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Okay, so, to be completely real with you all, one of our favorite things ever is animals being total jerks. Like, yeah, we don't love seeing animals bullying other animals or ourselves but... it's also super duper hilarious. 

So far, we had jerk parrot messing with the family dog, the jerk peacock always running around yelling and petrifying everyone, and of course, the jerks who never stop being jerks - cats, and many, many more. The latest jerks in our growing collection are yet again birds - this time they're cockatoos biting the tips of the tails of kangaroos to stealing their food. 

The kangaroos are too to do anything to these wild cockatoos so they just take the bullying and hop away, and that's already funny, but the humans being as done with the cockatoos as they are? Yeah, that's definitely our favorite part. 

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From Caterpillar To Cocoon To Beautiful Butterfly

How does a caterpillar become a butterfly? Scientific American explains that: 'As children, many of us learn about the wondrous process by which a caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. The story usually begins with a very hungry caterpillar hatching from an egg. The caterpillar, or what is more scientifically termed a larva, stuffs itself with leaves, growing plumper and longer through a series of molts in which it sheds its skin. One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth.'

Pretty amazing right? Science is so cool! We find it absolutely mind boggling that butterflies were once caterpillars, the only difference is that caterpillars have not been through the scientific process that makes them butterflies. It's all a matter of time, and science! Learn more here. 
 

images and videos of butterfly hatching from cocoon | thumbnail left picture of freshly hatched butterfly, thumbnail right picture of cocoon
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Jumping For Joy: Snapshots At The Kangaroo Sanctuary

Today we have featured a very special place filled with unique souls. The Kangaroo Sanctuary is a 188 acre wildlife refuge located in Alice Springs, Central Australia, and focuses on providing sanctuary and rehabilitation for rescued orphan baby and adult kangaroos. There you will find a sprawling refuge filled with the most precious kangaroo babies and adults enjoying their newfound safety and appreciating life!

Kangaroos are found primarily in Australia. These incredibly intelligent animals use their hind legs to jump around from place to place, reserving their front limbs to protect themselves from potential threats. Scroll down to enjoy of the beautiful moments captured at the Kangaroo Sanctuary.

18 Pictures of Kangaroos from the Kangaroo Sanctuary | thumbnail left pic baby kangaroo relaxing, thumbnail right pic baby kangaroo cuddling with stuffed animal
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11 Whimsical Photos of Squirrels in the Woods

Like most woodland animals, there's something whimsical about squirrels. They're small, fast, and possibly help out the fairies when needed. For your afternoon dose of serotonin, here are 11 beautifully captured photos that show just how magical the little creatures are. For more animal photos, have a look at this collection of very chonky animals

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Perpetually Annoyed And Confused Jaguarundis (Pics)

2021 has been weird so far, just as if not weirder than 2020. Trying to get back to normal life, our normal routines has left us madly confused and somewhat annoyed. So, it's no wonder that suddenly the internet has made the animal that is perpetually annoyed and confused go viral. It's simply too relatable right now- a spirit animal to us all. Meet the jaguarundi.

It is a small wild cat native to southern North America and South America, and it seems to be confused by things half of the time and annoyed by them the other half. It also has relatively short legs, an elongated body, and its coat is uniform in color and without spots - helping it to hide from this annoying world like we all want to sometimes. 

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Twenty-Five Most Positive Animal News Stories Of February

It's the end of February, and we're about to end it in the best way possible - by talking about the most positive animal news stories of the month.

February may be a shorter month than most, but that doesn't mean that there was any shortage in positive animal news stories, and that's all that matters to us right now. Because although this month was just as difficult as the last one for some of us, the animal world is thriving, and for animal lovers like us, that is the best new to hear. And because hearing positive animal news makes us happy, at the end of every month, we collect the best ones we can find and give them to you.

So, please enjoy these nothing-but-positivity animal news stories, and let's hope that next month there are just as many if not many many more. 

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Three Months After State-Wide Rescue Mission, Orphaned Baby Bat Released

Three months ago, in an event that puzzled wildlife carers, hundreds of bat pups were abandoned by their mothers at the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens. The number of bats that needed help was so massive, it overwhelmed local volunteers. It ended up taking three three groups from Brisbane and one from Townsville getting together to rescue all of these bats. 

