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JOHANNESBURG - A polar bear believed to be the last in Africa died at a South African zoo on Wednesday, a few months after his long-time mate passed away. Credit: Associated Press "Africa's last polar bear Wang had to be put down due to liver and heart failure," Johannesburg Zoo said in a statement. The 30-year-old bear came to Africa from China in 1986, and was diagnosed with liver ailments four years ago. "Wang in the recent months was pining the loss of his partner of 27 years GeeBee," the zoo said. GeeBee died of natural causes on January 12. "In the recent weeks, his days were filled with enrichment programmes and special treats, including his own Valentine's Day celebration," the...

HONG KONG - A Chinese zoo has unveiled newborn panda triplets billed as the world's first known surviving trio, in what it hailed as a "miracle" given the animal's famously low reproductive rate. Three panda cubs in Sichuan Province, China. Credit: Getty Creative The mother panda, named Juxiao, meaning "chrysanthemum smile", delivered the triplets at Guangzhou's Chimelong Safari Park in the early hours of July 29, but was too exhausted to take care of them afterwards. A video from the zoo showed Juxiao sitting in the corner of a room as she delivered her cubs for four gruelling hours and licking them after they were born. By the time it came to the delivery of the third cub, she was lying...

BELOGORSK - A zoo in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea has welcomed its latest arrival -- a "zebroid", or "zonkey", which was born after a lonesome zebra got intimate with a donkey. Credit: Ippo the zonkey in Florence. Getty Editorial Named Telegraph by keepers at the Taigan zoo park in southern Crimea, the foal's head and body are the solid brown of a donkey but his legs have the characteristic black stripes of a zebra. Born last week, "Telegraph is very popular with visitors" who can watch him romping around with his mother, according to zoo director Oleg Zubkov. Cross-breeding between zebras and other members of the equine family is not unheard of, although it is rare that the zebra...

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