02:36 PM EDT 12/07/2013
Originally posted 12/05/2013 12:35PM
So, a lion, a tiger and two leopards walk into a New York City office building ...
Okay, it didn't quite go down like that – there were cat carriers, baby bottles full of milk and several animal wranglers involved when four spirited big cats came to the PEOPLE studios last week in honor of Big Cat Week on Nat Geo WILD (running through Dec. 6).
After cat wrangler Boone Smith gave us the lowdown on these amazing felines, including a rare white tiger and African lion cub, we thought: Wouldn't it be fun if we got the 3-month-old African leopards to play with Christmas ornaments? Well, it turns out Ogre and Betty had other ideas. Click play above to watch what happens when you try and choreograph wild animals in a big fancy studio space.
Originally posted 11/26/2013 04:30PM
Piggyback rides just got a whole lot cuter! Two tiny Hamadryas Baboons are now on display at the Prospect Park Zoo in New York.
The pair has stayed curious and busy – enjoying belly rides, cuddling in their mom's lap and playing with leaves – since their births on Aug. 9 and Sept. 26. The brothers have different mothers, but were both fathered by a 21-year-old baboon named Bole.
Originally posted 11/25/2013 07:15AM
Talk about sibling revelry!
Three newborn tiger cubs born earlier this month at Georgia's Tbilisi Zoo look to be getting along swimmingly.
The trio, born Nov. 7, can be seen in this aww-dorable footage huddled together in a corner of their enclosure – while Mom watches over them from nearby.
Names for the cubs have not yet been released, but if we had to guess, we'd definitely go with Cute, Cuter and Cutest.
Also: When can we expect a playdate with the white tiger cubs from Japan's Tobu Zoo Park?
Originally posted 11/13/2013 01:35PM
They don't have Chris Hemsworth's golden locks or Tom Hiddleston's smooth moves, but this Thor and Loki combo are still quite the package deal. The turtle duo, named after the popular comic book characters, are inseparable – literally.
Originally posted 11/12/2013 12:30PM
Did you hear the one about the famous llama? Well if you haven't, you will soon, and the story we're talking about is no joke.
Originally posted 11/08/2013 01:15PM
Originally posted 11/07/2013 01:00PM
Originally posted 11/07/2013 02:30PM
Forget orange. Pink is the new black – among animals, that is.
A photographer recently snapped shots of a pale-hued hippo standing out like a sore thumb among its pack in Zambia, and it had us daydreaming about all the other animals that are naturally blushing beauties – and beasts, like Australia's giant fluorescent slugs! As you'll see, pink isn't always pretty.
Originally posted 11/06/2013 05:00PM
Lion-hugging: amazing new trend or dangerous hobby? While we in no way endorse you hugging or touching or even approaching a lion, we're pretty smitten watching other people do so. Check out the five best.
Originally posted 11/04/2013 03:00PM
So what if you have to go to your job and work really hard all week? This baby Sumatran tiger was rejected by its mother for having a bum leg. (Perspective people, perspective!)
We all should be in awe of the work scientists are doing at this orphan sanctuary in Sumatra, Indonesia, where orangutans and other abandoned and endangered animals are being given a second chance. Thanks to the tireless work of their caretakers – who try to mimic the creatures' mothers by sleeping beside them – they are thriving and hopefully will one day return to the wild.
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