Vienna Zoo Breeds Endangered Batagur Turtle

The Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna said on Tuesday it has successfully bred one of the most endangered species of turtle, the Batagur baska, for the first time in captivity.Two baby Batagur turtles were hatched in the zoo’s reptile house at the beginning of May, the zoo said in a statement.

The Batagur baska — which is listed as “critically endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature — is a river terrapin that can grow to up to 60 centimetres (24 inches).At home in the rivers of Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, India and Bangaldesh, its meat and eggs were long considered a delicacy.
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The Zorro Cat

The standing cat is back and he’s brought his friend.

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Kate Winslet Traumatised By Baby-Eating Hamster

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Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has revealed how she was left suffering from repetitive nightmares as a child after her family refused to listen to veterinary advice and her furry pet killed its offspring.”When I was a kid, one of our hamsters suddenly gave birth – we didn’t even know she was pregnant. We phoned the pet shop and they said, ‘Take the babies away – hamsters get very frightened after they’ve given birth and you don’t want her to eat the babies.’

“We didn’t listen and that’s exactly what happened. This obviously affected me badly as I had a recurring dream about hamsters gobbling up their babies until I was about 15.

“She said: “When I was nine years old, I dreamt I was a hippo in a ballerina skirt, like the one in Fantasia. It got worse, because I had to pee in my dream and when I woke up I’d wet my bed. That’s pretty embarrassing, right?”

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Photographs Capture Baby Panda As It Tries To Escape Playpen

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The images of Wen Li and her twin sister Ya Li were taken at the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Institute.
They show Wen Li struggling up the side of her playpen, before losing her balance and toppling over the side. Fortunately the panda cub was caught by one of her handlers before hitting the floor. Wen Li and Ya Li were born on July 19, 2009. Just two other pandas were born at the institute in the same year, compared to 18 born in 2008.

Researches have argued that mothers at the institute were simply too “exhausted” to have any more babies.The institute was set up 1987 with six pandas rescued from the wild. Just over two decades later it is home to 83 giant pandas, about a third of the total pandas kept in captivity in China.They are a source of national pride in China and their dwindling numbers have become a countrywide concern. They are the rarest type of bears and, with fewer than 3,000 still in the wild, are considered to be among the world’s most endangered species

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Squirrel Mother Goes Nuts And Attacks Dog Trying To Eat Her Baby

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They have a bit of a reputation for a vicious streak, but this dog certainly got more than it bargained for after pouncing on a baby squirrel it found on the ground.Moments before the hapless baby would have been torn apart, these images show its mother appearing to leap off a nearby tree and attacking the surprised dog.
Using its sharp teeth and claws, the squirrel tore into its canine opponent and distracted it so the baby could escape to freedom.

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It is unclear if the images have been edited, but the startled dog appears in considerable pain as the squirrel bites into its flank.The surprise assault gives the baby squirrel just enough time to climb back up the nearby tree before its mother is thrown clear and escapes from the dog.The baby squirrel appears to have fallen to the ground as it was being helped up the tree.Spotting the helpless creature on the ground, the dog pounces and traps it underneath its front paws as it closes for the kill.

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But it appears to have underestimated its diminutive opponent, as the brave mother squirrel clearly has no intention of letting her baby become dinner and rushes to its aid by jumping on the dog’s head.After the whirlwind attack the mother squirrel springs free of the dog and rushes her baby back up into the safety of the tree.The frustrated dog is left sitting forlornly at the base of the tree as its prey escapes into the upper branches.The images appeared on a website that was set up solely to promote them using Weebly, a website creation programme.

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Baby White Rhino Born At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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Just like you, we’re suckers for adorable baby animals, and the new baby white rhinoceros at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida, more than fits the bill. Just look at those big feet! She’s not even as big as her mama’s head!

The 100-pound (yowza!) baby was born last Wednesday, November 11, to Mlaleni and Tambo. This rhino pair’s first calf, Malaika, was born in 2004 and was the first white rhino birth in Busch Gardens’ history. The newborn female is their fourth calf and brings the park’s total black and white rhino population to a total of 12 (nine white and three black).

The baby has yet to be named, but a spokesperson for Busch Gardens tells us that this is totally normal: “Names for baby animals are traditionally chosen after they reach 30 days of age. This allows the animal care team time to see the animal’s growth and character traits.”
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Zoo America Welcomes New Additions: Baby Bobcats

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Zoo america is now home to three adorable baby bobcats. Born on May 5, the babies were given the signature names “Kit Kat,” “Reese” and “Hershey.” Playful and curious, these kittens are very entertaining to watch.

Born on May 5, the babies were given the signature names “Kit Kat,” “Reese” and “Hershey.” Playful and curious, these kittens are very entertaining to watch. The baby bobcats cannot always be found rolling around in the public viewing area of their habitat, as they are sometimes in their den with their mother, Kira, for feeding and care. Kira came to ZooAmerica last summer from Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, N.J. The bobcat family lives in the Eastern Woodlands area of the Zoo.
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