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Self-Proclaimed Wizard Banned from Australian Zoo for Antagonizing Gorillas

Originally posted 08/17/2015 01:00PM

Continuing last week's trend of "Foolish People Irritating Large Animals," a self-proclaimed wizard from Christchurch, New Zealand, has been banned from Orana Wildlife park for enraging one of its gorillas.

Andrew Wright, an "energy healer" whose work can be seen at the top of this post, was apparently chanting and beating his chest at the zoo's largest gorilla, angering the animal so much that it charged the glass at the front of its enclosure to get at him.

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Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread: The Pelican

Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread: The Pelican

Originally posted 08/17/2015 09:00AM

This is the third installment of Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread, and so I'd like to think we've reached a casual, sort of easygoing relationship.

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We Could Watch this Bear Blunder Around for Salmon Forever (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/13/2015 10:00AM

Do you ever see animals doing animal things and think, "Same, dude. Same." (Of course you do.)

That's us with this bear today. We could watch this guy clumsily clomp around in the stream for salmon forever, and not just because he reminds us of ourselves at Old Country Buffet.

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Watch This Baby Cheetah Get Acquainted with Its Companion Puppy (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/11/2015 04:00PM

Siri is a nine-week-old female cheetah cub who lives at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Australia. She's in good hands there: The zoo is one of the only ones in the world to successfully breed cheetahs.

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Cecil the Lion's Killing Prompts Actor Kirk Douglas to Recall 'Uncomfortable Memory' of Hunting in Kenya

Cecil the Lion's Killing Prompts Actor Kirk Douglas to Recall 'Uncomfortable Memory' of Hunting in Kenya

Originally posted 08/07/2015 11:35PM

Cecil the lion's death has sparked worldwide outrage, but for Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, it's prompted him to recall memories of what he calls "the most stupid thing I've ever done."

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Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread: The Acorn Woodpecker

Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread: The Acorn Woodpecker

Originally posted 08/05/2015 08:00AM

Welcome to Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread, a new daily column here at PEOPLE Pets.

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Watch This Hummingbird Change Colors Every Second (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/04/2015 11:00AM

And you thought Blake Lively's wardrobe changes during the Age of Adaline press tour were crazy.

This hummingbird, called an "Anna's hummingbird" – which, fine, Anna, take everything – seems to change colors with each sassy turn of its head. "Throwing shade with our coloration" is a skill we've pined for for quite some time, so we're jealous, even though this bird – as with all birds – works its apparent magic with deception, and not good all-American hard work.

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Interspecies Friendship of the Day: Chihuahua Puppy and Goats (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/03/2015 09:00AM

Welcome to Interspecies Friendship of the Day, a franchise in which we explore the world of animal friendships, mostly as an excuse to gawk and make all kinds of monosyllabic noises of affection.

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Jericho the Lion Is Alive – and There's a Photo to Prove It

UpdatePosted 08/02/2015 09:10AM

Jericho the Lion Is Alive – and There's a Photo to Prove It

Originally posted 08/01/2015 03:45PM

Jericho the lion, who was originally reported to be Cecil the lion's borther, is indeed alive despite initial reports that he had been illegally killed by a hunter on Saturday, Oxford's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit has confirmed. They have also clarified that he was not the brother of Cecil.

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Credit: Andy Loveridge/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit/AP
Minnesota Dentist Who Killed Cecil the Lion Has Contacted U.S. Authorities

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Minnesota Dentist Who Killed Cecil the Lion Has Contacted U.S. Authorities

Originally posted 08/01/2015 11:45AM

A representative of Dr. Walter Palmer – the Minnesota dentist who ignited international controversy after killing the Zimbabwe lion Cecil by allegedly baiting him out of a national park one night in July – contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement late Thursday afternoon, PEOPLE has confirmed.

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