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Giant Panda Cub Gets Named And Its A True 'Little Miracle'

We've an update about one of the most positive stories to come out of 2020, and the update is just as wholesome as the original story. The (tiny) giant panda cub that was born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo three weeks ago has finally gotten a name, and it is the most appropriate and cutest name of all. Xiao Qi Ji is his name in Chinese, but it translates to 'little miracle' in English. 

The little giant panda has gone absolutely viral in the past couple of weeks after a video of his miraculous birth was released by the zoo, and since the world fell in love with the cub, the zoo decided to let the world participate in naming him. Of course, the internet does not disappoint when it comes to baby animals. 

We were given a choice of 4 names, and after three weeks and nearly 135,000 votes that have been cast, the adorable name 'little miracle' was chosen. The long waiting period was not an accident, it is part of Chinese tradition to wait 100 days before naming the cub. We wish the little cub luck and prosperity, and for his mother, Mei Xiang, to have many more adorable healthy cubs in the future!

Story via The Associated Press.

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Critically Endangered Black Rhino Calf Is Born In Chester Zoo

Starting off the day with a piece of incredibly happy news! A critically endangered black baby rhino was born in Chester Zoo, and we could not be any happier about it. There are only less than 1,000 of them left globally, so any new addition to the black rhino family should be celebrated everywhere. On top of that, the rare birth and the baby's first steps were all caught on camera!

Take a look at the footage below!

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One of our favorite things in the world is interspecies friendships. They're so cool and interesting, and the circumstances which led to those friendships are just as interesting if not more. The latest unlikely friendship that we've come across is one that seems like it's straight out of a Disney movie - a meerkat, a hyena cub, and two lion cubs.

Yeah, we know, aren't hyenas and lions mortal enemies? And isn't a meerkat merely a snack for hyenas and lions? Normally, the answer to both would be yes. But in this situation, under their special circumstances, in a zoo in South Africa, a strange and beautiful friendship has formed. 

These adorable animals all met when they were just babies. As they explain in the video: Qala - the hyena - arrived at the zoo as an orphan after her mom was caught in a farmer's trap, Safari and Sussie - the lion cubs - were rejected by their mother at birth, and Pokkel - the coolest meerkat in the world - was found simply wandering alone without its family.

Their friendship may not last forever, since both the lions and hyena are growing, and their instincts should be kicking in soon, so even playfighting might become dangerous for Pokkel. But for now, this is one of the cutest unlikely friendships we've ever seen, and we're glad that these cuties are enjoying each other. 

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Halloween-y Inner Beauty Of Animal X-Rays Viral Twitter Thread

The twitter account @OregonZoo - or as they like to call themselves this Halloween season: "Oregoth Boo" - have decided to share with us some x-rays that showcase the absolute beauty of animals - inside and out. And it's perfect. It hits just the right mood for Halloween - "gothy" and "Halloweenish". 

The thread with the x-ray pictures has gone viral on twitter, with people agreeing with us about how cool these photos are, with some people even adding their own pets' x-ray images, surprising all of us with no one but two x-rays of pregnant pets! A turtle and a cat - tini tiny skeletons inside slightly bigger skeletons. 

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Happy Halloween! One thing we absolutely adore is when animals get holiday or weather-related gifts or treats!

During the blasting heat of summer, we've seen zoos treat the animals with frozen popsicles specialized for each individual animal. It's thoughtful and delightful to see the animals nomming on their frozen goodies. This year, Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, Illinois, treated their animals to a Halloween treat! A pumpkin for them to eat, munch, play with, whatever they wish to do with it is completely up to them. Most of the animal's reaction to the pumpkin is just too good and will leave a giant smile plastered on your face.

Here's a message from Brookfield Zoo, this Halloween, "Everybody likes to carve their Halloween pumpkins differently. Some of us like to take our time, some just start ripping it apart, others like to work together, and some prefer to work alone. However you carve your pumpkin, #BrookfieldZoo hopes you have a Happy Halloween!"

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White Lion and Bengal Tiger Best Friends Since Childhood

Istanbul's Aslan Park is home to two big cats who have become best friends. A white lion called Pamuk and a Bengal tiger called Toby who are both only 18 months old have taken over our hearts with their adorable friendship. When they were just  four months old, the zookeepers attempted to separate the cubs, but the cubs had other plans. 

Daily News reports that Gökmen Aydın, the general par manager, said: "We wanted to separate them as both belong to different species. Then we realize uneasiness in animals. We started to think about the cause. When they got together later, we saw that they want to stay with each other. They became friends within four months," and we just can't help but awww.

Pamuk and Toby sleep most day, like all cats do, but they play together a lot and absolutely hate being separated for any reason whatsoever. "They sometimes sleep while hugging each other," added Aydın, and okay, que some more awws right about now. We wish them a long friendship even as they grow older and as much happiness as they have in general. Their story brought us immense happiness for sure. 

Check out pictures of Pamuk and Toby together below! And if you're interested in more happy friendships between species, take a look at this Pitbull and rescued fox cub who are total BFFs.

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Rescued Manatees Getting Released Back Into Wild After Successful Rehabilitation

Two orphaned manatees, Bananatee and Tostone, who were rescued as babies off the coast of Florida have successfully completed their rehabilitation and are now returning back home into the wild. Columbus Zoo, where they went through their rehabilitation, said in a tweet that on October 19th, the two manatees have traveled back to Florida and arrived safely at the Miami Seaquarium where they will go through their final preparations before getting released. 

It's a beautiful end to a story of helping animals in need for no other purpose than to help them. When the manatees were first rescued, they were babies, one underweight for what it should be and the other showing signs of cold. Now, with the help they received, they are as healthy as ever. 

