Lonely Planet Writer

This week's top 5 animal stories from around the world

This week’s top animals stories feature a camel love story just in time for Valentine’s Day, a donkey that has amazed people in Egypt, orangutans playing video games, a rare albino turtle and an adorable giant rabbit.

Camels at the Cincinnati Zoo make a big announcement.
Camels at the Cincinnati Zoo make a big announcement. Image by The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, two camels at the Cincinnati Zoo have made a romantic announcement – that they are expecting a baby. Or rather, the zoo posted a video of the Humphrey and Saarai enjoying Valentine’s Day treats they were given. Vegetables were tucked into a sign with the happy message – with one camel becoming more interested in taking a bite of the sign than their snack.

Also included in the video were Dale the takin calf and polar bears Berit and Little One.

Watch the video here.

Egyptian farmer Ahmed Ayman, 14, rides his trained donkey as he jumps over a barrier in the Nile Delta village of Al-Arid about 150 kilometers north of Cairo, Egypt. He discovered the donkey’s talent after she jumped over a small irrigation canal.
Egyptian farmer Ahmed Ayman, 14, rides his trained donkey as he jumps over a barrier in the Nile Delta village of Al-Arid about 150 kilometers north of Cairo, Egypt. He discovered the donkey’s talent after she jumped over a small irrigation canal. Image by AP Photo/Amr Nabil

A donkey in Egypt has become famous for jumping hurdles on command. A 14-year-old farmer Ahmed Ayman has trained his donkey to jump hurdles – like a show jumping horse – in front of crowds of children in his village of el-Arid.

Read more here.

Six orangutans in Melbourne Zoo  playing video games as part of a ground-breaking study
Six orangutans in Melbourne Zoo playing video games as part of a ground-breaking study Image by Eric Kilby / CC BY-SA 2.0

A zoo in Melbourne is helping to orangutans to learn how to play video games as part of an enrichment program. It is the first pilot study of its kind and will run for a month. The eventual goal is to develop technology so that zoo visitors can interact with the animals.

Red more here.

An albino turtle hatchling was discovered this week in Australia
An albino turtle hatchling was discovered this week in Australia Image by Post Memes / CC BY 2.0

An extremely rare albino turtle was born on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, surprising an environmental volunteer group that found the baby as none of them had ever seen an albino turtle of its kind. Turtles from Queensland’s coast get into the Great Eastern current and travel all the way to Chile in South America.

Read more here.

Animal Care Assistant Emma Calder with seven month old continental giant rabbit named Atlas who is seeking a new home.
Animal Care Assistant Emma Calder with seven month old continental giant rabbit named Atlas who is seeking a new home. Image by Scottish SPCA /PA Wire

A giant rabbit in Scotland is looking for a brand new home. The animal, named Atlas, ended up at the Scottish SPCA after its owner could no longer care for it. The charity is now looking for a new owner for the rabbit – who still has some growing to do.

Read more here.