Mammals

Cuddly Critters: The cutest baby animals

Mother Nature's creatures are beautiful, especially right after they're born. Following a spate of births at zoos and preserves around the world, we introduce you to the newborns.

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An unnamed Amur leopard baby does its best job to look cute at the Tete-d'Or zoo.
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Giant panda cubs lie in a crib at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province. Fourteen new joiners to the 128-giant-panda-family at the base were shown to the public.
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Polar bear

Female polar bear cub Lale and its mother Valeska walk through the outdoor enclosure at the zoo in Bremerhaven, northern Germany.

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Goat

A young goat jumps over a meadow during warm and sunny weather at Gut Aiderbichl in Henndorf in the Austrian province of Salzburg.

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Gorilla

An eight-day-old western lowland gorilla named, Kassiu, rests with her 13-year-old mother, Naku at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wauwatosa, Wis.

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Brown bears

This photo released by animal welfare organisation Four Paws shows three brown bear cubs Ema, Ron and Oska, 6 weeks old, in the Bear Sanctuary in the Kosovo village of Mramor.

AP/Four Paws

Lemur

A Lemur catta, also known as ring-tailed lemur, with its three-week-old cub clinging to its back sits on a tree at the Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna.

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Kangaroo

A joey looks out from its the pouch of its mother, Chuck the kangaroo, in her enclosure at a zoo in the western Siberian city of Barnaul.

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Koala

A koala joey hangs onto a toy koala during a weighing procedure at the zoo in the western German city of Duisburg.

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Five South American coatis have been born at the Taipei Zoo.

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Lion cub

An eight-day-old white lion cub plays with a soft toy donkey at Belgrade's "Good hope garden" zoo.

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The Zoo Salzburg in Austria welcomed a healthy male cougar on December 24. The fluffy and ferocious cub is the Zoo's newest member.

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Toronto Zoo's new polar bear is growing up to be healthy and strong! The cub was initially one of three to be born at the Canadian zoo, but unfortunately, his two brothers passed away. Watch him take his first steps here.

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New brother lions at Switzerland's Zoo Basel goofed around.

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A baby grey seal is shown here with his mother, 10-year-old Lily, at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. Zoo officials say the pup is the first of its species to be born at the zoo. He weighed 25 pounds.

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Reid Park Zoo welcomed their first baby of the year with the birth of a tapir cub.

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The first three lion cubs to be born at Zoo Miami since it opened in 1980.
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Karis, a one month old lion cub being weighed at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling, Scotland.
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Rozie, a 20-year-old Asian elephant, gave birth to her second calf at 12:37 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2013. The healthy female calf is the seventh member of the ABQ BioParks Asian elephant herd.

Amy Landers/ABQ BioPark

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The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden celebrated a special fall delivery - a yet to be named female giraffe. The six feet tall newborn joins siblings Ellie, Bogy, Keyara and Sergeant Peppers.

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Bioparc Valencia in Spain welcomed five little Meerkat pups.

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A baby Bornean orangutan is nestled next to its mother at a zoo in Singapore.
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Twin newborn giant panda cubs lie in a blanket at Zoo Atlanta.

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Asia's first giant river otter was born in August at Wildlife Reserves Singapore. The birth was one of 400 animals born at the park between January and August of 2013.
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Four piglets, two males and two females, were born to mom Divit at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
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Malayan tapir Putri was born on June 3 and has since enjoyed her forest floor playtime at Wildlife Reserves Singapore. The Malayan tapir is one of the most endangered animals in Southeast Asia.
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In a photo provided by Lincoln Park Zoo a three-week-old rhino calf King makes his public debut.
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The Fort Worth Zoo welcomed its newest resident in July, a female jaguar cub named Sasha.
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A 3-month-old snow leopard cub made his public debut on Wednesday at Brookfield Zoo. He is the zoo's first cub in 21 years and had been in a holding area with his mother for three months, under the care of zoo staff.

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The snow leopard cub was born on June 13, 2013.
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Sanari the snow leopard stands protectively over her son.
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The snow leopard cub weighs in at 15 pounds.
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June 17, 2012: Three two-month old arctic wolf cubs sit in the zoo de Servion, in Servion, Switzerland, Sunday.

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June 14, 2012: Staff veterinarian Adrienne Atkins checks one of the two Amur leopard cubs during their first physicals at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, in Jacksonville, Fla. Two cubs were born on May 31, the second litter of 12 year-old Makari.

AP Photo/Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky

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A male black-footed cat being fed milk at the Animal Hospital at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. The kitten, born earlier this year, is being hand-reared at the zoo's hospital.
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Three new born Black-Necked swans or cygnets, swim with a male Black-Necked swan in Heart Lake at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo in New York.
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A quarantined black bear cub plays with his stuffed otter toy at The Oregon Zoo in Portland.
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May 6, 2012: Four white cubs, including a rare albino tiger are seen at the Skazka Zoo in Yalta, Ukraine.

