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Rihanna Takes Photo with Primate in Thailand, Gets Two Men Arrested

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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!"

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The Daily Treat: Lemur Tries His Hand at Telemarketing

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The Daily Treat: Lemur Tries His Hand at Telemarketing

Update 09/20/2013 04:30 PM Originally posted 09/20/2013 01:00 PM

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.

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The Daily Treat: This Lion Wanted a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, But Settled for a Pumpkin

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PHOTO: This Lion Wanted a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, But Settled for a Pumpkin

Update 09/20/2013 08:00 AM Originally posted 09/19/2013 02:00 PM

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.

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Giant Panda Gives Birth at Washington's National Zoo

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Giant Panda Mei Xiang Gives Birth at National Zoo!

Originally posted 08/24/2013 10:15 AM

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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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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