As reported by Fox28, Tom Stalf, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO, said: "It is always difficult for our devoted team to say goodbye to animals who have been in our care, but this is also a time to celebrate because the successful rehabilitation of Bananatee and Tostone is a true testament to the positive impact we've had not only on the lives of individual manatees, but also the manatee population as a whole. Bananatee and Tostone represent the 30th and 31st manatee that the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has rehabilitated since Manatee Coast opened in 1999, and we are extremely proud to be a part of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership, working to help protect manatees' future."

We wish these gorgeous animals luck in their return back home and for them to live the full life that they should have from the very beginning. And we thank all those who helped them and wish them more success stories just like that of Bananatee and Tostone. 

Check out pictures of the preparations for the release bellow! And for more successful rehabilitation stories, you can read about the one and only Tasmanian devil returning back to mainland Australia

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Abducted Lemur Reunited With Its Family

A few days ago, The Francisco Zoo announced on their twitter that one of their endangered lemurs - 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur named Maki - had been abducted. They urged people to give any information that they could about the lemur, concerned about its wellbeing. Thankfully, after a few restless days, the lemur had been found and returned, hungry and a little disheveled but otherwise okay, getting to reunite with its family. 


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This video is adorable and relaxing all at once. Last year, Point Defiance Zoo welcomed its first beaver kit and it's so heckin' cute, they made this video just to show off its cuteness!

Not that we blame them at all, we can look at this little kit all day. Even though this video is a year old, the beaver kit was born perfectly healthy and living well with parents Walnut and Nutmeg. Parents Walnut and Nutmeg seem to be very chill, according to this video, letting the humans babysit as they get some more naps in. 

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Mountain Lion Cub Rescued From California Wildfires

A 3.75 pound mountain lion cub was rescued by firefighters from the California wildfires and is now being treated in the Oakland Zoo. This small cub was discovered in an area the Zogg Wildfire burned through, orphaned and with severe burns. Luckily, the lion was taken into immediate care and is doing much, much better today, eating on its own and acting all fierce and feisty. 

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'World's Loneliest Elephant' To Be Released From Zoo

Kaavan, the elephant, had been living at a zoo in Pakistani, the capital of Islamabad, for more than 35 years. 

Sadly, Kaavan lost his partner in 2012 and has since been battling loneliness, as well as, living in poor conditions that have resulted in him being overweight, yet showing signs of malnutrition, cracked and overgrown nails of living in an enclosure with poor flooring that has damaged his feet. Up until now, Kaavan had been forced to live in a small enclosure, secluded from other elephants.

Now, steps have been taken to finalized Kaavan's transfer to an elephant sanctuary in Cambodia. A spokesman for Four Paws, Martin Bauer, announced this past Saturday that Kaavan had been granted medical approval to travel for a better life, but his journey to recovery will be a long one. Bauer said Kaavan's wounds are more than just physical, that he also suffers from behavioral issues. 

"He also developed stereotypical behavior, which means he shakes his head back and forth for hours. This is mainly because he is simply bored," said Bauer.

There is no word when Kaavan will travel, the push for his relocation has been going on since 2016 by rights activists. 

We are so happy that Kaavan will have a chance at a new, better life, and hope he travels to his new paradise soon! 

Story via The Guardian

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Giant Panda Cub Born At The Smithsonian’s National Zoo

A huge congrats to the attentive and caring mother, Mei Xiang! 

According to the Smithsonian National Zoo, the moment the cub was born on August 21st, Mei Xiang picked up the newborn cub and immediately began to cradle and care for it. Just like any loving and devoted mother would. 

Animal care staff heard the cub vocalize and were able to catch a glimpse of the newborn. As of now, the team is monitoring Mei Xiang and her cub via the Zoo's panda cams. From what the team has observed so far, the panda cub appears to be strong and healthy. 

Check out some of the Smithsonian's panda cam footage below! 

Story via Smithsonian National Zoo

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Congratulations to Erie Zoo, Pennsylvania, for welcoming the birth of two critically endangered red panda cubs! 

On August 6th, 2020,  Erie Zoo announced that their two adult pandas, Pumori and Delilah, have welcomed their first litter! One male cub and one female cub had been born. Currently in the care of animal specialists after staff members noticed the cubs were "failing to gain weight naturally." 

In the video, we see the zoo's veterinarian P.J. Polumbo nursing the four-week-old cubs. 

"They are doing extremely well," the spokesperson said during the cubs' unveiling on Facebook. "They did just open their eyes within the last week."

Story via People

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Penguins and bubbles? That's a winning combo if we ever heard one! 

Since the pandemic, the penguins at the Newquay Zoo have had quite the routine change. Instead of their usual entertainment of guests and feeding shows, they were in need of a pick-me-up! 

That's when a kind samaritan donated a bubble machine! Thank you to whoever donated this machine, this video has made our day and we're hoping yours, too. 

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Innovative Zoo Cameras Can Now Monitor Animal's Health From Afar

Up till now, zookeepers and veterinaries who wanted to monitor vital signs or do regular health checkups for wild animals had to use specialized equipment while sedating them and disturbing their daily routine.   

But now, a new promising camera software offers a non-abusive way to do that without the need for anesthetics.  

Story Via: Phys.org


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San Antonio Zoo Offers a "Drive Thru" Experience With Animals Made Of LEGO Bricks

Like many other zoos around the world, the San Antonio Zoo has been closed to visitors since March. 

Now, the zoo staff has come up with a new way for visitors to still experience the zoo from the comfort of their vehicles while keeping social distance norms - a Drive-Thru zoo where you can watch a beautiful exhibition of animal LEGO sculptures while driving. 

The "Wild connections" exhibition was created by artist Sean Kenney and is open to the public. 

Story via: Spectrum News

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