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Improve Your Tuesday Afternoon by Watching a Seal Have its Belly Rubbed: VIDEO

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GoPro-equipped SCUBA diver Jason Neilus discovered that the seals in the Farne Islands in the UK are awfully friendly, and especially enjoy a good belly rub.

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Adorable Zonkey Born at Mexican Zoo: VIDEO

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A rare 'zonkey' was born for the first time in Mexico at a zoo in the northern state of Tamaulipas, Euronews reports.

The zonkey has been named 'Khumba' and has a zebra mother and an albino dwarged blue-eyed donkey father, which lives on a nearby farm.

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Mirror Reveals the Self-Awareness of Elephants: VIDEO

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A recent clip from the Science Channel show Through the Wormhole which asks whether elephants might have the capacity for spirituality using several devices (including a mirror) that test their self-awareness.

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This Giraffe Gives Zero F--ks About GoPro Cameras: VIDEO

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Wildlife photographer Chris Barnard's GoPro miraculously survives a kick from the tallest animal on earth.

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True and Farty Facts about the Octopus: VIDEO

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Performance artist, vlogger, and Morgan Freeman impersonator Ze Frank offers up a fun and fascinating guide to the “floppy floppy spider of the sea.”

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Irish Aquarium Reports Pair of Gay Penguins

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Ireland's Dingle Oceanworld says that a pair of gay penguins have reportedly revealed themselves by setting up a nest together, the Irish Examiner reports:

The Irish duo are one of five couples which have paired off for the breeding season at the polar exhibition which mimics the icy conditions at the South Pole in the Kerry Aquarium.

The head penguin keeper, Kate Hall, said same-sex couples are not unheard of in the penguin world, although it is usually two males who pair off.

"It’s definitely not an unusual occurrence although this time it’s two females."

She said Missy and Penelope have been displaying all the signs of a courting couple in their enclosure, which is home to a dozen of the black and white creatures.

"The thing penguins do to show they like each other is they bow to each other and they are doing that.

Here on Towleroad we've followed many gay penguin pairs over the years, including Suki and Chupchikoni at Israel's Ramat Gan Zoological Center, Buddy and Pedro at the Toronto Zoo, Harry and Pepper at the SF zoo, Z and Vielpunkt at the Bremerhaven Zoo in Germany, two great parents at a Chinese zoo, and of course NY's Silo and Roy, who were immortalized in the controversial children's book, And Tango Makes Three.


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