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The Daily Treat: Baby Sea Lion Soaks Up the Sun with Mom

The Daily Treat: Baby Sea Lion Soaks Up the Sun with Mom

Originally posted 06/28/2013 07:15PM

Oh, to be a newborn sea lion.

This handsome critter was born a week ago at the Marineland animal exhibition park in Antibes, France, and he's already lapping up the benefits of spending summer in the south of France.

On Friday, the baby sea lion joined his mom for a little R&R in the sun, working on his tan while Mom preferred to take a dip. But her babe was never far from her mind, or sight, and her little one seemed as equally pleased with the attention as his surroundings.

Enjoy it while it lasts, mama sea lion: It's only a matter of time until your baby wants his independence.

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The Daily Treat: This Little Piggy Walks and Rolls

UpdatePosted 06/11/2013 05:30PM

The Daily Treat: This Little Piggy Walks and Rolls

Originally posted 06/11/2013 01:00PM

We all could really (wheel-y!) learn a thing or two from this pig.

Despite being born with malformed hind legs, 6-month-old Chris P. Bacon just rolls with it in a pseudo-wheelchair crafted by his owner, Dr. Len Lucero. The pig was brought to the vet, who resides in Sumterville, Fla., in December after his mother had rejected him and withheld milk due to his deformity. But, "he was full of life," Lucero told The Gainesville Sun. "He had a good heart rate and the attitude of a normal pig."

Since being taken in, Chris has also become a viral sensation thanks to YouTube videos posted by Lucero of the piggy in his wheelchair. But the budding star's latest public appearance on Monday at the University of Florida came on the heels of some more serious news: Chris underwent an operation for a hernia.

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The Daily Treat: Nothing to See Here, Just a Wheelbarrow Full of Puppies

The Daily Treat: Nothing to See Here, Just a Wheelbarrow Full of Puppies

Originally posted 06/03/2013 01:30PM

We don't normally associate wheelbarrows with cuteness. Farming, sure; manual labor, yes; but now, a litter of newborn puppies has turned something ordinary into something extraordinary.

A sheepdog named Star from Leominster, England, recently gave birth to 14 puppies, considered twice the size of a normal litter. In fact, the black-and-white furballs are so numerous, their owners can only successfully transport them in a wheelbarrow.

The pups are being cared for by Star currently, but will eventually be put up for adoption to find homes of their own. While we admit the energetic brood seems like a handful, we do also prefer our puppies all in one place. All the better to ogle them!

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PHOTO: Backstreet's Back – with Panda Cubs!

UpdatePosted 05/31/2013 05:00PM

The Daily Treat: The Backstreet Boys Cause Panda-monium

Originally posted 05/31/2013 12:30PM

Just when you thought the Backstreet Boys couldn't get any cuter!

While on break from touring in China on Thursday, the reunited boy band – members Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean – made nice with a group of panda cubs during a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the country's Sichuan province.

Judging from the photo, we're not sure which quintet had the better time: While each guy happily cradled his furry buddy, the little ones gleefully kicked back, too, relaxing and indulging in delicious drinks.

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The Daily Treat: This Tiger Cub Would Like Some Privacy

The Daily Treat: This Tiger Cub Would Like Some Privacy

Originally posted 05/24/2013 01:00PM

Robert Pattinson, Justin Bieber and more stars have taken to the press to voice their ire with the paparazzi – and this little guy knows just how they feel.

Tily, a 2-month-old Bengal tiger cub, was just looking to enjoy an afternoon to himself in his enclosure at the Fundación Refugio Salvaje animal refuge in San Salvador on Thursday. Instead, he had to spend it fending off photographers looking to snap shots of his adorable mug.

While we have to admit, we'd be tempted to click some mementos of our own if we got anywhere near Tily and that purr-recious face, the cub had its own ideas about how to best handle the impromptu photo shoot – with his teeth.

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The Daily Treat: Mama Orangutan Cuddles Her Newborn

UpdatePosted 05/12/2013 04:05PM

The Daily Treat: Mama Orangutan Cuddles Her Newborn

Originally posted 05/10/2013 01:35PM

A happy Mother's Day, indeed.

A week after giving birth, Sumatran orangutan Sarah was snapped giving her newborn a sweet peck inside their enclosure at the ABQ BioPark Zoo in Albuquerque, N.M. Just like a human mother, she gingerly cradled her little one before leaning in – and judging from that smile on her face, the babe's already lapping up the attention!

The pair were fêted with a Saturday baby shower – just in time for Mother's Day. During the festivities, the park revealed that the tyke is a female.

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The Daily Treat: Elephant Is So Excited to Be Covered in Sand

UpdatePosted 05/03/2013 06:30PM

The Daily Treat: Elephant Is So Excited to Be Covered in Sand

Originally posted 05/03/2013 05:30PM

We've all been there.

Your mom's nagging you to hop into the tub and clean up, but what do you really want to do? Make a mess – and that's exactly what this 18-month-old elephant did.

A resident of the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in England, Asian elephant Scott promptly returned to his enclosure's sand pit after being hosed down. The mischievous pachyderm rolled around in the pit, covering his entire body in sand, before taking it one step further and splattering sand all over himself with his trunk.

Though we're sure his keepers were none too pleased, we have to admit: how could something that makes someone look so happy be wrong?

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The Daily Treat: How to Play Like a Baby Monkey and Lion Cub

The Daily Treat: How to Play Like a Baby Monkey and Lion Cub

Originally posted 04/23/2013 01:15PM

The bigger you are, the harder you fall!

An adorable 32-day-old lion club learned that the hard way on Friday while enjoying playtime with a mini-marsupial at China's Guaipo Manchurian Tiger Park. Though the monkey, only 16-days-old, might be much smaller in stature than his big cat companion, that hasn't stopped the two from becoming fast friends.

Both baby beasts share a need to be fed by a keeper after their mothers were unable to breastfeed them – and isn't that the secret to friendship? This calls for a dinner date with your BFF.

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The Daily Treat: Lamb Stays Warm in Style

The Daily Treat: Lamb Stays Warm in Style

Originally posted 04/18/2013 02:15PM

Now that's shear brilliance!

To keep lambs warm during the unseasonably cold weather in Langley, England, farmers have been covering the furry animals in orange plastic cut to resemble a jacket.

While we think there's no better complement to a coat of fur than a bright accessory, this critter's facial expression seems to suggest otherwise. Maybe it's the color palette?

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The Daily Treat: Baby Tiger Just Wants to Play with You

The Daily Treat: Baby Tiger Just Wants to Play with You

Originally posted 04/15/2013 07:30PM

You're probably already hard at work catching up on all those nitty-gritty things you didn't do over the weekend.

But if you have a minute, this rare Sumatran tiger cub would love to play with you.

The San Francisco Zoo's 2-month-old unnamed addition is a bundle of fun – and quite a paw-ful for her mom, a tiger named Leanne, now that she's allowed out of her cage.

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