Zoo Animals

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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How a Panda Cub Gets Ready for Her Public Debut

Originally posted 01/06/2014 03:00 PM

It's the moment you've been waiting for: The Taipei Zoo's giant panda cub is on display.

And, you guessed it – she's a looker!

Six-month-old Yuan Zai made her public debut on Monday, just days after she was unveiled to the media at the Taiwan zoo on Saturday. (Watch her get ready with her handlers for the big reveal in the video above.)

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Flipper's Bad Habit: How Dolphins and Other Animals Get High

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Flipper's Bad Habit: How Dolphins and Other Animals Get High

Update 01/04/2014 02:00 PM Originally posted 12/30/2013 02:00 PM

BBC discovered an underwater life of vice while filming its new TV series Dolphins: Spy in the Pod. Using a fake sea turtle equipped with a camera, the crew was able to get unprecedented access to dolphin pods and their behaviors.

The bizarre footage, which will air in 2014, shows a group of dolphins nudging and chewing on a pufferfish, causing the fish to release its defensive toxins. The mammals then pass the fish around, take in the toxins and appear to go into a trance-like state.

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Twin Polar Bear Cubs Can't Stop Snuggling

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These Twin Polar Bear Cubs Can't Stop Snuggling

Update 01/04/2014 12:00 PM Originally posted 01/03/2014 03:10 PM

Hey, sleepy heads!

Looks like nothing can wake these adorable twin polar bear cubs from their slumber – even when one tries to nestle closer to the other. And, really, who can blame them? Their mama's fur looks pretty darn cozy!

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The Daily Treat: This Orangutan Is Seriously Stressed About Its New Year's Outfit

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With New Year's Eve just a day away, you've probably got your evening ensemble and countdown cupcake ready to go.

Unless you're this orangutan.

And judging by the look on his face, you can tell being unprepared is starting to weigh on him. In addition to what to wear and what to serve, there's also decorating to be done. Plus, and we don't want to rub salt into the wound, but someone's going to need to find time to head to the salon.

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VIDEO: Penguins Wearing Santa Suits – A.K.A. the Best Christmas Gift Ever

Update 12/19/2013 10:25 AM Originally posted 12/18/2013 01:45 PM

We weren't really sure what we wanted for the holidays. We told our friends and loved ones to just cover a cat in wrapping paper and call it a day.

But now we know what we want – no, what we need – this year: Penguins. And they have to be dressed up like Santa.

The feathery (and festive!) fellas got into the spirit of the season at South Korea's Everland theme park. Each day until Christmas, visitors are greeted with a mini penguin parade, reports Reuters.

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Surprise! Beluga Whale Photobombs Couple's Wedding Portrait

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Surprise! Beluga Whale Photobombs Couple's Wedding Portrait

Originally posted 12/13/2013 03:00 PM

Amanda and Patrick Leigh have a whale of a tale to share about their wedding day.

While taking photos at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn., the couple was photobombed by Juno, an 11-year-old beluga whale, who managed to swim right in between the two just before the camera clicked.

"That was just a lucky photo," Amanda told GoodMorningAmerica.com. "We paused to fix the dress and the whale happened to come over. My husband and I looked behind us and he was right there, like, 'Hello.'"

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VIDEO: Newborn Elephant Will Turn Your Bad Day Right Around

Update 12/11/2013 11:20 AM Originally posted 12/10/2013 03:00 PM

He's a pachyderm with a purpose: to cheer people up!

This happy and healthy male elephant was born when the staff of the Melbourne Zoo really needed a pick-me-up, arriving just days after an 11-month-old elephant died at the zoo in a freak accident.

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90 Seconds of Baby Leopards Playing with Christmas Balls

Update 12/06/2013 06:00 PM Originally posted 12/05/2013 12:35 PM

So, a lion, a tiger and two leopards walk into a New York City office building ...

Okay, it didn't quite go down like that – there were cat carriers, baby bottles full of milk and several animal wranglers involved when four spirited big cats came to the PEOPLE studios last week in honor of Big Cat Week on Nat Geo WILD (running through Dec. 6).

After cat wrangler Boone Smith gave us the lowdown on these amazing felines, including a rare white tiger and African lion cub, we thought: Wouldn't it be fun if we got the 3-month-old African leopards to play with Christmas ornaments? Well, it turns out Ogre and Betty had other ideas. Click play above to watch what happens when you try and choreograph wild animals in a big fancy studio space.

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Meow! Big Kittens Take Over the PEOPLE Studio

Originally posted 12/03/2013 03:00 PM

Lions roam the lush landscape of the Serengeti, while their domestic counterparts roam the dusty crawl space under your bed. But we've got video evidence that proves that these felines have more in common than you think, even if only one of them will reach a weight of 400 lbs. in their lifetime.

Our friends at Nat Geo WILD brought three different types of big kittens – a baby tiger, a lion and two leopards cubs – to our New York City offices to promote their fourth annual Big Cat Week (running through Dec. 6). We are pleased to bestow the following morsels of knowledge upon those who are just as fascinated by felines as we are:

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