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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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PHOTO: See 14 Pandas Sleeping in a Crib

UpdatePosted 09/24/2013 05:15PM

The Daily Treat: Pandas Sleeping In a Crib Are Cuter When There's 14 of Them

Originally posted 09/24/2013 03:10PM

And the entire world said: Aww!

It was panda-monium – well, the kind you can sleep through – at the Chengdu Research Center of Giant Panda Breeding on Monday, when 14 artificially bred cubs were placed together in a crib for the first time since their birth a few months ago.

While the fluffy babies weren't particularly into posing for pictures, they managed to make a memorable debut nonetheless, adorably snoozing through their time in the spotlight. Other times, keepers held up the tiny black and white cubs, whose eyesight is not yet fully developed.

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PHOTO: Miley Cyrus Twerks with a Monkey on Her Back

Miley Cyrus Twerks with a Monkey on Her Back

Originally posted 09/24/2013 01:35PM

If you thought any of Miley Cyrus's antics were crazy before, you might say she's officially gone bananas.

Less than a month after her scandalous performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, the recently single "Wrecking Ball" singer, 20, Tweeted out a new image showing off her wild side – with a monkey.

"#Twerkinwithadayummonkeyonmyback," she captioned the photo, which shows the immaculately dressed critter (and scantily clad Cyrus) getting down in Las Vegas (where she returned to the stage last weekend for the first time since calling off her engagement to Liam Hemsworth).

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Rihanna Takes Photo with Primate in Thailand, Gets Two Men Arrested

Rihanna Takes Photo with Primate in Thailand, Gets Two Men Arrested

Originally posted 09/23/2013 12:00PM

They say a photo is worth a thousand words – well, this one was also worth an arrest warrant.

While spending a weekend at the beach in Thailand, Rihanna left behind a trail of racy Tweets and an incriminating Instagram photo showing her cuddling an endangered primate. That didn't sit well with authorities, who arrested two people for allegedly peddling the protected species.

On a break from her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna visited the Thai island of Phuket, where she befriended the wildlife. An Instagram photo she also shared on Twitter Friday showed her in sunglasses snuggling up to a furry primate called the slow loris, captioned, "Look who was talkin dirty to me!"

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The Daily Treat: Lemur Tries His Hand at Telemarketing

UpdatePosted 09/20/2013 04:30PM

The Daily Treat: Lemur Tries His Hand at Telemarketing

Originally posted 09/20/2013 01:00PM

You know the scenario: you've just settled down to dinner and the phone rings; there's someone on the line trying to sell you something or get something from you and you couldn't be more irritated. Well, what if the person on the other line was not a person at all – but a lemur?

Hear us out, we know what you're thinking. But perhaps this lemur in Devon, Britain, can change your mind. He's got a phone book in hand ... err, paw ... and he'd like to talk to you. And whether you're listed in the personal or business section, he's going to find your number sooner or later.

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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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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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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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