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Zookeepers Discover Boy Bear Is Actually a Girl After Two Years of Care

Zookeepers Discover Boy Bear Is Actually a Girl After Two Years of Care

Originally posted 03/22/2015 07:20PM

The Phoenix Zoo has something "em-bear-assing" to confess. For the past two years, the Andean bear keepers have been calling a boy ... is actually a girl, reports azcentral.com.

The zoo recently admitted online that they made a mistake when determining Luka the bear's sex. Keepers discovered their error while doing a check-up on two-year-old Luka before moving her to a new home at a zoo in Nashville, Tennessee.

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'Miracle' Panda Triplets Spend Some Cuddly Time with Mom (VIDEO)

Originally posted 03/21/2015 03:20PM



Three panda cubs at China's Chimelong Safari Park, in Guangzhou, are the only surviving panda triplets on Earth, and they are definitely the cutest pandas, period.

A recent video shows the three kids – two boys, one girl – together with their mom, Ju Xiao.

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Aww: The National Zoo's Panda Is Growing Up!

Aww: The National Zoo's Panda Is Growing Up!

Originally posted 03/04/2015 03:00PM

If pandas are anything like humans, Bao Bao will soon ask for the keys to the car.

For more than six months, zookeepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., have been working toward weaning the giant panda from her mother Mei Xiang, just as she would in the wild, and now, well, the 18-month-old is basically like your typical American teenager: taking lots of time apart from her parent.

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Think You Can Guess an Animal From Just Their Tail?

Think You Can Guess an Animal From Just Their Tail?

Originally posted 03/03/2015 04:25PM

It's furry, with a long tail, and has big ears … if you guessed monkey, we'd make great teammates!

A new app called TailsUp! tests your animal knowledge with a Charades-like game, using verbal and physical clues to help your teammate guess the right animal.

The game, created by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help kids and families learn more about animals, will give proceeds from in-app purchases to the AZA's animal conservation.

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Llamas on the Lloose in Phoenix? Twitterverse Has a Meltdown

Llamas on the Lloose in Phoenix Now Safely in Custody

Originally posted 02/26/2015 04:30PM

Citizens of Phoenix can now rest easy: two escaped llamas previously terrorizing (and most likely fertilizing) the streets have been captured.

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No One Loves Snow Days More Than These Red Pandas (VIDEO)

Originally posted 02/23/2015 04:00PM

We like snow … mainly because it gives us the perfect excuse to wear blankets as clothes.

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New Doc Details Man's Sexual Affair with a Dolphin

UpdatePosted 02/04/2015 06:45PM

New Documentary Spotlights Man's Love Affair with a Dolphin

Originally posted 02/03/2015 03:15PM

Malcolm Brenner's summer-long fling with a dolphin named Dolly is the subject of a new documentary short called Dolphin Lover, which received an honorable mention at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival in Park CIty, Utah.

"My name is Malcolm J. Brenner and this is the story of how I fell in love with Dolly the dolphin," Brenner says in a teaser for the film, directed by Kareem Tabsch.

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San Francisco Zoo Offering Cockroaches and More Creepy Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Ex

UpdatePosted 01/27/2015 08:25AM

San Francisco Zoo Offering Heartbroken Patrons a Chance to Gift Cockroaches to Their Exes for Valentine's Day

Originally posted 01/26/2015 12:40PM

Feeling the sting of rejection? Itching to get even with an ex? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned masses the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honor of their special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.

The zoo is highlighting two of its less-desirable inhabitants through the adopt-an-animal program that is usually used to raise money for the care of more cuddly or attractive creatures, such as penguins, lions and pandas.

The Valentine's special compares the creepy characteristics of Madagascar hissing cockroaches and the giant hairy scorpions to the ways of heart-breaking mammals with two legs.

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Scientists Reveal What Chimpanzees Are Actually Saying to Each Other

Scientists Reveal What Chimpanzees Are Actually Saying to Each Other

Originally posted 01/25/2015 07:45AM

What do chimpanzees talk about when they talk about love? (Or anything else, really?)

Scientists are finally getting to the root of that question. A new study published in Animal Behaviour details the efforts of scientists who studied chimpanzees in the Ivory Coast's Taï Forest for over 750 hours.

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UpdatePosted 01/22/2015 09:15AM

Watch This Totally SFW Video of Sloths About to Get Busy

Originally posted 01/21/2015 05:50PM

Full disclosure: To keep his video feed PG-13 and to protect the privacy of Mr. and Mrs. Sloth, the creator of this video stops just short of showing sloth-on-sloth action. But you'll get the idea.

Mark Rosenthal, who also narrates this video, claims that it's rare to glimpse sloths breeding, and perhaps one of the reasons why is that it takes … sloths … a … long … time … to … do … anything. In fact, you might not even be able to tell what these two sloths have in mind if you didn't have a narrator explaining it to you.

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