Woman jumps barrier to feed cookies to zoo lions — again

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A woman alarmed other visitors Monday when she jumped a barrier into the lion exhibit at a Tennessee zoo and started singing to the lions while trying to feed them cookies, zoo officials and witnesses said.

And it might not have been the first time.

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A final goodbye: Dying zoo worker gets a kiss from giraffe

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The moment of a giraffe saying a special goodbye to a dying zoo worker is touching the hearts of viewers worldwide.

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Another Danish giraffe named Marius could be killed by zoo

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A zoo in Denmark might euthanize one its giraffes, media reported Thursday, days after another Danish zoo slaughtered an ‘unwanted’ giraffe and fed its carcass to the lions.

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Zoo staff gets death threats after giraffe killing

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Officials at a zoo in Denmark say they received death threats after the zoo killed a young giraffe and fed its carcass to lions because the animal was “unwanted.”

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Zoo Kills ‘Unwanted’ Giraffe Marius, Feeds Carcass To Lions

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A zoo in Denmark killed a young giraffe with a bolt gun and fed its meat to the lions Sunday, saying the animal was “unwanted.”

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Government shutdown’s ‘saddest photo’ goes viral

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A picture of a small child in a monkey costume is quickly becoming the unofficial symbol of the government shutdown.

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Mane event: China zoo’s ‘lion’ was living a lie as dog in disguise

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A Chinese zoo has been accused of lying about a lion and trying to pass off a dog as the king of beasts, state media reported Friday.

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Double delight! Giant panda gives birth to twins at Atlanta zoo

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After weeks of anticipation, an experienced giant panda mom gave birth to twins for the first time in her life at Zoo Atlanta on Monday.

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Endangered tiger born at San Francisco zoo

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It’s anyone’s guess what the sex of the 10-day old Sumatran tiger at the San Francisco zoo is.

That’s because no human has been inside the Lion House to see the cub, born Feb. 10 to parents Leanne and Larry. Still photographs taken from the video camera inside the grotto show the striped cub nuzzled against its resting mother.

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How do you weigh a 21-foot-long python? Australian zookeepers weigh “Atomic Betty.”

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Zookeepers at the Australian Reptile Park stand on scales as they weigh a 21-foot-long python named Atomic Betty, on Jan 9. Reports state that the 14-year-old python weighed in at over 304 pounds.

Scales, tails & wings, oh my! The London Zoo counts its animals

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More than 17,500 animals, including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians are counted in the annual census at the London Zoo. The count is a compulsory part of the zoo’s license and the information is used for managing international breeding programs of endangered animals. 

Rose-Tu, an 18-year-old Asian elephant, gave birth to a 300-pound female calf at the Oregon Zoo at 2:17 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.

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Week-old giant panda cub born at the National Zoo dies

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The giant panda cub born a week ago at the National Zoo in Washington has died, and it was not immediately known why the animal died, zoo officials said Sunday. 

Zoo officials said in a press release that the cub was found dead Sunday morning after panda keepers heard sounds of distress from its mother, Mei Xiang.

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Cub is born to National Zoo’s giant panda

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Mei Xiang, the National Zoo’s giant panda, gave birth to a panda cub Sunday night — her second — after five false alarms in a row.

The new cub was born at 10:46 p.m. Sunday. The zoo announced the news about four hours later.

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From the smallest to the tallest, zoo animals weigh in

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ZSL’s Zoological Director, David Field says: “We need to know the vital statistics of every animal at the Zoo – however big or small.”

Zookeepers at the London Zoo are responsible for more than 16,000 animals, spending countless hours recording the weight and measurements of each and every animal, including penguins, meerkats, lions and owls.  The measurements are collated in the Zoological Information Management System, from which zoologists can use the data to compare information on thousands of endangered species.

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