Etika, a 7-year-old sea otter, is the first of her species to have successfully borne and raised a pup in captivity, a feat she has accomplished—with help from Chtakch, her male tank mate at the Seattle Aquarium—three times in as many years.
Jackie, an adolescent of undetermined age, won the 40th Chesapeake Turtle Derby in Baltimore in a record 16.32 seconds for the 12½-foot course. As reward, his owner, Jeff Gorboth, set him free in the woods where he had been found.
Belmond, 6, a Labrador, retrieved 13 throws of a Frisbee in a minute-long, three-dog freestyle runoff to win the 1981 Catch & Fetch title, held in Pasadena, Calif. Her thrower was her master, Bob Cox, a 22-year-old Iowa state trooper.
Petunia, 1½, a 300-pound white sow, beat two other hogs in the final heat of the 1981 Porkness at the Litchfield Fair to earn the Superpig Trophy for 1981. In covering the 350-foot course, she beat the runner-up, Sophie, by three feet.
December 28, 1981
BOSQUE FARMS, N. MEX.
BFD, 7 months, beat Rio Grande Queen by a bill to win the Great American Duck Race in Deming, N. Mex. Waddling the 16-foot course in 1.576 seconds, she won $1,500 for her owner, a jewelry wholesaler named Robert Duck.
Billy, 6, won his second triple crown of burro racing, placing first in events in Fairplay, Leadville and Buena Vista, Colo. He traversed more than 20 miles of mountainous terrain in each race while carrying 35 pounds of mining gear.