13+ Cute Baby Polar Bears Celebrate International Polar Bear Day

February 27th, is International Polar Bear Day. These beautiful creatures continue to face challenges associated with a warming Arctic and global warming, so do your part! Did you know that “heating and cooling account for roughly half the energy consumption in an average home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?” Participate in the Thermostat Challenge, and change your habits for the better.

This list of adorable polar bear cubs are some of the cutest the Internet has to offer. If you want to see some more animals enjoying the cold, check out these critters playing in the snow. Otherwise, vote on your favorite polar bears below.

#1 This Baby Polar Bear Saw Snow For The First Time

This Baby Polar Bear Saw Snow For The First Time

#2 Getting Warm

Getting Warm

#3 Baby Polar Bear Clings To Mom After Seeing Snow For The First Time

Baby Polar Bear Clings To Mom After Seeing Snow For The First Time

#4 Polar Bear Kissing Mom

Polar Bear Kissing Mom

#5 Hide And Seek

Hide And Seek

#6 I Love You, Mum

I Love You, Mum

#7 Yoga Practice

Yoga Practice

#8 Polar Bear Gerda Playing With Cub

Polar Bear Gerda Playing With Cub

#9 Mother’s Love

Mother's Love

#10 Water Ballet

Water Ballet

#11 Goodnight, Polar Bears

Goodnight, Polar Bears

#12 Polar Bear Butt

Polar Bear Butt

#13 Angry Polar Bear Cub

Angry Polar Bear Cub

Wild Animal Attack Compilation

Keeping wild animals in homes is no doubt too much dangerous. After all, they are wilds. But people still keep them as pets, no doubt. Wilds like tigers, lions, bears, leopards, and wild kangaroo are mostly kept in people’s backyards, garages and in homes also.

It is happening mostly in Southern countries. The reasons for the captivity of wild animals are because of the trends of being unique in the society. The people want to show off by having a wild beast as their pet in their houses.

With the increasing rate of the captivity, the hazards of keeping exotic animals have also increased. The reasons of these hazards are many. The animals do not get used to off the habitat they humans provide them. So they start attacking their owner.

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Some owners are not able to manage the required needs of the wilds, as a lion needs 14 pounds of raw meat daily. The owners do not give them the required amount which causes incidents in their homes.

The sexual needs of animals at certain age make them aggressive. The owners do not provide them good means to fulfill their desires which comes with the results of animal attacks.

We should keep in mind that keeping wilds in homes is not bad, but not fulfilling the required desires of the exotic animals can leads us to many serious incidents.

The World Has a Chance to Make the Wild Animal Trade More Humane

The body that regulates wildlife trade is taking steps to improve the treatment of animals captured and sold around the globe.

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Two infant long-tailed macaques are for sale at a pet market in Medan, Indonesia, a known hub of the live animal trade.

  They could sense how bad it was from the stench of decay and putrefying flesh that emanated from the warehouse.

“We found 20,000 more animals than anticipated,” says Clifford Warwick, a reptile biologist and medical scientist based in England. Known for his work on preventing zoonoses—diseases spread from wildlife to humans—Warwick had been called in at the eleventh hour by the Texas Department of State Health Services to join a rescue team of veterinarians, biologists, and experienced animal handlers.

Following a tip-off, Texas state authorities had served the owner of the U.S. Global Exotics (USGE) warehouse in Arlington, Texas, with a warrant and secured the building, taping it off as a crime scene.

The team had 16 hours—until midnight, when the warrant ran out—to perform “battlefield husbandry,” as Warwick puts it. They found thousands upon thousands of animals, from iguanas to sloths, in varying states of ill health. Some already dead, others close to death.

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In a raid at Bangkok’s Chatuchak market, officers find a pet shop hiding boxes of endangered slow lorises behind the rabbits and kittens. These nocturnal primates are sold as pets in Thailand and are smuggled to Japan, Russia, and the U.S.

“We had to move them as fast as we could to a structure next to our SPCA in Dallas, where we’d re-created zones from desert to rain forest to accommodate all these different animals,” says James Bias, president of the Texas SPCA. “It was Noah’s ark on steroids.”

At this makeshift rescue facility, Warwick was in charge of infection control, sampling feces for pathogenic bacteria. “There were 16,000 reptiles, 4,000 amphibians, 3,500 mammals, 2,000 invertebrates,” he recalls. “The animals were hungry, dehydrated, injured, and frightened. Some of us were bitten, stung, even sprayed in the face by tarantulas. It was extremely difficult. We worked day and night for over ten days.”

More than 4,000 animals had to be euthanized. “They were beyond reasonable prospects of survival,” Warwick says. “The baby water turtles, which were under my care, were overcrowded, and many were ill with suspected  and in septic shock.”

Up to 100 percent of birds in Senegal and Indonesia die after they’re captured and before they’re exported.

In court, USGE, which supplied exotic animals to some of the nation’s major pet retailers, including Petco and Petsmart, argued as its main line of defense that its “turnover” of animals—a more than 70 percent loss every six weeks—was “industry standard.”

The municipal judge divested USGE of the animals, awarding custody to the city of Arlington, which in turn handed them over to the SPCA. Bias says the SPCA kept the animals for several months, “buying up every mealworm and cricket in northern Texas while rehoming them in zoos and sanctuaries.”

