Parents, we all know Yuan Yuan's pain, don't we?
The giant panda thought she'd managed to get her cub, Yuan Zai, to bed – only to have her little one scramble away. And for a few precious minutes, Yuan Zai had her run of the enclosure at Taiwan's Taipei Zoo. (Start the above video at the 2:45 mark if you want to get straight to the action.)
But when Yuan Yuan realized where the 7-month-old cub had gotten to, she quickly came out and scooped her up by the fur. Try as Yuan Zai might, there was no convincing her mother to let her stay up late. In fact, Yuan Yuan kept a firm grasp on her baby girl until she fell back to sleep.
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.
Is it time to start calling him His Happiness?
During his visit to St. Alfonso Maria de' Liguori parish church just outside Rome on Monday, Pope Francis found himself up close and personal with an "actor" from the church's living nativity scene – a lamb! The young animal was carefully placed around the Pope's shoulders, eliciting a massive grin from the religious leader. The lamb is an important part of Biblical imagery, with Jesus sometimes referred to as the "Lamb of God."
Pope Francis was in attendance to celebrate Epiphany, but he also managed to kick off 2014 in a rather big way. Considering the past year he had, during which he was named Time's Person of the Year, we're sure it will be difficult for him to beat his 2013 achievements – but a cute photo with a lamb is a nice way to start.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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