Baby Gibbon Born at The Bronx Zoo and Holy Crap is it Cute

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A rare white-cheeked baby gibbon was born at The Bronx Zoo yesterday, according to The Wildlife Conservation Society. Rare white-cheeked baby gibbons are freaking adorable, according to everyone that has seen a photo of one. The quizzical and enchanting poses of their tiny gibbon faces will mesmerize you. They may be "lesser apes", but they are definitely greater models--WARNING: do not lock eyes with a gibbon unless you want your heart stolen.

The disgustingly-cute infant was born to mother, Christine (who goes by "Kicks"), and father, Milton. This is Kicks' 11th baby and Milton's first. Kicks, who at 35 is 20 years older than Milton, has not stated publicly if she will accept any reality show offers from TLC.

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Bronx Zoo Jumper's Reasoning: Being "One With The Tiger"

The story yesterday about the man who leaped off the Bronx Zoo monorail into a pit occupied by a Siberian tiger named Bashuta has transfixed New York media outlets due to its sheer absurdity. David Villalobos, the jumper himself, was brought to a nearby hospital and treated for all types of punctures and broken bones. Originally, cops believed that the man had jumped "on purpose" but, as we had briefly mentioned, maybe the motive had something to do with the act itself - in other words, Villalobos jumped for the thrill of it, not for the remorse.

Turns out we may have been right.

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Guy Jumps Into a Bronx Zoo Tiger Pit And Lives To Tell the Tale

This isn't Bashuta but this is what Bashuta looks like.
We all love the Bronx Zoo. Who doesn't? The mini-jungle of Morris County provides fun for all age groups and houses a few animals that you wouldn't ever think of seeing in the Big City. One of which is a tiger (actually, that's not always true) and, sometimes, people get a little too excited about going to the Zoo.

To get from point A to point B fast, a visitor can take the monorail over the Bronx River. The train car that you ride in has no sides and passes by the most ferocious animals the Amazonian theme park has to offer. And this didn't stop a 25-year-old man from leaping off the train car and over a 16-foot-high fence, landing in a pit occupied by Bashuta - an 11-year-old male Siberian tiger.

After about ten minutes of straight pain for the jumper, zoo officials showed up with a fire extinguisher and managed to get the tiger to leave. However, in that time, the guy had punctures all of his body, a broken arm and a broken leg.

Because that's what happens when you jump into a tiger pit.

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Meet the Bronx Zoo's New Okapi (Also: What Is an Okapi?)

The Bronx Zoo has debuted its new baby okapi! What is an okapi? An okapi is a "giraffid artiodactyl mammal" native to a rainforest in the Congo, and though it kind of looks zebra-esque, it's actually more closely related to giraffes.

The above video shows the new baby, who is the product of extremely careful animal husbandry by the Bronx Zoo.

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Rats May Fill the Streets, But the Animals at the Zoo Will Be O.K. in a Hurricane

You know we are suckers for adorable animals in trouble, and, as such, we could not help thinking about the adorable animals at the zoo as we were wondering whether or not we actually have to make a go-bag, and, for that matter, where would we go? The good news: The animals at the zoo, including the brand new cavy (what's a cavy? Find out here) will be O.K.! The zoo people are on it! Jim Breheny, WCS Senior Vice President of Living Institutions and Director of the Bronx Zoo, said in a statement, "The Wildlife Conservation Society has been preparing this week for Hurricane Irene. WCS operates the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. We are working to secure all of our parks and are taking appropriate steps to ensure the safety of our animals, staff and guests. Our inventories are fully stocked, and we have sufficient supplies to last through the anticipated storm. We will update the media and the public about potential closures of the zoos and aquarium."

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Bronx Zoo's Escapee Peahen Caught Disappointingly Quickly

Oh, just a baby peacock.
If there's one thing we New Yorkers love, it's an escaped zoo animal. Alas, the Bronx Zoo peahen (that's "lady peacock," to you) was only freed for a day and a night during which the scrappy bird apparently scuffled with an alley cat, ate someone's discarded hamburger bun, and was gawked at by Bronx residents before ending up in a garage. This peahen gets around!

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The Bronx Zoo Has a New Baby Zebra

Here's video of Terri, the first zebra born at the Bronx Zoo since 2003, who recently made her public debut. Collective "awwwww," please.

[h/t to @NewYorkology]