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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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Credit: California Highway Patrol/AP
Injured Owl Rescued from Highway by California Police

Injured Owl Rescued from Highway by California Police

Originally posted 05/12/2015 12:00PM

Getting stuck on Highway 101 is definitely something to hoot about.

That's what one owl learned last Friday when it was apparently hit by a vehicle and found itself injured near the center divider of the California highway, The Press Democrat reports.

California Highway Patrolman Justin Fetterly responded to the call about the barn owl, and when he arrived at the scene, he cornered the bird with fellow officer Brian Wood. Fetterly used an emergency blanket to scoop up the bird and then drove with it in his lap to a nearby emergency animal hospital in Santa Rosa.

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Baby Kangaroo Stolen from Mother's Pouch at Wisconsin Zoo

Originally posted 05/11/2015 05:20PM

The Special Memories Zoo in Greenville, Wisconsin, had some depressing Mother's Day news.

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Pandas Re-enact The Lion King's Most Dramatic Scene

Originally posted 05/11/2015 04:30PM

You thought pandas were sweet, innocent, altruistic sweeties, right? Well, these black-and-white bears have a dark side.

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OtterBox Phone Case Is No Match for a Real Otter

Originally posted 05/08/2015 02:45PM



It's the biggest fight since Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: it's OtterBox vs. Otter.

A visitor to the Red River Zoo in Fargo, North Dakota, recently dropped an iPhone covered in an OtterBox case into the otter exhibit by accident, reports Valley News Live.

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Credit: The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden/AP; Landov
Update: Zoo Monkey Named for Princess Charlotte Keeps Name After Royal Family Doesn't Complain | Princess Charlotte

Update: Zoo Monkey Named for Princess Charlotte Keeps Name After Royal Family Doesn't Complain

Originally posted 05/08/2015 02:15PM

In case you doubted the power of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, consider yourself warned. (For the record, we never questioned the authority of Her Royal Highness, we are not worthy, et cetera.)

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Credit: Sue Ogrocki/AP
Tigers Escape Oklahoma Zoo During Tornadoes

Tigers Escape Oklahoma Zoo During Tornadoes

Originally posted 05/07/2015 05:40PM

Tuttle, Oklahoma, had to worry about tornadoes and tigers this week.

According to Newsweek, the city's interactive zoo, Tiger Safari, was hit by a tornado Wednesday night. The damage from the storm led to the escape of several exotic animals, tigers included.

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