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Try Not to Smile About This Panda's Visit to the Dentist

The Daily Treat: Try Not to Smile About This Panda's Visit to the Dentist

Originally posted 09/12/2014 07:15PM

Bai Yun, the San Diego Zoo's giant female panda, has been known to chew on bamboo for up to 12 hours a day, so when she chipped a lower tooth, veterinarians had to fix it.

The 23-year-old panda went to the dentist Wednesday, got a shot to make her numb and got the chip repaired, a cleaning and X-rays.

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Black Tiger Cub Tries to Terrify, Looks Purr-fectly Precious Instead

Black Tiger Cub Tries to Terrify, Looks Purr-fectly Precious Instead

Originally posted 09/02/2014 05:25PM

This tiger cub is only 25 days old, but the squirmy cutie has already figured out how to work the camera.

The unnamed newborn joined in on an adorable photo shoot in Hangzhou, China, according to Pix 11. During the session, the cub tried to strike some ferocious poses, but turned out looking more darling than dangerous. The rare black tiger was also joined by a dog, who allowed the wild animal to nurse from her when needed.

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Panda Fakes Pregnancy to Receive More Treats (We're Not Judging)

UpdatePosted 08/28/2014 12:15PM

Panda Fakes Pregnancy, Broadcast of Birth Is Canceled

Originally posted 08/27/2014 01:15PM

It's a plot plucked from a soap-opera script.

Displeased with her day-to-day life, Ai Hin concocts a plan to fake a pregnancy in a desperate plea for more attention – and treats! (Bwahahahaha.)

On Tuesday, experts at China's Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding revealed that they caught on to Ai Hin the panda's scheme – dun, dun, dun! – and canceled a live broadcast they were planning of the cub's birth, which would have been the world's first.

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World's Oldest Wombat Is a 29-Year-Old Virgin

The Daily Treat: World's Oldest Wombat Is 29 and a Virgin

Originally posted 08/27/2014 04:10PM

We have Steve Carell's next comedy vehicle all squared away.

Meet Patrick, the world's oldest living wombat, a virgin, who celebrates his 29th birthday this month.

Chatter about the chaste wombat, who lives at Australia's Ballarat Wildlife Park, ramped up this week when Australia.com's Facebook page posted a message in honor of Patrick's birthday on Sunday.

"Happy Birthday Patrick the Wombat! This 29-year-old is the world's oldest living wombat. Given that Patrick has never had children, or any partners in general, probably makes him the oldest living wombat virgin as well! Congrats mate!"

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UpdatePosted 08/23/2014 05:00PM

CPR and Heart Massage Save Injured Koala's Life

Originally posted 08/22/2014 03:15PM



Sean almost didn't make it.

After the koala was hit by a car in Melbourne, Australia, a wildlife professional and a team of firefighters performed CPR and heart massage that saved the little animal's life.

According to The Herald Sun, rescuer Michelle Thomas had never done CPR on a koala before, only a dog.

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Woman Licked, Kicked & Fined After Climbing into Giraffe's Pen at the Zoo

Woman Cited for Climbing into Giraffe's Pen at Wisconsin Zoo

Originally posted 08/17/2014 03:35PM

Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison, Wisconsin, zoo and getting kicked in the face.

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Meet the World's First Surviving Panda Triplets (You Won't be Disappointed!)

The Daily Treat: Meet the World's First Surviving Panda Triplets (You Won't be Disappointed!)

Originally posted 08/13/2014 03:30PM

If there's one thing you remember from today, it should be this: there is nothing cuter than a set of panda triplets.

There is also nothing more rare. Born on July 29 at Guangzhou's Chimelong Safari Park in China, these 16-day-old siblings are the world's first surviving panda triplets, according to The Guardian.

The birth of the panda babies – who are being cared for by their mother Juxiao and a round-the-clock team of zoo nannies – is extra-special since the animals have such a low reproductive rate.

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This Is Why You Don't Try to Talk While a Lion Is Talking (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/11/2014 05:25PM

Wildlife expert Kevin Richardson just wanted to tell the world about lions.

Turns out the lions wanted to, too.

As the self-proclaimed "Lion Whisperer" was recording a PSA for Sunday's World Lion Day, he was interrupted by the majestic roars of Tau, a lion he has known since it was just a cub.

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Texas Bear Escapes Zoo Enclosure to Swim with Seals

The Daily Treat: Texas Bear Escapes Zoo Enclosure to Swim with Seals

Originally posted 08/06/2014 02:15PM

A 220-pound black bear who managed to climb out of a South Texas zoo exhibit took a dip in a pond with some harbor seals before staffers tranquilized him.

No one was hurt in the incident Monday at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. Zoo spokeswoman Cynthia Galvan said Tuesday that the male bear, named Oscar, is staying in his sleeping quarters, out of public view, until repairs are made to cracks in the concrete wall of his bear grotto.

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Meet the 'Geep': Butterfly the Sheep/Goat Hybrid is Super Cute

Meet the 'Geep': Butterfly the Sheep/Goat Hybrid is Super Cute

Originally posted 08/02/2014 07:15AM

What do you get when you cross a sheep and a goat? (This isn't a trick question.)

Meet Butterfly, the "geep." She's the offspring of a female sheep named Momma and a male pygmy goat named Michael, and she was born at MyPettingZoo.com's facility in Arizona.

"We were not even aware that [Momma] was pregnant because we don't have a male [sheep]," Priscilla Motola, owner of the petting zoo, told Azcentral.com of the surprise arrival, which is believed to have happened on Sunday.

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