I’m a fan of babies, especially my future niece/nephew that’s coming to the world soon. But I have to admit that there are certain animals that have way, way cuter babies. Including these guys. They’re way cuter than my baby ever will be. via ZooBorns:
The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s 2-month-old Clouded Leopard cubs born June 14th are growing up fast and struttin’ their stuff in pictures taken Friday. Point Defiance Zoo is one of only three zoos in the country breeding endangered Clouded Leopards, along with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and The Nashville Zoo.
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. They’re so cute. There’s not much to say here, except I wish that video had music with it, or some sound, because it was really awkward sitting there in silence. But I still watched it, and filled the silence with lots of, “awwwwwwe” noises. Here’s some information via Zooborns:
A pouncing pair of Snow Leopard cubs recently appeared on the scene in their main enclosure at the Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, England. And they’ve just gotten a check up by the vets! Born in June, they are yet to be named.
Parents Suou and Irma arrived at Twycross in May 2010 as part of the international breeding program. The birth of the cubs is a significant contribution to the conservation of Snow Leopards which are currently listed as endangered.
Sharon Redrobe Twycross Zoo’s Director of Life Sciences said. “I am proud and delighted at this successful first breeding at Twycross Zoo. Our animal staff have worked hard to ensure the best conditions for the snow leopards to breed and their hard work and expertise has paid off in these delightful additions to the European breeding program.”
“The dad is not currently in the enclosure with them as they need to be slightly older before he is introduced to them,’she continued, “but he has been chuffing through the separating enclosure – a big cat greeting.”
d’awwww these lion cubs are so adorable. I’ve wanted one ever since I watched the Simba scene where they’re all AHHHHH SAY HENYAAAA BABA BEEE SEE BABAAAAAA. Via Zooborns:
A litter of two African lion cubs was born at the Saint Louis Zoo on July 17. While one of the two females was stillborn, the mother lion, Cabara, age 5, seemed to be interested in caring for her surviving cub. After about six days, however, the little cub appeared dehydrated and so was removed for hand-rearing at the Zoo’s veterinary hospital. As a result she appears to be quite healthy after three weeks of hand-feeding! Her name is Imani, which means “faith” in Swahili
“What happens sometimes with a big cat nursing a single cub is that she doesn’t have enough stimulation for lactation and may not produce enough milk,” according to Steve Bircher, curator of mammals/carnivores at the Saint Louis Zoo. “In the future, we hope that Cabara will give birth to a larger litter and raise them successfully.” Several hours each day, keepers return her to a den next to her mother. The staff hopes to reintroduce the cub and mother sometime in the future.
Sorry I haven’t been posting much this week. I’ve been really busy, going to the doctor, and also my computer charger broke so I haven’t spent much time online. I’m trying to post some stuff today during my lunch break, so STAY TUNED Y’ALL.
To apologize, here are some super cute pictures and an article about some newborn Arctic Foxes. I WANT ONE! And I hope you forgive me. via Zooborns:
The Aquarium of the Pacific has welcomed two male six-week-old Arctic Fox pups that are now on view in the Aquarium’s Molina Animal Care Center. The two brothers are part of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s new Arctic & Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril exhibition, which gives the public the opportunity to see polar animals up close while learning about what can be done to protect their habitats.
Arctic fox babies are called either pups or kits. A litter usually has about seven kits but may contain up to fifteen. The Arctic fox is an incredibly resilient animal that can live in temperatures as low as -59° F and as warm as temperatures we experience in Southern California. They are found in the Arctic and alpine tundra regions, from coastal Alaska and Greenland to Scandinavia and Russia.
It survives in extreme temperatures thanks to its thick fur, furry soles, short ears, and short muzzle. During the winter months, white phase Arctic fox have white coats that serve as camouflage against the vast stretches of snow and ice in their native Arctic region. When the seasons change, their coats change to a brown or blue-gray appearance that allows them to blend in with the summer’s landscape. Blue phase fox, more common in the species’ southern habitat range, remain charcoal-colored year round. Young of each color phase may occur in the same litter.
These mammals have keen hearing and normally feed mainly on rodents along with birds, and even fish. When prey is scarce in the winter, these foxes often follow polar bears to eat their leftover scraps, sometimes traveling great distances. Their average lifespan in the wild is three to six years. As an adult, an Arctic fox can weigh up to seventeen pounds.
Climate change poses a threat to the Arctic fox, impacting their habitat and food sources. Consequently the International Union for Conservation of Nature has included them on their Red List of Threatened Species and on a list of ten species that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
OH HAI GUIZE! This little Cheetah cub wants to say WUSSUP. His brother’s and sisters are cute, but not as cute because they don’t give air high-fives and stuff. via Zooborns:
Five cheetah cubs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia on May 28, 2011. Recently the animal care staff had a few brief moments to weigh and inspect the animals. The results: the cubs appear to be healthy, doing well and are very active. On average, the cubs weighed about 2 pounds (less than 1k). Keepers will continue to monitor the newborns, while giving the mother, 6-year-old Amani, privacy to bond with her offspring.
“When I was weighing the last cub, he was being a very tough little guy,” said Adrienne Crosier, SCBI cheetah biologist. “We’re already starting to see differences in their dispositions and look forward to watching them grow and learning all we can from them.”
Cheetahs, the fastest animals on land, are struggling to outpace threats to their survival in the wild. Because of human conflict, hunting and habitat loss, there are only an estimated 7,500 to 10,000 cheetahs left in the wild. The International Union for Conservation of Nature considers cheetahs a vulnerable species. You can read updates on the Smithsonian National Zoo’s website.
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