Fact: everything is better when a panda is present.
Like that horrible, cold, wet, white stuff that falls from the sky every year around this time, and leaves millions freezing as they shovel driveways in its wake. Here's proof that blizzards can be more bearable when you set your eyes on Da Mao, a giant panda from the Toronto Zoo, who was captured on hidden camera (and on Instagram) this week doing somersaults and tumbles in the snow.
Like the bear equivalent of pro snowboarder Shaun White, Da Mao zooms down a hill in his exhibit like it's NBD – but it is, in fact, a bear-y big deal, buddy. So big that the zoo has dubbed the panda's cool trick bear-bogganing.
If lions are king of the jungle, then porcupines are masters of the universe.
In this YouTube video, watch one of the prickly creatures defend himself against a pride of 13 lions like a boss – cool, calm, collected and completely prepared to deliver a quill to the jaw, if necessary.
681 is a very lucky number.
A week-old otter pup, dubbed 681, was found abandoned at night on a California beach and taken by experts to the Monterey Bay Aquarium where they determined she needed some critical care, according to the Washington Post.
It took four weeks for staff there to fatten up the 2-lb. pup, who has since been transferred to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago for an otter boot camp of sorts, because most otters don't separate from their mothers until about 8 months old.
The Post reports that instead of joining the other young otters there, pup 681, who is now a healthy 6 lbs., will stay behind the scenes and learn the ins and outs of otter life, including grooming, swimming and feeding on her own (shrimp and clams anyone?).
Israeli specialists are easing the suffering of a two-ton rhinoceros with a chronic eye infection by creating a "no-fly zone" using a custom mask.
Neta Gueta of the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan helped design the mask that stops flies from laying eggs in the eye of the rhino named Tanda. Gueta said Tanda sometimes grew so frustrated with the infection and she rubbed her eye on rough tree bark, only exacerbating the problem.
The world's only surviving giant panda triplets were doing well as they turned 100 days old on Wednesday.
Each weighs more than 5 kilograms (11 lbs.), up from just over 100 grams (3½ oz.) at birth. They started teething at around 80 days old and have two small teeth each.
The cubs were born on July 29 within four hours, the female cub first and then her brothers.
There's something wheel-y different about this penguin.
He's fluffy and black and white, but doesn't march like other emperor penguins – because he's a remote-controlled robot.
In a YouTube video from the International Business Times, watch this fluffy robo-penguin infiltrate an emperor penguin colony to help a group of scientists study the shy birds who reside in Adélie Land, Antarctica.
It's that time of year again. You know, when people use Halloween as a blanket excuse to scare the, uh, bamboo out of everyone.
You've seen the bumper stickers, "Who rescued who?" – and sometimes it's really hard to decide.
In Bob Miner's view, the rescuing credit goes to his army of pets – lions, tigers, hyenas, kangaroos, black bears and the more than 200 other species of animals who reside at his animal sanctuary in Mount Vernon, Maine.
When Miner came home after he was injured in the Vietnam War, he suffered a series of strokes and was confined to a wheelchair. As a form of therapy, he began taking care of abused and abandoned animals and gradually built his own world with them. With their help – and the help of his wife Julie – Miner learned to walk again and eventually, with his own two hands, built the DEW Animal Kingdom & Sanctuary on 42 acres of land.
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