Fauna of South America

Innovative products show no lack of imagination

Exquisitely crafted fine-bone china porcelain, a decadent reversible dog coat with removable faux chinchilla fur collar, and a fat-free potato crisp maker are just a few of the innovative new products to be showcased at this year's fair.

Friday, 20 April, 2012, 12:00am

All wings bright and beautiful

On electric blue wings almost a metre across, Creamy the hyacinth macaw rides the wind, gliding gracefully overhead. A hundred pairs of eyes follow his every move in awe.

At Ocean Park's bird theatre, it looks as if Blu from the 3D animated film Rio has just sprung to life right before your eyes.

28 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Urban myths about fearsome felines nothing more than just a trick of the tail

If you have been living in Asia for a while, you've probably noticed a number of cats with short cut-off tails or longer ones with a kink.

An urban myth is that cats are so beautiful Chinese parents don't want the animal's beauty to detract from that of their own children, so they cut off the tail to lessen a feline's attractiveness.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Different species living together can end up fighting like cats and dogs

If you have a much-loved pooch, but are finding it difficult to resist the Persian kitten at the pet shop, think hard before welcoming your new friend into your home. Adding another pet to the mix - even on a temporary basis - requires careful consideration.

18 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

She plays a cougar but she's really just a pussycat

She might have starred in a Jackie Chan film, but these days Crystal Kwok Kam-yan is a reluctant actress. The former sex talk-show host, beauty queen and now mother of two is remounting her show Pussycat Theatre until Saturday at the Fringe Club. Unable to find a suitable fiftyish actress for one of the three female leads, Kwok, writer and director, had to grudgingly volunteer herself.

13 May 2009 - 12:00am

Birds of a feather flock together for Disneyland dishes

Apparently at Hong Kong Disneyland you will find more than just mice (Mickey and Minnie), duck (Donald and Daisy), bears (Winnie the Pooh) and dogs (Goofy and Pluto).

There are also weird-looking wild birds that have been spotted losing their feathers.

2 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Street threads


13 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

go with the glow

If your definition of a smooth ride involves two wheels and no motor, you'll consider Puma's Glow Rider at the cutting edge of urban mobility and style. This slick street bike gets its name from its glow-in-the-dark steel frame, which absorbs sunlight during the day, allowing for up to two hours of luminescent travel time after dark.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Metro mode

Puma's chic yet functional Urban Mobility collection is ideal for city dwellers. For spring, the line debuts footwear and clothing for men and women. The shoes are literally cool: the Madison Evo Velcro (right; HK$699) features a bamboo lining for temperature control.

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Mixing past trends with designs of the future

An international forecasting committee predicts a mix of prints, fabrics and colours will shape fashions in the autumn-winter season next year

Colour, fabrics and prints that mix the past with the future will shape fashions in the autumn-winter season next year, according to a top international trend forecast.

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Bovine drug is still killing vultures - ecological crisis looms

Two years after scientists discovered that plummeting numbers of vultures in South Asia were due to a drug used to treat cattle, the chemical is still in use and continues to kill the birds at an alarming rate, conservationists warn.

22 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Ignorance and greed threaten our pink dolphins

The pink dolphins in our waters are a precious gift of nature and we should do our best to protect them.

Unfortunately, companies that hitherto seldom operated dolphin-watching services are sending out high-powered boats in search of them. I imagine that the boats are run by tour companies which are desperate for business but know nothing of eco-tourism.

19 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Villagers trap metre-long iguana

A metre-long green iguana weighing about 3kg was caught by villagers near Tung Wah Hospital in Sam Mun Tsai Road, Tai Po. They placed the lizard in a bag and called police.

18 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

What are tapirs? Tapirs are related to rhinos. They are nocturnal, shy, forest-dwelling animals with squat, stout bodies. There are three South American tapir species and one Asian species.

11 May 1999 - 12:00am

Park breeds success

The future of a rare species of parrot is a little safer following two new additions at Ocean Park.

The successful breeding of the macaws was part of the park's efforts to protect endangered species.

The parent birds came from the Jurong Birdpark in Singapore two years ago.

The births were the first for the species in Hong Kong.

13 Nov 1998 - 12:00am