The minute I saw this cutie pie named Carlo, I remembered that learn-to-read series starring Carlo the giraffe who likes to count and do art projects. However, those books have been along for much longer than the babe born on April 8 at the Nuremberg Zoo (where Flocke and Rasputin live 'til later this month), and he's actually just made his first public run this week! The giraffe got the hang of galloping and posing cutely but see for yourself in the gallery below!
I keep looking at my finger, then back at this picture, then back at my finger . . . wow! Once found all over the continent, the European Tree Frog is endangered in Western Europe because of the negative influences of human activity on their natural habitats. This babe's just chillin' with his keeper at a German Zoo – the facility continues to breed the species in order to reintroduce them to the wild in Nuremberg and the city's surrounding areas.
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Flocke didn't kick the bucket (literally), but boy did she have some fun with one. The hands-down winner of the cutest polar bear poll turned 8 months old today. While I loved her divine dancing skills, I also can't get enough of her playing with DIY toys over in Nuremberg Zoo — hey, there's no need for fancy props with a face that adoro.
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Knut, your (second) favorite polar bear was checked out by a psychic and says it's not all good news - the cuddly white one's quick rise to the top, and all that media attention has left him with a heavy heart! Anna Katinka Witte, a well known German pet psychic who analyzed Knut's photo for a German newspaper last week, says that Knut isn't exactly feeling his best:
"He has a lot on his mind. Right now he's not doing particularly well. Knut somehow knows that he is special, but he's not exactly sure what that means."
Additionally, Witte says that Knut not only has a busy mind but could also be suffering from digestive problems and a bum right leg! Poor Knut! Although a majority of you says you don't believe in pet psychics, I still hope Knut's handlers make sure his tummy and leg are a-okay!
OK, maybe she's not technically dancing but doesn't she look like she's about to drop it like it's hot?! Flocke already knows how to pose for the camera and it's only her first week of public appearances – she'll be a lil superstar for sure. Because you know I think this bear is the cutest of them all – especially when she busts a move – check out more piccys when you read more
Okay, it's a different way to pick a cutie fave. This time, I'm asking who you think is cuter: Flocke or Knut? To make it fair, I've included pictures of the currently five-month-old Flocke and pictures of Knut when he was just six-months-old. The two top piccys are Flocke, while the bottom two are Knut – tell me can you pick a fave?
Hello there, Flocke! How nice to see you again! We first caught a glimpse of this polar bear when she was just five weeks old. Well, now she's a whole three months and cuter than ever! Now, we can't forget the world famous Knut, but I bet lil Flocke will give him a run for his money. Check out her media presentation today – the public one doesn't come 'til tomorrow – which I've included in an awwwww-dorable gallery. I don't know about you all, but (about 20 minutes later) I've found my new desktop picture. See pictures of the bear with her blankie (!), swimming, jumping, eating, and more posing when you just read more
If you recall the film featuring this big-eared pachyderm and his animated mouse pal, you'll remember he wasn't too keen about meeting this rodent. Now, I'm not sure where the idea that elephants are scared of mice originated from, but I'd like to take the time to assure you, it's not entirely true!
Think about it. Picture the size of an elephant. Then, picture the size of a mouse. Picture the size of the elephant's lil' eyes checking out that lil' guy. Although pachyderms can smell and hear things that are far away, their eyesight is poor and their eyes teensy in relation to their enormous heads (that can just turn slightly from side to side). Furthermore, there's no scientific evidence that elephants are fearful of many animals in the wild, and it's been shown that the two species coexist peacefully in captivity. Mice can make their homes in the elephants' hay and straw . . . and probably don't even get a second glance way down there from the big ones.
It's official — this 5-week-old polar bear cub has been named Flocke by zookeepers in Nuremberg today. They'd already affectionately dubbed the fuzzy one with that name meaning "flake" and ended up sticking to it. This baby was rescued after mother bear, Vera, appeared to be increasingly aggressive towards the cub, picking her up and dropping her . . . and just days after another new zoo mother bear, Vilma, ate her two babies. Despite Flocke's young age, her international popularity may soon rival Knut, the hand-raised Berlin Zoo "orphan" that turned one back in December. I can't wait to see more pictures and videos of both cubs growing up . . . and wonder if there will one day be a love connection between the two?!