USGE went out of business, and although the case happened seven years ago, Bias says it “continues to be held up as an example of egregiously poor welfare for exotic animals in captivity.” He laments that no cruelty charges were ever brought against the owners, probably because of the limitations of Texas criminal cruelty laws.

According to Warwick, “Pet retailers will say it’s just a one-off, but USGE is what I’ve found almost everywhere.” He says he’s aware of 15 such raids in Europe last year, with 11 of the facilities demonstrating conditions that warranted prosecution.

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A staff member at Heathrow Airport grips a West African dwarf crocodile, in transit through London. Last year, the airport processed 200,000 reptiles, 2,000 birds, and 28 million fish.

Breathtaking Photos Of A Little Girl ‘Tippi’ Growing Up Alongside Wild Animals

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Tippi spent the first 10 years of her life living alongside some of the world’s most amazing (and dangerous) wild animals. In proof, there are images galore.

Such as the one of her hanging from the trunk of an elephant, a look of pure relaxation and happiness spread across her face.

Most youngsters might be a bit more fearful of getting close to an elephant with tusks equal in size to their small body.

But not Tippi, she’s not afraid of any animals.

Not even slimy frogs, which she clings to with the same devotion another child might show the family cat.

And if snakes make you squeal, you will die to see Tippi putting wild snakes across her lap. When you grow up in Africa like Tippi has, no animals are off limits.

After seeing enough photos you are likely wondering—where are Tippi’s parents?Breathtaking-Photos-Of-A-Little-Girl-'Tippi'-Growing-Up-Alongside-Wild-Animals-in-Southern-Africa12Alain Degre and Sylvie Robert, Tippi’s proud parents, are freelance wildlife photographers who decided to give their daughter an untraditional upbringing, one in the heart of Africa. Just before Tippi was born, her French parents decided to move to Namibia, Africa.Breathtaking-Photos-Of-A-Little-Girl-'Tippi'-Growing-Up-Alongside-Wild-Animals-in-Southern-Africa2

When both of your parents are wildlife photographers, I suppose you get some extra perks, like cuddling up to cute baby tigers and splashing in puddles with gargantuan elephants.Breathtaking-Photos-Of-A-Little-Girl-'Tippi'-Growing-Up-Alongside-Wild-Animals-in-Southern-Africa9

While Tippy doesn’t know any different, her parents are incredibly brave, as they let her sit atop elephants striding through tall grasses. Photos captured of Tippi with baby cheetahs seem somewhat harmless, but the little trooper doesn’t let full-grown wild cats intimidate her either.Breathtaking-Photos-Of-A-Little-Girl-'Tippi'-Growing-Up-Alongside-Wild-Animals-in-Southern-Africa3

In one clip, Tippi’s entire shoulder disappears between the teeth of a large cheetah, but the cat doesn’t bite down. It’s as if the animals know Tippi means no harm, and they treat her gently, as if she were one of their own.Breathtaking-Photos-Of-A-Little-Girl-'Tippi'-Growing-Up-Alongside-Wild-Animals-in-Southern-Africa11

Mom and dad snapped plenty of photos of their children surrounded by elephants big enough to crush them, and tigers fast enough to run away with child between teeth.Breathtaking-Photos-Of-A-Little-Girl-'Tippi'-Growing-Up-Alongside-Wild-Animals-in-Southern-Africa6

Yet nothing gruesome such as this happens, instead the children appear just as happy and at ease as the animals they play alongside. Throughout her childhood Tippi became grand friends with many wild animals, including J&B the leopard and Abu the elephant.Breathtaking-Photos-Of-A-Little-Girl-'Tippi'-Growing-Up-Alongside-Wild-Animals-in-Southern-Africa4

Tippi also became close with the local Himba tribes people of the Kalahari. They taught Tippi a lot of valuable things, like how to live off of roots and berries, shoot with a bow and arrow, and speak the native language.Breathtaking-Photos-Of-A-Little-Girl-'Tippi'-Growing-Up-Alongside-Wild-Animals-in-Southern-Africa8

Tippi lived like a true wild child for 10 years, before her family relocated to Madagascar and then France. Once surrounded by modern society, the family quickly became celebrities for their intriguing way of life and awe-inspiring photos.Breathtaking-Photos-Of-A-Little-Girl-'Tippi'-Growing-Up-Alongside-Wild-Animals-in-Southern-Africa7

For 2 years Tippi attended a local school in France, a big change for a girl who grew up running through dirt with snakes and zebras. Unsurprisingly, she didn’t have much in common with the other school children, and so Tippi’s parents decided to homeschool her.Breathtaking-Photos-Of-A-Little-Girl-'Tippi'-Growing-Up-Alongside-Wild-Animals-in-Southern-Africa13

Tippi has written a book about her adventures, Tippi: My Book of Africa, which reached the bestseller list back in 2001. When she was 16 she had a documentary made about her adventures called, Bridging the Gap to Africa.

In total, Tippi has worked on 6 different documentaries with the Discovery Channel. Tippi is also known for her responsibilities looking over the tigers at Fort Boyard—who could possibly be more qualified?!Breathtaking-Photos-Of-A-Little-Girl-'Tippi'-Growing-Up-Alongside-Wild-Animals-in-Southern-Africa10

Today Tippi Degre is a 24-year old woman living in Paris, France where she attends the la Sorbonne Nouvelle University studying cinema. Even surrounded by textbooks and city landscapes, Tippi still feels the call of the wild.