Animals Give a Warm Welcome to Pope Francis

We're not the only ones who are excited that Pope Francis is in the United States for the first time — the penguins, gorillas, tortoises, sea lions and other animals of the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York City are also celebrating the pontiff's arrival.

After all, Pope Francis has been an advocate for environmental issues. He recently stated in an encyclical released by the Vatican: "Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.”

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