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VIDEO: Baby Baboons Are Really Good at Being Adorable

UpdatePosted 11/29/2013 08:20AM

VIDEO: Baby Baboons Are Really Good at Being Adorable

Originally posted 11/26/2013 04:30PM

Piggyback rides just got a whole lot cuter! Two tiny Hamadryas Baboons are now on display at the Prospect Park Zoo in New York.

The pair has stayed curious and busy – enjoying belly rides, cuddling in their mom's lap and playing with leaves – since their births on Aug. 9 and Sept. 26. The brothers have different mothers, but were both fathered by a 21-year-old baboon named Bole.

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Three White Tiger Cubs Are Better Than One

The Daily Treat: Three White Tiger Cubs Are Better Than One

Originally posted 11/25/2013 07:15AM

Talk about sibling revelry!

Three newborn tiger cubs born earlier this month at Georgia's Tbilisi Zoo look to be getting along swimmingly.

The trio, born Nov. 7, can be seen in this aww-dorable footage huddled together in a corner of their enclosure – while Mom watches over them from nearby.

Names for the cubs have not yet been released, but if we had to guess, we'd definitely go with Cute, Cuter and Cutest.

Also: When can we expect a playdate with the white tiger cubs from Japan's Tobu Zoo Park?

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PHOTO: Is This a Unicorn?

PHOTO: Is This a Unicorn? Rare Horned Animal Spotted in Vietnam

Originally posted 11/19/2013 11:45AM

Time to break out your coveted sticker book from the '80s. Unicorns are once again an important topic of conversation.

According to The Daily Mail, a elusive animal known as an "Asian unicorn," or saola, has been spotted grazing in Vietnam's central Annamite mountains – and thanks to a hidden camera, the World Wildlife Federation captured pictures of it.

While it's not quite as mystical as the colorful one-horned creatures of your childhood memories, conservationists are enamored with the saola, who has two parallel horns which can reach 19 inches in length.

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10 Reasons Clouded Leopards Are the Best Cats Out There

UpdatePosted 11/17/2013 05:30PM

Clouded Leopards Are the Best Animals Ever Created: 10 Reasons Why

Originally posted 11/15/2013 12:00PM

The Central Park Zoo's new snow leopard cubs are the toast of New York, and for good reason. They're the first snow leopards ever born in Central Park, and they're friendly, fluffy and totally adorable.

They are not, however, clouded leopards ... which is too bad, because clouded leopards are objectively the best cat the animal kingdom has ever produced.

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UpdatePosted 11/09/2013 09:30AM

The Daily Treat: It's Sink or Swim for the National Zoo's Tiger Cubs

Originally posted 11/08/2013 01:15PM

At 3 months old, most human babies are just building the muscle strength to hold up their necks. For baby tigers, it's a different story.

On Wednesday, two tiger cubs born at the Smithsonian National Zoo on Aug. 5 were brought out for their swim reliability test, a rite of passage they must complete before being put on display. With photographers and keepers Dell Guglielmo and Marie Magnuson looking on, each cub was individually tossed into a pool of water 2½-ft. deep. Bandar, the male cub, successfully swam back up to the surface within minutes, though he later leapt from the moat and scurried away. No photos, please!

Shortly after, it was female cub Sukacita's turn, but she was less inclined to swim than her brother. After having to be pushed back into the water – which elicited a growl! – she too successfully passed the swimming test.

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UpdatePosted 11/08/2013 01:20PM

The Daily Treat: Sorry Tiger Cub, But That's a Boy You're Trying to Play With

Originally posted 11/07/2013 01:00PM

Well that's awkward. Who's going to break the bad news to Kali?

The newest Sumatran tiger cub to be born at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium thought she'd made a new friend when 2-year-old Marshall stopped by to visit earlier this year. But, little did she know, things are not always what they seem.

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PHOTO: Drunk Teens Steal Circus Llama, Take Him on Tram

Drunk Teens Take Circus Llama on Tour of Bordeaux

Originally posted 11/05/2013 08:15AM

How do you say OMG in French?

Serge the llama was abducted by five drunk teens from a circus in Bordeaux, France, and taken for a wild ride on the local subway system.

The bizarre caper began on Thursday after a group of guys left a nightclub that morning, according to The Independent. They went to a nearby circus, which was closed for the night, and decided they'd take a zebra as a souvenir.

However, the animal was having none of it. So they settled on Serge.

"We went in and played with the animals," one of the five men, named Mathieu, told a local news station. "We ended up taking a llama with us."

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This 6-Week-Old Sumatran Tiger Cures the Work Week Blues

It's Monday, and This Baby Sumatran Tiger Will Make It All Better

Originally posted 11/04/2013 03:00PM



So what if you have to go to your job and work really hard all week? This baby Sumatran tiger was rejected by its mother for having a bum leg. (Perspective people, perspective!)

We all should be in awe of the work scientists are doing at this orphan sanctuary in Sumatra, Indonesia, where orangutans and other abandoned and endangered animals are being given a second chance. Thanks to the tireless work of their caretakers – who try to mimic the creatures' mothers by sleeping beside them – they are thriving and hopefully will one day return to the wild.

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Credit: Daniel Zup/Schoenbrunn/EPA/Landov
PHOTOS: Zoo Animals with Pumpkins!

The Daily Treat: Here Are Four Furry Friends Celebrating Howl-oween with Pumpkins

Originally posted 11/01/2013 06:00AM

Here at PEOPLE Pets, we've been celebrating Halloween for some time now. We've shared the best pet costumes to come from our readers and provided instructions on how to get your own felines in on the action.

But while we've been marveling at one creative New Yorker's interpretation of Barksy, née Banksy, the animal kingdom has been getting in on the Halloween fun without us – until now.

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Zoo Atlanta's Twin Pandas Celebrate Their New Names – by Sleeping!

Zoo Atlanta's Twin Pandas Celebrate Their New Names – by Sleeping!

Originally posted 10/23/2013 05:35PM

They're Cub A and Cub B no more!

Meet Mei Lun and Mei Huan, twin male giant pandas born at Zoo Atlanta in July, who, as part of Chinese tradition, finally received their official names on Wednesday, their 100th day of life. The names – pronounced May Loon and May Hwaan – were chosen after an online vote, and couldn't be more fitting. They translate to: "indescribably beautiful and magnificent."

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