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Lion Dads Who Are Done

It appears parenting is difficult for all living creatures and not just us humans! Here's a lion dad who properly reflects some of our human-like reactions when it comes to dealing with little ones...

That face that just screams, "done."

You know the one. If you don't just scroll down to see what we're talking about. 

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Even though these little cubs are all grown up now, doesn't mean we can't look back and appreciate the adorableness of their early years and the sweet sound of their squeaky "meows."

This mama lion is showing her kids around the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Footage was captured in August 2017. 

Sound on to hear the cuteness! 

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Audubon Zoo's Lion Cubs Smile Through Vet Exam

Oh my, oh my! If these aren't the most precious pictures we've ever seen -- we don't know what is! We seriously cannot contain our smiles looking at these purrfect lion cubs smile! 

It's totally contagious! 

The cubs are both males who have yet to be named, born January 11th to mom Kali and dad Arnold, at the Audubon Zoo.

The duo went in for a routine check-up and had their first round of vaccinations -- both "healthy and active," says zoo curator of large mammals, Joe Forys. 

"The cubs looked great. Their body condition is outstanding. They are both growing at a rate that we would expect. We're really happy," continued Forys.

The cubs great health is all thanks to their loving and doting mother! Forys said that Kali is providing her babies with absolutely everything they need and more. These two sure look like happy cubs to us! 

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Historical Moment: Two Cheetah Cubs Born By Surrogate Mother

This a groundbreaking scientific breakthrough! After 20 years of trying to increase the cheetah population, there might be hope for their species yet! 

Columbus Zoo, Ohio, has reported that two cheetah cubs (a male and female) were born February 19th, 2020. The birth is thanks to a procedure that took place at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. For the first time in history, US scientists were able to delivery two cubs via vitro fertilisation (IVF), using a surrogate cheetah.

The surrogate mother, Izzy, is a three-year-old cheetah who carried the eggs harvested from six-year-old Kabibi, and sperm from a cheetah at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas. 

Timeline of the historical procedure according to the Smithsonian's National Zoo website:

  • Nov. 14 and 18: The female cheetahs were given hormone injections to develop mature follicles.
  • Nov. 19: Eggs (oocytes) were taken from Izzy and Kibibi. Neither had reproduced previously.
  • Nov. 19: Semen from male cheetah thawed and eggs fertilized.
  • Nov. 21: Team implanted nine embryos in Isabelle (Izzy) and six in second cheetah, Ophelia. A typical cheetah gestation is 93 days.
  • Dec. 23: Izzy was confirmed pregnant via ultrasound, which appeared to show two cubs. The ultrasound confirmed that Ophelia was not pregnant.
  • Feb. 16: Izzy's care providers begin an around-the-clock video birth watch
  • Feb. 19: Cubs born

How amazing is that? Thanks to all the hard working scientists who are keeping these beautiful creature from going extinct! 

Story via CBS News

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This is the kind of news we love! 

Indonesian police have confirmed the arrest of two men suspected of being part of a ring that poaches and trades in endangered animals. They have seized from them several lion and leopard cubs and dozens of turtles.

Way to go, Indonesian police! Here's to hoping more poachers are brought in and arrested!

In the meantime, we can be grateful these cubs and turtles can live out a life in peace. 

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Michelle Schireman works at Oregon's zoo Veterinary medical care center. This video takes a closer look at her daily routine, when she takes care of three adorable rescued Cougar cubs, on their way to their new home in North Carolina.  

Via BBC News
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Congrats Royal Zoological Society (RZSS)! 

According to BBC News, the adorable cubs will be staying with their parents (May and Bard), who first arrived at the park in November 2018.

Watch to learn more about the cubs! 

Via BBC Earth
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Tiger: Who are you?

Cubs: We are you, but smaller

Watch these adorable tiger cubs come in contact (for the first time ever) with adult tigers! 

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Farmer Saves Fox Cubs By Performing An Emergency C-Section

What starts off as a sad story soon turns into a 'Fox and the Hound' tale. Only without the hound and the heartache of abandonment. Well, maybe a little heartache. Chris Rolfe, a farmer from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, had been checking on his pregnant ewes when he saw a car hit a fox on his way home. He immediately went to check on the fox when he noticed it was a vixen and there was movement of cubs inside her belly. Thinking quickly, he performed a C-Section and pulled out the pups.

Story via BBC News

Want to check out another wholesome story? Try this Twitter user who turned the Vulpes family into a fox grading system full of ironic humor. 

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Two adorable newborn polar bear cubs play with their mother while they journey to the frozen sea. One cute cub climbs and hangs off mother's back. We thought this very cute video is perfect for international polar bear day! 

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Lioness Steals Photographer’s Camera And Gives It To Her Cubs As a Toy

A couple of months ago, photographer Barbara Jensen Vorster was at the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana when her DSLR was stolen by a… cat burglar. 

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The Adirondack family's security camera caught this burglar bear opening car doors like she does it every day, then the rest of the family shows up. 

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Endangered Manchurian Tiger Gives Birth To Quintuplets

The Manchurian Tiger is sadly on the endangered list. However, there is a lot of excitement because the 11-year-old endangered tiger gave birth to five beautiful and healthy cubs at a park in China's Heilongjiang province! See how adorable they are! 

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From the moment they leave their den, black bears have a natural instinct to climb. In this cute clip from the BBC documentary nature series, 24/7 Wild, adorable black bear cubs leave their den to learn to conquer the treetops for the first time.