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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.  

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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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Polar Bear Born in Berlin Zoo Was Named After City's Bundesliga Soccer Team

Hertha, the 4-month-old polar bear was named after the city's Bundesliga club. The bear showed off its ball skills after being given a gift by the club's mascot Herthinho.

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Over the past 30 years, the Taronga zoo in Sydney, Australia, has successfully bred over 40 Red Pandas, but until now they have never had triplets! So the zoo is proud to present its first ever triplet- Rohan, Ishwar and Mishry and they are the cutest creatures we have ever seen! At around 13 weeks of age, they're just starting to emerge from their nest box and find their paws, so you are all welcome to watch them or even better, visit them at the zoo while they're still tiny!

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The Cutest Polar Bear Cub Wanders The Zoo in Berlin For The First Time

The unnamed cub, born back in December, is finally on view to the public at the Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Germany and we couldn't ask for more on this Sunday morning. Even though some of the the texts are in German, we're sure you will enjoy the adorable photos and videos.  

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