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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

Zoo In Japan Creates An Adorable Growth Diary For a New Sand Cat Kitten | newborn baby cat video diary following as it grows up
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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.

Animal Care Workers Show How They Manage To Weigh Different Animals | There are special spoons to weigh tiny frog gloved hand holding a measuring spoon with a small frog in it that weights 0.5 grams
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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.  






Zoo Asks For Perfume Donations For Big Cats | large tiger sitting in a cage as a woman in a green sweatshirt kneels beside it while holding perfume bottles and smiling at the camera
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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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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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