San Diego’s Memorable Animal Tales of 2017

A look back at some of San Diego's most memorable stories of 2017.

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park
After 16 years of infertility, Kiazi – a southern white rhino living at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park – defied the odds and gave birth to a calf on April 30, 2017. The pair are inseparable.
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After a wet winter, unwanted critters made their way into a couple of homes in Scripps Ranch, spooking residents as they crawled around in every day spaces like garages and kitchens.
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A trapped Labrador retriever peers out from the confines of an underground metal pipe where he was found trapped in Fallbrook in late August 2017.
San Diego Zoo Global
Vila, the world’s second oldest gorilla, celebrated her 60th birthday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Oct. 24, 2017. Here, she opens some gift boxes.
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On Sept. 11, 2017, a 9-week-old Sumatran tiger cub (left) arrived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The cub, born on July 11, was rejected by its mother. Keepers decided to transfer the cub to San Diego, where it could bond with another tiger cub – a 7-week-old Bengal tiger cub (right) confiscated on Aug. 23 at the U.S.-Mexico border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection during an alleged smuggling attempt. The cubs met for the first time on Sept. 11 and, according to Safari Park officials, took to each other immediately, wrestling and jumping together.
Ken Bohn
Winston, the oldest breeding male gorilla in the United States, underwent a thorough medical exam that included an in-depth assessment of his heart on Nov. 8, 2017, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
This is one of three kittens found in a box amid rubble after the Lilac Fire ravaged the community of Bonsall in San Diego's North County in December 2017. The kittens have since been reunited with their owners.
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