The spectacled owlet’s parents have raised six chicks at the Phoenix Zoo, but because both mom and dad are older, their keepers weren’t sure their eggs would still be fertile.
But on Feb. 10, the one egg belonging to a 20-year-old mom and her 15-year-old mate hatched, and keepers could hear tiny noises coming from the nest box.
They didn’t manage to catch a glimpse of the little white ball of fluff until late in March because its protective parents would fly at their keepers’ heads — talons extended — if they even tried to clean their display.
The wide-eyed chick was spotted sitting in the opening to its nest box on April 13, and the next day it fledged, trying out different perches in the exhibit.
Spectacled owls are native to Mexico, Central and South America. The owlet’s gender is still unknown, but will be determined at its first official exam.
Once affectionately dubbed ALF (for Alien Life Form) by keepers at the U.K.’s Linton Zoo, a rare albino red-necked wallaby has blossomed into a beauty.
Lacking pigment, the joey, who we caught a glimpse of in mom’s pouch in March, has all white fur and pink eyes.
Now the baby is almost as big as mom Kylie — but still tries to squeeze into her pouch for some snuggle time.
Red-necked wallabies are usually gray and brown, like Kylie and dad Jason.
Seacrest out. Capuchin monkey — in.
Actress Julianne Hough, who recently made headlines with her split from American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, shared a photo of herself with a monkey on her shoulder earlier this week on Instagram.
“I found my soul mate last night!” she wrote with the image. “Thanks @mariamenounos78 for throwing such a fun birthday party!”
Extra host Maria Menounos, who celebrated her 35th birthday at her Los Angeles home, had quite a menagerie at her party, including a parrot and a snake, according to People.
But the monkey seemed to be the biggest party animal; in addition to posing with Hough, he had his photo taken with stars including Hough’s brother, Derek, Kris Jenner and Khloé Kardashian.
When you come home from a tough day at work, do you regroup by taking a moment to greet your dog? In that case, you're no different from the President. Yes, that President.
On Tuesday, Official White House photographer Pete Souza shared a photo of First Dog Bo Obama waiting for a serious-looking president as he arrived at the Oval Office.
“Photo of Bo today,” Souza Tweeted. “Oh yeah, Pres Obama is in the photo too!”
“POTUS greets Bo,” Souza wrote. “Back by popular demand.”
After dealing with a devastating natural disaster in Oklahoma and the recent controversies over surveillance programs and the IRS (among other things) we can’t think of a better way for the commander-in-chief to relax — even if it’s just for a moment.
A new dad in Seattle will get a special treat for Father’s Day: the chance to name his first-born son in a ceremony that involves all of his favorite foods.
The 14-year-old jaguar, named Junior, became dad to a trio of cubs at the Woodland Park Zoo in March. The two girls and one boy were born to mom Nayla, 7.
On Friday, Junior will choose Cruz, Tlaloc or Kuwan for his son’s name. The monikers, selected by zookeepers, will be paired with piñatas filled with his favorite meats: chicken and ground turkey.
Here in America, the most famous predictor of the seasons is, of course, Punxsutawney Phil. But across the pond in England, some prognosticating penguins are ready to give the groundhog a run for his money.
"While most people put themselves on a strict diet in preparation for a summer on the beach, penguins are the exact opposite and do everything they can to fatten themselves up," said Adrian Walls, the zoo's head of birds, in a release.
Once a week, the penguins each hop onto a scale before hitting the pool for their morning swim. And lately, their more plump shape is a definite sign that warmer weather is coming in England — and that the penguins will shed their old feathers and grow a new set, just in time for summer.
Cattle and cuddly don’t usually go hand in hand, but prepare yourself. These are some adorable cows.
Just like show dogs, there are also show cows — and they are prepared for their competitions by getting fluffed up with a little product and a lot of blow-drying.
They can range in cost from $5,000 to $75,000, according to Today, and it can take months of daily care to keep them looking like this.
Bogey, a 6-year-old Cockapoo from West Hartford, Conn., made a new friend while out with his human on their morning stroll last week — a fawn who's even tinier than he is!
Originally posted on West Hartford Patch, this adorable video should instantly cure your Monday morning blues. And if your heart doesn't grow three sizes when Bogey sits with the fawn, then we frankly don't know what to do with you.
With her babies trapped in a storm drain, a brave and determined duck did what any desperate mother would do — she quacked for help.
The police officers who arrived on the scene quickly pulled the ducklings to safety and let the brood out in a nearby body of water — with Mom following close behind.
But, oh, just wait until the mother-baby reunion at the end of the video — it will pull at your heartstrings.
At 3 months old, the Oakland Zoo’s trio of male river otters is thriving — in terms of both their health and their swimming skills.
In early May, the three each weighed about 4.5 pounds, thanks to mom Ginger’s off-exhibit care of her sons.
The babies are named Kohana (swift), Hinto (blue) and Shilah (brother).
"This is the third litter that Ginger has had here at Oakland Zoo, and she is a great mom, so we will be as hands-off as possible and let her do her job," said keeper Andrea Dougall.
Now that the pups are strong-enough swimmers, they’re appearing daily in their exhibit.