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Nature can be a pretty harsh place. You have to fight for your territory, stand up to predators, even if they are ten times your size. And you have to be fearless. And this turtle definitely was. It's not something you see every day - a teeny weeny turtle standing up to two enormous lions. You'd worry that, oh no, this will end in catastrophe, but amazingly, not only does nothing bad happen to the turtle, it managed to chase the lions away from its waterhole.

Maybe it's because lions are just large kittens in disguise, and they're nicer than they seem. Maybe it's because they know how resilient turtles are and that turtles can easily outlive them in the wild. Or maybe, it's because cats of all sizes know, through the experience of their own species, that one of the fiercest wild cats in the world is a tiny kitten, so tiny doesn't mean not ferocious. 

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Lion was probably just trying to get in his Uber ride. People can be so inconsiderate sometimes. 

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Australian Zookeeper Reveals Behind-The-Scenes Look Into His Wild Job

Meet Chad Staples! A man who loves what he does, and what he does is love and care for wild animals at the Mogo Wildlife Park in Syndey Australia. His love for the animals he cares for is endless and his goal is to share that love he has for animals and to ignite those same feelings in you. 

For those who follow Chad on Instagram, you'd know just how meaningful each animal is to him and the special bond he creates with each creature is truly something you can see and feel within his images and/or videos. 

Here's Chad's story:

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We love it when animals within zoos get a special treat for any occasion or holiday. Sometimes, zoos provide animals with popsicles when it gets way too hot out! It's the little things and we're positive these animals are thankful for any little gift or treat that comes their way. 

This year, Syndey's Taronga Zoo, in Australia, has decided to get the animals into the holiday spirit with some classic Christmas decor, and an early delivery of Christmas-themed food! 

Happy Holidays! 

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Extremely Rare White Lion Quadruplets Cubs Make Public Debut

Be still our beating hearts! If these images aren't the most darling images you'll see all day...

On November 6th, four white lion cubs were born at the Nantong Forest Safari Park in Jiangsu, in east China. The cubs, all males, are expected to make their very first public debut this upcoming Saturday. Images below show the cubs playing with one another and being pampered by the safari park keepers, and quite honestly, it may just be too much cuteness to handle! 

Interesting fact, native to South Africa, there are currently only 13 known white lions in the wild today. Their rare fur color is caused by a genetic mutation, according to the Global White Lion Protection Trust

We're wishing these beautiful cubs a long and healthy life! 

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Man Evacuates For Hurricane Late, Ends Up Sheltering With Lions

Man, you'd think that the whole not evacuating for a hurricane on time couldn't be more stressful than it already is at surface level, but then you come across a story like this where a guy ends up having to shelter with lions. Turns out big cats really know how to stink up the place too. 

Man doesn't evacuate for hurricane soon enough, and ends up sheltering with lions | r/tifu Join u/nuqlick TIFU by not evacuating hurricane early enough and ending up shelter with lions L shared this story before on reddit long time ago, but someone told belongs this sub This happened within past few years. Not gonna name hurricane or zoo, because don't want zoo get hate mail about treatment animals or anything really they did phenomenal job with this being during hurricane, and don't
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Man Evacuates For Hurricane Late, Ends Up Sheltering With Lions

Man, you'd think that the whole not evacuating for a hurricane on time couldn't be more stressful than it already is at surface level, but then you come across a story like this where a guy ends up having to shelter with lions. Turns out big cats really know how to stink up the place too. 

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Man Evacuates For Hurricane Late, Ends Up Sheltering With Lions

Man, you'd think that the whole not evacuating for a hurricane on time couldn't be more stressful than it already is at surface level, but then you come across a story like this where a guy ends up having to shelter with lions. Turns out big cats really know how to stink up the place too. 

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Man Evacuates For Hurricane Late, Ends Up Sheltering With Lions

Man, you'd think that the whole not evacuating for a hurricane on time couldn't be more stressful than it already is at surface level, but then you come across a story like this where a guy ends up having to shelter with lions. Turns out big cats really know how to stink up the place too. 

