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Tiny Hamster Bartenders Serve Up Major Cuteness

UpdatePosted 11/07/2014 06:00PM

The Daily Treat: Tiny Hamster Bartenders Serve Up Major Cuteness

Originally posted 11/06/2014 03:00PM

They've chowed down on little burritos. They've nommed hard on itty-bitty pizzas. Now, hamsters are going into the tiny-food business for themselves.

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The Daily Treat: Otter Boot Camp Goes Swimmingly For Orphaned Pup

Originally posted 11/07/2014 01:45PM



681 is a very lucky number.

A week-old otter pup, dubbed 681, was found abandoned at night on a California beach and taken by experts to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where they determined she needed some critical care, according to the Washington Post.

It took four weeks for staff there to fatten up the 2-lb. pup, who has since been transferred to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago for an otter boot camp of sorts, because most otters don't separate from their mothers until about 8 months old.

The Post reports that instead of joining the other young otters there, pup 681, who is now a healthy 6 lbs., will stay behind the scenes and learn the ins and outs of otter life, including grooming, swimming and feeding on her own (shrimp and clams anyone?).

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Count Bambi Is Back: Rare Fanged Deer Spotted for the First Time in Decades

UpdatePosted 11/07/2014 12:30PM

Count Bambi Is Back: Rare Fanged Deer Spotted for the First Time in Decades

Originally posted 11/06/2014 05:15PM

No, this isn't a belated Halloween prank.

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PHOTO: Hurt Rhino's Vision Saved with Custom Mask

UpdatePosted 11/07/2014 07:10AM

Israeli Mask Saves Hurt Rhino's Vision

Originally posted 11/04/2014 01:10PM

Israeli specialists are easing the suffering of a two-ton rhinoceros with a chronic eye infection by creating a "no-fly zone" using a custom mask.

Neta Gueta of the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan helped design the mask that stops flies from laying eggs in the eye of the rhino named Tanda. Gueta said Tanda sometimes grew so frustrated with the infection and she rubbed her eye on rough tree bark, only exacerbating the problem.

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Was an Anaconda Tormented Just for Ratings?

PETA Slams Discovery Channel Special Showing Man Being Eaten by Anaconda

Originally posted 11/06/2014 06:05PM

The anaconda that supposedly gobbled up a man for a Discovery Channel special wasn't harmed, but that didn't stop the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) from weighing in on the network's latest ratings ploy.

A network source assures PEOPLE that the massive snake in Eaten Alive, a special airing Dec. 7 featuring naturalist Paul Rosolie, survived the filming. (Rosolie did, too, in case you were wondering.) But PETA still has major concerns, which is why it urged the network to drop the special.

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World's Only Surviving Panda Triplets Turn 100 Days Old, Stay Adorable

The Daily Treat: 100-Day-Old Panda Triplets Are 11 Pounds with 2 Teeth

Originally posted 11/05/2014 02:00PM

The world's only surviving giant panda triplets were doing well as they turned 100 days old on Wednesday.

Each weighs more than 5 kilograms (11 lbs.), up from just over 100 grams (3½ oz.) at birth. They started teething at around 80 days old and have two small teeth each.

The cubs were born on July 29 within four hours, the female cub first and then her brothers.

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UpdatePosted 11/05/2014 01:15PM

Funny Video: Watch a Fluffy Robo-Penguin Infiltrate an Emperor Penguin Cuddle Pile

Originally posted 11/04/2014 04:25PM

There's something wheel-y different about this penguin.

He's fluffy and black and white, but doesn't march like other emperor penguins – because he's a remote-controlled robot.

In a YouTube video from the International Business Times, watch this fluffy robo-penguin infiltrate an emperor penguin colony to help a group of scientists study the shy birds who reside in Adélie Land, Antarctica.

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Why Is Michelle Obama Teaming Up with Penguins?

Originally posted 11/05/2014 10:00AM

Michelle Obama is ruffling some feathers – literally – but for a good cause.

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The Daily Treat: This Baby Bat Hospital Is Our New Happy Place

The Daily Treat: This Baby Bat Hospital Is Our New Happy Place

Originally posted 11/04/2014 07:50PM

They may go bump in the night, but bats are not as terrifying as horror movies and scary stories make them out to be. In the light, they're actually pretty darn cute.

Staff of the Tolga Bat Hospital in Atherton, Australia, know all about this cuddly side. They dedicate their lives to caring for and raising abandoned bat pups. Every year, over 300 baby bats are left to fend for themselves after their mothers die of starvation or illness, reports The Daily Mail.

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Yikes! Dozens of Bats Invade Utah Courthouse

Yikes! Dozens of Bats Invade Utah Courthouse

Originally posted 11/03/2014 06:25PM

Order is being restored to the courthouse in St. George with the removal of dozens of bats from the building.

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