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  1. Science

    Cat Parasite Toxoplasma Now Infecting Pandas

    Insidious parasite Toxoplasma, famous for thriving in cat guts and causing psychotic behavior in its hosts, has claimed its first known panda victim. Toxoplasma transfers to humans too, but who wants to live in a world where all the adorable animals are dead?

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  2. Weird

    Japan Put a Zookeeper in a Gorilla Suit to Test Escaped Gorilla Protocol, the Video Is Priceless

    Pop quiz, hot shot. You're at a Japanese zoo. An earthquake hits, and a gorilla escapes. What do you do? What do you do? It's not exactly the kind of situation you want to be unprepared for. That's why zoo officials threw a gorilla suit on one of their employees and then tried to catch the "gorilla" with nets.

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  3. Weird

    If You Give A Monkey A Banana, You’re Actually a Terrible Enabler

    A British zoo has made the executive decision to stop giving its monkeys bananas all the time. But before you object, it's not because British people are against the idea of fun and joy. It's because bananas bred for human consumption are basically the monkey equivalent of cake, and it's adversely affecting the monkeys' health.

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  4. Entertainment

    Today We Learned Sneezing Baby Panda: The Movie Is a Real Thing

    About two years ago we learned that someone would be turning the "Sneezing baby panda" viral video into a feature film. They meant it, and now Sneezing Baby Panda: The Movie exists. There's a trailer, so it looks like there's no stopping this saccharinly adorable film from happening.

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  5. Weird

    Good Morning. Here’s a Small Child in a Tiger Suit Playing With a Tiger Cub.

    Meet Marshall and Kali. Marshall's a young tiger enthusiast visiting the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington, and Kali is a tiger cub at said zoo. Did we mention Marshall is wearing a tiger suit? Watch the two of them playing through the glass and for two minutes and 10 seconds feel like everything is wonderful.

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  6. Weird

    Obese Malaysian Orangutan Put On Strict Diet After Two Decades Of Eating Junk Food

    You know how they tell you not to feed the animals when you go to wildlife parks? They say they're trying to preserve the delicate balance of nature or whatever, but it's really because they don't want the animals to get fat and addicted to junk food. Jackie, the 22-year-old Malaysian orangutan who's currently twice the size that an orangutan should be, is just such a cautionary tale. She's... well, fat and addicted to junk food. And now she's on a strict diet to offset 20 years of eating all the crap that tourists at the park kept feeding her. Poor Jackie. Dieting sucks.

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  7. Weird

    How, Uh, Romantic? Name a Bronx Zoo Cockroach After Your Sweetheart for Valentine’s Day

    Looking for a last minute Valentine's Day gift that's really unique? For just a $10 donation to the zoo, you can immortalize your sweetheart by naming one of the Bronx Zoo's 58,000 Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches after them. You'll even get a fancy certificate you can send to remind them of what you've done, even if reminding anyone you care about that you named a roach after them doesn't seem like an advisable thing to do. You've got to give the zoo points for novelty on this one, because no one -- and I mean no one -- expects to be indelibly linked to a huge, noisy terror-bug for Valentine's Day.

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