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WATCH: Raju the Elephant Celebrates One Year of Freedom – with Cake!

Originally posted 07/01/2015 05:15PM

How does an elephant party hard? With cake, of course.

Raju the Asian elephant, who was rescued last July by Wildlife SOS after 50 years of submission and exploitation in India, celebrated his first full year of happiness at The Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center in India on Wednesday, and PEOPLE has the exclusive video of his delicious celebration!

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Credit: Courtesy Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Tiger Cub Triplets Make Debut at Washington Zoo

Tiger Cub Triplets Make Debut at Washington Zoo

Originally posted 06/30/2015 04:45PM

Please consider this my official motion to make tiger cub pictures a mandatory part of everyone's Tuesday.

The stunners above are Sumatran tiger triplets Dari, Indah and Kirana with their mom Jaya, making their debut at the Point Defiance Zoo's new "waterfall exhibit."

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Baby Tree Kangaroo Is World's First to Be Raised by Surrogate Wallaby

Originally posted 06/30/2015 02:10PM

Makaia doesn't know it, but he's a walking, er, hopping history maker.

The kangaroo is the first of his kind to be raised by a surrogate wallaby, according to Australia's Adelaide Zoo.

At just five weeks old, the Goodfellow's tree kangaroo's mother died suddenly when she was crushed by a falling branch at the zoo.

"Acting on pure adrenaline," according to the zoo's website, zookeepers decided to try something that had never been done with a tree kangaroo before: cross-fostering. The staff placed the joey (who was too young to hand raise) with a surrogate wallaby mother.

"We've had great success over the years' cross-fostering between wallaby species, but the specialized breeding technique has never been used on a tree kangaroo," said Adelaide Zoo veterinarian, Dr. David McLelland. "We had no idea if the yellow-foot would accept the tree kangaroo joey, but if we wanted to save the joey we had to try our luck."

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Credit: Brenna Hernandez/Shedd Aquarium
Welcome to the World, Baby Rockhopper Penguin! (PHOTOS)

Welcome to the World, Baby Rockhopper Penguin!

Originally posted 06/26/2015 05:25PM

On Tuesday, June 9, a star was born: Chick #23, a teacup-sized rockhopper penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) who's the fluffiest thing you'll see all week.

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WATCH: Grizzly Bear Belly Flops into Swimming Pool, Wins Summer

WATCH: Grizzly Bear Belly Flops into Swimming Pool, Wins Summer

Originally posted 06/25/2015 03:35PM

Grizzly bears get hot, too.

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Credit: San Diego Zoo/AP
Speed the Galapagos Tortoise Dies at 150

Speed the Galapagos Tortoise Dies at 150

Originally posted 06/22/2015 02:55PM

Speed's slow but epic journey on Earth has come to an end.

According to Fox News, the Galapagos tortoise died at the San Diego Zoo on Friday. He was 150.

The tortoise spent eight decades at the California facility, moving to San Diego from Volcan Cerro Azul Island in 1933 as part of an effort to preserve the endangered species.

Over the decades, Speed was known for entertaining countless visitors and starting rumbles with the other male tortoises in his enclosure.

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Filed Under: Death, Zoo Animals
Credit: Irakli Gedenidze/Reuters/Landov
Man Killed by Tiger After Hundreds of Animals Escape Georgia Zoo During Massive Flood

Man Killed by Tiger After Hundreds of Animals Escape Georgia Zoo During Massive Flood

Originally posted 06/17/2015 08:40AM

The zoo-escape chaos in Tbilisi, Georgia continued Wednesday when a man was killed by a tiger still on the loose after hundreds of animals escaped during a massive flood in the area over the weekend.

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Seal Returns to the Ocean After Rehab for Stab Wounds

Originally posted 06/12/2015 03:20PM

An adorable 1-year-old rescued seal pup named Poppy was released back into the ocean Thursday morning after months of rehabilitation.

Picked by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Provincetown, Massachusetts on Mar. 26, Poppy was found suffering from severe hydration, multiple stab wounds and a penetrating gash through her skull. She was immediately taken to the Mystic Aquarium's Animal Rescue Clinic, where she was treated for three months.

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VIDEO: Zoo Animals Discover Themselves In a Mirror

Originally posted 06/02/2015 01:20PM



Clearly, people aren't the only ones who are self-obsessed.

Thanks to a project by a French photographer, we've learned that leopards, gorillas and apes are narcissists, too – they enjoy gazing at themselves in the mirror.

Xavier Hubert Brierre and his wife travelled to Gabon and set up mirrors in various locations to capture wild animals looking at themselves. Their reactions are really something to see.

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This Video of a Shark Getting a Belly Rub Is the Cutest Thing You'll See All Day

Originally posted 05/26/2015 12:45PM

What do you do when a leopard shark requests a belly rub?

If you're trained to do this sort thing, you do as you're told.

The professional in this YouTube video is swimming among the aquatic creatures and seemingly cleaning the tank at an aquarium, when a sizable leopard shark swims over for a look.

The staffer wraps his or her arms around the animal (described by Wikipedia as an "active-swimming predator" – yikes!) and gives it a lengthy rub on its belly, the shark rolling over with the calm of a willing dog.

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