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The Daily Treat: When a Raccoon Meets a Teddy Bear – Meet the Newest Member of the Animal Kingdom

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When a Raccoon Meets a Teddy Bear: See the Olinguito

Originally posted 08/15/2013 01:25 PM

We know the last thing you want to hold is that black and white fiend called a raccoon that rummages through your trash at night. But what if we told you there's a cuter, cuddlier version of it?

Well, start spreading your arms.

Researchers have discovered a new species of mammal called the olinguito, a teddy bear-faced creature that's most similar to a dog, cat or bear, reports the Associated Press. Though new species are regularly discovered, this kind of find, a mammal, is far rarer and hasn't happened in about 35 years.

The raccoon-sized animals travel by jumping from tree to tree in the forests of Ecuador and Colombia at night – but that's not the reason why they haven't been identified earlier.

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Pair of Rare Tiger Cubs Born at National Zoo

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Pair of Rare Tiger Cubs Born at National Zoo

Update 08/08/2013 02:15 PM Originally posted 08/08/2013 01:30 PM

It's three's company for the Sumatran tigers at Washington, D.C.'s National Zoo!

Two rare cubs were born to its resident female, Damai, on Monday, prompting delight from the zoo's keepers.

"All I can do is smile," said great cats curator Craig Saffoe on the zoo's website. "The team has realized our goal of producing critically endangered tiger cubs."

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The Daily Treat: Oprah Winfrey Tours the Serengeti

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PHOTOS: Oprah Goes On Safari in the Serengeti

Originally posted 07/30/2013 09:00 AM

Look who's on saaaffaaarrri!

Oprah Winfrey visited Africa's Serengeti over the weekend and she's sharing all the details.

Posting stunning photos of her brush with wildlife to her Instagram account, the former talk show host kicked off her trip on July 26 with a "#zebrawelcome," during which she shared a shot of her and longtime love Stedman Graham standing in the African plains with a group of the black-and-white-striped animals running past in the background.

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The Daily Treat: Monitor Lizards Just Want to Hug It Out, Okay?

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The Daily Treat: Monitor Lizards Just Want to Hug It Out, Okay?

Update 07/19/2013 05:00 PM Originally posted 07/19/2013 01:30 PM

We could all learn a little something from these two monitor lizards.

While enjoying a day of swimming at Bangkok's Lumphini Park in Thailand, the playful guys took a moment to stop and say, "I love you," as they passed each other. Upon meeting, each lizard wrapped its arms around the other, sharing what looks to be a pretty cozy embrace.

Though we can't say for sure if this a common practice among members of the scaly species, we will say this: it never hurts to know someone has your back.

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The Daily Treat: Zoo Atlanta Welcomes Twin Pandas

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The Daily Treat: Zoo Atlanta Welcomes Twin Pandas

Originally posted 07/16/2013 01:10 PM

Look who's having twins!

No, not Duchess Catherine, but this pair's arrival is a landmark in its own right. Giant panda Lun Lun and her partner, Yang Yang, both 15-years-old and residing at Georgia's Zoo Atlanta, welcomed a pair of tiny twins on Monday. The births are the first for panda twins in the U.S. since 1987.

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VIDEO: Impala Avoids Cheetah by Jumping into Tourist's Car

Update 07/12/2013 01:45 PM Originally posted 07/11/2013 01:45 PM

Desperate times call for desperate measures!

While being chased by a pair of cheetahs, a quick-thinking impala took a leap of faith – literally! – and jumped into a tourist's waiting jeep.

The amazing moment was captured on film by a visitor to South Africa's Kruger National Park, who can be heard in the video shouting, "It's in the car! It's in the car!"

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PHOTO: Meet the Taipei Zoo's New Panda Cub

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It's a Girl! Taipei Zoo Welcomes New Giant Panda

Originally posted 07/08/2013 02:15 PM

Time to think pink!

The Taipei Zoo announced this weekend that its female giant panda, Yuan Yuan, gave birth to a baby girl on July 6. The teeny, tiny gal – who weighs less than half a pound! – is being bottle fed mother's milk and carefully cared for in an incubator.

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The Daily Treat: This Tiger Cub Is Just Like Your Teenager

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The Daily Treat: This Tiger Cub Is Just Like Your Teenager

Originally posted 07/02/2013 12:00 PM

Now, that's the face of a tiger cub who wants a later curfew.

From the looks of it, tiger kids are no different than your average teenager: Kirana, a female Sumatran tiger, is forced to look away as her newborn cub lets out a wail within their home at the Chester Zoo in England on Monday.

While we're no expert on big cat mother-child relationships, we can't help but flashback to our own door-slamming fights with Mom. The little one's behavior is also in stark contrast to its easy arrival, captured here on video at the start of June.

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The Daily Treat: Baby Sea Lion Soaks Up the Sun with Mom

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The Daily Treat: Baby Sea Lion Soaks Up the Sun with Mom

Originally posted 06/28/2013 07:15 PM

Oh, to be a newborn sea lion.

This handsome critter was born a week ago at the Marineland animal exhibition park in Antibes, France, and he's already lapping up the benefits of spending summer in the south of France.

On Friday, the baby sea lion joined his mom for a little R&R in the sun, working on his tan while Mom preferred to take a dip. But her babe was never far from her mind, or sight, and her little one seemed as equally pleased with the attention as his surroundings.

Enjoy it while it lasts, mama sea lion: It's only a matter of time until your baby wants his independence.

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The Daily Treat: Two-Headed Turtle Is Twice as Nice

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PHOTO: One Turtle, Two Heads – You Have to See This

Update 06/27/2013 05:30 PM Originally posted 06/27/2013 12:15 PM

Like sitcom sisters Laverne and Shirley, Thelma and Louise are back in action.

The San Antonio Zoo welcomed a two-headed turtle on June 18 and named her after the dynamic duo in a cheeky nod to the 1991 Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

Despite the mutation, the Texas cooter seems to have a good head (or two!) on her shoulders. She swims and walks normally, zoo spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike tells the Associated Press, and zoo experts don't predict any health issues for the turtle.

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