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The Daily Treat: Oregon Zoo's Penguin Hatchlings Are Growing Up

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The Daily Treat: Oregon Zoo's Penguin Hatchlings Are Growing Up

Update 04/14/2014 04:00 PM Originally posted 04/14/2014 03:30 PM

With summer on the way, the penguins are ready to play!

A group of hatchlings born at the Oregon Zoo is on its way to joining the zoo's Humboldt penguin colony of 18 adults this summer.

The facility has welcomed five little ones over the past few months and even managed to capture one of the baby's hatchings on camera.

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Crocodile Caught Wandering Around California Mall

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Crocodile Caught Wandering Around California Mall

Update 04/11/2014 03:55 PM Originally posted 04/11/2014 09:45 AM

Don't shed any tears for a crocodile that was captured wandering outside a pet store at a Northern California shopping mall.

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The Daily Treat: Koalas Are Taking Selfies Now | Animals & Pets, Cute Pets, Exotic Animals & Pets, Funny Pets, Pet News, Talented Pets, Unusual Pets, Zoo Animals

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Koalas Are Taking Selfies Now

Update 04/04/2014 05:15 PM Originally posted 04/04/2014 02:10 PM

Ever since Ellen DeGeneres took the mother of all selfies at the Oscars last month, people everywhere have been trying to top it. Well, it appears someone finally has – a koala.

The cuddly residents of the Wild Life Sydney Zoo are the latest members of the animal kingdom to become selfie-obssessed. When a camera was set up on a moveable tripod in their enclosure a few weeks ago, Bruce, Aaron and Bill immediately started posing for snaps.

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Children's Hospital Brings the Zoo to Its Patients – Here's How (VIDEO)

Update 04/04/2014 11:30 AM Originally posted 04/03/2014 04:50 PM


Jayden, a 6-year-old with Type 1 diabetes, likes to look out the window in his room at the Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. The Houston Zoo is located across the street, so he's trying to see the animals.

"We always drive by the zoo to get to the hospital," says his mother. "He had mentioned, 'Mommy, I just want to go to the zoo.' "

But thanks to a little technology, Jayden didn't have to leave his hospital bed to see jaguars, giraffes and sea lions.

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Danish Zoo Under Fire for Putting Down Four Lions

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A Danish zoo on Wednesday defended its decision to kill two aging lions and two cubs, citing the risk of inbreeding and the arrival of a new male.

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Watch San Diego Zoo Baby Gorilla Reunite with Mom

Originally posted 03/23/2014 05:30 PM


It was a happy ending, after all, following a week of medical treatments and constant scrutiny.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park's baby gorilla, born via emergency C-section on March 12, was introduced to her mother, Imani, and other members of her gorilla family on Friday.

It's the first time the baby has had visual interaction with other gorillas or even left the veterinary hospital, according to a description of the video (watch above). In fact, just a week prior to this introduction, she was undergoing surgery for a collapsed lung. When staff determined she had pneumonia, she stayed under intense veterinary care.

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San Diego Zoo's Baby Gorilla Has Pneumonia

Update 03/18/2014 07:15 PM Originally posted 03/18/2014 12:00 PM


A baby gorilla delivered by a rare emergency cesarean section last week at the San Diego Zoo has pneumonia and is under constant veterinary care.

Veterinarian Nadine Lamberski worked with the female baby, born Wednesday, all weekend. Lamberski said Monday that the gorilla probably contracted the pneumonia during birth, when, days later, a surgical team also had to fix a collapsed lung.

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Doctors Watching Over Baby Gorilla Born via C-section at San Diego Zoo

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Baby Gorilla Born via C-section Recovering at San Diego Zoo

Update 03/16/2014 05:30 PM Originally posted 03/16/2014 03:30 PM

Veterinarians at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are keeping a close watch over a baby gorilla delivered by C-section last week.

The 4.6-lb. female underwent a procedure on Friday to fix a collapsed lung that seems to have happened during delivery, the Associated Press reports.

An emergency C-section was performed on the first-time mom, Imani, 18, because she was in distress after going into labor on Wednesday. The procedure is rarely performed on gorillas.

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The Daily Treat: Mama Panda Brings Her Little One Back to Bed

Mama Panda Brings Her Little One Back to Bed

Originally posted 03/05/2014 05:15 PM


Parents, we all know Yuan Yuan's pain, don't we?

The giant panda thought she'd managed to get her cub, Yuan Zai, to bed – only to have her little one scramble away. And for a few precious minutes, Yuan Zai had her run of the enclosure at Taiwan's Taipei Zoo. (Start the above video at the 2:45 mark if you want to get straight to the action.)

But when Yuan Yuan realized where the 7-month-old cub had gotten to, she quickly came out and scooped her up by the fur. Try as Yuan Zai might, there was no convincing her mother to let her stay up late. In fact, Yuan Yuan kept a firm grasp on her baby girl until she fell back to sleep.

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The Daily Treat: Watch a Polar Bear Cub Take Its First Steps

Originally posted 01/10/2014 12:40 PM

You had us at polar bear cub, Toronto Zoo, but watching this adorable baby animal take its first steps is almost too much cuteness to handle.

And the milestone almost didn't happen: one of three cubs born to the Toronto Zoo's female polar bear, Aurora, on Nov. 9, this itty-bitty beauty is the only survivor among its siblings. When the cub was observed no longer moving as strongly as it had before, he was moved to the Wildlife Health Centre, where he remains under constant monitoring.

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