A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish.
Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature with eyes the size of half dollars to shore on Sunday. Staffers at the institute are calling it the discovery of a lifetime.
"We've never seen a fish this big," said Mark Waddington, senior captain of the Tole Mour, CIMI's sail training ship. "The last oarfish we saw was three feet long."
Kristen Bell, consider this a warning: Sloth-lovers like yourself might explode while witnessing the cuteness of this sleepy singing mammal, who does a bang-up lip synch of Whitney Houston's 1992 classic "I Will Always Love You."
Notorious for being slow-moving, sloths tend to hang out in trees, but this one? He is quite content doing his thing underneath a cozy blanket. But we think it's better that way; it puts the focus solely on the music.
What prepares you for a performance for more than 67,000 people? If you're Rihanna, it's a cuddle with a cute lion cub!
Before stepping on stage for her "Diamonds" world tour at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday, the singer opted for some downtime with some very special fans.
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!
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.
If you thought any of Miley Cyrus's antics were crazy before, you might say she's officially gone bananas.
Less than a month after her scandalous performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, the recently single "Wrecking Ball" singer, 20, Tweeted out a new image showing off her wild side – with a monkey.
"#Twerkinwithadayummonkeyonmyback," she captioned the photo, which shows the immaculately dressed critter (and scantily clad Cyrus) getting down in Las Vegas (where she returned to the stage last weekend for the first time since calling off her engagement to Liam Hemsworth).
They say a photo is worth a thousand words – well, this one was also worth an arrest warrant.
While spending a weekend at the beach in Thailand, Rihanna left behind a trail of racy Tweets and an incriminating Instagram photo showing her cuddling an endangered primate. That didn't sit well with authorities, who arrested two people for allegedly peddling the protected species.
On a break from her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna visited the Thai island of Phuket, where she befriended the wildlife. An Instagram photo she also shared on Twitter Friday showed her in sunglasses snuggling up to a furry primate called the slow loris, captioned, "Look who was talkin dirty to me!"
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.
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.
A giant panda gave birth at Washington's National Zoo on Friday, causing buzz among fans as they flocked to a panda cam's live feed to hear the cub squeal and watch the mother immediately start caring for it.
The zoo said Mei Xiang gave birth at 5:32 p.m. Friday, two hours after her water broke. Zoo officials said the panda team heard the cub vocalize and that the mother picked it up immediately and began cradling and caring for it.
"WE HAVE A CUB!! Born at 5:32 p.m. this evening," the zoo Tweeted.
"I'm glued to the new panda cams and thrilled to hear the squeals, which appear healthy, of our newborn cub," said Dennis Kelly, director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
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