01:42 PM EDT 07/15/2014
Originally posted 03/16/2014 03:30PM
Veterinarians at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are keeping a close watch over a baby gorilla delivered by C-section last week.
The 4.6-lb. female underwent a procedure on Friday to fix a collapsed lung that seems to have happened during delivery, the Associated Press reports.
An emergency C-section was performed on the first-time mom, Imani, 18, because she was in distress after going into labor on Wednesday. The procedure is rarely performed on gorillas.
Originally posted 03/06/2014 04:50PM
Think you've seen every possible combination of adorable animals in sweaters? Prepare to be proven wrong.
Meet the penguins of Australia's Phillip Island Nature Park. This bunch of stylish birds happily models a wide variety of sweater designs, all handmade specifically for them. But their clothing serves more than a sartorial purpose: The penguins here are being treated for feather and skin damage caused by oil spills. The sweaters keep them warm and prevent them from pecking at the oil with their beaks, reports ABC Melbourne.
The Penguin Foundation, also based on Phillip Island, is responsible for distributing these sweaters, which it gives to other wildlife rescue centers, as well. For those looking to contribute to the cause, a knitting pattern is available on their website, along with directions on where to send the finished products.
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 01/10/2014 12:40PM
Originally posted 01/03/2014 03:10PM
Hey, sleepy heads!
Looks like nothing can wake these adorable twin polar bear cubs from their slumber – even when one tries to nestle closer to the other. And, really, who can blame them? Their mama's fur looks pretty darn cozy!
Originally posted 12/30/2013 02:00PM
With New Year's Eve just a day away, you've probably got your evening ensemble and countdown cupcake ready to go.
Unless you're this orangutan.
And judging by the look on his face, you can tell being unprepared is starting to weigh on him. In addition to what to wear and what to serve, there's also decorating to be done. Plus, and we don't want to rub salt into the wound, but someone's going to need to find time to head to the salon.
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.
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