03:58 PM EDT 07/06/2015


Animals & Pets

Stray Kitten Interrupts Famous Wildlife Photographer's Photo Shoot (VIDEO)

Originally posted 07/01/2015 11:35AM

This stray kitten has a big ambition: to assist one of the world's most prominent wildlife photographers, Mitsuaki Iwago.

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Watch Betty White Play with Puppies and Make Paw Puns (VIDEO)

Originally posted 06/30/2015 06:55PM

Betty White has combined two of her passions – acting and animal advocacy – in her latest project, and it's basically the cutest thing you'll see this week.

In a clip for Discovery Family's upcoming "Pawgust" campaign, White plays with a gaggle of pooches and makes paw puns (see: "paw-some," "paws-itively paw-dorable," "raise the woof").

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Credit: Courtesy of owner
Dog Stolen from Woman at New York Park Found Dead

Dog Stolen from Woman at New York Park Found Dead

Originally posted 06/30/2015 05:40PM

A dog allegedly stolen from her owner at a New York park has been found dead.

The beloved cocker spaniel was stolen right before owner Lora Panossian's eyes at Crocheron park in Queens on Sunday, after two men allegedly punched her in the stomach.

The New York Daily News, who first identified the woman as 29-year-old Lora Panossian, said the thieves stopped her on a walk around 10 p.m. to talk with her about the dog.

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Credit: Courtesy Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Tiger Cub Triplets Make Debut at Washington Zoo

Tiger Cub Triplets Make Debut at Washington Zoo

Originally posted 06/30/2015 04:45PM

Please consider this my official motion to make tiger cub pictures a mandatory part of everyone's Tuesday.

The stunners above are Sumatran tiger triplets Dari, Indah and Kirana with their mom Jaya, making their debut at the Point Defiance Zoo's new "waterfall exhibit."

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Raccoon Mom Really Wants Her Baby to Learn How to Climb

Originally posted 06/30/2015 03:30PM

Some moms fear an empty nest; other mothers patiently tick off the days until they can get a little alone time.

This raccoon matriarch appears to be of the latter sect. Now that her baby is getting bigger, she is eager to get him out of her mouth and on to the trees. Lugging a furry bandit around between your teeth all day is hard work – and doesn't do the breath any favors – so it's climbing time.

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Credit: Courtesy Blake Lively
Blake Lively Pays Lip Service to 'Girl on Girl' Action with Funny Instagram Snap: See the Pic!

Blake Lively Pays Lip Service to 'Girl on Girl' Action with Funny Instagram Snap: See the Pic!

Originally posted 06/30/2015 03:15PM

Talk about animal magnetism.

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Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Lupita Nyong'o Partners with Wildlife Conservancy to Save Elephants in Kenya

Lupita Nyong'o Partners with Wildlife Conservancy to Save Elephants in Kenya

Originally posted 06/30/2015 03:00PM

Lupita Nyong'o, on a return visit to her native Kenya, announced that she would be partnering with international conservation organization WildAid to advocate for a variety of issues, including elephant conservation and women's issues, as well as acting and the arts in Kenya.

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Baby Tree Kangaroo Is World's First to Be Raised by Surrogate Wallaby

Originally posted 06/30/2015 02:10PM

Makaia doesn't know it, but he's a walking, er, hopping history maker.

The kangaroo is the first of his kind to be raised by a surrogate wallaby, according to Australia's Adelaide Zoo.

At just five weeks old, the Goodfellow's tree kangaroo's mother died suddenly when she was crushed by a falling branch at the zoo.

"Acting on pure adrenaline," according to the zoo's website, zookeepers decided to try something that had never been done with a tree kangaroo before: cross-fostering. The staff placed the joey (who was too young to hand raise) with a surrogate wallaby mother.

"We've had great success over the years' cross-fostering between wallaby species, but the specialized breeding technique has never been used on a tree kangaroo," said Adelaide Zoo veterinarian, Dr. David McLelland. "We had no idea if the yellow-foot would accept the tree kangaroo joey, but if we wanted to save the joey we had to try our luck."

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WATCH: Huge Grizzly Bear Tries to Get Inside Tourist's Car in Yellowstone National Park

Originally posted 06/30/2015 02:00PM

David and Valerie Peters, their niece Sage and young friend Elise had a jaw-dropping encounter with a grizzly bear on the aptly-named "Beartooth Highway" in Yellowstone National Park earlier this month.

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