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Betty White has combined two of her passions – acting and animal advocacy – in her latest project, and it's basically the cutest thing you'll see this week.

In a clip for Discovery Family's upcoming "Pawgust" campaign, White plays with a gaggle of pooches and makes paw puns (see: "paw-some," "paws-itively paw-dorable," "raise the woof").

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Dog Stolen from Woman at New York Park Found Dead

Credit: Courtesy of owner

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Dog Stolen from Woman at New York Park Found Dead

Originally posted 06/30/2015 05:40 PM

A dog allegedly stolen from her owner at a New York park has been found dead.

The beloved cocker spaniel was stolen right before owner Lora Panossian's eyes at Crocheron park in Queens on Sunday, after two men allegedly punched her in the stomach.

The New York Daily News, who first identified the woman as 29-year-old Lora Panossian, said the thieves stopped her on a walk around 10 p.m. to talk with her about the dog.

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Tiger Cub Triplets Make Debut at Washington Zoo

Credit: Courtesy Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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Tiger Cub Triplets Make Debut at Washington Zoo

Originally posted 06/30/2015 04:45 PM

Please consider this my official motion to make tiger cub pictures a mandatory part of everyone's Tuesday.

The stunners above are Sumatran tiger triplets Dari, Indah and Kirana with their mom Jaya, making their debut at the Point Defiance Zoo's new "waterfall exhibit."

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Pizza Delivery Man Helps Neglected Puppy
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Pizza Delivery Man Helps Neglected Puppy

Originally posted 06/30/2015 04:30 PM

Someone deserves a hefty tip!

A pizza delivery man in Orlando, Florida, went beyond the call of duty this weekend when he helped an injured puppy he saw while delivering a pie.

WKMG News 6 reports that Central Florida authorities were notified on Sunday about the injured pooch, who apparently resided at the home where the man made a delivery.

When Animal Services responded to the call, the owner surrendered the puppy to them. The owner claimed that his dog had sustained the wound on her left front leg from another dog in the neighborhood. An investigation is pending, the report said.

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Raccoon Mom Really Wants Her Baby to Learn How to Climb

Originally posted 06/30/2015 03:30 PM

Some moms fear an empty nest; other mothers patiently tick off the days until they can get a little alone time.

This raccoon matriarch appears to be of the latter sect. Now that her baby is getting bigger, she is eager to get him out of her mouth and on to the trees. Lugging a furry bandit around between your teeth all day is hard work – and doesn't do the breath any favors – so it's climbing time.

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Lupita Nyong'o Partners with Wildlife Conservancy to Save Elephants in Kenya

Credit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Lupita Nyong'o, on a return visit to her native Kenya, announced that she would be partnering with international conservation organization WildAid to advocate for a variety of issues, including elephant conservation and women's issues, as well as acting and the arts in Kenya.

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Copy Kitten Tries Her Darndest to Groom Just Like Mom (VIDEO)

Originally posted 06/30/2015 02:35 PM

There's nothing more embarrassing than when you are in line at the grocery store, and your mom starts licking behind your ears.

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Makaia doesn't know it, but he's a walking, er, hopping history maker.

The kangaroo is the first of his kind to be raised by a surrogate wallaby, according to Australia's Adelaide Zoo.

At just five weeks old, the Goodfellow's tree kangaroo's mother died suddenly when she was crushed by a falling branch at the zoo.

"Acting on pure adrenaline," according to the zoo's website, zookeepers decided to try something that had never been done with a tree kangaroo before: cross-fostering. The staff placed the joey (who was too young to hand raise) with a surrogate wallaby mother.

"We've had great success over the years' cross-fostering between wallaby species, but the specialized breeding technique has never been used on a tree kangaroo," said Adelaide Zoo veterinarian, Dr. David McLelland. "We had no idea if the yellow-foot would accept the tree kangaroo joey, but if we wanted to save the joey we had to try our luck."

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A teenage humpback whale got into a mess of trouble on Sunday when he got stuck in an entanglement of 50 prawn traps and ropes near Powell River, British Columbia.

According to CBC News, boaters alerted Fisheries and Oceans Canada after spotting the distressed 1,100 pound juvenile male, which was being anchored to the ocean floor by the traps.

A rescue video shows the three-man team cutting away the ropes – which were wrapped around the animal's tail, body, fins and mouth and apparently caused wounds. CBC News says the group worked toward the tail to ensure the whale wasn't able to swim away until he was completely free.

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David and Valerie Peters, their niece Sage and young friend Elise had a jaw-dropping encounter with a grizzly bear on the aptly-named "Beartooth Highway" in Yellowstone National Park earlier this month.

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