THIS JUST IN: Bundle of Panda Joy

Mama Panda Mei Xiang’s water broke at 3:36pm EST at the Smithsonian National Zoo and we are proud to announce she delivered at 5:32pm! We. Have. A. Cub! Proud Panda Dad Tian Tian was last seen giving out ceegars!

There’s a bit of a line forming at the PANDA CAM. Looks like everyone is sending their best wishes. More info 2 come! Stand by the Panda tweet feed!

Visit the Smithsonian National Zoo Facebook page and share the joy.

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OK, now don’t faint or anything, but we got VIDEO of the BIRTH-EO, riiiiight here:

A Super Shout Out and Grand Panda Thank You to superfast Cuteporter Nicole K. who says, “Will you please get a load of that cute little squirmy hairless panda?!?  Mei Xiang is an excellent mom—she immediately picked up the cub and has been cradling it ever since.”, and our own Brinke! Photo: Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post

It’s The Baby Cthulhu Show!

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn, kiddies! On today’s show, we’re going to build a castle in the Sandboxes of Madness, and later, Li’l Hastur the Unspeakable will show us how to drive people insane!


A baby octopus (Graneledone verrucosa) moves across the seafloor as NOAA’s remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer explores Veatch Canyon on July 20, 2013, off the northeast U.S. coast. Via Ashley H.

The Extremely Little Mermaid

And now, from Tommy the Pomeranean, actual photographic evidence of the elusive and fabled MerPom!

Burp!

Sorry. Taco Bell for lunch.

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Mandrill photo by Joel Sartore, © 2008 National Geographic, as seen on My Modern Met.

Mr. Potato Head the Octospud

Prepare to meet …. Mr. Angry Eyes! (pulls shoes out of butt) rawr rawr rawr aarrgg!

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An octopus curls up into a ball, photographed by remote sub in deep-sea canyons off the northeastern U.S. coast. CNN Deep Sea Gallery

What’s So Funny?

We happen to take our stripes seriously you know and we will thank you to show a little respect!

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“I wanted to share good news. The Lisbon Zoo in Portugal has a new baby Okapi, born in May. He was now presented to the public and he’s the only baby of his kind in Europe. And he’s such a cutie. Do you know they’re relatives to the giraffes? Hope you can give him some love.” -Vanessa (Sounds like the little dude needs a name!)

Wizard of Oz, the Pixar Version?

This is what there would be if the munchkins and the flying monkeys got together.

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“They (National Geographic?) just keep taking beautiful shots.” Lennaert R.

Is There Something in Particular You Wish?

Lemme guess. I can see it in your eyes, right now you wish to feed a red-ruffed lemur slices of yuh-huuummy banana.

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Via Redditor divellent

Hiiii glow worm, how’s it going? And going and going?

Jellooo, (g’loop g’loop g’loop) I am Pyrostremma Spinosum. (sploooooosh) But mah friends call me Sea Squirt. (burble burble blub blub) I’m full of zooids, ’cause I’m a freakazoid.

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Daily Mail, where divers are quoted as saying, “…they’re also delicate and fluffy. Like a feather boa.”

And They Call It Hippo Love

And they called it hippo love
They’ll never really know a hippopotamus
How a young hippo really feels
And why their love is so redonkulous…

Peeps, here is Jessica; Tonie and Shirley Joubert’s pet house hippo. She even gets a bedtime massage before being tucked in under her blankie, which is pink, of course. Gah!

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“OK Cute Sorters – just found this one. Terribly ferocious man-killing/snorgeling beast of the wild.” -Barb and Paul, Concord Cuteaddicts