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Australian Zookeeper Reveals Behind-The-Scenes Look Into His Wild Job

Meet Chad Staples! A man who loves what he does, and what he does is love and care for wild animals at the Mogo Wildlife Park in Syndey Australia. His love for the animals he cares for is endless and his goal is to share that love he has for animals and to ignite those same feelings in you. 

For those who follow Chad on Instagram, you'd know just how meaningful each animal is to him and the special bond he creates with each creature is truly something you can see and feel within his images and/or videos. 

Here's Chad's story:

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We love it when animals within zoos get a special treat for any occasion or holiday. Sometimes, zoos provide animals with popsicles when it gets way too hot out! It's the little things and we're positive these animals are thankful for any little gift or treat that comes their way. 

This year, Syndey's Taronga Zoo, in Australia, has decided to get the animals into the holiday spirit with some classic Christmas decor, and an early delivery of Christmas-themed food! 

Happy Holidays! 

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Extremely Rare White Lion Quadruplets Cubs Make Public Debut

Be still our beating hearts! If these images aren't the most darling images you'll see all day...

On November 6th, four white lion cubs were born at the Nantong Forest Safari Park in Jiangsu, in east China. The cubs, all males, are expected to make their very first public debut this upcoming Saturday. Images below show the cubs playing with one another and being pampered by the safari park keepers, and quite honestly, it may just be too much cuteness to handle! 

Interesting fact, native to South Africa, there are currently only 13 known white lions in the wild today. Their rare fur color is caused by a genetic mutation, according to the Global White Lion Protection Trust

We're wishing these beautiful cubs a long and healthy life! 

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Lion Cub Attacking Fall Leaves Is The Cutest Fight

Our hearts may just burst completely wide open and there's nothing that can be done about it. It's a phenomenon called cuteness overload and this cub has all those characteristics in the making. 

We've seen dogs frolicking in autumn leaves, heck we've seen cats enjoying the beautiful Fall weather, but lion cubs? Lion cubs in piles of fallen leaves and attacking them? Well, never have we ever seen anything so precious! 

Autumn is still here, and these photos are the only things keeping us warm right now. With winter right around the corner, we think we could all use these heartwarming images to help us brace for the inevitable cold. 

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We always wonder whether our pets will remember us after a long time away. You would think that when it comes to wild animals like lions, one would be even more worried about them forgetting you, because if they don't remember you, things might not turn out too great. Not this man though.

Dean Schneider, YouTube star, after being away from the pride he got so close to for more than two whole months, had not a hint of fear when returning back to them. "We are one family, we are one pride, and I'm incredibly excited to be united with them again," he says in the video, and watching the lions take him in with so much love, we are overwhelmed with both heartwarming wholesomeness and also intense jealousy because we wanna be friends with adorable huge cats too. 

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In every cub's life, there's an incredible moment - the moment they meet their dad for the first time. It's totally normal for them to be separate at first, and that makes for some of the cutest first time dad meeting ever. This meeting goes as good as it could, and it's totally adorable. 

The dad roars at them a couple times, and they jump back - the big lion is intimidating, that's true, but he's also a perfect gentleman. He just has to show them how to be a proper fierce lion. And the little cubs are happy, excited, and playful. And adorable. Don't forget adorable. The big bad terrifying lion dad is also kind of really adorable, not gonna lie. 

Now, the mom is not going to have to protect her babies alone, and the pride is going to be stronger than ever. Of course, the little hooligans will keep up their shenanigans, but dad's gonna make sure that they know exactly how to be the fiercest, scariest (and cutest) lions around. 

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Fierce Cats And Kittens Wearing Lion Manes

How can we ever truly be sure that cats are related to the those big fluffy scary lions? Well, put a lion mane on a cat obviously. That's all the proof you'll ever need. It's enough to just look at cats wearing lion manes to be 100% sure that duh- of course they're related to lions. 

Maybe you'd expect cats to look more fierce with lion manes on, but alas, they still look just as adorable. Then again, lions themselves are also adorable, so maybe we shouldn't be surprised. We wonder if cats feel more fierce when they look more like their lion relatives, if they sense some sort of kinship to lions when you put the mane on them. Sigh gonna have to write that question down with the rest of them for when we finally have a cat translator. 

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Lion Soulmates Euthanized Together Due To Health Problems

The news of L.A. Zoo's African lions Hubert and Kalisa hit us pretty hard. The pair were always together, never having cubs, but still, side by side for many years. Best friends, soulmates, this duo truly loved one another. 

Last Thursday, L.A. Zoo, made the difficult decision to humanely put the pair down with euthanize, due to their declining health and illnesses due to age. 

Denise Verret, director of the L.A. Zoo, had this to say about the beautiful pair, "Hubert and Kalisa are an iconic part of the L.A. Zoo experience, and our staff and guests have been touched by their loyal companionship. Their longevity is truly a testament to the level of expert care our veterinary and animal care teams provide for our elderly animals. These lions will remain a positive part of our history, and they will be greatly missed."

We will miss you, Hubert and Kalisa. Rest in peace. 

Story via CNN

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This is amazing! Thank you to those who rescued these gorgeous animals who have been living the past 8 years in tiny cages. 

Now, they get to experience some tender, love, and care! In all forms, health and overall quality of life. 

Just imagine, 8 years of living your life in a tiny cage and one day, you're taken to the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa -- it's a dream come true for Tarzan and Tanya! 

Get ready for some feels! 


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This lovely and fierce lioness was separated from her pride for 3 days, and on the third day, she came across a pack of lions. Unsure, she slowly walks forward.. then you see the moment of recognization has come to all the lioness's present and it's a beautiful reunion. 

So happy you found your family, beautiful lioness! 

This video was taken near Skukuza in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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Morning Glory: Hot Coffee And Fresh Animal Memes

There's nothing like some good laughs on a Sunday morning.  So pour your morning cup and scroll through these hot memes. 

Want some more? Here's a link to our previous list.

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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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Better look out! These lions and tigers are haanngry! For those of you that don't know, 'hangry' is a combination of hunger + angry. 

And it is very, very real. 

Big Cat Rescue is an educational non-breeding, accredited, sanctuary for these magnificent murder floofs! In their bio, they describe their residents attitudes, "In many of our videos the big cats come of to be sweet, but wait until they are introduced to food. This is one of those times they like to show their wild side!"