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ZOOMG! 2013's top 10 stories of conservation, cuteness

From cruller-sized pygmy rabbits to slam-dunking sea otters, 2013 was a big year for conservation, animal welfare and general adorableness at the Oregon Zoo. Here's a look back at the year's 10 most memorable zoo stories.

An awww-inspiring year: Lily the elephant turns 1

She was born big — with an outsize personality to match — and she's had a big impact on the Oregon Zoo's world famous Asian elephant herd and zoo visitors alike. Lily, the zoo's youngest elephant, turns a year old on Nov. 30, keepers plan to mark the occasion by giving Lily her own cake.

Time for families, herds, prides to gather together

The holiday season is a time for family gatherings — even, it seems, for some of the best known animals at the Oregon Zoo. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Asian elephant Lily — who turns 1 on Nov. 30 — met her father, Tusko, for the first time, while Neka's 2-month-old African lion cubs have been scampering around their grassy Predators of the Serengeti habitat with "Auntie" Kya.

Zoo previews future railway with new rendering

Exhibit designers released a sneak peek of the new Oregon Zoo railway today, giving the community its first look at a route optimized for spectacular views of animals and the annual winter ZooLights display starting in late 2014.

Two for Tilly: Oregon Zoo otter delivers her second baby

Tilly, a North American river otter at the Oregon Zoo, gave birth to another pup Nov. 8, her second this year. The new arrival weighed just shy of 5 ounces at birth and has nearly tripled that thanks to mom's naturally high-fat milk.

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