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The Daily Treat: Watch a Polar Bear Cub Take Its First Steps

Originally posted 01/10/2014 12:40 PM

You had us at polar bear cub, Toronto Zoo, but watching this adorable baby animal take its first steps is almost too much cuteness to handle.

And the milestone almost didn't happen: one of three cubs born to the Toronto Zoo's female polar bear, Aurora, on Nov. 9, this itty-bitty beauty is the only survivor among its siblings. When the cub was observed no longer moving as strongly as it had before, he was moved to the Wildlife Health Centre, where he remains under constant monitoring.

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Twin Polar Bear Cubs Can't Stop Snuggling

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These Twin Polar Bear Cubs Can't Stop Snuggling

Update 01/04/2014 12:00 PM Originally posted 01/03/2014 03:10 PM

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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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

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

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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