03:36 PM EDT 12/19/2014
Exotic Animals & Pets
Originally posted 04/01/2014 01:45PM
A firefighter put his reptile-handling experience to good use when he rescued a 7-ft.-long boa constrictor from a burning home in western Michigan.
Muskegon firefighter Scott Hemmelsbach told the Muskegon Chronicle that he reluctantly agreed to enter the two-story, smoke-filled house Sunday night to retrieve the snake. He says he cradled the "weighty" snake before carrying it to safety.
"It was trying to crawl up the side of his terrarium and get out," Hemmelsbach said. "His face was pushed up on the screen and trying to get out. There was a lot of smoke, and he was trapped."
Originally posted 03/20/2014 05:45PM
Like father, like son: Prince Jackson appears to have inherited late dad Michael Jackson's love of animals.
Days after being spotted leaving a Woodland Hills, Calif., pet supply store with his arms full, the king of pop's son updated his fans with a Vine video showing off his latest pet project.
"80 hours of actual work in total 7 hours just today of work with 1hr of transporting the materials it should be done in a couple weeks," Jackson, 17, captioned the video, which documents an in-the-works structure for reptile cages (and a parrot!).
"Prince has about 10 snakes. He started with them after his father died when he went to live with his grandmother. He's got lizards, too," a family source tells PEOPLE.
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
And the milestone almost didn't happen: one of three cubs born to the Toronto Zoo's female polar bear, Aurora, on Nov. 9, this itty-bitty beauty is the only survivor among its siblings. When the cub was observed no longer moving as strongly as it had before, he was moved to the Wildlife Health Centre, where he remains under constant monitoring.
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.
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