Today, according to ABC News, "[m]ore than 70 baby black bats on the brink of starvation... are now being released into the wild after carer groups from across Queensland united in their rescue."

Read more of the story and check out pics of the adorable bats below.

story about orphaned baby bats being released back into the wild thumbnail includes two pictures including an upside down bat with its tongue out and another of a baby bat covered in a blanket
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First Ever Captive-Born Cheetah Brothers Successfully Released Into The Wild

An amazing world-first achievement: Saba and Nairo, two captive-born cheetahs from the UK have been released into the wild in Africa. 

The two brothers, as IFLSCIENCE reports, were born at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve in Kent, England, on July 15, 2017. Very quickly though, Saba "showed signs of illness and it was discovered that his liver wasn't functioning properly." To keep him alive, he had to be removed from the litter and hand-raised by Damian and Victoria Aspinall of The Aspinall Foundation. Under their watchful care, he made a full recovery. Of course, because of the way he grew up, he inevitably grew used to playing with humans and being fed, qualities which he would have to overcome if he were one day released into the wild.

"Saba rejoined his brother Nairo in December 2018 and despite their time apart the pair immediately formed a bond." And today, after honing their cheetah instincts for 12 months, the two of them have been released into the wild in Africa.

Read more about the story and check out pics of the adorable brothers below.

story about two captive-born cheetah brothers getting released into the wild thumbnail includes a picture of a cheetah with a collar licking the forehead of another cheetah
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OK, these owls are obviously telling this man he's been accepted to Hogwarts but no one else seems to realize it. When it comes to owls, the Eurasian eagle-owl is known as Europe's largest owl! 

Vroege Vogels, a Dutch radio and television show about nature was surprised to hear that these large owls have made a home for themselves in one man's apartment window! A Eurasian eagle and her three giant owl chicks! And whenever the man watches television, the owls all watch with them! 

Ah, to be a Dutchman living in an art studio apartment with a family of Eurasian eagle-owls nesting in the planter outside the window. Isn't that the dream? But alas, the city is no place for these majestic owls, the owls were relocated to a near shelter soon after this video was released and have now been released into the wild where they belong. Still, it's a lovely and unusual story that makes us smile. 

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Working As A Wild Animal Tech (Viral Thread)

When we think of jobs that we would love to have in the future, since we're animal lovers, they tend to always involve animals. But even more so, as people who love watching animals run wild and be themselves, who love reading stories about animals being released back into the wild, living where they should, we never managed to name exactly what job we would love to have... Until we came across this viral thread by a wild animal technician.

Now, we know exactly what animal related job we would love to have. This one looks like an absolute dream, and we are both jealous and, at the same time, really grateful for all the work ZooWithMegLu does and for her sharing some of her stories working as a wild animal tech.

viral imgur thread of a Wild Animal Tech sharing a day in her life thumbnail includes two pictures including a woman holding an owl and another of a baby duckling inside of a plate on a scale
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When it comes to babies, learning to walk is one of the biggest and proudest moments for the baby and the baby's parents! It's a miraculous moment in which you know that instinct takes over and the baby just takes that leap of faith and stands on its own. 

It's a beautiful moment to witness and seeing this adorable baby gorilla at Zoo Antwerpen take that leap of faith has us all very proud, and we're positive that so is her community. This adorable little girl is named Thandie and here she is at 15 weeks old. This video was taken back in May 2019, and it's strange to think that was nearly 2 years ago. 

Still, this video makes us happy and we're here to share that some delightful feeling with you.

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Wildlife Photographers Get Up Close And Personal With Subjects

Is it too late to become a wildlife photographer? If the end result is to be surrounded with adorable animals and maybe even one day have a cute baby animal so curious about who you are that they simply wander up to you and become your new best friend. Who in the world wouldn't love that experience?

Ah yes, life as a wild photographer is looking quite grand indeed. You can tell from the look of pure happiness on the photographer's faces as they get real up-close and personal with some of their adorable subjects! We can't blame them for that though, we believe if it had been us in their place, there might be some crying due to pure joy. 

But those who got a bit too close to that bear had the right idea of fleeing! 

