animals & wildlife

New baby giraffe Ann receives attention from another giraffe at the Gladys Porter Zoo on Thursday, Mar. 22, 2012 in Brownsville, Texas. The zoo debuted Ann today who was born on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. She weighed 80 pounds and measured 5 feet tall.

Martha cuddles her baby gorilla on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. The as of yet un-named baby gorilla was born at 6am on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 and zookeepers have kept their distance to allow the rare and endangered gorillas to bond.

A large rain drop bursts in front of a frog as steady rain falls on Friday, Jun. 22, 2012 at the UTB/TSC campus in Brownsville, Texas.

A flock of gulls congregate under the shade of a tree on Monday, Jun. 11, 2012 at Dean Porter Park in Brownsville, Texas. A heat advisory was issued by the National Weather Service as the heat index topped 111 degrees.

A group of Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchlings crawl towards the ocean during a public release by Sea Turtle, Inc. on Saturday, Jul. 28, 2012 at County Beach Access 3 in South Padre Island, Texas. This release of 67 babies had a record crowd of 600 people attending according to Jeff George, curator at Sea Turtle, Inc. It was also a record year for the number of Kemp's ridley hatchlings totaling over 6,000 as of press time.