Posts by Eliza Murphy

  • Four Baby Lion Cubs Born in Seattle Zoo

    Eliza Murphy at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    Tune in to this video of the four baby lion cubs for your daily cuteness quotient. They were born Nov. 8 in Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo.

    are not ready for public viewing yet, as the zoo is trying to allow plenty of family bonding time in a quieter environment.

    "We've been monitoring them the last few weeks by video camera," Martin Ramirez, the zoo's mammal curator, told ABCNews.com. "By using the video, we've been able to tell the mother is taking great care of them. There was one cub early on that was making us very nervous, though.

    "She's a first-time mom, and a typical litter size for a first-time mom is two. We were all really excited when she had the one, and then she had two, and then three came along, and we were like 'O.K., wow,' and then the fourth one came along and we were a little worried because that's a handful. That's when we made the decision that we're just going to watch and if we have to intervene, we will."

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  • 'DWTS' Finalists Dish About All-Star Finale

    Eliza Murphy at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    After season 15 of "Dancing with the Stars" came to a close last night with reality star Melissa Rycroft being crowned the winner, all the stars traveled from Los Angeles overnight to join " Good Morning America" in Times Square Wednesday morning for an All-Stars After Party. The all-female finalists and their partners, Melissa Rycroft, Tony Dovolani, Derek Hough, Shawn Johnson, Val Chmerkovskiy and Kelly Monaco gave "GMA" the inside scoop on everything that really went on behind the scenes as the ballroom battle heated up.

    PHOTOS: 'Dancing With the Stars' After Party on 'GMA'

    And as to be expected, first-time champ Rycroft was emotional while discussing her win, in what may have been the biggest "Dancing" upset ever.

    "It's unreal," Rycroft said on "GMA" this morning. "This whole season, I think Tony and I underestimated ourselves and thought we were underdogs. It's totally unexpected and such a surprise."

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  • Grand Canyon Photo Prank Goes Viral

    Eliza Murphy at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    While camping in the Grand Canyon with her boyfriend earlier this month, Samantha Busch, 22, decided to pull a prank on her overprotective mom, Rebecca. Busch texted a photo of herself looking like she was falling off a cliff, when in reality, she was perfectly safe standing on a ledge below.

    "For five days up to when we left, my mom had warned me about falling off the cliff or being blown off," Busch told ABCNews.com. "So when we were hiking around the corner, I found a good spot where I could stand on the ledge. He angled the camera just right and he took a great picture."

    Her mom and all her co-workers, however, were not amused.

    "I messaged it to her first and she works for a medical auditing company and there are women who have known me since day one, and they freaked out over it also. I emailed it to them, too, and they were all freaking out over it saying I gave them a heart attack," Busch said.

    To take the prank one step further, Busch, of Westmont, Ill., turned off the GPS locator on her phone so her mom could not track her.

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  • Prince William PR Pics Revealed Military Secrets

    Eliza Murphy at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    Photos released yesterday on the Royals' revamped website were intended to give the public a behind-the-scenes look at Prince William's daily routine as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot. However, upon closer look, the photos actually revealed much more.

    Sensitive information, usernames and passwords could be seen on computer screens, documents on his desk and on a flier hanging behind his head while he was attending a briefing. The images were taken by a Ministry of Defense photographer at RAF Valley, in Anglesey, north Wales, where the prince is based. Originally intended to be used as a PR initiative highlighting his role as part of the RAF Search and Rescue squadron, they've now turned into an embarrassing and sticky situation.

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    Four of the 10 photographs included in the blog post called, "A day in the life of Flight Lieutenant Wales," had to be removed and replaced with new images where the sensitive information is blurred.

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  • Fed-Exed Baby White Rhino Joins Albuquerque's BioPark Zoo

    Eliza Murphy at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    There's an adorable new addition at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo. A three-week-old white rhino calf has arrived from Florida to his new home at the BioPark Zoo, but visitors will have to wait a few months before meeting him until he's accustomed to the staff and the three adult rhinos he's living with, Bertha, Lulu and Bernie.

    "He's the hit of Albuquerque," Zoo Director Rick Janser told ABCNews.com. "The citizens unfortunately can't see him yet, but we're taking video of him and playing it on a monitor so they can see how rambunctious he is. We're getting the staff used to him. He's a very social animal."

    When the baby rhino was born in Florida's White Oak Conservation Center on Oct. 30, he didn't establish a strong bond with his mom, so the next-of-kin, if you will, was BioPark.

    "He is our animal. His dad belonged to us when we sent him out," Janser explained. "In the zoo world, you usually you do breeding loan agreements. The first offspring belongs to female, and the second belongs to the male.

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