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PHOTO: This Lion Wanted a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, But Settled for a Pumpkin

UpdatePosted 09/20/2013 08:00AM

The Daily Treat: This Lion Wanted a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, But Settled for a Pumpkin

Originally posted 09/19/2013 02:00PM

Fall's officially here, and you know what that means: sweaters, boots, Halloween, pretty leafs and, most importantly, pumpkin spice lattes. But for this lion, that also means learning you can't always get what you want.

Though he's got the sartorial requisites for the season down – fur coat, anyone? – the taste of autumn previously eluded him ... until now. On Thursday, his keepers at the Ouwehands Dierenpark animal park in Rhenen, Netherlands, helped him kick off the season right with a tasty treat as close to the beloved coffee drink as the king of the jungle can get.

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Giant Panda Mei Xiang Gives Birth at National Zoo!

Giant Panda Gives Birth at Washington's National Zoo

Originally posted 08/24/2013 10:15AM

A giant panda gave birth at Washington's National Zoo on Friday, causing buzz among fans as they flocked to a panda cam's live feed to hear the cub squeal and watch the mother immediately start caring for it.

The zoo said Mei Xiang gave birth at 5:32 p.m. Friday, two hours after her water broke. Zoo officials said the panda team heard the cub vocalize and that the mother picked it up immediately and began cradling and caring for it.

"WE HAVE A CUB!! Born at 5:32 p.m. this evening," the zoo Tweeted.

"I'm glued to the new panda cams and thrilled to hear the squeals, which appear healthy, of our newborn cub," said Dennis Kelly, director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

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Credit: AP Photo/Mark Gurney
When a Raccoon Meets a Teddy Bear: See the Olinguito

The Daily Treat: When a Raccoon Meets a Teddy Bear – Meet the Newest Member of the Animal Kingdom

Originally posted 08/15/2013 01:25PM

We know the last thing you want to hold is that black and white fiend called a raccoon that rummages through your trash at night. But what if we told you there's a cuter, cuddlier version of it?

Well, start spreading your arms.

Researchers have discovered a new species of mammal called the olinguito, a teddy bear-faced creature that's most similar to a dog, cat or bear, reports the Associated Press. Though new species are regularly discovered, this kind of find, a mammal, is far rarer and hasn't happened in about 35 years.

The raccoon-sized animals travel by jumping from tree to tree in the forests of Ecuador and Colombia at night – but that's not the reason why they haven't been identified earlier.

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Credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo/Reuters/Landov
Pair of Rare Tiger Cubs Born at National Zoo

UpdatePosted 08/08/2013 02:15PM

Pair of Rare Tiger Cubs Born at National Zoo

Originally posted 08/08/2013 01:30PM

It's three's company for the Sumatran tigers at Washington, D.C.'s National Zoo!

Two rare cubs were born to its resident female, Damai, on Monday, prompting delight from the zoo's keepers.

"All I can do is smile," said great cats curator Craig Saffoe on the zoo's website. "The team has realized our goal of producing critically endangered tiger cubs."

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PHOTOS: Oprah Goes On Safari in the Serengeti

The Daily Treat: Oprah Winfrey Tours the Serengeti

Originally posted 07/30/2013 09:00AM

Look who's on saaaffaaarrri!

Oprah Winfrey visited Africa's Serengeti over the weekend and she's sharing all the details.

Posting stunning photos of her brush with wildlife to her Instagram account, the former talk show host kicked off her trip on July 26 with a "#zebrawelcome," during which she shared a shot of her and longtime love Stedman Graham standing in the African plains with a group of the black-and-white-striped animals running past in the background.

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The Daily Treat: Monitor Lizards Just Want to Hug It Out, Okay?

UpdatePosted 07/19/2013 05:00PM

The Daily Treat: Monitor Lizards Just Want to Hug It Out, Okay?

Originally posted 07/19/2013 01:30PM

We could all learn a little something from these two monitor lizards.

While enjoying a day of swimming at Bangkok's Lumphini Park in Thailand, the playful guys took a moment to stop and say, "I love you," as they passed each other. Upon meeting, each lizard wrapped its arms around the other, sharing what looks to be a pretty cozy embrace.

Though we can't say for sure if this a common practice among members of the scaly species, we will say this: it never hurts to know someone has your back.

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The Daily Treat: Zoo Atlanta Welcomes Twin Pandas

The Daily Treat: Zoo Atlanta Welcomes Twin Pandas

Originally posted 07/16/2013 01:10PM

Look who's having twins!

No, not Duchess Catherine, but this pair's arrival is a landmark in its own right. Giant panda Lun Lun and her partner, Yang Yang, both 15-years-old and residing at Georgia's Zoo Atlanta, welcomed a pair of tiny twins on Monday. The births are the first for panda twins in the U.S. since 1987.

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Rob Lowe Takes His Love for Animals to the Small Screen

Rob Lowe Takes His Love for Animals to the Small Screen

Originally posted 07/15/2013 03:10PM

He already loves Parks and Recreation, and now Rob Lowe is adding "wildlife rescue" to his growing list of interests.

As part of Procter & Gamble's Dawn Saves Wildlife campaign, the Golden Globe nominee will be narrating a documentary web series called The Big Picture, highlighting the rescue efforts of the Marine Mammal Center and the International Bird Rescue, which saves wildlife from oil spills using Dawn dish soap.

You might be wondering: What does the actor have to do with animals? Actually, leading a charitable life has been on Lowe's agenda since he was 15.

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UpdatePosted 07/12/2013 01:45PM

VIDEO: Impala Avoids Cheetah by Jumping into Tourist's Car

Originally posted 07/11/2013 01:45PM

Desperate times call for desperate measures!

While being chased by a pair of cheetahs, a quick-thinking impala took a leap of faith – literally! – and jumped into a tourist's waiting jeep.

The amazing moment was captured on film by a visitor to South Africa's Kruger National Park, who can be heard in the video shouting, "It's in the car! It's in the car!"

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It's a Girl! Taipei Zoo Welcomes New Giant Panda

PHOTO: Meet the Taipei Zoo's New Panda Cub

Originally posted 07/08/2013 02:15PM

Time to think pink!

The Taipei Zoo announced this weekend that its female giant panda, Yuan Yuan, gave birth to a baby girl on July 6. The teeny, tiny gal – who weighs less than half a pound! – is being bottle fed mother's milk and carefully cared for in an incubator.

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