Amy Sinatra Ayres
A sweet klipspringer is thriving behind the scenes at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, thanks to a dedicated group of keepers.
The little one, who was born in early August, has been hand-reared since its mom didn’t provide it with the proper care, reported Zooborns.
While the baby is still growing, the tiny antelope is only expected to reach 20 inches and weigh about 24 pounds when it’s fully grown.
This klipspringer dwells in rocky habitats in Central and Eastern Africa and has hooves with a rubbery texture that helps them grip the terrain.
She might be a first-time mom, but 12-year-old western lowland gorilla Lily is taking great care of her baby.
The baby, whose dad is 26-year-old Koga, was born on Sept. 4 at the Buffalo Zoo. The protective mom hasn’t yet let her keepers close enough to confirm the newborn’s gender, but they think it’s a girl.
During her 8-½-month pregnancy, the staff at the zoo monitored the baby’s development with ultrasounds. Lily was trained to present her belly to her keepers and stay calm during the exams.
The little one will soon join her parents and the rest of her troop on exhibit at the zoo.
The dogs at the U.K.’s Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are taking the search for a new home into their own paws.
The pups are taking advantage of the Internet trend of taking “selfies” to draw attention to their unique personalities and catch the eye of potential owners online.
Selfies are pictures people (or cats) usually take of themselves, often with a smartphone, and uploaded to Facebook or other social media sites. The dogs are using an iPhone for theirs!
“Sharing selfies online is all the rage and our dogs are tapping into this trend,” says Rob Young, the shelter’s dog adoption manager. “Their photos are very cute and it’s a great way to promote our dogs and help them find a second chance.”
Justine, pictured above, is one of 400 dogs at Battersea who are looking for a home. The 2-year-old pooch is “hoping her perfectly posed picture will be a big hit on social media,” according to her description.
We’re sure it will be!
Check out more of the dogs’ adorable photos on Battersea’s site.
This feline has no shame.
While pretending to nap alongside an unsuspecting (and super trusting) dog, she slowly swipes the food out of his bowl when he’s not looking.
Right under his nose!
If you can’t trust your friends with your food, who can you trust?
A male panda cub has made quite an entrance at Madrid Zoo, giving out healthy screeches as he had his first exam.
The cub was born to mom Hua Zui Ba, on Aug. 30. The experienced mom gave birth to twins Po and De De in 2010. They now live at the Chengdu Research Base for giant pandas in China.
This cub weighed 7.4 ounces, making him larger than the average baby panda bear, reported Today.
“The team of specialists and veterinarians have confirmed it is a boy with a good set of lungs," zoo officials said in a statement. "The new giant panda cub...has shown it has a lot of character."
Like the new panda cub at Washington’s National Zoo, the cub was bred using artificial insemination.
If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a vet, or if you have a child who does, here’s your chance to give it a try — virtually.
In the game, which you can play on your computer or on a tablet with an app you can download, you start out in training in Level 1, and work your way up to be chief vet at an AVMA hospital.