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Raccoon Rescued After Scaling Minnesota Skyscraper, Capturing Fans Worldwide

(ANIMAL RESCUE) A raccoon boldly went where no raccoon has gone before when she found herself stuck on the UBS building in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Monday. The reckless raccoon made it all the way to the 23rd floor before eventually arriving safely on the roof. The courageous critter was first spotted resting in a lower-level nook outside the Town Square building downtown, and after a failed rescue attempt, the animal scrambled onto a skyscraper nearby and continued her dangerous ascent. She was stuck for two days, without food or water, before her eventual rescue on Tuesday afternoon, which prompted a collective sigh of relief from the Internet world. On Wednesday morning, she was picked up by Wildlife Management Services, the company that set the traps, and later released on private residential property in the suburbs of the Twin Cities with permission from the owner. A number of office windows were graced by the animal's presence, and many witnesses were able to capture photos and videos of the daredevil's 20-story climb to the top. It didn't take long for local media to take notice, with some live-streaming the dramatic "RACCOON WATCH." Not before long, the animal dubbed the #mprraccoon even had her own Twitter account. Celebrate the fact that she's finally safe and sound, and relive Raccoon Watch 2018 in the photos and video clips below. -- Global Animal

This World Oceans Day, Dive Into The Deep Waters Of The Atlantic

(OCEANS) Today, June 8 is World Oceans Day, a day dedicated to celebrating our oceans and the major role they have in everyday life. Not only are they are a major source of oxygen, food, and medicine, but they are a critical part of the biosphere. The main purpose of World Oceans Day is to educate the public on the impact that human actions have on our oceans, while developing a worldwide movement for sustainable management. In celebration of World Oceans Day, we invite you to explore the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean with this 360° virtual reality tour from a diver's point of view. -- Global Animal

Critters With Cameras: Animal Photographers In The Making

(ANIMAL PICTURES/WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY) While it may be difficult to have animals pose for pictures, these animals seem eager to be the ones behind the camera. Check out these adorable pictures of budding animal photographers. — Global Animal

Baby Animals Everywhere? Must Be Springtime!

(CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES/BABY ANIMALS) Spring is a magical season where the world wakes anew from its winter slumber. What's the best part of springtime? Baby animals, of course! Check out these wild and wonderful baby animal photos. — Global Animal

This Memorial Day, Remember The Animals Who Served

(MEMORIAL DAY) While many brave individuals have valiantly defended our country, countless animals have also served us in a variety of ways. Today, on Memorial Day, let's honor those who died in the line of duty as well as the sacrifices made by a surprising array of animals. From the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program's use of dolphins and sea lions to carrier pigeons during World War II, take a look at these courageous creatures who have answered the call of duty. -- Global Animal

Shell-ebrate World Turtle Day With These 7 Unique Travel Experiences

(ANIMAL TOURISM/WILDLIFE) Every year on May 23, World Turtle Day shines a light on the plight of sea turtles as they arrive to beaches all over the world to nest from mid-May to late-August. As more beachfront properties open around the world and nesting sea turtles are forced to share land with vacationing humans, a variety of hotels and cruises are doing their part to protect turtles and their nesting grounds while helping guests participate in conservation efforts. Lights, urban development, and even hunting have a significant impact on the survival of nesting turtles, but luckily many resorts are learning to be good neighbors and are even improving the odds for these threatened species. This World Turtle Day, check out these seven unique travel experiences that go above and beyond to protect nesting and hatchling sea turtles. -- Global Animal

12 Facts You Didn’t Know About Turtles This World Turtle Day

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/SEA TURTLES) World Turtle Day takes place on May 23, and it's about much more than just celebrating the cute creatures. More importantly, the purpose of World Turtle Day is to raise awareness and respect for turtles and tortoises and encourage human action to help them survive. This World Turtle Day, Oyster Worldwide has put together 12 facts you may not know about turtles to help raise awareness of this special animal. -- Global Animal

The Plastic Problem In Our Oceans: Facts & Figures

(OCEANS/POLLUTION) From production to consumption, plastic is toxic and it's killing tens of thousands of marine animals every year. Plastic waste is drowning our Earth's oceans and waterways, and while it's a serious problem for current and future generations, the issue goes largely ignored. Take a look at the infographic below to learn the facts about plastic pollution's impact on the environment and marine life, and see what you can do to help reduce plastic consumption. Your efforts may seem like just a drop in the ocean, but the choices of individuals can have a big impact. -- Global Animal

15 Adorable Mothers & Babies (GALLERY)

(MOTHER'S DAY/BABY ANIMALS/ANIMAL PICTURES) What's cuter than baby animal photos? Pictures of babies snuggling with their mothers, of course! Enjoy this compilation of some of the cutest snapshots of animal moms and their little ones! — Global Animal

Mother’s Day In The Animal World

(MOTHER'S DAY/ANIMAL MOMS) The phrases "Momma Bear" and "Tiger Mom" are so common in the English language that most people don't dwell too long on their origins. But they are inspired by fierce animal mommies who will go to great lengths to protect their young. The animal kingdom is full of moms devoted to their cubs, pups, calves, and infants. Celebrate this Mother's Day with the best animal moms. — Global Animal

 

Animals Cover Up For The Camera (GALLERY)

(WILDLIFE PHOTOS/CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) We've all been embarrassed at some point. But what could these adorable animals have done to be so camera shy? Take a look at these cute animals as they cover up for the camera. — Global Animal

6 Best Places To See Wildlife In The U.S.

(WILDLIFE/PHOTO GALLERY) If you want to see the beautiful creatures that share this world with us, you don't have to go to a zoo, you can just step outside. We are lucky to live in an age when we can still see animals in the wild. Check out this list of the top six places to see wildlife in the United States. — Global Animal

Bow Your Heads To These Mysterious Musicians Of The Sea

(OCEANS/WHALES) Bow your heads to the newest artists of the sea! The bowhead whale is singing a different song compared to their friends the humpback or orca. These mysterious musicians are raising the bar, showing how diverse these gentle giants can be, and never singing the same tune. Read on to find out more about these unique composers. -- Global Animal

Bat Appreciation Day: Go Batty With These Fun Bat Facts!

(BATS/ANIMAL FACTS) Bats often get a pretty bad rap due to countless myths and common misconceptions, and it's actually helping drive the species to extinction. But in reality, these "scary creatures" have an extremely important role in our environment, managing insect populations and pollinating plants. Just like bees, bats pollinate many plants and facilitate seed dispersal. Bats also eat bugs, thus reducing the amount of pesticides used by farmers (which also means less pesticides polluting the environment). In fact, scientists estimate bats in the U.S. have saved us somewhere between $3.7 and 54 billion in pest control services every year. Read on to learn more about the reasons we have to thank and celebrate bats. -- Global Animal

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