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Aww: The National Zoo's Panda Is Growing Up!

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Aww: The National Zoo's Panda Is Growing Up!

Originally posted 03/04/2015 03:00 PM

If pandas are anything like humans, Bao Bao will soon ask for the keys to the car.

For more than six months, zookeepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., have been working toward weaning the giant panda from her mother Mei Xiang, just as she would in the wild, and now, well, the 18-month-old is basically like your typical American teenager: taking lots of time apart from her parent.

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Think You Can Guess an Animal From Just Their Tail?

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Think You Can Guess an Animal From Just Their Tail?

Originally posted 03/03/2015 04:25 PM

It's furry, with a long tail, and has big ears … if you guessed monkey, we'd make great teammates!

A new app called TailsUp! tests your animal knowledge with a Charades-like game, using verbal and physical clues to help your teammate guess the right animal.

The game, created by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help kids and families learn more about animals, will give proceeds from in-app purchases to the AZA's animal conservation.

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Llamas on the Lloose in Phoenix Now Safely in Custody

Llamas on the Lloose in Phoenix? Twitterverse Has a Meltdown

Originally posted 02/26/2015 04:30 PM

Citizens of Phoenix can now rest easy: two escaped llamas previously terrorizing (and most likely fertilizing) the streets have been captured.

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No One Loves Snow Days More Than These Red Pandas (VIDEO)

Originally posted 02/23/2015 04:00 PM

We like snow … mainly because it gives us the perfect excuse to wear blankets as clothes.

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New Documentary Spotlights Man's Love Affair with a Dolphin

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New Doc Details Man's Sexual Affair with a Dolphin

Update 02/04/2015 06:45 PM Originally posted 02/03/2015 03:15 PM

Malcolm Brenner's summer-long fling with a dolphin named Dolly is the subject of a new documentary short called Dolphin Lover, which received an honorable mention at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival in Park CIty, Utah.

"My name is Malcolm J. Brenner and this is the story of how I fell in love with Dolly the dolphin," Brenner says in a teaser for the film, directed by Kareem Tabsch.

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Scientists Reveal What Chimpanzees Are Actually Saying to Each Other

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What do chimpanzees talk about when they talk about love? (Or anything else, really?)

Scientists are finally getting to the root of that question. A new study published in Animal Behaviour details the efforts of scientists who studied chimpanzees in the Ivory Coast's Taï Forest for over 750 hours.

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See the Bears that Stars Like Olivia Newton-John Are Working to Save

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See the Bears Celebrities Are Working to Save

Update 01/22/2015 07:25 AM Originally posted 01/21/2015 05:00 PM

We can hardly bear the cuteness of Vietnam's Halong Bay bears – and that's just one reason why celebrities around the world are joining Animals Asia's campaign to save them from suffering on bile farms.

In an effort to rescue Asia's furry friends, singer/actress Olivia Newton-John, actor/writer (and newlywed!) Stephen Fry and actress Ali MacGraw have lent their helping hands to remove these bears from dangerous conditions and place them into Animals Asia's care and rehabilitation at its Tam Dao bear sanctuary.

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VIDEO: Meet England's Newest Baby Pygmy Hippo

Originally posted 01/19/2015 01:45 PM

He looks like a too-perfect special effects creation for a movie, but nope, he's real. Behold the pygmy hippo born to England's Whipsnade Zoo on December 26.

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Orphaned Kangaroos & Wallabies in Australian Bushfires Need 'Pouch Liners'

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Orphaned Kangaroos & Wallabies in Australian Bushfires Need 'Pouch Liners'

Update 01/18/2015 08:45 AM Originally posted 01/14/2015 03:30 PM

Sew, here's the deal: Project Pouch needs you!

Koalas aren't the only animals affected by the bushfires in Australia. Orphaned or injured possums, kangaroos, and wallabies need to be kept warm in a pouch-like environment. To help, Project Pouch, a new campaign created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, is asking for handmade "pouch liner" donations to comfort the traumatized animal babies, nine of which are being cared for by the Adelaide Zoo.

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New York's JFK Airport to Open State-of-the-Art Animal 'Ark'

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New York's JFK Airport to Open State-of-the-Art Animal 'Ark'

Originally posted 01/14/2015 03:45 PM

New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport is about to get truly zooey.

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