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Fiona The Hippo is Celebrating Her 3rd Birthday Munching on a Specially Made Birthday Cake

Fiona, the celebrity hippo of the Cincinnati Zoo, was born six weeks premature but now celebrates her 3rd birthday with a veggie and fruit cake and many more treats! Here is full day documentation of Fiona's B-Day, as posted on the Cincinnati Zoo's twitter page.  


tweet by Cincinnati red times flies when you're the cutest hippopotamus the world has ever seen. happy 3rd birthday Fiona! photo of a hippo wearing a party hat and blowing a party popper
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Woman And Orangutan Share Beautiful Moment Together As She Breastfeeds

Gemma Copeland was left in tears after visiting Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria. 

While in the orangutan enclosure, Copeland realized her son, 15-month-old Jasper, was hungry. She sat down against the glass to breastfeed him when a female orangutan, named Sol, who had been watching Copeland intently, comes to sit beside her.. as if protecting her as she breastfeeds. 

Sadly, Sol had previously given birth to a stillborn infant. 

Copeland was moved to tears by the gesture, writing, "She looked directly into my eyes then placed her hand up as if to touch my son. I was in awe of this beautiful creature already. My son wanted feeding and as it was quiet I fed him whilst I sat there. The way the orangutan reacted took my breath away she kept looking at me, then my son then back again.

She sat with me for approximately half an hour, and kept stroking the glass and lay down next to me as if to support and protect me. I was absolutely gobsmacked and got quite a crowd of people turning up to see what was going on – people were sat watching quietly and respectfully. It was really lovely and I didn't want to leave – it felt incredible and I was crying so much because I couldn't take it in.

I had to share this because my mind was blown, we may be a species apart but breastfeeding connected us today in a once in a lifetime moment that will stay with me forever."

Sol undoubtably had a strong connection to this mother and her child. Orangutans are such gentle and loving souls, Sol is an example of that love.  

Story via The Scottish Sun

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Good people raised over $3,000 to the enrichment Giving Tree which allowed the zoo stuff to provide the animals with special enrichment items for hristmas. Take a peek at some of them opening their gifts. 

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The animals at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo were in for a Halloween treat! Halloween pumpkins for all the animals, some chose to eat them and others decided to play with them! Overall, it was a success and a joy to watch!

Enjoy the pumpkin festivities and have a safe Halloween! 

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There Is An Iron Zoo In The Oil Fields Of a Small Town In California

Situated 190 miles south of San Jose, California, the small town of Coalinga is mainly an agricultural community with Chevron and Aera Energy operating the town's only oil field. As you drive north towards the town, Coalinga's oil field will come into view. You will see several oil pump jacks busy bobbing up and down doing their job. Now if you look closely, you will see animals — zebras, giraffes, and horses— not the usual kind, but pump jacks painted like animals. Each rooted to its own spot, these iron animals merrily raise and lower their heads as if grazing in the field. Here is the unique story behind it. 

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The Animals In This Spanish Zoo Roam Freely While Visitors Are Separated Through Natural Barriers

Bioparc Valencia is a small zoo in Valencia, Spain, with a large collection of African animals. Unlike your average zoo where animals are locked in cages, the animals in Bioparc Valencia appear to roam freely in the park. But there is no need to be afraid. Bioparc Valencia is what is called an "immersive zoo" – a concept of immersing visitors into the animals' habitat and not vice versa. But this isn't another Chinese zoo where visitors are locked in cages at the back of a trailer as it makes its way through the park. In Bioparc Valencia, there are no cages, instead of using rivers, ponds, streams and rocks to separate visitors from the animals. Here, the barriers are practically invisible and the animals feel right at home.


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The Oklahoma City Zoo Welcomes Three Adorable Flamingo Chicks

The three new arrivals were hatched in August, with the third and final hatchling making its way out of their shell on Thursday, Aug. 29. "It's a labor of love for the Zoo's bird care team, who have confirmed that all of this season's chicks have officially hatched," the OKC Zoo wrote on Facebook, sharing adorable photos of the little baby birds.

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Excitement At Idaho Zoo As First Newborn Red Panda Is Born

Red pandas are adorable (even more so when they stand on their hind legs in the cutest defense mechanism ever). And no, they are not red-colored pandas (I know you're imagining that right now). A little floof has just been born at Idaho Zoo - the first ever red panda to be born there. As you can imagine, everyone is pretty excited about it. 

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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 ABC News
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It's a good thing there was a wall of glass between this hungry lioness at the Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, and the 3-year-old boy who was looking too tasty for the lioness to ignore!

As the boy sat in front of the lion enclosure, the lioness named Zuri slowly crept forward to him... then pounced! On the zoo's website, Zuri is described as "playful, outgoing and inquisitive, and her hobbies are chasing butterflies and people watching." However, Zuri was a tad bit more interested in people -- without the watching.

The 3-year-old seemed rather unfazed by the sudden pounce, instead of fleeing in fear, the family simply turned it into a Kodak moment. 

One thing is for sure, Zuri was most definitely eager to grab a hold on that little boy.

The zoo officials have now warned visitors against trying to recreate this and other similar viral moments. As well as, urging guest not to provoke the animals in anyway by tapping on the glass, taunting them or throwing anything into the enclosures. 

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Born at the Pairi Daiza zoo in Belgium, the adorable baby Asian elephant can be seen wobbling and trying to get her footing as she tries to stand just moments after being born! Rob Conachie, Elephant manager, says the zoo feels "very lucky".

The baby is an Indian elephant which has been listed as endangered since 1986. She has yet to be named.

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Animals In Zoos Are Getting Ice Lollies With Fruit During This Massive Heatwave Across Europe

There's a massive heatwave across Europe right now, gripping France, Spain, and Germany. Temperatures have risen up to 38 degrees Celsius (100 F) and the poor animals in the zoo are feeling it! Thankfully, their caretakers are looking out for them and finding ways to keep them cool! From frozen treats to a nice rinse -- these zookeepers are doing their best to help the animals during this heat! .

Watch the videos below to see these animals enjoy some much needed refreshments! 

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A Zoo In Japan Released a Video Of a Lion's Escape Drill And it is As Funny As it is Informative

The Tobe Zoo in Japan shared its procedure for an escaped lion complete with a person in a furry costume. As you will see, the Zoo's resident lions were not so impressed with it. 

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UK Zoo Is Taking Extra Care Of Their New Little Member: An Endangered Baby Civet

A female Owston's civet, which is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, was born on April 15 at the U.K. zoo, and head zookeeper, Dave Rich, has been personally caring for her ever since, according to the zoo's website.

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