Man doesn't evacuate for hurricane soon enough, and ends up sheltering with lions | r/tifu Join u/nuqlick TIFU by not evacuating hurricane early enough and ending up shelter with lions L shared this story before on reddit long time ago, but someone told belongs this sub This happened within past few years. Not gonna name hurricane or zoo, because don't want zoo get hate mail about treatment animals or anything really they did phenomenal job with this being during hurricane, and don't
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Man Evacuates For Hurricane Late, Ends Up Sheltering With Lions

Man, you'd think that the whole not evacuating for a hurricane on time couldn't be more stressful than it already is at surface level, but then you come across a story like this where a guy ends up having to shelter with lions. Turns out big cats really know how to stink up the place too. 

Man doesn't evacuate for hurricane soon enough, and ends up sheltering with lions | r/tifu Join u/nuqlick TIFU by not evacuating hurricane early enough and ending up shelter with lions L shared this story before on reddit long time ago, but someone told belongs this sub This happened within past few years. Not gonna name hurricane or zoo, because don't want zoo get hate mail about treatment animals or anything really they did phenomenal job with this being during hurricane, and don't
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Lion Cub Attacking Fall Leaves Is The Cutest Fight

Our hearts may just burst completely wide open and there's nothing that can be done about it. It's a phenomenon called cuteness overload and this cub has all those characteristics in the making. 

We've seen dogs frolicking in autumn leaves, heck we've seen cats enjoying the beautiful Fall weather, but lion cubs? Lion cubs in piles of fallen leaves and attacking them? Well, never have we ever seen anything so precious! 

Autumn is still here, and these photos are the only things keeping us warm right now. With winter right around the corner, we think we could all use these heartwarming images to help us brace for the inevitable cold. 

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We always wonder whether our pets will remember us after a long time away. You would think that when it comes to wild animals like lions, one would be even more worried about them forgetting you, because if they don't remember you, things might not turn out too great. Not this man though.

Dean Schneider, YouTube star, after being away from the pride he got so close to for more than two whole months, had not a hint of fear when returning back to them. "We are one family, we are one pride, and I'm incredibly excited to be united with them again," he says in the video, and watching the lions take him in with so much love, we are overwhelmed with both heartwarming wholesomeness and also intense jealousy because we wanna be friends with adorable huge cats too. 

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In every cub's life, there's an incredible moment - the moment they meet their dad for the first time. It's totally normal for them to be separate at first, and that makes for some of the cutest first time dad meeting ever. This meeting goes as good as it could, and it's totally adorable. 

The dad roars at them a couple times, and they jump back - the big lion is intimidating, that's true, but he's also a perfect gentleman. He just has to show them how to be a proper fierce lion. And the little cubs are happy, excited, and playful. And adorable. Don't forget adorable. The big bad terrifying lion dad is also kind of really adorable, not gonna lie. 

Now, the mom is not going to have to protect her babies alone, and the pride is going to be stronger than ever. Of course, the little hooligans will keep up their shenanigans, but dad's gonna make sure that they know exactly how to be the fiercest, scariest (and cutest) lions around. 

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Fierce Cats And Kittens Wearing Lion Manes

How can we ever truly be sure that cats are related to the those big fluffy scary lions? Well, put a lion mane on a cat obviously. That's all the proof you'll ever need. It's enough to just look at cats wearing lion manes to be 100% sure that duh- of course they're related to lions. 

Maybe you'd expect cats to look more fierce with lion manes on, but alas, they still look just as adorable. Then again, lions themselves are also adorable, so maybe we shouldn't be surprised. We wonder if cats feel more fierce when they look more like their lion relatives, if they sense some sort of kinship to lions when you put the mane on them. Sigh gonna have to write that question down with the rest of them for when we finally have a cat translator. 

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