Amy Sinatra Ayres
How do you do, pudu?
Weighing less than a bag of sugar at birth, this fawn is now a little over two months old. Thor was born to mom Serena and dad Odin at the U.K.’s Chester Zoo on June 19.
The pudu is the world’s smallest deer species.
“Despite being small in stature, pudu are very, very good sprinters,” said keeper Sarah Roffe. “And what they lack in size, they make up for in strategy — running in zigzags to try and escape from less nimble predators.”
Even when he’s fully grown, Thor will measure only about 15 inches at the shoulder, and will weigh between 20 and 33 pounds, with little 4-inch antlers.
We could watch this video over and over…and over again. But we might run out of tissues.
This sweet puppy is a daddy’s girl, and it shows. When her owner returns from six months overseas, the pup is beyond excited, hugging him, crying, licking, jumping…and talking.
“I know! Daddy was gone a long time, huh?” says the soldier. And it looks like he’s willing to sit and listen to everything she has to say.
We have a feeling this pup isn’t going to let her soldier out of her sight for quite some time!
Viewers who were up late watching the National Zoo’s Panda Cam got a good view of Mei Xiang’s newborn when she momentarily put it down overnight when it was just six days old.
Like any mom of an infant, Mei was probably just looking for a little break when she gently placed the cub on the floor in their den at 3:37 a.m.
But the baby bear wasn’t having it.
The rare view of the cub helped panda keepers see that it is well fed — and has a terrific set of lungs. It squawked as loud as it could until Mei cautiously picked it back up for a snuggle.
The cub was born on Aug. 23, and is Mei Xiang’s second surviving offspring. The zoo’s animal care team says both mom and baby are thriving. They haven’t yet been able to determine the cub’s gender.
Once you’ve purchased your $550 stand mixer and your $200 citrus press, there's one more thing to add to your Williams-Sonoma shopping cart: this $795 framed zebra print.
The image, by conservationist and photographer Carl E. Akeley, comes from the archives of National Geographic, and was taken in Kenya. Akeley, who died in 1926, helped establish Africa’s first national park.
The print is exclusive to Williams-Sonoma Home, and at 44 ½ x 52 ½ inches, it will dominate your living room wall and have you seeing stripes.
Like that one? Then you’re sure to love the high-end home store’s other wild offerings — some of which are just a little less pricey. They include a $450 lion print, a different zebra shot, also for $450, this safari camel picture for $595, or one of three horse images for $650 each.
He may be among the world’s oldest tigers, but when it comes to water fountains, Flavio has the playfulness of a kitten.
This 24-year-old Bengal tiger has lived at the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Florida since he retired from a lifetime spent in the circus in 2002.
There, this brilliant cat was known for his flawless act in his light and music show, according to his biography. That was, at least, until he became more interested in battling with the other tigers in the show than performing.
Although he looks pretty tame frolicking in the water at his new enclosure (the action picks up around the 2:50 mark), what he’s known for at the sanctuary is having the loudest roar of any of the other residents.
The Detroit Zoo is seeing red — and blue.
Twin male red pandas were born on June 27 to 8-year-old mom Ta-Shi and 4-year-old dad Shifu, who came to the zoo last year to be a breeding partner for Ta-Shi.
The twins are the couple’s first offspring together, but they mark the fifth time Ta-Shi has given birth in the last five years.
"Ta-Shi is an experienced and attentive mom and very protective of her babies," said Robert Lessnau, the zoo’s curator of mammals, in a statement. "We're thrilled to once again add to the captive population of this threatened species."
Native to Nepal, Myanmar and central China, red pandas are adept climbers who can be spotted hanging from tree branches.
The babies, who haven’t been named yet, are spending most of their days in their nest box, but can sometimes be seen in their wooded habitat at the zoo.