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The Water Bowl: 300 Lb. Baby Elephant Won't Leave His Home

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This big cutie isn’t going anywhere: The Oregon Zoo says it will maintain possession of its latest elephant addition, who weighs in at 300 lbs. A breeding contract technically grants ownership of the calf to a California for-profit elephant rental company. –CBS News

Outgoing gorillas in captivity outlive their shyer counterparts, according to a study following 298 gorillas’ temperaments more than 18 years. “These findings highlight how understanding the natural history of personality is vital to ensuring the continued health and well-being of humans, gorillas and other great apes,” says one of the study’s researchers. –Discovery News

A Zimbabwe woman found an unlikely friend – in a 2-ton orphaned rhinoceros named Jimmy. She took him in five years ago, and these days, “he likes to come into the lounge and socialize,” says the photographer who originally found the rhino. –Daily Mail

Pet owners are increasingly remembering their precious departed companions with the help of precious gems. Carbon from animal ashes can be crafted into man-made diamonds, which are priced starting at about $250. –Wall Street Journal