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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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Foster Kittens Meet Animals At The San Antonio Zoo

During the past few months, we've seen a variety of animals wandering about an aquarium and learning about the creatures of the sea! Now, it's time for the land version -- a Zoo!

And two little kittens were able to come face to face with their much larger cat family. It wasn't just tiny kittens that went on this incredible field trip! Two foster pups were invited, too! 

What is the purpose of bringing foster pets to the zoo, you might ask? It's all to raise awareness for animal adoption! The animal shelter that brought in the animals to the San Antonio Zoo is Animal Defense League of Texas

Story via Insider

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Zoo In Japan Creates An Adorable Growth Diary For a New Sand Cat Kitten

Nasu Animal Kingdom zoo in Japan recently welcomed a new member to their family: an adorable female kitten sand cat.

The cat, still to be named, was born in late April and has been growing strong under the care of zookeepers.
Upon birth, she weighed in at 59 grams and measured 13 cm from head to tail. While she was weak early on, she has dramatically increased in size and weight. 

Sand Cats, as their name suggests, are found in deserts throughout the world. Measuring about 40 to 60 cm in length, they are one of the smallest wildcats in the world.

Luckily for us all, the zoo has been releasing footage of their new kitten on YouTube, as part of a daily diary. And it only takes a microsecond to realize what all the excitement is about—we are totally in love!  

Story via: The Japan Times

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Summer Cool Down: Animals Enjoying Popsicles

Have you been outside recently? It is unbearable hot out! 

We need to cool down and ASAP. And what better way to cool down than to enjoy a refreshing cold popsicle? 

We'll do you one better -- animals enjoying a refreshing cold popsicle! We hope everyone is taking good care of themselves and their pets! Be sure to drink a lot of water and perhaps leave some water outdoors for the wildlife to enjoy and cool down with. 

Have this treat on us! 

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Animal Care Workers Show How They Manage To Weigh Different Animals

Measuring an animal's weight is crucial to make sure she is healthy and developing normally. 

But it's not always an easy mission for the professional caregivers. 

Sometimes you even have to trick them or find creative ways to make sure they're standing still. 

Here are some creative ways to weigh different kinds of animals.

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Pygmy hippos are an endangered species, there are approximately fewer than 2,500 of them currently living in the wild. 

And now, the San Diego Zoo has revealed the exciting news that the latest addition of the beautiful species is a male pygmy hippo! The hippo has had a successful birth and is the first of its kind in over 30 years!

His mother, a 4-year-old pygmy hippo named Mabel, is a first-time mother and is doing well after giving birth to her 12.4-pound calf. 

"Mom and calf are doing very well, they said – and the calf is nursing and getting lots of attention from the first-time mother," San Diego Zoo Global said in a statement.

Congrats, Mama Mabel! 


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Zookeepers Stories On How Animals React When There Aren't Any Zoo Visitors

The zoo is usually a very lively place, filled with animal sounds along with kids laughs. 

But due to the current worldwide pandemic, many zoos around the world have closed their gates to outside visitors, leaving only the staff to take care of the animals. 

Many people are naturally wondering what happens to these animals these days? Do they become super lonely or maybe they are glad about the break?  

One Reddit user, formulawanker, asked his zookeeper Reddit compatriots what the animals are up to while there are no people around.

The answers were quite interesting.  

Zookeepers Stories On How Animals React When There Aren't Any Zoo Visitors | thegoldensnitch9 18.2k points 1 month ago edited 1 month ago our local zoo apes started miss visitors so they brought an artist who's noW just painting empty monkey house so apes have someone watch. EDIT: Woah this blew up overnight (europe) they could tell they missed visitors because they became very bored and are much more excited about keepers than usual; apparently they watch visitors as much as other way around
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Audubon Zoo's Lion Cubs Smile Through Vet Exam

Oh my, oh my! If these aren't the most precious pictures we've ever seen -- we don't know what is! We seriously cannot contain our smiles looking at these purrfect lion cubs smile! 

It's totally contagious! 

The cubs are both males who have yet to be named, born January 11th to mom Kali and dad Arnold, at the Audubon Zoo.

The duo went in for a routine check-up and had their first round of vaccinations -- both "healthy and active," says zoo curator of large mammals, Joe Forys. 

"The cubs looked great. Their body condition is outstanding. They are both growing at a rate that we would expect. We're really happy," continued Forys.

The cubs great health is all thanks to their loving and doting mother! Forys said that Kali is providing her babies with absolutely everything they need and more. These two sure look like happy cubs to us! 

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Turns Out Big Cats Are Obsessed With Calvin Klein's "Obsession" Perfume

Got some perfumes you didn't like as a Christmas gift? 

Well, instead of keeping them at your medicine cabinet forever, why don't you donate them to the Benham zoo who posted a call for donations on their website asking for "old or unwanted Xmas perfumes" as part of their big cat's enrichment programs to encourage tigers and leopards to express their natural behaviors. And yes, the preferred fragrance is "Obsession" by Calvin Klein.  






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Zoo Celebrates The Birth Of Five Baby Otters With An Adorable Pool Party

According to a release by the Chester Zoo, the five baby otters were born a few days ago in the UK zoo and enjoyed their first swimming lessons in an awesome pool party. 

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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.  


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