February 19, 2010 04:58 PM

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For her 11th birthday, a Texas girl declined presents for herself, and instead asked her friends to bring gifts to her local animal shelter, including litter, food, towels and sheets. –KLTV 7 News

An anxious National Zoo hoped for a successful panda pregnancy as pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian (parents to Tai Shan, who’s returning to China later this month) tried to mate. The zoo staff eventually artificially inseminated the female panda. –AP via YouTube

A 650-lb. Siberian tiger mauled his owner when the man entered his exotic animal’s cage to feed it. The man also kept a cougar on his property, and was the chairman of the Canadian Exotic Animal Owner’s Association. –The Globe and Mail

Florida’s manatees, sharks and sting rays are finding refuge and warmth in the waters around a power plant, where the 70-degree temps are like a “spa” compared to the frigid waters elsewhere. –L.A. Unleashed

23 miniature donkeys and two horses were starved to death on a Texas ranch. Habitat for Horses workers found 15 animals alive, but the others died from starvation and cold. The man who owns the property says he didn’t have the money to properly feed the animals. –AP via Dallas Morning News

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