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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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Florida Officials Searching for Reckless Couple Who Killed Seabirds and Damaged Turtle Nests

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Local authorities are searching for a man and woman who severely damaged five sea turtle nests, each with around 100 eggs, and killed two black skimmer chicks with a high-powered vehicle at a Florida beach on Saturday.

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Meet Jagger, One of the Canine Stars of Max

Credit: Courtesy the Empire State Building

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Meet Jagger, Canine Star of Max

Originally posted 06/29/2015 11:45 AM

Jagger the German shepherd is ready for his close-up.

On the 86th-floor observatory of the Empire State Building, the camera-ready canine received the celebrity treatment. Overlooking an expansive view of New York City, Jagger – one of the five dogs who play the titular dog in the movie Max – posed like a professional as a gaggle of photographers snapped his picture.

"Who are you wearing?"

"Poochi," he replied with a bark.

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Cat Feeds Baby Birds from Own Mouth (Video)

Originally posted 06/29/2015 11:35 AM

Defying its natural predatory instinct and forgoing a delicious snack of baby birds, this heroic, bizarrely-wired cat switched into mom mode to help feed three abandoned chicks.

Hungry for a meal but with no mother to feed them, these three baby birds chirp at the sky with their mouths wide open, yearning for a mother-figure (bird, cat, whatever) to regurgitate lunch into their mouths.

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