ABC ran a pair of animal stories but CBS closed with the most fascinating of the three. On ABC, David Wright included another clip from the CNN documentary Blackfish to illustrate SeaWorld's attempt to restore the glory days of Shamu to its killer whale shows. Wright's colleague Linsey Davis publicized Blackfish in June and July. Also on the animal beat was Alex Marquardt. He was in South Africa to publicize Loebies Guest Farm in Bela-Bela where tourists can hang out with lions and leopards, mongooses and meerkats.
See Marquardt do that thing where he leaves the role of journalist and casts himself as the central character in his own reality TV show, this time as a lion tamer. "Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!" exclaims Alex as he tries to use a lion as a shawl.
A mystery bacterium is eating away at the orange-and-purple starfish of Monterey Bay. Check out the time-lapse video shown by CBS' Ben Tracy: one by one its five limbs fall off and in just seven hours the starfish dies.
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