It's with a heavy heart that Daily RFT announces the passing of Bennie, the eleven-year-old sea lion famous for giving kisses during shows at the Saint Louis Zoo. Bennie died around 1:30 p.m. Friday at the zoo's Lichtenstein Sea Lion Arena after spending two weeks in veterinary care.
After this soul-crushing winter, St. Louisans are welcoming spring with open arms and trips to the city's free, world-class zoo. The Riverfront Times sent photographer Steve Truesdell to the Saint Louis Zoo for the first weekend of spring to capture animals and humans alike soaking up rays.
A trip to the Saint Louis Zoo just isn't complete without watching the penguins and puffins swim and squawk, so it was a real bummer when their exhibit closed last summer during construction on the new polar bear habitat. But the zoo knows St. Louisans can't hold on one more year without checking i ... More >>
Local band Foxing officially is on the national -- nay, international -- radar. The band's album The Albatross landed on the U.K. site of the Huffington Post as part of a writer's list of "The Best Albums of 2013 (That You Probably Haven't Already Heard)." Placing The Albatross at number five in a l ... More >>
The geese that roam the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville can be aggressive and threatening -- and sometimes even attack humans. At least this is the case according to some campus officials, who announced yesterday morning in an e-mail to students a plan to gather up geese on campu ... More >>
Food fests, barbecue and crawfish boils abound during this holiday weekend. If the smoky scent of grilled food doesn't getcha right off of the bat, consider hitting up some alternative events for eats including the St. Louis County Greek Fest and St. Louis African Arts Festival. Many ways to get bar ... More >>
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The mighty mud bug is the star of this month's food festival at Broadway Oyster Bar (736 South Broadway; 314-621-8811), and chef Brad Hagen is pulling out all the stops (and all the crawfish) to make this a feast worthy of the Big Easy. Gut Check spoke with Broadway Oyster Bar's Mary Moramarco to ... More >>
Want to try something old and new for Christmas dinner? Sassafras Valley Farm -- located in Morrison, on the southern bank of the Missouri River midway between St. Louis and Jefferson City -- has the answer: Goose! But you have to act fast and order it by tomorrow, Tuesday, December 18.
The Saint Louis Zoo announced that Cri Cri the harbor seal has died at the Indianapolis Zoo. She was in transit to St. Louis from London, Ontario's Storybook Gardens with three other harbor seals when handlers discovered two of those seals, Nunavut and Atlantis, were dead. The truck carrying them de ... More >>
The New York Times ran a big article yesterday about the challenges of modern zookeeping featuring, as its prime example, the Saint Louis Zoo. Instead of merely keeping animals for display, zoos today are expected to act as agents of conservation for animals whose numbers are dwindling in the wild. ... More >>
When Newt Gingrich lashed out at Fox News the other day, accusing it of unfairly slanting its coverage toward GOP primary rival Mitt Romney, you might say the candidate was biting the hand that fed him over the past decade. Last Friday in St. Louis the former speaker of the House received his own ... More >>
January is National Soup Month, which makes sense, considering the first month of the year is typically marked with below-freezing temperatures, snow and slush. What's better than a delicious, hot bowl of soup on a chilly day? A delicious, hot bowl of soup that you don't have to make -- that's what. ... More >>
Last week, Gut Check brought you a video and a scientific explanation of a squid seemingly coming back to life in the middle of dinner. Now Gawker has posted an even more incredible (and, at the beginning, more graphic) video of the same phenomenon.
The squid in this video is dead.Creepy, no? NPR's Robert Krulwich explains that this is science, not the supernatural: Because this squid was just killed, its muscle cells were still intact and operational. A live squid moves it tentacles by sending an electrical command from its brain to its muscl ... More >>
As we reported in this week's feature, "Stupid People Tricks: The raw crawfish conundrum," it's become something of a trend for people to film themselves -- or get filmed by their friends/enablers -- eating live crawfish and posting the results on YouTube. It's unknown how many of these dumbs ... More >>
We understand that this week's feature story, "Stupid People Tricks: The raw crawfish conundrum," is a little hard to get through. The idea of eating a live crawfish is gross. The idea that a little worm that lives in the crawfish can make its way into a human's...uh, well... Let's just say i ... More >>
Robin WheelerCoffee and chocolate frozen yogurt topped with Valrhona chocolate shavings at Chill. What screams summer movies more than a penguin farce that takes place during a Manhattan winter? Perhaps Mr. Popper's Penguins was meant to mentally cool us while we watch a bunch of misplaced ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsWho wants neck meat? Canada geese to be fed to Pennsylvania's poor. In most circles, goose is a delicacy. But that's not Canada goose, which New York considers a dangerous, airplane-downing nuisance that craps every seven minutes. The state's found a way lower the pest popu ... More >>
Your berries might have a little something extra. Slashfood reports that California's approved methyl iodide for use as a pesticide on strawberries. It's not just the bugs who are unhappy about it - the substance is so toxic that environmental and farm workers groups have filed suit against the stat ... More >>
Making its way around the food blogosphere today is news of a record-setting auction price for a bluefin tuna in Japan: approximately $400,000. The AP report below, via Eater, showcases the beast.The price tag should answer any question as to why the bluefin tuna is on the brink of being wiped out - ... More >>
Coutesy Ameren MissouriA helicopter team is performing aerial daredevil work near Alton this week in an effort to save migrating trumpeter swans, the largest waterfowl in North America. On Monday specialists with Haverfield Aviation began installing "swan diverters" from power lines running ... More >>
this year's Crawfish Boil flyer, complete with crawfish fleur-de-lisThis Saturday the 2nd Annual South City Crawfish Boil brings a bit of New Orleans to Off Broadway. Dinner's served at 7 p.m. Feast on gumbo and all-you-can-eat crawfish for just $10 ($13 if you're under 21). Then stick aro ... More >>
For the first time ever an Asian carp -- that dive-bombing invasive fish species that's clogging the Mississippi and Illinois rivers -- has made its way past an electric barrier and into the Great Lakes waterway. A fisherman in Lake Calumet near Chicago netted a 19-pound Asian carp Tuesday.
Last week swordfish fans rejoiced at news that the species had bounced back from overfishing. Now it's time for bluefin tuna fans to panic. The Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit conservation group, has filed a formal petition to have the North Atlantic fish added to the endangered-specie ... More >>
Seconds after Scoop snatched Walter.Don't know how we missed this when it first aired, but the video below of an allegedly tame pelican "goosing" a man on-air during Fox 2's AM show gives everyone another reason to watch local morning news.Walt Crawford, a trainer at the World Bird Sanctuary in V ... More >>
bluefin tuna sellsfor 16 million-plus yennot many fish left(AP, via New York Times)
Don't gamble with a growling stomach: Go immediately to Nobu's.