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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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VIDEO: Penguins Wearing Santa Suits – A.K.A. the Best Christmas Gift Ever

UpdatePosted 12/19/2013 10:25AM

The Daily Treat: Penguins Wearing Santa Suits – Best Christmas Gift Ever!

Originally posted 12/18/2013 01:45PM

We weren't really sure what we wanted for the holidays. We told our friends and loved ones to just cover a cat in wrapping paper and call it a day.

But now we know what we want – no, what we need – this year: Penguins. And they have to be dressed up like Santa.

The feathery (and festive!) fellas got into the spirit of the season at South Korea's Everland theme park. Each day until Christmas, visitors are greeted with a mini penguin parade, reports Reuters.

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Surprise! Beluga Whale Photobombs Couple's Wedding Portrait

Surprise! Beluga Whale Photobombs Couple's Wedding Portrait

Originally posted 12/13/2013 03:00PM

Amanda and Patrick Leigh have a whale of a tale to share about their wedding day.

While taking photos at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn., the couple was photobombed by Juno, an 11-year-old beluga whale, who managed to swim right in between the two just before the camera clicked.

"That was just a lucky photo," Amanda told GoodMorningAmerica.com. "We paused to fix the dress and the whale happened to come over. My husband and I looked behind us and he was right there, like, 'Hello.'"

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VIDEO: Newborn Elephant Will Turn Your Bad Day Right Around

UpdatePosted 12/11/2013 11:20AM

The Daily Treat: Newborn Elephant Will Turn Your Bad Day Right Around

Originally posted 12/10/2013 03:00PM

He's a pachyderm with a purpose: to cheer people up!

This happy and healthy male elephant was born when the staff of the Melbourne Zoo really needed a pick-me-up, arriving just days after an 11-month-old elephant died at the zoo in a freak accident.

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UpdatePosted 12/06/2013 06:00PM

VIDEO: Baby Leopards Run Amok at PEOPLE.com

Originally posted 12/05/2013 12:35PM

So, a lion, a tiger and two leopards walk into a New York City office building ...

Okay, it didn't quite go down like that – there were cat carriers, baby bottles full of milk and several animal wranglers involved when four spirited big cats came to the PEOPLE studios last week in honor of Big Cat Week on Nat Geo WILD (running through Dec. 6).

After cat wrangler Boone Smith gave us the lowdown on these amazing felines, including a rare white tiger and African lion cub, we thought: Wouldn't it be fun if we got the 3-month-old African leopards to play with Christmas ornaments? Well, it turns out Ogre and Betty had other ideas. Click play above to watch what happens when you try and choreograph wild animals in a big fancy studio space.

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WATCH: Big Kittens Take Over the PEOPLE Office

Originally posted 12/03/2013 03:00PM

Lions roam the lush landscape of the Serengeti, while their domestic counterparts roam the dusty crawl space under your bed. But we've got video evidence that proves that these felines have more in common than you think, even if only one of them will reach a weight of 400 lbs. in their lifetime.

Our friends at Nat Geo WILD brought three different types of big kittens – a baby tiger, a lion and two leopards cubs – to our New York City offices to promote their fourth annual Big Cat Week (running through Dec. 6). We are pleased to bestow the following morsels of knowledge upon those who are just as fascinated by felines as we are:

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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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