Zookeepers have strange and interesting jobs compared to what most of us do all day, so seeing them imitate animals makes us excited but also virulently jealous. Zookeepers at the Minnesota Zoo took photos of themselves as the animals they work with, and it makes us want to look for a job openings at the zoo. Our favorite is the millipede.
Let's face it, the average person cannot place Kazakhstan on a map, even if you paid them. But apparently the hijinks that Russians are so famous for all over the internet, also extend to the former USSR's territories turned independent nation-states. This guy took being drunk at the zoo to a whole new level. Now I am sure most of us have at least dreamt about riding a wild safari animal. This guy clearly had a little too much liquid courage in him when he pulled this stunt off. The culprit wasn't caught, but police are searching for him with the intent to press charges. Check out all the juicy details from the stunt, find out how special this particular zoo is, and decide if you might have found your next vacation spot. The animals would sure appreciate it, but I would avoid trying to ride them..
Oh Internet, how we loathe you sometimes.
Millions were disappointed after gullibly falling for an fake story indicating that "Harambe McHarambeface" won the naming contest for a baby gorilla at a Chinese zoo.
It all started when the crap-tacular Daily Mirror--who never checks the legitimacy of their sources--decided to pick up the story. The "source" was the fictitional "Boston Leader" news website, and the internet ran with it from there:
The truth quickly came out and hearts were broken everywhere...
...and though we might not have a Harambe McHarambeface YET, you can still show your support and buy your "McHarambeface" t-shirt here:
Harambe, the magical ape who touched our fuzzy hearts now has a petition to name the Cincinnati Bengals after him. I can't think of a better way to kick Tom Brady's ass than by a band of gorillas.
There is already a petition to rename Humboldt Park after him, so we'll see if Cincinnati can get their sh*t together and honor this fine creature of nature.
Residents at the Bristol Zoo can get a little touchy about their privacy.
One local man found that out the hard way when he visited the attraction and began snapping photos of a gorilla minding its own business.
Bob Pitchford, 67, was on a visit to the city's zoo last week when he spotted the large ape chewing on some grass. He took his camera out to take a photo but when the the mammal caught sight of Mr Pritchard he swiftly made the rude gesture.
The gorilla obviously didn't take too kindly to the interruption in its regular grass chewing time and showed his displeasure apparently in the only way it knew how — by flicking the photographer off.
The unnamed flipper of the bird must not have made his point too clear, however, because Pitchford said he didn't even realize he had received the offense until he came home and reviewed the pictures.
'When I saw the pictures, I just thought "you little devil",' he added. 'He really does look a bit cheese off. 'I quite regularly photograph the animals at Bristol, but I've never seen anything like this. 'Gorillas are really good at expressing their feelings. I was just really lucky to capture this.'
This isn't the first documented time we've seen such fierce expression from apes, who also can be well versed in physical communication.
Is this a terrifying image of things to come?
Rise of the Finger of the Apes
Watch this guy get on all fours and prance around with a couple of young lions at the zoo.
The two appear to play along him as he runs back and forth, and they even start pawing at the glass when he gets really close.
Sure, it's all just fun and games now, but once you get rid of that protective barrier it becomes "dinner time"
A similar video emerged last December, in which a lion at the El Paso Zoo tried to "play" with a cute little kid.
A thick pane of glass is all that stands between this female lion and lunch.
Zari, a 7-year-old African lioness at the El Paso Zoo, was captured on video "playing' with this kid back in December.
She is either really fascinated by children, or she really wants to eat them.
The zoo says the animals are just curious, and that the glass is definitely strong enough to protect anyone from harm, so there isn't anything to worry about here.
"When some of our lions see little kids, it seems like it calls attention to them and they want to check them out," a zoo spokesperson told TODAY.com. "She was just trying to play, and the baby was so close. The baby is safe behind a really thick window, which is made so that visitors can see the animals up close."
But lion expert Craig Packer told The Daily Mail that the beasts like to play with babies before eating them.
"Predators generally treat calves/fawns/babies differently from adults because they are such easy prey; there's no real chance of escape, so what's the hurry?" he said.
Yup, she just wants to check him out… with her teeth.
What’s black and white and rolls down a hill?
Bao Bao the baby panda enjoying her first snow day at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
While Tuesday’s snow may have ruined your day, the sixteen month-old cub seemed to really enjoy it. The little ball of fur tumbled around in the white stuff and wrestled her mother Mei Xiang.
And she wasn’t the only one amused by the storm. Here are some lion cubs tackling each other and a gray seal shoving its nose into the snow.