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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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Alligator Escapes from Michigan Zoo, Apparently with Help from Tortoise Accomplice

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An owner of a zoo in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says a 12-inch alligator has escaped, possibly with some help from a tortoise.

MLive.com reports the alligator named Carlos got out of an enclosure over the weekend at the GarLyn Zoo near Naubinway. He was spotted by people nearby, who called police, but he wasn't caught.

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The Daily Treat: Wild Kratts Creatures Kick Back at the PEOPLE Offices

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Wild Kratts Creatures Kick Back at the PEOPLE Offices

Update 07/19/2014 03:25 PM Originally posted 07/18/2014 03:15 PM

We're used to celebrities dropping by our offices – but when a fox and an alligator paid us a visit recently, we all went a little wild!

The visit was courtesy of Martin and Chris Kratt, the brothers who star in PBS's Wild Kratts, an animated children's series about animals who live in places like jungles and swamplands.

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The Daily Treat: Depressed Rhino Befriends Donkey at Zoo | Animals & Pets, Exotic Animals & Pets, Pet News, Unusual Pets

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Depressed Rhino Befriends Donkey at Zoo

Update 06/17/2014 09:20 AM Originally posted 06/16/2014 12:20 PM

Zoo animals in Georgia's capital are not allowed to be lonely, even if it means they end up with rather unusual companions.

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It's almost the weekend! You just need a few bear necessities to get through the rest of the work day, namely a good attitude. Let Smudge show you how it's done.

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The Daily Treat: Cheetah Cub & Puppy Become Best Friends at San Diego Zoo | Animals & Pets, Cute Pets, Funny Pet Videos, Funny Pets, Pet News, Pet Videos, Unusual Pets, Zoo Animals

Cheetah Cub & Puppy Become Best Friends at San Diego Zoo (VIDEO)

Update 06/13/2014 11:25 AM Originally posted 06/12/2014 06:00 PM

Here's some more definitive proof we can all, indeed, get along: A 6-week-old cheetah cub named Ruuxa has befriended a 7-week-old Rhodesian ridgeback puppy named Raina.

After the cheetah, born at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park, was rejected by his mother, the keepers helped nurse the youngster. And then they found him a friend.

"Because the cheetah was by himself and did not have any siblings, we wanted him to have a companion immediately,” animal training manager Susie Ekard said in the zoo's blog. "They definitely like to play, and when they take naps together, they often will snuggle up together for that warmth and closeness." (See them in action in the video below.)

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WATCH: Sea Lion Shows Concern for Girl Who Trips During Game of Tag, Melts Hearts

She is beauty. She is grace. Whoops, where did she go?

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VIDEO: Goat Ends Hunger Strike After Reunion with Donkey Best Friend

Update 05/27/2014 06:30 PM Originally posted 05/27/2014 11:30 AM

A goat named Mr. G received the surprise of his life recently when he was reunited with his best friend, a donkey named Jellybean.

The pair's inspiring friendship began when they lived together for years in the menagerie of a hoarder; after her brood was taken away from her, Mr. G and Jellybean were split up between two different sanctuaries.

Mr. G was taken to California's Animal Place, where the owners soon noted his emotional distress. The buck sat in his pen all day, refusing to eat or even move.

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Watch the National Zoo Lion Cubs Nail Their Swim Test

Originally posted 05/09/2014 08:45 AM

There are times in life when you just have to dive right in – and that was a lesson four African lion cubs at Smithsonian's National Zoo learned earlier this week.

The cubs, born March 10, were tasked with passing a swim reliability test on Tuesday. And they nailed it! (Watch the test in the video above.)

National Zoo staff say that the 10-week-old cuties were all able to keep their heads afloat, swim to the shallow end of the moat (2½-feet deep!) and climb back onto dry land, reports USA Today. That means they're almost ready to explore the terrain of their Washington, D.C., habitat with their mother, 9-year-old Shera.

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