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Speed the Galapagos Tortoise Dies at 150

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Speed the Galapagos Tortoise Dies at 150

Originally posted 06/22/2015 02:55 PM

Speed's slow but epic journey on Earth has come to an end.

According to Fox News, the Galapagos tortoise died at the San Diego Zoo on Friday. He was 150.

The tortoise spent eight decades at the California facility, moving to San Diego from Volcan Cerro Azul Island in 1933 as part of an effort to preserve the endangered species.

Over the decades, Speed was known for entertaining countless visitors and starting rumbles with the other male tortoises in his enclosure.

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Man Killed by Tiger After Hundreds of Animals Escape Georgia Zoo During Massive Flood

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The zoo-escape chaos in Tbilisi, Georgia continued Wednesday when a man was killed by a tiger still on the loose after hundreds of animals escaped during a massive flood in the area over the weekend.

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Seal Returns to the Ocean After Rehab for Stab Wounds

Originally posted 06/12/2015 03:20 PM

An adorable 1-year-old rescued seal pup named Poppy was released back into the ocean Thursday morning after months of rehabilitation.

Picked by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Provincetown, Massachusetts on Mar. 26, Poppy was found suffering from severe hydration, multiple stab wounds and a penetrating gash through her skull. She was immediately taken to the Mystic Aquarium's Animal Rescue Clinic, where she was treated for three months.

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VIDEO: Zoo Animals Discover Themselves In a Mirror

Originally posted 06/02/2015 01:20 PM

Clearly, people aren't the only ones who are self-obsessed.

Thanks to a project by a French photographer, we've learned that leopards, gorillas and apes are narcissists, too – they enjoy gazing at themselves in the mirror.

Xavier Hubert Brierre and his wife travelled to Gabon and set up mirrors in various locations to capture wild animals looking at themselves. Their reactions are really something to see.

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Court to Decide Fate of Orangutan Deemed 'Non-Human Person'

Originally posted 05/26/2015 02:30 PM

She was deemed a "non-human person" by an Argentinian court in December, but more than five months later, Sandra the orangutan's freedom still hangs in the balance.

According to Reuters, a different court will soon decide the fate of the 29-year-old animal, who currently lives at the Buenos Aires Zoo.

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What do you do when a leopard shark requests a belly rub?

If you're trained to do this sort thing, you do as you're told.

The professional in this YouTube video is swimming among the aquatic creatures and seemingly cleaning the tank at an aquarium, when a sizable leopard shark swims over for a look.

The staffer wraps his or her arms around the animal (described by Wikipedia as an "active-swimming predator" – yikes!) and gives it a lengthy rub on its belly, the shark rolling over with the calm of a willing dog.

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Curious Peacock Gets Stuck in Cat Flap in Scotland

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Curious Peacock Gets Stuck in Cat Flap in Scotland

Originally posted 05/22/2015 03:30 PM

Would the owner of this curious peacock please step forward?

The Scottish SPCA would like to a have a word with you about the bird's recent behavior.

According to a press release from the rescue group, the feathered creature tried to squeeze his way through a cat flap at a residence in Aberdeen, Scotland, on Monday. The peacock – who has since been named Felix – is now in the care of their animal rescue team in Drumoak.

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Injured Owl Rescued from Highway by California Police

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Injured Owl Rescued from Highway by California Police

Originally posted 05/12/2015 12:00 PM

Getting stuck on Highway 101 is definitely something to hoot about.

That's what one owl learned last Friday when it was apparently hit by a vehicle and found itself injured near the center divider of the California highway, The Press Democrat reports.

California Highway Patrolman Justin Fetterly responded to the call about the barn owl, and when he arrived at the scene, he cornered the bird with fellow officer Brian Wood. Fetterly used an emergency blanket to scoop up the bird and then drove with it in his lap to a nearby emergency animal hospital in Santa Rosa.

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Baby Kangaroo Stolen from Mother's Pouch at Wisconsin Zoo

Originally posted 05/11/2015 05:20 PM

The Special Memories Zoo in Greenville, Wisconsin, had some depressing Mother's Day news.

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Pandas Re-enact The Lion King's Most Dramatic Scene

Originally posted 05/11/2015 04:30 PM

You thought pandas were sweet, innocent, altruistic sweeties, right? Well, these black-and-white bears have a dark side.

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