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Bright and Brief

July 14, 1987

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) _ The Utica Zoo has a new exhibit in the primate house: the Homosapien Juvenilus Americanus.

Display of this social animal commonly found in shopping malls, movie theaters, rock concerts and video arcades was unveiled Monday.

The exhibit is across from a curious tiger, and resembles the typical habitat - wrinkled clothes, Duran Duran poster, empty popcorn box, TV, guitarist Eddie Van Halen album, stuffed animal, and a telephone.

Zoo keepers feed them burgers, french fries, pizza, soda, candy and ice cream.

Michele Stofle, the zoo’s public relations director, says the new exhibit was inspired by a Modern Man display frequenting zoos across the country, which featured a man in a business office.

For the Utica exhibit, 10 teen-agers take turns being on display for two- hour stints. Their cage once held lions.


LANSING, Mich. (AP) - See moose lifted by helicopters. Moose in crates. Moose going through customs. Moose emerging from crates.

All set to music.

It’s the latest release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The 14-minute ″Mooselift″ documentary tells how moose have been transplanted from Ontario to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Fifty-nine have been brought in since 1985, and ″Mooselift″ chronicles the introduction of three.

″You get to see the moose being pursued by the helicopter, and you get to see the animal darted (shot with a tranquilizer dart),″ said George Burgoyne, of the DNR’s wildlife division.

The video debuted this week, and organizations can rent copies of it for $5.


PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Leaving hiking and water fights behind, a group of summer campers seeking social graces have converged beneath the chandeliers and Flemish tapestries of the Breakers Hotel.

It’s the fifth annual Emily Post etiquette camp, named for the syndicated columnist and mistress of manners.

For the next week, 24 children ages 10 to 16 will learn social skills, said Joan Coles, an etiquette consultant.

Children were sent to the hotel by parents who paid $400 a child for any number of reasons.

″My dad’s a farmer,″ said Amy Hatton, 9, of Pahokee. ″He told me to think about what I want to be when I grow up. But not to be a farmer. I want to make a lot of money when I grow up.″

Amy, her two sisters, a brother and two cousins are all being driven 75 minutes each way from their home to the ″camp.″

Throughout the week, the youngsters will learn phone manners, writing thank-you letters, party planning, napkin folding, table setting, sportsmanship, travel manners, proper tipping and which fork to use.

Michelle Patnode, 13, had different plans than those that prompted her mother to send her from of Keene, N.H.

″My mother wanted me to come down here to learn which fork to use,″ she said. ″I figure I’d get a good tan.″

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