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See the Oregon Zoo's Lion Cubs at Play

UpdatePosted 10/19/2013 02:45PM

VIDEO: Watch the Oregon Zoo's Lion Cubs at Play

Originally posted 10/18/2013 03:05PM

Play nice, girls!

Five weeks after their arrival, the Oregon Zoo's lion cubs are starting to form sisterly bonds, enjoying some requisite roughhousing and palling around. But there's another milestone the trio is also about to hit: being named.

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Credit: Adam K. Thompson/Atlanta Zoo/Reuters/Landov
Name the Pandas at Zoo Atlanta!

UpdatePosted 10/11/2013 01:00PM

Name the Pandas at Zoo Atlanta!

Originally posted 10/10/2013 05:00PM

If you're still going through panda cam withdrawal in the wake of the government shutdown, here's something to take the edge off: The twin giant panda cubs at Zoo Atlanta need names – and you can help!

The male cubs, born to mom Lun Lun, are now 87-days-old and the zoo intends to name them on their 100th day in accordance with a Chinese tradition that is said to bring about good luck. The two are currently referred to as "Cub A" and "Cub B."

In keeping with the pandas's Chinese heritage, possible names were derived from ancient Chinese idioms and provided to the zoo by the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Voting ends Oct. 21 at noon via GoodMorningAmerica.com.

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UpdatePosted 10/10/2013 04:30PM

The Daily Treat: Rub-a-Dub-Dub, 3 Micro Pigs in a Tub

Originally posted 10/10/2013 03:15PM

Have no fear – we won't let the Big Bad Wolf get to these cuties!

Three micro pigs from Petpiggies breeding center in Bedfordshire, England, couldn't be any more adorable at bath time. (Warning: It's possible to pig out on this video all day long!)

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14 Baby Pandas Go Outside for the First Time

UpdatePosted 10/08/2013 05:30PM

The Daily Treat: China's 14 Baby Pandas Go Outside for the First Time

Originally posted 10/08/2013 03:00PM



With the National Zoo's panda cam still on hiatus due to the government shutdown, much of the world is still wandering the internet aimlessly, searching for their panda fix. We're here to help.

Fourteen panda cubs from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China stepped outside for the first time on Monday – and by "stepped outside," we mean slept in the arms of their handlers before being placed on a blanket – and there's more than 50 seconds of raw footage of the adorable spectacle.

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VIDEO: The Cutest Giraffe You'll See All Day

VIDEO: The Cutest Giraffe You'll See All Day

Originally posted 09/25/2013 07:00PM



Hello, Autumn!

This leggy lady is the newest addition to Adirondack Animal Land in Gloversville, N.Y., and was fittingly named for the season in which she was born.

The 6-foot-tall giraffe hasn't wasted any time since her arrival on Sunday, the first day of fall: she was standing within an hour of her birth, according to local station News10.

In this clip from CNN, you can see she's a bit wobbly on her feet but as her wiggly ears show, she seems comfortable with the people and cameras surrounding her. She'll be sashaying around her pen in no time!

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Credit: Courtney Janney/Smithsonian's National Zoo/AP
National Zoo Reveals Baby Panda's Gender

National Zoo's 2-Week-Old Panda Cub Is Female

Originally posted 09/05/2013 02:45PM

It's a girl!

The Smithsonian's National Zoo announced Thursday that its 2-week-old (but already smiling!) giant panda cub is female, and her father is National Zoo panda Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN).

Panda mother Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) was artificially inseminated with sperm from Tian Tian, as well as from a panda named Gao Gao, at the San Diego Zoo. A sample was recently collected to determine the paternity of her cub, born Aug. 23.

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New York City Subway Shuts Down – for Kittens

UpdatePosted 08/30/2013 01:00PM

Two Kittens Rescued from Brooklyn Subway After Stopping Service

Originally posted 08/30/2013 11:50AM

It only took two kittens to stop New York's subway in its tracks.

Power was cut to the B and Q lines in Brooklyn for more than an hour after a woman reported Thursday morning that her kittens were loose in the nation's largest subway system, transit officials said.

The furry felines, one black and the other white with gray stripes, were finally found on the tracks and rescued nearly seven hours later.

How they made their way to the tracks was a mystery. But they were seen running dangerously close to the subway's high-voltage third rail.

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Credit: Courtney Janney/Smithsonian's National Zoo/AP
Say Cheese! National Zoo's Newborn Panda Cub Smiles for the Camera

UpdatePosted 08/26/2013 08:00PM

The Daily Treat: Newborn Panda Cub Already Working It for the Camera

Originally posted 08/27/2013 04:30PM

Congratulations are in order for the National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang, who welcomed a cub on Friday evening – and it turns out the little one is already more than happy about the attention.

During an examination by members of the animal care staff on Sunday, the newborn appeared to smile ever-so-slightly for waiting photographers. "The cub is robust, fully formed, and is a bright, healthy shade of pink," reports the Washington zoo's officials.

The cub's birth is the result of artificial insemination after Mei Xiang failed to breed with the National Zoo's male panda Tian Tian. As the baby continues to grow, mother and child will be in isolation for the next few months.

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Credit: Smithsonian National Zoo/Reuters/Landov
Giant Panda Mei Xiang Gives Birth at National Zoo!

Giant Panda Gives Birth at Washington's National Zoo

Originally posted 08/24/2013 10:15AM

A giant panda gave birth at Washington's National Zoo on Friday, causing buzz among fans as they flocked to a panda cam's live feed to hear the cub squeal and watch the mother immediately start caring for it.

The zoo said Mei Xiang gave birth at 5:32 p.m. Friday, two hours after her water broke. Zoo officials said the panda team heard the cub vocalize and that the mother picked it up immediately and began cradling and caring for it.

"WE HAVE A CUB!! Born at 5:32 p.m. this evening," the zoo Tweeted.

"I'm glued to the new panda cams and thrilled to hear the squeals, which appear healthy, of our newborn cub," said Dennis Kelly, director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

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The Daily Treat: Baby Panda Meets Mom For the First Time

Originally posted 08/15/2013 10:30AM



Talk about a happy homecoming! More than a month after her birth, panda cub Yuan Zai was reunited with her mother, Yuan Yuan, at Taiwan's Taipei Zoo on Tuesday.

Upon birth, Yuan Zai had been slightly injured and required round-the-clock care in an incubator. After 39 days, zookeepers decided she was ready to meet Mom – and it looks like Mom agreed.

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