12:04 AM EDT 12/07/2013
Originally posted 09/25/2013 07:00PM
This leggy lady is the newest addition to Adirondack Animal Land in Gloversville, N.Y., and was fittingly named for the season in which she was born.
The 6-foot-tall giraffe hasn't wasted any time since her arrival on Sunday, the first day of fall: she was standing within an hour of her birth, according to local station News10.
In this clip from CNN, you can see she's a bit wobbly on her feet but as her wiggly ears show, she seems comfortable with the people and cameras surrounding her. She'll be sashaying around her pen in no time!
Originally posted 09/24/2013 03:10PM
And the entire world said: Aww!
It was panda-monium – well, the kind you can sleep through – at the Chengdu Research Center of Giant Panda Breeding on Monday, when 14 artificially bred cubs were placed together in a crib for the first time since their birth a few months ago.
While the fluffy babies weren't particularly into posing for pictures, they managed to make a memorable debut nonetheless, adorably snoozing through their time in the spotlight. Other times, keepers held up the tiny black and white cubs, whose eyesight is not yet fully developed.
Originally posted 09/20/2013 01:00PM
You know the scenario: you've just settled down to dinner and the phone rings; there's someone on the line trying to sell you something or get something from you and you couldn't be more irritated. Well, what if the person on the other line was not a person at all – but a lemur?
Hear us out, we know what you're thinking. But perhaps this lemur in Devon, Britain, can change your mind. He's got a phone book in hand ... err, paw ... and he'd like to talk to you. And whether you're listed in the personal or business section, he's going to find your number sooner or later.
Originally posted 09/19/2013 02:00PM
Fall's officially here, and you know what that means: sweaters, boots, Halloween, pretty leafs and, most importantly, pumpkin spice lattes. But for this lion, that also means learning you can't always get what you want.
Though he's got the sartorial requisites for the season down – fur coat, anyone? – the taste of autumn previously eluded him ... until now. On Thursday, his keepers at the Ouwehands Dierenpark animal park in Rhenen, Netherlands, helped him kick off the season right with a tasty treat as close to the beloved coffee drink as the king of the jungle can get.
Originally posted 09/06/2013 04:00PM
Originally posted 09/06/2013 11:10AM
Originally posted 09/05/2013 02:45PM
It's a girl!
The Smithsonian's National Zoo announced Thursday that its 2-week-old (but already smiling!) giant panda cub is female, and her father is National Zoo panda Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN).
Panda mother Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) was artificially inseminated with sperm from Tian Tian, as well as from a panda named Gao Gao, at the San Diego Zoo. A sample was recently collected to determine the paternity of her cub, born Aug. 23.
Originally posted 09/04/2013 01:30PM
If you've ever smiled really, really big when you walked into a movie theater and it had nothing to do with what you were there to see, then this bearcat totally gets you.
He's loving the smell of popcorn, too.
Bearcats, a.k.a. binturongs, naturally emit a scent reminiscent of buttery popcorn from their glands. And that's enough to bring a smile to Oliver Wolf's face.
The 2-month-old Staten Island Zoo resident knows no Oscar nominee or Ryan Gosling-lead rom-com can top his natural scent, which is used by the mammals to communicate.
Originally posted 08/30/2013 05:00PM
He's got the competition licked!
A chimpanzee named Brent, who paints with his tongue, has won an art contest held by the Humane Society.
The 37-year-old primate, who has lived at Chimp Haven in Kentville, La., since 2006, won a $10,000 prize for the sanctuary, which will be used to expand the facility and prepare for new residents.
Brent creates his unique paintings by applying blobs of child-safe tempera paints onto a canvas with his tongue.
Originally posted 08/27/2013 04:30PM
Congratulations are in order for the National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang, who welcomed a cub on Friday evening – and it turns out the little one is already more than happy about the attention.
During an examination by members of the animal care staff on Sunday, the newborn appeared to smile ever-so-slightly for waiting photographers. "The cub is robust, fully formed, and is a bright, healthy shade of pink," reports the Washington zoo's officials.
The cub's birth is the result of artificial insemination after Mei Xiang failed to breed with the National Zoo's male panda Tian Tian. As the baby continues to grow, mother and child will be in isolation for the next few months.
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