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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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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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Court to Decide Fate of Orangutan Deemed 'Non-Human Person'

Originally posted 05/26/2015 02:30PM

She was deemed a "non-human person" by an Argentinian court in December, but more than five months later, Sandra the orangutan's freedom still hangs in the balance.

According to Reuters, a different court will soon decide the fate of the 29-year-old animal, who currently lives at the Buenos Aires Zoo.

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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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Credit: Scottish SPCA
Curious Peacock Gets Stuck in Cat Flap in Scotland

Curious Peacock Gets Stuck in Cat Flap in Scotland

Originally posted 05/22/2015 03:30PM

Would the owner of this curious peacock please step forward?

The Scottish SPCA would like to a have a word with you about the bird's recent behavior.

According to a press release from the rescue group, the feathered creature tried to squeeze his way through a cat flap at a residence in Aberdeen, Scotland, on Monday. The peacock – who has since been named Felix – is now in the care of their animal rescue team in Drumoak.

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Credit: Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Global/AP
It's a Girl! Baby Hippo's Sex Revealed After 7 Weeks of Waiting

It's a Girl! Baby Hippo's Sex Revealed After 7 Weeks of Waiting

Originally posted 05/14/2015 04:30PM

Princess Charlotte only kept us waiting a few hours, but it took seven weeks of waiting before the San Diego Zoo revealed the sex of its new hippo baby.

The mystery was solved on Tuesday, when zoologists were finally able to get a clear look at the little hippo and determine the animal is female, reports The Associated Press.

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