 168 killed in stampede

Thousands of pilgrims panicked by false rumors of a bomb stampeded at a Hindu temple in western India on Tuesday, killing at least 168 people in the crush to escape.

Television footage showed dozens of bodies lying on the sidewalk, while nearby frantic people tried to revive unconscious devotees, slapping their faces and pressing on their chests.

The disaster occurred just as the doors of the temple were being opened for worship at dawn for more than 12,000 people celebrating a key Hindu festival in the historic city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan state.

Tensions are high because India has been hit by a spate of bomb attacks.

Hong Kong

Melamine content in chocolate legal

Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday the amount of melamine found in two samples of chocolate made at British candy maker Cadbury’s Beijing factory was legally acceptable for human consumption, a day after the company recalled 11 items sold in parts of Asia and the Pacific.

Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety said it tested six Cadbury chocolate samples, including two made at Cadbury’s Beijing plant, and found them to contain less than the 2.5 parts per million legally considered acceptable here.

Cadbury said the Hong Kong test results did not change their decision to recall the products from the Beijing plant.

Baby formula containing melamine has been blamed for killing four babies and sickening more than 50,000 in mainland China.

From wire reports


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