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Old 03-08-2012, 08:06 AM   #1
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New animals at Animal Kingdom!

I just received this photo of the new sloth-- she'll be part of the education program at Rafiki's:



They also have three new lions and several zebra for the re-configured safari area.

Also, Dr Mark Stetter, who started at AK before the park opened and was instrumental in getting the public-viewing area at the vet hospital, is leaving Disney in April. I'll be so sad to see him go, but am very grateful that he was there to guide the animal care program and build AK into the amazing place it has become.
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I've never seen one in person. We will definitely go by there on our next trip.
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Now that's a face only a mother could love. She's adorable!
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I just think she's hilariously adorable!
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They have the cutest animals at Rafiki's Planet Watch! Last time we were there they were doing a presentation about a possum, an animal I normally would cross the street to avoid when I'm on a run, and it was the cutest darn thing I've ever seen! I just wanted to pick it up and take it home. That sloth picture is just adorable!

**I actually asked the CM with the possum after the show why their possum was so much cuter than normal possums that you see in the wild. First she winked and said "Because it's a Disney possum." LOL but then she said it was mostly because they get such a better diet than the wild animals that it really lets their coat become beautiful. That was the biggest difference with this possum - he had a beautiful soft, shiny, full coat...almost like a dog!
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They have the cutest animals at Rafiki's Planet Watch! Last time we were there they were doing a presentation about a possum, an animal I normally would cross the street to avoid when I'm on a run, and it was the cutest darn thing I've ever seen! I just wanted to pick it up and take it home. That sloth picture is just adorable!

**I actually asked the CM with the possum after the show why their possum was so much cuter than normal possums that you see in the wild. First she winked and said "Because it's a Disney possum." LOL but then she said it was mostly because they get such a better diet than the wild animals that it really lets their coat become beautiful. That was the biggest difference with this possum - he had a beautiful soft, shiny, full coat...almost like a dog!
It's true, the AK animals are in beautiful condition. The vet techs, who get to touch all the animals, say the difference in the animals when they arrive and then after they've been at AK for a while is very noticeable. They also say that the animal with the softest, silkiest fur is the kangaroo!
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Oh wow!! CUTE!!! Can't wait to see her!
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Awww - so cute!!! Thanks for sharing the info with us!
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