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May 15, 2012: Female tapir cub (Tapirus terrestris) Parima jumps through its compound at the Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany. Parima was born on May 1 and was exploring the outdoor enclosure for the first time.

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May 23, 2012: Cheetah keeper Gil Myers holds a one-month-old female cheetah cub at the National Zoo in Washington, which was delivered via a rare caesarian section.

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June 10, 2012: Two baby elephants play at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, about 28 miles northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Meet the Zedonk

A four-day-old Zedonk, a rare cross between a zebra and a donkey, stands next to her mother at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Lumpkin County, Ga. on July 26, 2010. The director of the preserve says it was the first time in 40 years that a zedonk had been born there.

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Adorable!

One of the two Southeast Asian clouded leopards, (Neofelis Nebulosa) making their first appearance in public, at Jardin des Plantes Zoological in Paris. The two female cubs, named Pati and Jaya were born on May 14, 2010.

AP Photo/Francois Mori

Baby Leopards in France

Southeast Asian clouded leopards, (Neofelis Nebulosa) are seen at Jardin des Plantes Zoological in Paris. The two female cubs, named Pati and Jaya, born on May 14, 2010.

AP Photo/Francois Mori

Snow Leopard Cubs

A snow leopard cub, one of two born May 11, 2010, stands near the entrance to the den at the Cape May County Zoo in Cape May Court House, N.J. The 2-month-old males had been mostly in seclusion with their mother, Himani.

AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Dale Gerhard

Snow Leopard Cubs

Two snow leopard cubs stand next to their mother, Himani, at the entrance to their den at the Cape May County Zoo in Cape May Court House, N.J.

AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Dale Gerhard

Newborn Calf Mooches Grass

A newly-born calf mooches grass from its mother at Deepor Beel wildlife sanctuary, on the outskirts of Gauhati, India. 

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Sumatran Tiger Cubs

Two newborn Sumatran tiger cubs crawl around in hay at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. They were born on May 25, 2010, to zoo residents Jaya (mother) and Bali. The male cub is in the foreground, female in the background.

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Baby Tiger Cub

An animal handler holds a two-week old Siberian tiger cub at Kolmarden Zoo, in Kolmarden central Sweden. The Siberian tiger an endangered species with only some 300-500 alive in the wild or in captivity.

AP Photo/Pontus Lundahl

Baby Koalas in Cleveland

A 9-month-old baby koala, left, ventures from his mother at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland on Friday, May 7, 2010. The zoo's other adult koala also has a baby in her pouch.

AP Photo/Amy Sancetta

Lion Cubs at the Bronx Zoo

In this April 21, 2010 photo released by the Wildlife Conservation Society, triplet African lion cubs play in the Bronx Zoo's African Plains habitat in New York. 

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Baby Lemur

Ares, a male baby coquerel's sifaka, clinging to his mother Kate's back in the Bronx Zoo's Madagascar! exhibit. Coquerel's sifakas, one of the endangered lemurs, are found only in northwestern Madagascar where their numbers are rapidly declining due to devastating habitat loss.

AP Photo/WCS, Julie Larsen Maher

Falcon Chicks

Peregrine Falcon chicks huddle on the roof of a Pacific Gas and Electric building in San Francisco, May 3, 2010. 

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Four-Day-Old Elephant Calf

A four-day-old baby Indian elephant calf (Elephas maximus indicus) stands beside the trunk of it's mother Karishma, at Whipsnade Zoo in Whipsnade, England Thursday, April 15, 2010. The baby was born just after midnight local time on Monday -- and weighed in at 273 lb.

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Female Bonobo and Baby

Kimia, a female bonobo, holds her 4-week-old baby, Clara, in their exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo. The baby was introduced to the public at the exhibit on Thursday, April 29, 2010.

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Baby Olive Ridley Turtles

An Indian villager holds two newly hatched baby Olive Ridley turtles at the Rushikulya river mouth beach in Ganjam district, India. Olive Ridley turtles nest their eggs in parts of the Bay of Bengal Sea's Orissa coast.

AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout

Zuri Gets a Bath

Baby elephant Zuri gets a bath from trainer Willie Theison at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Make Way for Ducklings

A worker at the Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee holds one of 14 baby ducks rescued April 23, 2010, after a hit-and-run driver killed their mother when the flock tried to cross a busy road.

AP Photo/Wisconsin Humane Society, Angela Speed

Masai Giraffes

Jamala cleans her new baby "Stretch McCovey" at Safari West wild animal preserve in Santa Rosa, Calif. The baby Masai giraffe was the fourteenth giraffe born at the preserve.

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Panda Party

Panda cubs from the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Center in Sichuan are seen at a Shanghai zoo, in China.

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A Tiger's Tale

Jan. 20: Buddhist monk plays with a young tiger at Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno Forest Monastery in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. The monastery and its monks are dedicated to conservation and what has become a wildlife sanctuary for tigers.

