Where have we seen this before? Oh right. Former NBA player Yao Ming lifts up a giant panda cub at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province, January 11, 2012. Yao came to the research base after attending the launch ceremony of Panda Valley protected area, where the first batch of giant pandas has been resettled from captivity for wildlife training, local media reported. REUTERS/China Daily
Photos of the day A nine day old mona monkey is presented by its keeper. Dec. 19, 2011 at the zoo in Magdeburg, eastern Germany. In the wild, the guenons live mainly in western African forests. (Jens Wolf/AFP/Getty Images)
A posting on the park’s microblog posed the question: “What do you do when a ram falls in love with a deer?” It asked readers whether they agreed it would be “unethical” to let the unusual pairing continue.
“They do not want to be separated but it is unethical to let them go on,” said the posting, addressed to users of China’s hugely popular weibos — microblogging services similar to Twitter that have taken the country by storm.
Pedro, 10, and Buddy, 20, were brought to the Toronto Zoo this year from Pittsburgh’s National Aviary to “pair-bond” with a couple of eligible females. Instead, the pair bonded with each other. Zookeepers now report seeing the pair snuggling, calling to each other and displaying courtship behaviour.
This week, the Toronto Zoo says it will be forced isolate the pair.
“The two girls have been following them; we just have to get the boys interested in looking at them,” said Tom Mason, curator of birds and invertebrates at the Toronto Zoo.
With Pedro and Buddy’s species on the cusp of extinction, Mr. Mason insists that the Toronto Zoo cannot afford to let a season go by without passing on the pair’s genes. “If [Pedro and Buddy] weren’t genetically important, then we’d let them do their thing,” Mr. Mason said. (Photo: Ken Ardill/Toronto Zoo)
Cute Animal Photo of the Day A polar bear shakes off water from its body at the St-Felicien Wildlife Zoo in St-Felicien, Quebec. According to Environment Canada, Canada is home to around 15,000 of the estimated 20,000 polar bear population. (Mathieu Belanger/Reuters)
Graphic: The Toronto Zoo elephants’ unforgettable journey Toronto city council voted last week to send African elephants Thika, Toka and Iringa to a sanctuary in San Andreas, Calif., where they will roam 80 acres of grassland and, if so inclined, dip their feet in a jacuzzi for ailing joints. Now comes the hard part: moving three massive beasts thousands of kilometres southwest.
Zoo staff are working “valiantly” to save the two cubs, wrote the zoo in a prepared release. “They will continue to be hand-raised and we are hopeful that they will both get stronger but they are far from being out of the woods at this time.”
Born prematurely, the three tiny cubs were rejected by their 10-year-old mother Aurora. Polar bears are known to reject — and eat — their cubs if they appear weak at birth.
By Thursday night, a second cub had died. If the third survives, it will need to be hand-raised by zookeepers for the next 12 months, at which point they will likely be too large to interact with humans. (Photo: Toronto Zoo/Handout)
Zoo staff are working “valiantly” to save two cubs, wrote the zoo in a prepared release. “They will continue to be hand-raised and we are hopeful that they will both get stronger but they are far from being out of the woods at this time.”
Born prematurely, the three tiny cubs were rejected by their 10-year-old mother Aurora. Polar bears are known to reject — and eat — their cubs if they appear weak at birth. (Photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post)