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Originally posted 08/13/2014 03:30PM
If there's one thing you remember from today, it should be this: there is nothing cuter than a set of panda triplets.
There is also nothing more rare. Born on July 29 at Guangzhou's Chimelong Safari Park in China, these 16-day-old siblings are the world's first surviving panda triplets, according to The Guardian.
The birth of the panda babies – who are being cared for by their mother Juxiao and a round-the-clock team of zoo nannies – is extra-special since the animals have such a low reproductive rate.
Originally posted 07/22/2014 05:15PM
A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $100 ticket.
Hallie Bibeau of Newfields tells WMUR-TV she was driving east on Route 101 on Friday when she had to slam on her brakes to avoid hitting the ducklings. She says their mother and several of the ducklings were hit by a car. The mother died.
Originally posted 07/18/2014 03:15PM
We're used to celebrities dropping by our offices – but when a fox and an alligator paid us a visit recently, we all went a little wild!
The visit was courtesy of Martin and Chris Kratt, the brothers who star in PBS's Wild Kratts, an animated children's series about animals who live in places like jungles and swamplands.
Originally posted 05/07/2014 10:00AM
Hey, at least he'll never suffer from empty nest syndrome.
Matthew Sargent, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, took this video of his neighbor, who became a reluctant father to a brood of ducklings after their mother met an untimely demise. The ducklings imprinted on Sargent's neighbor; Sargent's daughter, Carlisle, uploaded the video to Reddit, and the rest is Internet history.
Originally posted 04/14/2014 03:30PM
With summer on the way, the penguins are ready to play!
A group of hatchlings born at the Oregon Zoo is on its way to joining the zoo's Humboldt penguin colony of 18 adults this summer.
The facility has welcomed five little ones over the past few months and even managed to capture one of the baby's hatchings on camera.
Originally posted 03/31/2014 09:00AM
A Maine man in search of a valuable mineral cut open a dead porcupine on the side of the road and unexpectedly pulled out its baby.
Jared Buzzell, of Lisbon, says he was searching for wild mushrooms Thursday when he saw a porcupine get hit by a car in Minot. Buzzell says he'd heard that a valuable mineral deposit used in Chinese medicine formed in the stomachs of porcupines.
He then cut open the dead porcupine to search for the mineral and instead found the baby.
Originally posted 03/05/2014 05:15PM
Parents, we all know Yuan Yuan's pain, don't we?
The giant panda thought she'd managed to get her cub, Yuan Zai, to bed – only to have her little one scramble away. And for a few precious minutes, Yuan Zai had her run of the enclosure at Taiwan's Taipei Zoo. (Start the above video at the 2:45 mark if you want to get straight to the action.)
But when Yuan Yuan realized where the 7-month-old cub had gotten to, she quickly came out and scooped her up by the fur. Try as Yuan Zai might, there was no convincing her mother to let her stay up late. In fact, Yuan Yuan kept a firm grasp on her baby girl until she fell back to sleep.
Originally posted 02/26/2014 02:30PM
If only making friends was always this easy.
When this newborn lamb entered the world earlier this week, there was little to her name. But now, she has two best buddies in her corner: Pancake the cat and Sugar Tree the Dobermann.
Originally posted 01/10/2014 12:40PM
And the milestone almost didn't happen: one of three cubs born to the Toronto Zoo's female polar bear, Aurora, on Nov. 9, this itty-bitty beauty is the only survivor among its siblings. When the cub was observed no longer moving as strongly as it had before, he was moved to the Wildlife Health Centre, where he remains under constant monitoring.
Originally posted 01/08/2014 03:30PM
Is it time to start calling him His Happiness?
During his visit to St. Alfonso Maria de' Liguori parish church just outside Rome on Monday, Pope Francis found himself up close and personal with an "actor" from the church's living nativity scene – a lamb! The young animal was carefully placed around the Pope's shoulders, eliciting a massive grin from the religious leader. The lamb is an important part of Biblical imagery, with Jesus sometimes referred to as the "Lamb of God."
Pope Francis was in attendance to celebrate Epiphany, but he also managed to kick off 2014 in a rather big way. Considering the past year he had, during which he was named Time's Person of the Year, we're sure it will be difficult for him to beat his 2013 achievements – but a cute photo with a lamb is a nice way to start.
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