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Danish Zoo Defends Decision to Euthanize Two Lion Cubs & Their Aging Parents

Danish Zoo Under Fire for Putting Down Four Lions

Originally posted 03/27/2014 10:35AM

A Danish zoo on Wednesday defended its decision to kill two aging lions and two cubs, citing the risk of inbreeding and the arrival of a new male.

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VIDEO: San Diego Zoo Baby Gorilla Introduced to Mom

Originally posted 03/23/2014 05:30PM


It was a happy ending, after all, following a week of medical treatments and constant scrutiny.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park's baby gorilla, born via emergency C-section on March 12, was introduced to her mother, Imani, and other members of her gorilla family on Friday.

It's the first time the baby has had visual interaction with other gorillas or even left the veterinary hospital, according to a description of the video (watch above). In fact, just a week prior to this introduction, she was undergoing surgery for a collapsed lung. When staff determined she had pneumonia, she stayed under intense veterinary care.

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UpdatePosted 03/18/2014 07:15PM

San Diego Zoo's Baby Gorilla Has Pneumonia

Originally posted 03/18/2014 12:00PM


A baby gorilla delivered by a rare emergency cesarean section last week at the San Diego Zoo has pneumonia and is under constant veterinary care.

Veterinarian Nadine Lamberski worked with the female baby, born Wednesday, all weekend. Lamberski said Monday that the gorilla probably contracted the pneumonia during birth, when, days later, a surgical team also had to fix a collapsed lung.

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Baby Gorilla Born via C-section Recovering at San Diego Zoo

UpdatePosted 03/16/2014 05:30PM

Doctors Watching Over Baby Gorilla Born via C-section at San Diego Zoo

Originally posted 03/16/2014 03:30PM

Veterinarians at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are keeping a close watch over a baby gorilla delivered by C-section last week.

The 4.6-lb. female underwent a procedure on Friday to fix a collapsed lung that seems to have happened during delivery, the Associated Press reports.

An emergency C-section was performed on the first-time mom, Imani, 18, because she was in distress after going into labor on Wednesday. The procedure is rarely performed on gorillas.

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Mama Panda Brings Her Little One Back to Bed

The Daily Treat: Mama Panda Brings Her Little One Back to Bed

Originally posted 03/05/2014 05:15PM


Parents, we all know Yuan Yuan's pain, don't we?

The giant panda thought she'd managed to get her cub, Yuan Zai, to bed – only to have her little one scramble away. And for a few precious minutes, Yuan Zai had her run of the enclosure at Taiwan's Taipei Zoo. (Start the above video at the 2:45 mark if you want to get straight to the action.)

But when Yuan Yuan realized where the 7-month-old cub had gotten to, she quickly came out and scooped her up by the fur. Try as Yuan Zai might, there was no convincing her mother to let her stay up late. In fact, Yuan Yuan kept a firm grasp on her baby girl until she fell back to sleep.

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The Daily Treat: Watch a Polar Bear Cub Take Its First Steps

Originally posted 01/10/2014 12:40PM

You had us at polar bear cub, Toronto Zoo, but watching this adorable baby animal take its first steps is almost too much cuteness to handle.

And the milestone almost didn't happen: one of three cubs born to the Toronto Zoo's female polar bear, Aurora, on Nov. 9, this itty-bitty beauty is the only survivor among its siblings. When the cub was observed no longer moving as strongly as it had before, he was moved to the Wildlife Health Centre, where he remains under constant monitoring.

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How a Panda Cub Gets Ready for Her Public Debut

The Daily Treat: Watch the Taipei Zoo Panda Cub Prep for Her Adorable Debut

Originally posted 01/06/2014 03:00PM

It's the moment you've been waiting for: The Taipei Zoo's giant panda cub is on display.

And, you guessed it – she's a looker!

Six-month-old Yuan Zai made her public debut on Monday, just days after she was unveiled to the media at the Taiwan zoo on Saturday. (Watch her get ready with her handlers for the big reveal in the video above.)

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Flipper's Bad Habit: How Dolphins and Other Animals Get High

UpdatePosted 01/04/2014 02:00PM

Flipper's Bad Habit: How Dolphins and Other Animals Get High

Originally posted 12/30/2013 02:00PM

BBC discovered an underwater life of vice while filming its new TV series Dolphins: Spy in the Pod. Using a fake sea turtle equipped with a camera, the crew was able to get unprecedented access to dolphin pods and their behaviors.

The bizarre footage, which will air in 2014, shows a group of dolphins nudging and chewing on a pufferfish, causing the fish to release its defensive toxins. The mammals then pass the fish around, take in the toxins and appear to go into a trance-like state.

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These Twin Polar Bear Cubs Can't Stop Snuggling

UpdatePosted 01/04/2014 12:00PM

Twin Polar Bear Cubs Can't Stop Snuggling

Originally posted 01/03/2014 03:10PM

Hey, sleepy heads!

Looks like nothing can wake these adorable twin polar bear cubs from their slumber – even when one tries to nestle closer to the other. And, really, who can blame them? Their mama's fur looks pretty darn cozy!

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This Orangutan Is Seriously Stressed About Its New Year's Outfit

The Daily Treat: This Orangutan Is Seriously Stressed About Its New Year's Outfit

Originally posted 12/30/2013 02:00PM

With New Year's Eve just a day away, you've probably got your evening ensemble and countdown cupcake ready to go.

Unless you're this orangutan.

And judging by the look on his face, you can tell being unprepared is starting to weigh on him. In addition to what to wear and what to serve, there's also decorating to be done. Plus, and we don't want to rub salt into the wound, but someone's going to need to find time to head to the salon.

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