Riverbanks Zoo officials don’t expect the necropsy results from the gorilla that died this week to be complete for several weeks.
Kimya’s body was sent to the University of Georgia for an animal autopsy after he was found dead in his enclosure early Monday. Kimya had no obvious injuries and had not appeared sick in the days leading to his death.
Riverbanks officials plan to watch the reactions of the two remaining male gorillas to determine whether to bring in another male or stick with the status quo, said spokesman Lindsay Burke.
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City accepting zoning board applications
The city of Columbia is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Board of Zoning Appeals.
The board hears applications for variances to the development standards of the zoning ordinance.
Meetings are held at 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at City Hall, 1737 Main St., and the term of office is five years.
Applicants must reside within the city limits.
The application deadline is July 30. For applications and more information, call (803) 545-3061.
Lexington 2 seeking volunteers
Lexington 2 schools are seeking retired teachers to volunteer for variety of tasks for the 2010-11 academic year.
The volunteers would handle roles such as making copies or putting material on bulletin boards at schools in the Cayce-West Columbia area.
For more information, call Dannette Bickley at Lexington 2 headquarters, (803) 796-4708.
Aquarium to hold benefit
The South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston will hold an evening of live music, food, celebrities and aquarium experts during an event July 17 benefiting the aquarium and Gulf Coast wildlife rescue efforts.
The event will run from 7 to 11 p.m. and will feature personal accounts from aquarium staff members of recent trips to the Gulf, where they have aided in sea turtle rescue and dolphin surveying.
Cajun food will be provided by Krewe of Charleston, and beer and nonalcoholic beverages will be served.
Tickets are $30 per person. Reservations can be made by calling (843) 577- 3474. Additional donations will be accepted at the door.
Facility rescues 23 dogs
MYRTLE BEACH - Animal shelters across the United States are struggling for space and operating cash, but a South Carolina no-kill shelter, Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission, couldn’t turn its back on 23 dogs recently in need of rescue.
The dogs are a fraction of at least 80 animals found at the home of an elderly couple in Horry County.
“I’m sure they loved the dogs, but it just got away from them,” said Julie Finlayson of WARM. She said she was contacted by a neighbor after the couple reached out for help. Finlayson learned the woman was in the hospital and was asked to remove the animals before she returned home. The woman’s husband and neighbor helped with the removal, Finlayson said.
With her shelter at capacity, Finlayson took all the dogs her shelter can handle. She said another rescue group she would not identify also took some dogs. Some dogs had to remain outside the couple’s home. Finlayson is looking for help from the public to ensure the dogs are cared for and adopted.
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