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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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The Daily Treat: Penguins Wearing Santa Suits – Best Christmas Gift Ever!

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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The Daily Treat: Newborn Elephant Will Turn Your Bad Day Right Around

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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VIDEO: Baby Baboons Are Really Good at Being Adorable

VIDEO: Baby Baboons Are Really Good at Being Adorable

Update 11/29/2013 08:20 AM Originally posted 11/26/2013 04:30 PM

Piggyback rides just got a whole lot cuter! Two tiny Hamadryas Baboons are now on display at the Prospect Park Zoo in New York.

The pair has stayed curious and busy – enjoying belly rides, cuddling in their mom's lap and playing with leaves – since their births on Aug. 9 and Sept. 26. The brothers have different mothers, but were both fathered by a 21-year-old baboon named Bole.

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The Daily Treat: Three White Tiger Cubs Are Better Than One

Three White Tiger Cubs Are Better Than One

Originally posted 11/25/2013 07:15 AM

Talk about sibling revelry!

Three newborn tiger cubs born earlier this month at Georgia's Tbilisi Zoo look to be getting along swimmingly.

The trio, born Nov. 7, can be seen in this aww-dorable footage huddled together in a corner of their enclosure – while Mom watches over them from nearby.

Names for the cubs have not yet been released, but if we had to guess, we'd definitely go with Cute, Cuter and Cutest.

Also: When can we expect a playdate with the white tiger cubs from Japan's Tobu Zoo Park?

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PHOTO: Is This a Unicorn? Rare Horned Animal Spotted in Vietnam

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PHOTO: Is This a Unicorn?

Originally posted 11/19/2013 11:45 AM

Time to break out your coveted sticker book from the '80s. Unicorns are once again an important topic of conversation.

According to The Daily Mail, a elusive animal known as an "Asian unicorn," or saola, has been spotted grazing in Vietnam's central Annamite mountains – and thanks to a hidden camera, the World Wildlife Federation captured pictures of it.

While it's not quite as mystical as the colorful one-horned creatures of your childhood memories, conservationists are enamored with the saola, who has two parallel horns which can reach 19 inches in length.

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Clouded Leopards Are the Best Animals Ever Created: 10 Reasons Why

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10 Reasons Clouded Leopards Are the Best Cats Out There

Update 11/17/2013 05:30 PM Originally posted 11/15/2013 12:00 PM

The Central Park Zoo's new snow leopard cubs are the toast of New York, and for good reason. They're the first snow leopards ever born in Central Park, and they're friendly, fluffy and totally adorable.

They are not, however, clouded leopards ... which is too bad, because clouded leopards are objectively the best cat the animal kingdom has ever produced.

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