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Two Litters of Endangered Tasmanian Devils Born / Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is pleased to announce the arrival of two healthy litters of Tasmanian Devil joeys. According to keepers, this is one of the most successful years to date for the Zoo’s Tasmanian Devil conservation breeding program.

The first litter of three joeys arrived on 19 March to mother Lana. Keepers were recently able to take a close look at each joey and confirm their sex (two males and one female). Another female, Pooki, birthed four joeys more recently on 19 June, which are yet to emerge from the pouch — via ZooBorns

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Los Angeles Zoo Introduces Endangered Snow Leopard Cubs

Los Angeles Zoo has announced the birth of two endangered snow leopard cubs, a male and a female, born on 12 May and 13 May 2017. The siblings spent several months behind the scenes bonding with their mother and getting to know animal care staff. Now, at four months old, the cubs have gained enough strength and coordination to navigate their outdoor habitat and make their public debut — via Youtube

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African Cheetah v Meerkats / Dolph C Volker

Kinji the Cheetah is something special. He honestly tries making friends with everyone… especially the animals that lives within his reach. Here he is at 8 months and 2 years old trying to get the meerkats to scratch him. He ends up purring to the delight of getting a grooming from these small creatures. He has no idea they want to kill him. Meerkats are territorial and do not like predators — via Youtube

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Fossa Pup / San Diego Zoo

A baby Fossa (pronounced FOO-sa) was born this summer at the San Diego Zoo.  Now 12 weeks old, the Fossa pup, its mother and three siblings moved into their new home in the Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks exhibit last week and wasted no time exploring—jumping over grassy areas, climbing on rocks and playing in trees — via ZooBorns

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Black Rhino Calf Kendi / Cincinnati Zoo

Three-week-old black rhino calf Kendi is making short visits outside. First-time-mum Seyia is being cautious, so the mum and calf duo are still hanging out inside more than they go out. Visitors may see Kendi bouncing around, peeking out or even venturing into the yard. Sightings will become more frequent as Kendi gets more comfortable in the new environment — via Youtube

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Meet the newest peacock spiders: ‘People still get excited when they see them’

This photo isn’t fake.

These tiny, dazzling spiders are 100 per cent real — and scientists have just discovered another five species and sub-species in Western Australia.

They’re called peacock spiders and self-described peacock spiderman Jurgen Otto has spent years discovering and photographing them.

When he first spotted one of the unique creatures in bushland near Sydney about a decade ago, he said he almost stepped on it.

I took a photograph and then later I went home, looked at it on the computer and was just blown away, Dr Otto said.

When I started with all this, there was not a single picture or video of a peacock spider on the internet.

Nine years later now, you get many thousand hits when you type peacock spider into Google.

The reaction of people when they see the latest finds remains the same.

One could think that the novelty of this would all have worn off by now, but people still get excited when they see them, he said.

Each new species is a complete surprise — the patterns and colours of each species are so different and so unpredictable, you never know what the next one and its display and courtship dance will look like.

Most of the five discoveries were spotted in south-western WA, but peacock spiders can be found across southern Australia.

Dr Otto estimates there are now more than 60 species and sub-species of Australian peacock spiders. Thirty-nine of them were named by himself and fellow spider expert David Hill — via ABC News

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The Most Famous Dog Who Ever Lived / Chris Hadfield’s Rare Earth

Dogs!

Enough about humans and more about some creatures that matter, you no doubt were saying in your mind. So here’s a story on pets. This is the story of Hachiko, who is likely the most famous dog in human history. But what is it about this dog that convinced the world to take notice?

We went around Japan to tell the story of the loyal dog who unwittingly saved his breed. Say hello to Hachiko, a very good dog — via Youtube

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Tiny Male Otter Pup / Vancouver Aquarium

A tiny male sea otter pup — estimated to be just two to four weeks old — is now in 24-hour care at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, after concerned members of the public found it swimming alone in open water off northern Vancouver Island on Sunday. Although the pup appears healthy, he requires care night and day from the Rescue Centre team, just as he would from his mother. Staff and volunteers are spending shifts feeding, bathing and grooming the newborn pup, which has not yet been named — via Youtube