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

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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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90 Seconds of Baby Leopards Playing with Christmas Balls

Update 12/06/2013 06:00 PM Originally posted 12/05/2013 12:35 PM

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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VIDEO: Baby Baboons Are Really Good at Being Adorable

Update 11/29/2013 08:20 AM Originally posted 11/26/2013 04:30 PM

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

Originally posted 11/25/2013 07:15 AM

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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The Daily Treat: Serge the Llama Upstages the Bordeaux Boxers

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Did you hear the one about the famous llama? Well if you haven't, you will soon, and the story we're talking about is no joke.

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VIDEO: Tiger Cub Really, Really Wants to Play with Boy Dressed as a Tiger

Update 11/08/2013 01:20 PM Originally posted 11/07/2013 01:00 PM

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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Pretty in Pink: Animals Who Wear It Better Than Molly Ringwald

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Pretty in Pink: The Molly Ringwalds of the Animal Kingdom

Originally posted 11/07/2013 02:30 PM

Forget orange. Pink is the new black – among animals, that is.

A photographer recently snapped shots of a pale-hued hippo standing out like a sore thumb among its pack in Zambia, and it had us daydreaming about all the other animals that are naturally blushing beauties – and beasts, like Australia's giant fluorescent slugs! As you'll see, pink isn't always pretty.

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The Daily Treat: 5 Best Lion Hugs Ever

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5 Best Lion Hugs Ever

Originally posted 11/06/2013 05:00 PM

Lion-hugging: amazing new trend or dangerous hobby? While we in no way endorse you hugging or touching or even approaching a lion, we're pretty smitten watching other people do so. Check out the five best.

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

Originally posted 11/04/2013 03:00 PM



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

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PHOTOS: Zoo Animals with Pumpkins!

Originally posted 11/01/2013 06:00 AM

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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