Top animal stories from around the world this week
This week's top animal stories feature an adorable red panda celebrating her 16th birthday, a kinkajou who gave a Florida woman a fright, orphaned wolf cubs, a rare white giraffe and a ban on leopard hunting in South Africa.
Chori, the red panda, celebrated her 16th birthday this week and was given a cake to celebrate at the Symbio Wildlife Park in Sydney, Australia. A zookeeper at the park, Ash Clarke, made a cake of fruit, decorated with bamboo shoots for the adorable animal. The animal was brought to the park six years ago as part of a breeding program.
Watch the video here.
A 99-year-old Florida woman got a surprise wake-up call from kinkajou – a rainforest mammal related to a racoon. The woman in Miami reportedly woke up to find the exotic animal stroking her face. She panicked, causing the animal to run into the attic, and a friend had to help her rescue it. The friend recognized the animal and did an internet search for kinkajous, and played the animal’s sounds to get it to come out, reports KTLA in Florida. The animal was brought to the South Dade Avian and Exotic Animal Medical Center where it was found to be in good health. It will now be returned to its owners.
Two orphaned maned wolves are delighting Sweden as they are being hand-reared at Nordens Ark zoo, after their mother died from tumours days after they were born. The zoo has posted photos of the wolves, which are native to South American, on its social media channels.
A rare white giraffe has been spotted again in Tanzania after first being seen almost a year ago by experts at the Wild Nature Institute. The animal has a condition called leucism, which means she doesn’t produce pigment, and therefore appears white.
South Africa has banned leopard hunting for one-year, a move that has been praised by conservationists. The country made the decision following recommendations from its scientific authority, which noted that the animals needed an intervention to survive. The country previously allowed 150 permits a year for trophy-hunting leopards.