Features and Technology – Polar bear cub in Germany / Chicken lays green eggs in Mexico / $2500 car

Germany – Polar bear cub
Nuremberg – 8 Jan 2008

1. Vera carrying in enclosure, dropping it repeatedly
2. Vera carrying cub, dropping it

Mexico – Chicken which lays green eggs
Cuautitlan, 29 Jan 2008

3. Cockerel with chickens in yard
4. Close up, green egg, pull out to chicken, Rabanita, with egg
5. Woman, Elvira Romero, walks up to camera, with basket of eggs, talking

India – Tata car launch
New Delhi – 10 Jan 2008

6. Chairman of Tata motors, Ratan Tata, driving the Tata Nano onto stage and getting out
7. Rear of Tata Nano car
8. Wide of another Tata Nano car on stage

Argentina – Argentinians watch last total lunar eclipse until 2010
Buenos Aires, Feb 21 2008

9. Close-up of moon with partial eclipse
10. Various, people looking through telescopes
11. Close-up of near total lunar eclipse
12. People applauding at total eclipse
13. Zoom in of total lunar eclipse


Nuremberg zoo has decided to start bottle-feeding a newborn polar bear in January after it found out that another polar bear mother at the zoo apparently ate her newborn cubs. While Nuremberg’s other polar bear mother, Vera, has not tried to harm her cub so far, it was taken away from her when she came out of her cave and tried to hide it on the compound, the zoo’s director said.

“Recently we had clear evidence that the mother did not behave correctly anymore and therefore we intervened,” Helmut Maegdefrau said, adding that Vera was disturbed in her cave when a camera team who got too close to her and the cub.

Vera’s cub, which was born in mid-December, seemed healthy and the chances of raising it by hand are good, Maegdefrau said, adding that the other polar bear mother Vilma had most likely killed her two newborns because they were sick.


At first glance, Rabanita looks no different from the other chickens in the yard.

But this ordinary-looking hen with brown feathers has become a celebrity in Cuautitlan, a small village north of Mexico City, because every day she lays an egg with a green shell.

“Since the 5th of December she has been laying green eggs,” said her owner, Elvira Romero.

Romero is a housewife who got the hen as part of a government aid package to help villagers.

“Well, my children say ‘Oh Mummy, God looks favourably on you so that you were given as a prize a chicken that lays green eggs’,” said Romero with a smile.


In January India’s Tata Motors unveiled its much-anticipated 2,500 US dollar car, the ‘Tata Nano’, at an auto show in New Delhi.

The ultra-cheap price tag brings car ownership into the reach of tens of millions of people across the world, but critics say the vehicle, will lead to millions more cars on India’s already clogged roads, increasing air and noise pollution problems.

But company chairman Ratan Tata says the car will be the least polluting car on the Indian roads and meet necessary safety standards.


On February 21st Buenos Aires provided some of the best views of the night’s total lunar eclipse, with clear skies and a party atmosphere on the ground.

Hundreds turned out with cameras and telescopes at the city Planetarium, bursting into spontaneous applause as the eclipse became total.

A total eclipse occurs when the full Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow.

Stronger atmospheric scattering of blue light means that the light that reaches the lunar surface is predominantly red in colour so observers on Earth see a Moon that may be brick-coloured, rusty, blood-red or sometimes just dark grey, depending on terrestrial conditions on the night.

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