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UpdatePosted 11/08/2013 01:20PM

The Daily Treat: Sorry Tiger Cub, But That's a Boy You're Trying to Play With

Originally posted 11/07/2013 01:00PM

Well that's awkward. Who's going to break the bad news to Kali?

The newest Sumatran tiger cub to be born at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium thought she'd made a new friend when 2-year-old Marshall stopped by to visit earlier this year. But, little did she know, things are not always what they seem.

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Credit: Will Burrard-Lucas
Pretty in Pink: The Molly Ringwalds of the Animal Kingdom

Pretty in Pink: Animals Who Wear It Better Than Molly Ringwald

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.

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5 Best Lion Hugs Ever

The Daily Treat: 5 Best Lion Hugs Ever

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.

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This 6-Week-Old Sumatran Tiger Cures the Work Week Blues

It's Monday, and This Baby Sumatran Tiger Will Make It All Better

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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Credit: Daniel Zup/Schoenbrunn/EPA/Landov
PHOTOS: Zoo Animals with Pumpkins!

The Daily Treat: Here Are Four Furry Friends Celebrating Howl-oween with Pumpkins

Originally posted 11/01/2013 06:00AM

Here at PEOPLE Pets, we've been celebrating Halloween for some time now. We've shared the best pet costumes to come from our readers and provided instructions on how to get your own felines in on the action.

But while we've been marveling at one creative New Yorker's interpretation of Barksy, née Banksy, the animal kingdom has been getting in on the Halloween fun without us – until now.

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See the Oregon Zoo's Lion Cubs at Play

UpdatePosted 10/19/2013 02:45PM

VIDEO: Watch the Oregon Zoo's Lion Cubs at Play

Originally posted 10/18/2013 03:05PM

Play nice, girls!

Five weeks after their arrival, the Oregon Zoo's lion cubs are starting to form sisterly bonds, enjoying some requisite roughhousing and palling around. But there's another milestone the trio is also about to hit: being named.

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See Something Fishy? 18-Ft. Sea Creature Found Off the Coast of California

18-Foot Oarfish Found Off the Coast of California

Originally posted 10/16/2013 10:00AM

A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish.

Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature with eyes the size of half dollars to shore on Sunday. Staffers at the institute are calling it the discovery of a lifetime.

"We've never seen a fish this big," said Mark Waddington, senior captain of the Tole Mour, CIMI's sail training ship. "The last oarfish we saw was three feet long."

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The Daily Treat: Sloth Hits a High Note with Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You'

The Daily Treat: Sloth Hits a High Note with Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You'

Originally posted 10/15/2013 03:15PM

Kristen Bell, consider this a warning: Sloth-lovers like yourself might explode while witnessing the cuteness of this sleepy singing mammal, who does a bang-up lip synch of Whitney Houston's 1992 classic "I Will Always Love You."

Notorious for being slow-moving, sloths tend to hang out in trees, but this one? He is quite content doing his thing underneath a cozy blanket. But we think it's better that way; it puts the focus solely on the music.

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The Daily Treat: Rihanna Meets the (Furry!) Locals in South Africa

UpdatePosted 10/14/2013 04:00PM

The Daily Treat: Rihanna Meets the (Furry!) Locals in South Africa

Originally posted 10/14/2013 03:45PM

What prepares you for a performance for more than 67,000 people? If you're Rihanna, it's a cuddle with a cute lion cub!

Before stepping on stage for her "Diamonds" world tour at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday, the singer opted for some downtime with some very special fans.

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VIDEO: The Cutest Giraffe You'll See All Day

VIDEO: The Cutest Giraffe You'll See All Day

Originally posted 09/25/2013 07:00PM



Hello, Autumn!

This leggy lady is the newest addition to Adirondack Animal Land in Gloversville, N.Y., and was fittingly named for the season in which she was born.

The 6-foot-tall giraffe hasn't wasted any time since her arrival on Sunday, the first day of fall: she was standing within an hour of her birth, according to local station News10.

In this clip from CNN, you can see she's a bit wobbly on her feet but as her wiggly ears show, she seems comfortable with the people and cameras surrounding her. She'll be sashaying around her pen in no time!

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