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What a young beauty! Introducing Ahava, a three-month-old female snow leopard cub that has made her public debut at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.

Snow leopards are one of the rarest wildcats to come across, sadly, only as few as 4,000 snow leopards still remain in the wild. They are often solidarity creatures, who can be referred to as the "ghost of the mountain," due to their scarce and elusive sightings. 

Find out how you can help protect these elusive beauties and ensure their survival for generations to come at WWF

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Summer Of Kittens: Mountain Lion Baby Boom Near Los Angeles

The Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles is getting plenty of kitty attention this summer! According to the National Park Service, 13 kittens were born to 5 different mothers between May and August. 

It's the biggest mountain lion baby boom to occur in the past 18 years within such a short timeframe! National Park Service such a short period of time for the past 18 years! 

Jeff Sikich, a wildlife biologist, said in a previous statement, "This level of reproduction is a great thing to see, especially since half of our mountains burned almost two years ago during the Woolsey Fire."

When the story was shared on Twitter, a few users were wondering if this new kitten boom was in any way related to the pandemic and vanishing foot traffic. There's no way to know for sure but if so, we're glad to hear of another happy outcome from this year's madness. 

Check out some of the insanely adorable kittens below! 

Story via The Guardian


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Meet the handsome cougar, Messi! Many of you already know who Messi is, he's quite popular on YouTube, with over 1.4 million subscribers 

In this adorable video, Messi is playing an educational game! A "shell game" in order to find which shell contains his favorite stuffed toy. According to Messi's owners, "Messi did not really understand what was going on and why he was not allowed to play with his favorite giraffe."

Watch the adorable moment when Messi does realize what's going on! 

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Terribly Abused Lion Cub Is Rescued

And not a moment too soon! This is a heartbreaking story but it has a happy ending. 

A lion cub, by the name of Simba, was one a few weeks old when he was taken away from his mother and forced to pose for pictures with tourists. 

The Russian owners were dragging the poor cub around and using him as a prop for tourists and their holiday photos. And as Simba grew, the owners broke his legs to keep him from running away. 

Tortured and beaten by his owners, the lion soon became ill to the point of death, according to reports. 

Simba was no longer able to take photos with tourists, due to his ill state, that the owners had tied him up and dumped him in a dilapidated barn in Russia. 

It is at the moment that Simba would be rescued from his life of torture. Yulia Agaeva, one of Simba's rescuers, had said, "This was a real hell. He was practically not fed, and for some reason in the frost. Water was constantly poured over him."

News of Simba's cruel torture spread across Russia, and even Vladimir Putin personally ordered a criminal probe into this senseless cruelty. 

Karen Dallakyan, the veterinary surgeon who saved Simba's life, helped Simba regain the use of his legs, thanks to several surgeries. Dallakyan had said that Simba suffered an "ocean of pain from humans" and that the recovery was a "miracle".

There had been over 30 offers from organizations to take the cub in, but Yulia was convinced that Tanzania, a rehabilitation center, was the right choice. 

"The rehabilitation center we selected employs highly trained, kind, animal-loving doctors who will take care of Simba 24/7. It is located in a beautiful area where elephants, zebras, caracals, servals, and other fauna live near Mount Kilimanjaro," said Yulia.

Simba will have a "huge unfenced space" to roam. 

Simba's transfer to a better life is expected at the end of this month. 

Our hearts break for this little cub and wish him all the best. We love you, Simba! 

Story via The Sun 

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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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Incredible Rare Black Leopard Spotted At An Indian Reserve

Wow, wow, wow. 

Picture this: you're on a safari at the Tadoba Reserve, in India, when all of a sudden you spot a black leopard drinking water from a pond. That's what happened to 23-year-old Abhishek Pangis, who watched the rare black leopard for a total of 40 minutes! 

Can you imagine what a sight that must have been? Luckily, Pangis took some photos so we can see the majestic black leopard for ourselves. In an interview with LADBible, Pangis explains how he felt when first spotting the rare wildcat.

Still, must have been breathtaking to see it in person! 

Story via DailyMail

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Scritches: How To Save Yourself From Wildlife (Gifs)

Scritches. Scratches. What's the difference? Well, scratches are those lines of damage when you drop your phone, and scritches are what you give a cat on top of its head or under the chin. 

So, now we all know! Scritches is the correct term to use when giving a kitty (or other animals) some fingernail love. 

Today, we're going to let you into a secret that saves your life from wild animals (and non-wild animals)... and that foolproof method is scritches. No animal can resist a good scritch!

Don't believe us? Check it out for yourself! 

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Celebrate International Tiger Day With Tiger Cubs (14 Pics + 1 Vid)

Happy International Tiger Day

We shared an update from India's Tiger Reserves earlier this morning, and we're happy to hear the numbers for these endangered animals have been climbing, over the years!

However, there's always more work to be done! On this day, it's important to raise awareness for their conservation. Sadly, tigers have lost 90% of their natural habitat and their population has dwindled down to less than 4,000. India shared a report that revealed their tiger population increased from 1,400 in 2014 to a total of 2,967. That's more than double! While there is still a long way to go, it feels like we're on the right track. 

Let's continue to help this beautiful species thrive by spreading the word and donating what we can! You can even adopt a big cat at World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

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Tiger Population Doubled In India

Over the past 12 years, India has nearly doubled its tiger population! Did you know that Tigers in India hold up to 70% of the world's tiger population? How wild is that! 

In honor of International Tiger Day, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister, released a report about the current status of Tigers in India. His report states, "In 1973, there were just nine tiger reserves which have now increased to 50. It is important to know that none of these reserves are of poor quality. Either they are good or the best."

Three tiger reverses (out of 50 reserves) shared in 2018 that they have no tigers left. The reserve with the most tiger population is Corbett at 231 tigers, followed by Nagarhole with 127 and Bandipore with 126 tigers. 

Check out some gorgeous tigers from India's Tiger Reserves below:

Story via Business Insider

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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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Elusive Bornean Bay Cat Is Creepy In Photos

The Bornean Bay Cat, one of the rarest wild cats in the world has evaded being captured on film until 2009. 

Still, there aren't many photos of the mysterious cat, and the photos that do circulate the web are... well... creepy

Creepy might even be a bit of an understatement. We've shared some photos of Bornean Bay below so tell us, creepy or not? 

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Lovely Images Of Black Jaguar Playing With Her Spotted Baby

We've got a big love for big cats. 

How could you not love those giant murder floofs? So incredibly majestic and powerful, dangerous and beautiful. I think everyone secretly wishes to befriend a wildcat... thanks for the unrealistic expectations, Jasmine! 

It's probably for the best though, these gorgeous creature deserve nothing but respect. 

Pictured below is Lolo, a black Jaguar, playing with her spotted cub at Jordan's zoo in Yaduda.  

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Meet Armani! This lovely lady is twenty-two years old leopard who is undeniably silly, playful, and very vocal. 

She is in the lovely hands of Big Cat Rescue, an educational non-breeding, accredited, sanctuary and a registered non-profit organization. 

If you ever wondered what a chatty leopard sounds like -- turn up the volume! 

We can't help but hear a heavy chain smoker but we still love Armani regardless of what she sounds like! 

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Not that we can blame them! Did you see how cute that cub is!? If not, you need to re-watch it again. And again. And again. 

This little lady of wildcat wandered into a factory one day and pretty much stole the heart of the entire factory staff! Just look at the way they look at her! 

OK, we might be major piles of mushiness, as well! Just can't be helped. 

This is a two-part episode that leaves on a cliff-hanger but don't worry too much! Here is part 2

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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!"