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Panda Fakes Pregnancy, Broadcast of Birth Is Canceled

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Panda Fakes Pregnancy to Receive More Treats (We're Not Judging)

Update 08/28/2014 12:15 PM Originally posted 08/27/2014 01:15 PM

It's a plot plucked from a soap-opera script.

Displeased with her day-to-day life, Ai Hin concocts a plan to fake a pregnancy in a desperate plea for more attention – and treats! (Bwahahahaha.)

On Tuesday, experts at China's Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding revealed that they caught on to Ai Hin the panda's scheme – dun, dun, dun! – and canceled a live broadcast they were planning of the cub's birth, which would have been the world's first.

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The Daily Treat: World's Oldest Wombat Is 29 and a Virgin

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World's Oldest Wombat Is a 29-Year-Old Virgin

Originally posted 08/27/2014 04:10 PM

We have Steve Carell's next comedy vehicle all squared away.

Meet Patrick, the world's oldest living wombat, a virgin, who celebrates his 29th birthday this month.

Chatter about the chaste wombat, who lives at Australia's Ballarat Wildlife Park, ramped up this week when Australia.com's Facebook page posted a message in honor of Patrick's birthday on Sunday.

"Happy Birthday Patrick the Wombat! This 29-year-old is the world's oldest living wombat. Given that Patrick has never had children, or any partners in general, probably makes him the oldest living wombat virgin as well! Congrats mate!"

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CPR and Heart Massage Save Injured Koala's Life

Update 08/23/2014 05:00 PM Originally posted 08/22/2014 03:15 PM



Sean almost didn't make it.

After the koala was hit by a car in Melbourne, Australia, a wildlife professional and a team of firefighters performed CPR and heart massage that saved the little animal's life.

According to The Herald Sun, rescuer Michelle Thomas had never done CPR on a koala before, only a dog.

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Woman Cited for Climbing into Giraffe's Pen at Wisconsin Zoo

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Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison, Wisconsin, zoo and getting kicked in the face.

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The Daily Treat: Meet the World's First Surviving Panda Triplets (You Won't be Disappointed!)

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If there's one thing you remember from today, it should be this: there is nothing cuter than a set of panda triplets.

There is also nothing more rare. Born on July 29 at Guangzhou's Chimelong Safari Park in China, these 16-day-old siblings are the world's first surviving panda triplets, according to The Guardian.

The birth of the panda babies – who are being cared for by their mother Juxiao and a round-the-clock team of zoo nannies – is extra-special since the animals have such a low reproductive rate.

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This Is Why You Don't Try to Talk While a Lion Is Talking

Originally posted 08/11/2014 05:25 PM

Wildlife expert Kevin Richardson just wanted to tell the world about lions.

Turns out the lions wanted to, too.

As the self-proclaimed "Lion Whisperer" was recording a PSA for Sunday's World Lion Day, he was interrupted by the majestic roars of Tau, a lion he has known since it was just a cub.

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The Daily Treat: Texas Bear Escapes Zoo Enclosure to Swim with Seals

Texas Bear Escapes Zoo Enclosure to Swim with Seals

Originally posted 08/06/2014 02:15 PM

A 220-pound black bear who managed to climb out of a South Texas zoo exhibit took a dip in a pond with some harbor seals before staffers tranquilized him.

No one was hurt in the incident Monday at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. Zoo spokeswoman Cynthia Galvan said Tuesday that the male bear, named Oscar, is staying in his sleeping quarters, out of public view, until repairs are made to cracks in the concrete wall of his bear grotto.

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Meet the 'Geep': Butterfly the Sheep/Goat Hybrid is Super Cute

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What do you get when you cross a sheep and a goat? (This isn't a trick question.)

Meet Butterfly, the "geep." She's the offspring of a female sheep named Momma and a male pygmy goat named Michael, and she was born at MyPettingZoo.com's facility in Arizona.

"We were not even aware that [Momma] was pregnant because we don't have a male [sheep]," Priscilla Motola, owner of the petting zoo, told Azcentral.com of the surprise arrival, which is believed to have happened on Sunday.

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The Daily Treat: Watch What Happens When a Kangaroo Holds Court at the PEOPLE Offices



They may not be king of the jungle, but to us, kangaroos have a certain mystical quality – like that of Kanye, Kim or any K-named celeb for that matter.

So, when National Geographic asked us if they could bring a gray kangaroo to our New York City offices to promote their new special Urban Jungle (airing Aug. 3 at 9 p.m.), we were more than happy (hoppy?) to oblige.

Her name was Ingrid and she definitely stole our hearts – and any ounce of remaining productivity we had on a Thursday morning. As she hopped down our halls with a GoPro camera, hordes of people gathered to catch a glimpse, a selfie, or any other evidence that the Australian native was actually on the 29th floor of our usually quiet office building.

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It's International Tiger Day, and some very special Internet stars are here to meow all about it.

Lil Bub, Princess Monster Truck, Pudge and more famous web moggies recently joined up with Greenpeace to create the video "Cats Save Tigers." Think of it as a "We Are the World" with more yowling.

In the clip, the kitties explain (with a little help from captions) that while tigers are the largest felines in the world, their numbers are rapidly declining. There are only 3,000 tigers left on Earth today, a depressing figure these cats hope to change.

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