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22 Dec

Adorable Wild Baby Sea Otter Born at Monterey Bay Aquarium

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When a wild sea otter was spotted visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium's protected Great Tide Pool, staff members were worried about her. Wild sea otters don't usually visit their pool that often. However, the next morning, they saw her grooming a brand-new baby! 

The aquarium is calling this birth "a conservation success story." Sea otters were almost hunted to extinction in the early 1800s. However, thanks to legislation put in place to protect them, their numbers have grown with almost 3,000 in central California.

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This sweet, fluffy family is still hanging around the aquarium, but they are free to leave the basin whenever they want!

WATCH: A newborn baby otter was the center of attention this weekend at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The mother spent the afternoon grooming her pup because puffing up the fur makes it easier for the little one to float in the water.

Posted by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Monday, December 21, 2015

Learn more about the world's endangered species here and take the pledge to #StartWith1Thing.

27 Oct

Dog Flips Out When His Favorite Movie Comes On

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

It's pretty clear that Stryker the dog has a favorite movie — and his reaction when it comes on is priceless. "His favorite movie to watch is 'Bolt' from Walt Disney," his owner explained in this video uploaded to YouTube. "He goes nuts in the opening scene where they are running through the streets."

Of course Stryker's favorite movie would be about a dog!

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20 Oct

Ducklings Make Kid Laugh Harder Than Anyone Has Ever Laughed Before

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Most kids at least have an appreciation for animals, but there are some who REALLY love them (spoiler alert, I was totally one of those kids). This kid could have just had a simple appreciation for animals ... until he met these ducklings.

A little boy got the opportunity to hang out with a whole posse of baby ducks in a kiddie pool, and oh my goodness it seems like it just might have been the best day of his life.

"Dad look, I'm like a jungle gym!" Yes you are, the best jungle gym there ever was. His giggles every time a duckling moves are the absolute best thing ever.

Probably the best part though is when this little boy is SO concerned that a duckling might fall out of the pool. Future protector of animals? I think so.

Kudos to his dad for capturing the best memory EVER.

Check out this adorable video of a Washington State Fish and Wildlife officer saving a family of baby ducks!

29 Sep

Future Animal Lover Loses it When He Sees His New Favorite Animal

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Most of us start learning about animals from a young age, going over animal names and sounds with our parents. This little guy was doing the same thing — and accidentally discovered what his favorite animal is destined to be.

This little boy's mom was showing him flashcards of animals, and every time she got to the donkey ... he completely lost it.

Just hearing the word donkey made this guy SO unbelievably happy, I can't imagine what will happen when he actually sees a real donkey for the first time. I've never heard someone laugh so hard ... especially about donkeys.

It just goes to show that loving animals can start from a very, very early age. I hope he gets to see a real donkey soon. He's totally earned it.

Want an animal in your child's life? Then check out the top 10 dog breeds for families here!

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29 Sep

Puppy Hops Out of the Bathtub and Acts Just Like a Person

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Brady is one talented puppy.

Unlike the many dogs who think bathtime is the absolute worst, Brady likes baths so much he does them all by himself, as showcased in a video uploaded to YouTube by his family earlier this month.

"Oh hello there, I'm just enjoying a nice soak." 

But the best part comes when it's time for Brady to get out of the bathtub. He hops out all on his own and then grabs his towel to dry off. ALL BY HIMSELF! 

Brady just casually dries himself off like it's no big deal.


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22 Sep

Celebrating Poaching Survivor Thandi and Her Calf, Thembi

On January, we reported that poaching survivor, Thandi, had given birth to a calf. We are happy to report that the calf, now named Thembi, which means Hope in isiXhosa, is thriving and even perfecting the art of chasing wildebeest! 

Thandi was the sole survivor of a horrendous attack by poachers, leaving her without a horn, but still alive despite her injuries. Now, she and her calf call the Kariega Reserve in South Africa home. The video above documents their journey and shows the happy, healthy calf enjoying life on the reserve. Congratulations Thandi and those at the Kariega Reserve!

Today is World Rhino Day! Rhinos are disappearing at an alarming rate, with an estimated only 29,000 left when there were once over 500,000. Learn what you can do to help here

Baby rhinos are orphaned every year due to poaching, leaving them alone and vulnerable. See how one baby rhino reacts to the death of his mother here: 

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25 Aug

Orphaned Puppies Find an Unusual New Mother

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The orphaned puppies who show up at the doors of the Rocky Ridge Refuge all find themselves with a gentle, but unlikely, new mom: Cheesecake, a resident capybara, who adopts all the needy litters as they come through.

And she gives them the kind of love only a sweet, gigantic rodent can give. 

The refuge, an Arkansas animal rescue, takes in lots of abandoned litters and pregnant dogs, which means there are always new puppies to care for. 


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18 Aug

This is the Tiniest Horse Ever and He Will Chase You DOWN!

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from

This mini horse has barely seen the world — but he already likes what he sees.

A recent video shows the teeniest, tiniest miniature horse — only 3 days old — chasing after one of his carers, whom he's apparently decided is his new best friend. And it might just be the cutest thing in the history of the universe.

Wherever his new friend runs, the tiny horse follows. And when he finally catches him and get some well-deserved pets, he wags his little horse tail just like a puppy.

How could you run from this little guy? 

Of course, his protective mother — who appears to be named Grace — eventually steps in to end the playtime.

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18 Aug

WATCH: Pit Bulls Who Love Their Kittens

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Friendship comes in all shapes and sizes.

Watch Wilbur the pit bull pup meet some adorable cornish rex kittens here!

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4 Aug

Pit Bull Can't Stop Hugging Guy Singing to Him

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(Guest post by Ben Kerns from

In case you needed further proof that pit bulls are just as lovable and kind as every other pup, check out this adorable little dude enjoying his friend's song.

Doogie's person loves him so much that he thought the only way he could truly express his affection was through music. It's pretty endearing, even though the lyrics get a little silly toward the end.

Doogie certainly seems to like it, and he shows his appreciation through some serious hugs — and a few sloppy kisses. It's especially cute when he gets so excited he tackles him at the end.


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