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Marvel At The Canadian Marble (Foxes)

When it comes to foxes, it's no secret that we're in love with them. All foxes, from red foxes to arctic foxes and all the foxes in-between. They are so heckin' adorable and we believe we understand the fox obsession. Think about it, they sort of look like bigger cats yet act like dogs. They pant, they play fetch, they're communicative. They also have a cat-like tendency to them as well, the way they sleep, the way they walk on their toes, very elegant cat-like tread. Or how about the fact that they are the only members of the dog family that can climb trees?

Foxes are truly a hybrid of both cats and dogs. The Canadian Marble fox is a unique one, with gorgeous black and white markings that almost make the animal look like a mythical creature or unreal. However, this exotic animal is real and they stem from the canine family. Marble foxes, unlike wolves, tend to hunt alone. These gorgeous animals are so lovely to look at, we only wish there were more photos of these beauties around to marvel at! 

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Rehabilitating A Baby Bobcat Is An Adventure (Imgur Posts)

We all know that taking care of baby animals is a lot of work; helping them get used to their environment and the people around them. But taking care of baby wild animals is even more challenging, and imgur user hereyougobacon71, who's helped rehabilitate animals previously, shows us exactly why that is. 

Working to rehabilitate a baby bobcat turned out to be quite a challenge - with the kitty showing off its fierceness with biting and playing and... climbing and claiming the washing machine and... climbing into hereyougobacon71's pants. Yeah, it's not what hereyougobacon71 expected either, which only makes it more entertaining. 

The cub will, of course, be released into the wild after its rehabilitation, but for now, we are really enjoying watching it grow up to be the fiercest of all kittens. 

Was found in a pile of brush. No mother, no tracks, nothing... Each day she gets a little and little more brave. Just watch your toes. Only 6 weeks old. - hereyougobacon71
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This really is a heartfelt story! Meet Predator Defense, a national nonprofit advocacy organization funded primarily by member donations, their mission is to protect native predators. 

This is where the coyote cubs come in. Fice orphaned coyote pups who happened to all survive the summer without their parents is a truly heartwarming story. Predator defense visited the pups on multiple occasions to monitor their progress. This video includes footage of rare, haunting night-vision of these pups who move like ghostly spirits in the dark, 

In the description bio, Predator Defense discusses the importance of rescuing predators and coyotes, "Coyotes play a critical role in keeping a balance in the food chain.  They regulate smaller predator populations (e.g., mesopredators like foxes, opossums, and raccoons), which in turn allows mesopredators' smaller prey (e.g., bird species) to survive. Without this balance, many species are at risk. Currently, a war is being waged on coyotes and other vital native predators by "wildlife management" agencies.  Their approach threatens the balance of nature and harms innocent wildlife, pets, and humans in the process.


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Almost Wiped Out By Bushfires, World's Smallest Possum Discovered

After the horrendous bushfires in Australia that burnt almost half of the island, killing a significant number of wild animals, we finally have some good news! As reported by ABC news, in the recovery efforts, the conservation group Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife found a tiny creature that they feared might have been wiped out by the fires - the world's tiniest possum, the pygmy possum.

These tiny guys who weigh no more than 7 grams and who can easily sit on top of your finger are found in very few places in the world - that is, if you can find them at all. Their size not only makes them hard to study, it also makes them quite elusive little beings. 

Pat Hodgens, a Fauna ecologist, said that the little possums' discovery is really exciting, and we agree! "There's only really been 113 formal records of the species [ever on Kangaroo Island]," he told ABC news. "So certainly not very common and, obviously, the summer bushfires burnt through much of that habitat that species had, but we were certainly hopeful that we would find them."

Their conservation group is going "to try to do everything we can to protect them to ensure that they hang around during this pretty critical time". He added: "It's very important now because it is kind of like the last refuge for a lot of these species that really rely on very old long, unburned vegetation."

There are still many other rare species who have not been spotted after the fires, but this is wonderful news, and we wish Mr. Hodgens and all the other people doing amazing work luck with finding all the species they're looking for. And sometimes, in Australia, people manage to find species they weren't look for

story about the world's smallest possum being rediscovered on Kangaroo Island despite fears of it being wiped out by bushfires thumbnail includes a picture of two tiny pygmy possums held in someone's hands
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