Well, hello there, bright eyes!
The baby bird is thriving, doubling in size in just five days. And she’s already losing some of her downy feathers to look more like an adult.
The hand-reared owlet’s parents are education birds who are trained to fly free during shows and perch on a glove, and this little one will follow in their footsteps.
“She’s been doing well in her first public interactions,” says Cathy Schlott, manager of animal training at the National Aviary. “Her visitors love seeing her up close, and she’s well on her way to being a great education bird.”
They may be small now, but within a year, these three emu chicks will stand at a whopping 5 to 6 feet tall!
Hatched at the Berlin Zoo, the 3-month-old babies are ready to earn their stripes — with Dad at their side. Interestingly, an emu mom lays and incubates the eggs, but her job with the little ones stops there. All of the other duties of raising the chicks go to dad, reports Zooborns.
Native to Australia, the emu is the second-largest bird in the world, behind the ostrich.
We adore the striped look they’re sporting now, but the chicks will turn almost entirely black before their feathers eventually change to a mix of tan, brown and black.
Baby bald eagles are definitely worth the wait.
obsessively patiently checking The Pet Collective’s live EagleCam every day for more than a month, we're thrilled that Wray and Superman’s three eggs finally hatched in their nest on Catalina Island, Calif. Two of the eaglets came into the world on April 4, and the third was born on April 7.
So far the eagle chicks seem to be in good health, says the Institute for Wildlife Studies, which runs the webcam. And if you can't spot the adorable babies on the live cam right away, don’t worry — the trio is highly visible during feedings, which occur just about every hour.
Celebrate spring by welcoming the birds over for a snack!
The sounds of the spring season will be right in your yard as birds feed on these modern, decorative Charm Birdfeeders. Each of these metal bird feeders is crafted by hand and painted in light blue or green, a perfect contrast to the vibrant colors of beautiful wild birds like Cardinals and Bluejays.
Easy to install, the feeders have a mesh catch that will hold seeds to attract the local winged creatures, and it pops out for easy cleaning. Just like any good host or hostess, make sure you keep an eye on the feeder and refill to keep your feathery guests happy.
Spring has sprung — well, sort of. While you wait for the real spring weather to kick in, put a little spring in your style with this lovely bird's nest ring by Storm Cloud Designs on Etsy.
Made of oxidized copper wire and amazonite beads, the ring is a delicate reproduction of a robin's nest, complete with blue eggs. The band is a size 6.5 but can be resized or made adjustable at your request. This is a fun, unexpected alternative to a traditional cocktail ring and is perfect for day or evening.
Rasputin the bird — let's stop for a moment and appreciate his name — is obviously a genius. His owner built a Rube Goldberg machine out of Legos, and the bird solves it to get a cashew nut.
Your favorite cookie just got a little sweeter.
A delicious after-dinner treat tastes far better when it's housed in a suitably stylish jar, and this Floating Puffin Cookie Jar from Anthropologie definitely meets that mark.
Although the stoneware container is handpainted and looks exquisitely delicate, it's actually dishwasher safe. And, at more than nine inches tall, it's large enough to hold a very decent quantity of delicious, homemade delicacies.
The only real question: Do you bake up some chocolate chip cookies? Peanut butter? Oatmeal? Snickerdoodle? Maybe you should just make a few of each. You can always drop the leftovers off at the Crittr headquarters.
Whistle while you work in this sunny yellow bird dress from ModCloth. Its dainty peeper pattern is the perfect antidote to a dreary winter day, whether you’re planning to spend some time roosting in the nest or flying about town.
The Best Wing Dress is easily jazzed up by a chunky turquoise necklace and heels, or dressed down with a cardigan, tights and simple ballet flats.
ModCloth’s designers have style and comfort in mind with this versatile design, which is fully lined and neatly cinched at the waist with an apron-style bow.
Today, my friends, is a momentous occasion. One for the history books. For, you see, citizens across our great nation will gather to celebrate ... Penguin Awareness Day.
P.P.S. Actually, Penguin Awareness Day was yesterday, but we're just getting around to celebrating it today, so just, everyone, be cool.
To help us honor one of our favorite species, we've enlisted the help of Terry Jones and the BBC, circa 2008. It's an old clip, but we're completely mesmerized by these gorgeous flying penguins, and we couldn't resist sharing it with you. Happy Penguin Awareness Day, everyone!
One of the definite highlights of our year has been covering all the new babies who entered the world in 2012. We just can't get enough of their tiny features, gorgeous eyes and adorable spots and stripes.
It was a very tough decision, but somehow we managed to pick our 10 favorite zoo babies of the year, and here they are!
Snow Leopards, Giraffes and Dolphins... Oh, My!
Courtesy of Amelia Beamish
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Matt Marriott, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Julie Larsen Maher, Wildlife Conservation Society
Julie Larsen Maher © WCS
Bob Pitchford/Bristol Zoo
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