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Clouded Leopard Cub Meets And Plays With Potential Future Mate!

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Way too cute!

A Clouded Leopard cub at the Point Defiance Zoo near Seattle, Washington was thrown a play date with a fellow Clouded Leopard female cub.

Not just any sort of play date though. Zoo officials hope these two cubs will eventually mate in the future!

Here's how a staff member described the potential female mate:

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Koalas Gots The Clap

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Koalas Gots The Clap

Don't be embarrassed Koala!

It happens everyone a few people.

BUT the problem is getting so bad that in some places in Australia the population has been reduced to 20% of what it once was.

But what's killing the koala is a bit surprising. While climate change and urban development have perhaps had the biggest impact on the animal, a third factor is also pushing it towards extinction — chlamydia.

The bacterial infection, which is commonly known as a sexually transmitted disease among humans, has been decimating the koala population. Some estimates say koalas could go extinct in less than 30 years.

Yet the government hasn't taken significant steps to protect the animal, despite how much of a symbol it is for Australia.

[Image via WENN.]

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Ducks Have Internal STD Test

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Female ducks can tell if a male’s sperm contains diseases

Lucky Ducks!

What if you could tell a potential partner's STD status just by looking at them?
That's the evolutionary advantage that ducks appear to have!

It turns out mallard ducks have a problem with the males passing dangerous bacteria on to females during the process of reproduction.

The obvious answer? Select for partners with antibacterial sperm.

New research shows that not only do some drakes have ejaculate that can kill off Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, but this trait seems to be linked with how colorful their bills are. It's an external indicator of sperm quality, and allows for females to pick mates that are less likely to give them STDs.

So… how long does it take for human's to evolve?

[Image via WENN.]

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The Ready Set's Cat Is A Twitter Hit

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Wallace the cat is cooler than you

It isn't every day that you find a cat who has more than 3,000 Twitter followers.

Is that more followers you have? #donthateacat

Meet Wallace the cat. This 5-year-old kitty belongs to The Ready Set, aka musician Jordan Mark Witzigreuter, and he's somewhere out there, typing furiously on his very large keyboard.

"I don't know how he figured it out, he doesn't have thumbs. He's a crafty, crafty dude."

He's also attention-hungry, according to Witzigreuter, who found his kitty Casanova in the parking lot of a shoe store. Since then, life has changed for Wallace.

"He does a lot of laying on my things and getting cat hair all over them."

So, how does Wallace come up with his Tweets? Spoiler alert: The singer and his bandmates usually take turns posting messages in Wallace's voice.

A cat who employs several ghost Tweeters? Wow, this cat is cooler than you.

P.S. Click Here to "Follow" Perez on Twitter!

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Goose And Bull BFF's

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Goose and Bull celebrate 10 years of friendship

This is too cute!

A goose and a Highland bull named Hamish living at Knapdale Eco Lodge in New Zealand are celebrating their 10th anniversary as BFF's!

Hamish met his best bird friend when he was just a calf after the goose had lost her long-term partner in a fight with another animal at the lodge.

We had no idea, but apparently geese are monogamous and breed for life! She took it pretty hard when her long-term partner died, but immediately took a liking to Hamish when he was born.

Lodge owner Kees Weytmans says:

"I can remember the goose lying in the paw of the calf. They've been mates every since."

That is truly heart warming!

However, like most relationships, the pair does have their share of problems.

Weytmans says the goose is very possessive of her bull buddy, explaining:

"The goose normally keeps the other animals away from Hamish. "She is exceptionally jealous."

Congratulations to this unlikely pair and we wish them 10 more years of happiness!

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Lonesome George Fights Extinction

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Here is more on our new favorite turtle 90-year-old tortoise, Lonesome George, who is the rarest species in the world because he is the last of his kind!

George, who lives in Galapagos National Park on an island off the coast of Ecuador, has never successfully had any offspring, but he's getting two more chances in the form of two new female mates closely related to his species.

Check out the news story above for all the fascinating details and cross your fingers for our boy George!

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Century Old Giant Tortoise Gets Two New Mates To Produce Offspring

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Giant tortoise gets new mates

A giant tortoise nicknamed Lonesome George living in Galapagos National Park who has yet to produce offspring in his long life is getting two more chances to become a father.

George, estimated to be between 90 and 100 years old and believed to be the last living member of the Geochelone abigdoni species, is getting two new mates to produce viable offspring.

According to studies from Yale University, his new mates "are genetically closer … more compatible, and could offer greater possibilities of producing offspring" compared to his two previous female partners who laid eggs the past three years, but none resulted in viable offspring.

The two potential mates arrived on Santa Cruz island, where George lives, on Thursday from the archipelago's Spanish Island.

Let's hope George is still up for the challenge of producing some little lonesomes to survive his species.

Don't worry, he's still got plenty of time. Even though he has reached triple digits, he is still expected to live for another 50 years.

Good luck, George!

[Image via AP Images.]

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