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Palm-Sized Penguin

Jan.29: A 14-day-old cape penguin is held by a staff member of Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo, Japan.

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Cold Cows

Jan. 30: Cows on a farm in Pittsville, Md., huddle together as snow blankets their field and much of the Washington-Baltimore area.

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Baby Gorillas Aren't Shy

Jan. 22: Gorilla mother Bahgira plays with her baby Kajolu at their ape house at the zoo in Munich, Germany. Kajolu was born Dec. 7.

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A Special 'Kid'

Jan. 21: Abe, a hybrid "mini" goat, with his mother, Angel, at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Park Zoo in New York. The new kid weighs 10 pounds and is a cross between a Nigerian dwarf goat and a Nubian goat.

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Baby Bear Boxing

Jan. 8: A pair of brown bear cubs play in the pool in their new habitat it the Bronx Zoo in New York. The two sibling cubs were rescued along with a third from Baranof Island, Alaska.

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Otters at Play

Jan. 15: A group of sea otters gather in Morro Bay, Calif. Bureaucrats drew a line in the ocean, trying to save endangered sea otters and protect fishermen competing for the shellfish the creatures eat. This and other efforts to help the sea otter population have been unsuccessful.

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Panda Cubs Tumble

In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, panda cubs from the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Center in Sichuan are seen in a Shanghai zoo, in China. Ten giant panda cubs, all born after the deadly earthquake that hit China's Sichuan province in 2008, were sent to Shanghai to go on display during this year's World Expo.

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Giant Chinese Pandas

In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, panda cubs from the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Center in Sichuan are seen in a Shanghai zoo, in China. Ten giant panda cubs, all born after the deadly earthquake that hit China's Sichuan province in 2008, were sent to Shanghai to go on display during this year's World Expo.

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San Diego's Baby Koala

A Koala joey named Miah is shown at the San Diego Zoo on Monday Jan. 18, 2010.

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Newborn Spider Monkey

A newborn Black Headed Spider Monkey is  protected by its mother on its first few days on exhibit in Miami.This is the first offspring for both parents and is very important because the parents are two of only a handful of purebred representatives of their particular subspecies of Spider Monkey in the United States. 

The Black Headed Spider Monkey is a rare arboreal primate that lives in the canopy of tropical forests in isolated pockets of Colombia. Spider Monkeys get their name from their very long arms and legs, along with their long prehensile tail which can be used as another arm sometimes giving the appearance of a large hairy spider in the trees.

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Panda Cubs Tumble

In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, panda cubs from the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Center in Sichuan are seen in a Shanghai zoo, in China. Ten giant panda cubs, all born after the deadly earthquake that hit China's Sichuan province in 2008, were sent to Shanghai to go on display during this year's World Expo.

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Mother and Baby Llama

A dam and her cria.

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Lion Cub

Lion cub playing with a piece of bark. 

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Cheetah Cub

Close up shot of a baby cheetah.

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Baby and Mother Cheetah

Cheetah with cub in the Serengeti, Tanzania.

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Baby Alligators

Several baby American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) hang out near a pond.

Wikipedia/Ianaré Sévi

Zebra Mother and Daughter

March 23: A newborn zebra named Dragana stands by its mother at Belgrade Zoo in Serbia.

AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

Baby Squirrels

March 26: A trio of baby squirrels nurse on Pixie, a poodle owned by Gail Latta, in Henderson, N.C. the baby squirrels were left homeless in North Carolina when the tree they lived in was felled by a chain saw. Pixie still had milk after giving birth to her first litter of puppies a few months ago. After being nursed to five weeks, the squirrels were taken Saturday to a federal animal rehabilitation specialist who will continue raising them until they are ready to be released.

AP Photo/Daily Dispatch, Ashley Steven Ayscue

A Mother and Her Child

June 23, 2005: Gorillas in central Africa are in danger from illegal logging, mining and from hunters who are killing great apes for meat, a joint report from the U.N. and Interpol released Wednesday said. A previous report in 2002 estimated that only 10 percent of gorillas would remain by 2030. The author of the 2002 report and of the newly released one said that estimate now appears too optimistic. "We fear now that the gorillas may become extinct from most parts of their range in perhaps 15 years," said the U.N. Environmental Program's Christian Nellemann, the editor-in-chief of the newly released report "The Last Stand of The Gorilla."

AP Photo/Riccardo Gangale

Baby Komodo Dragon

March 25: A baby Komodo dragon is seen near unhatched eggs at Surabaya Zoo in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. The zoo welcomed the births of 25 Komodo dragons, hatched after eight months in incubators.

AP Photo/Trisnadi

Cuddly Critters: The cutest baby animals

Mother Nature's creatures are beautiful, especially right after they're born. Following a spate of births at zoos and preserves around the world, we introduce you to the newborns.

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