Zebra Puts Head Into Hippo's Mouth But Escapes Unhurt After Cleaning Predator's Teeth

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This inquisitive zebra diced with death when it leaned in to the gaping mouth of a hippopotamus.One of the most aggressive animals in the world, the hippo can savage its victim to death with its menacing jaw.But the zebra seems perfectly unaware of the precarious position he’s in as he teeters on the edge of the water dangerously close to the animal’s razor-sharp teeth.
Despite appearing to be just seconds away from imminent death, the striped creature escaped unharmed.Much to the surprise of zoo visitors, the animal was merely cleaning the hippo’s teeth.The extraordinary spectacle was captured by photographer Jill Sonsteby at Zurich Zoo, in Switzerland.

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Zebra Puts Head Into Hippo's Mouth But Escapes Unhurt After Cleaning Predator's Teeth

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This inquisitive zebra diced with death when it leaned in to the gaping mouth of a hippopotamus.One of the most aggressive animals in the world, the hippo can savage its victim to death with its menacing jaw.But the zebra seems perfectly unaware of the precarious position he’s in as he teeters on the edge of the water dangerously close to the animal’s razor-sharp teeth.
Despite appearing to be just seconds away from imminent death, the striped creature escaped unharmed.Much to the surprise of zoo visitors, the animal was merely cleaning the hippo’s teeth.The extraordinary spectacle was captured by photographer Jill Sonsteby at Zurich Zoo, in Switzerland.

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Meet The White And Blue-Eyed Alligator

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With his piercing blue eyes and pale skin this rare alligator stands out like a sore thumb.Weighing over 500 pounds, Bouya Blan is one of only 12 white alligators in the world.The 23-year-old, whose name means white fog, lives along with three other giant leucistic alligators at the world famous Gatorland theme park in Florida.‘People are awestruck when they see them, and just one look into those icy, blue eyes will give you chills,’ says Mark McHugh, President & CEO of Gatorland.

We’re excited to bring these thrilling animals to Florida.’Collected from deep in a Louisiana swamp, the ivory reptiles were part of a clutch of seventeen infants recovered by workers from the Louisiana Land and Exploration Company while surveying the area in 1986.The group later brought the hatchlings to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans where only a few of the rare reptiles survived, before they were brought to Gatorland last year.
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The Golden Tabby Tiger

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The golden tiger has its white coat and gold patches due to an extremely rare colourvariation caused by a recessive gene. Around 30 tigers are believed to exist in the world but many more are carriers of the gene. Records of the golden or strawberry tiger date back to the 1900s, in India. The first golden tiger cub born in captivity was in 1983 and this came from standard colored Bengal tigers.

A golden tabby tiger is one with an extremely rare color variation caused by a recessive gene and is currently only found in captive tigers. Like the white tiger, it is a color form and not a separate species. In the case of the golden tiger, this is the wide band gene; while the white tiger is due to the color inhibitor (chinchilla) gene. There are currently believed to be fewer than 30 of these rare tigers in the world, but many more carriers of the gene.
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Water-Skiing Squirrel Is The Star Attraction At Boat Show

Among the luxury yachts, the designer boating gear and exhilarating indoor wakeboard performances, one pocket-sized American celebrity is making an almighty splash at the 38th Minneapolis Boat Show.Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel is the star turn at the five-day event in the U.S., performing for the swooning public on a miniature pair of skis in a custom-made pool.The timid little creature is towed behind a remote-controlled toy powerboat operated by her trainer, Lou Ann Best.

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Twiggy, a Florida grey squirrel, was rescued by Lou Ann and her late husband Chuck in 1978 when a hurricane blew the animal from its tree-top nest. It has been performing ever since.The squirrel has performed in Europe as well as north America and boasts appearances on hit US TV shows ‘Good Morning America’, ‘The Rosie O’Donnell Show’ and ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ as well as three movies.

Twiggy even has its own Florida billboard.According to his website Twiggy is just one of a number of aquatic animals trained by the Bests.They claim to have taught two miniature horses, two French poodles, a black cat, an armadillo and a toad frog. They have even taught a squirrel named Ollie to jet-ski.Twiggy has provided an interesting diversion to some of the more extravagant items on display, with one 48ft house boat set to cost approaching three-quarters of a million dollars.

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Frigid Temperatures Cause Frozen Iguanas To Fall From Trees

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The lizards go into a type of hibernation when the temperature drops below around 9 degrees C, all body functions but the heart switching off and blood flow cut to a minimum.It means they lose their grip on branches and the creatures, which are common in the “sunshine state”, plunge out of the trees.The lizards, which can grow up to five feet long, then lie grey and appear dead until the temperature rises again, at which time they usually revive.

So-called “kamikaze” iguanas are an urban legend among Floridians but have become a common sight as temperatures have dropped almost to freezing.”It’s almost like they totally go to sleep. Generally speaking, if it warms up afterwards, they can recover,” said Ron Magill of Miami Metrozoo.The green iguana, originally from Central and South America, is not native to Florida.
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Oscar The Dog : Hound The World In 80 Days

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A dog called Oscar is has laid claim to the title of the animal kingdom’s most intrepid explorer after visiting famous landmarks around the world. His travels include five continents, 29 countries and stopping off everywhere from the Eiffel Tower to the Taj Mahal.Oscar was rescued from a South African kennel by owner Joanne Lefson five years ago. In May the pair began an epic journey hoping to inspire millions to help save his fellow canines living as strays on the streets.

Dodging crocodile-infested rivers, walking on the Great Wall of China and escaping Italian police Oscar finally finished his tour last week.The £250,000 six-month trip – which Joanne funded by selling her home – also took in 15,000 shelter dogs and at more than 50 charity-run rescue centres.The pair capped off the tour at Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, Brazil.

Ms Lefson, who is half British and half South African, had the idea to take the titanic trip dubbed ‘The World Woof Tour’.
She said it was a miracle Oscar was alive let alone a globe trotter.She said: “If I hadn’t gone to the kennel that fateful day Oscar had one more day left and would have been put down.”When I discovered what a wonderful dog Oscar was it broke my heart to think how many ‘Oscar’s’ are still out there and simply just don’t get that second chance.
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