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VIDEO: Goat Ends Hunger Strike After Reunion with Donkey Best Friend

Update 05/27/2014 06:30 PM Originally posted 05/27/2014 11:30 AM

A goat named Mr. G received the surprise of his life recently when he was reunited with his best friend, a donkey named Jellybean.

The pair's inspiring friendship began when they lived together for years in the menagerie of a hoarder; after her brood was taken away from her, Mr. G and Jellybean were split up between two different sanctuaries.

Mr. G was taken to California's Animal Place, where the owners soon noted his emotional distress. The buck sat in his pen all day, refusing to eat or even move.

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Watch the National Zoo Lion Cubs Nail Their Swim Test

Originally posted 05/09/2014 08:45 AM

There are times in life when you just have to dive right in – and that was a lesson four African lion cubs at Smithsonian's National Zoo learned earlier this week.

The cubs, born March 10, were tasked with passing a swim reliability test on Tuesday. And they nailed it! (Watch the test in the video above.)

National Zoo staff say that the 10-week-old cuties were all able to keep their heads afloat, swim to the shallow end of the moat (2½-feet deep!) and climb back onto dry land, reports USA Today. That means they're almost ready to explore the terrain of their Washington, D.C., habitat with their mother, 9-year-old Shera.

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The Daily Treat: 7 Reasons to Celebrate Earth Day

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7 Reasons to Celebrate Earth Day

Originally posted 04/22/2014 03:00 PM

We're not the only kids at this playground. There are countless species of animals who also call earth home.

And so, as we celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday, we want to give you seven more reasons to recycle that can of soda you just guzzled for lunch.

Seven more reasons to bike to the store for that gallon of milk instead of drive.

Seven more reasons to turn off your computer (gasp!) and save a little energy.

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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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