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On The Light Side

March 29, 1986

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) _ A Scottish wool company has solved the problem of a female African elephant’s itchy feet with a set of socks specially made for her, the Edinburgh Zoo said today.

The zoo said that Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd. made the four huge socks after learning that the elephant had taken a dislike to the new sanded surface of her outdoor enclosure at the zoo.

Wearing the socks, which the company reckons will last her a couple of months, the elephant is now happy to walk on the surface.

The company hopes to sell its jumbo socks to other zoos that have elephants with sensitive feet.


GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (AP) - Fame may be fleeting, but residents of this Chicago suburb laid on a limousine and searchlight for the world premiere of ″Lucas,″ a feature movie filmed on location here last summer.

About 500 residents were used as extras in the 20th Century Fox production, and its world premiere at the Glen Theater on Thursday night drew many of the town’s 23,700 residents.

Kathy Matze, 16, who was an extra and works in the theater’s concession stand, excused herself during the first showing to run inside, telling friends, ″Wait, my scene’s coming up 3/8″

She returned minutes later, disappointed because only the top of her head appeared on screen.

″It seemed like 800 hours that they were filming,″ she said in exasperation. ″Next time, I go for a lead role.″


WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The island of Maui, well known for its resort hotels and beaches, is trying to cope with the problem of rounding up stray cows and horses in its streets.

″We’re not really equipped to handle that kind of thing,″ said Deputy Police Chief Howard Tagamori, asking county officials to approve appointment of a half-dozen cowboys to rope and hold the occasional stray cow or horse.

A county ordinance permits poundmasters to catch and hold strays livestock, and charge the owner $10 an animal, 50 cents a mile for hauling, and up to $1 per day for care and feeding.


APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Zoo will give two Siberian tigers to South Korea, where the animals will be mascots for the 1988 Olympic Games, zoo officials said.

The tigers, a male and female, will be shipped to the Grand Park Zoo in Seoul late next month as a gift to the South Korean people, John Lewis, director of the zoo’s biological programs, said Friday.

The South Korean government will reciprocate by sending a pair of white cranes to North America, said KiYong Kim of St. Paul, president of the Korean Association of Minnesota.

Kim said he thought up the animal gift exchange last March after learning that another surplus Siberian tiger was being given to China and that South Korea was searching for purebred Siberian tigers to be Olympic mascots.

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