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A sweet klipspringer is thriving behind the scenes at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, thanks to a dedicated group of keepers.
The little one, who was born in early August, has been hand-reared since its mom didn’t provide it with the proper care, reported Zooborns.
While the baby is still growing, the tiny antelope is only expected to reach 20 inches and weigh about 24 pounds when it’s fully grown.
This klipspringer dwells in rocky habitats in Central and Eastern Africa and has hooves with a rubbery texture that helps them grip the terrain.
Jack has a talent for balancing — and a nose for romance.
Earlier this year, the 3-year-old Australian Cattle Dog made the rounds on the Internet with photos of him balancing all kinds of things on his nose and head, including books, a stack of cookies and even an egg, reports the Huffington Post.
So, when owner Trey Doig decided to propose to Nicole Lee, he knew the perfect way to do it: By placing the vintage-looking ring on the dog’s nose, of course!
One big, bouncing baby boy has arrived at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
The critically endangered Eastern black rhinoceros was born on Aug. 26 to first-time mom Kapuki, who’s 8, and dad Maku, who’s 27.
“Mother and baby are both doing wonderfully,” said Mark Kamhout, the zoo’s curator of mammals. “The calf divides his time between nursing, following mom around, and napping, and that is exactly what a baby rhino should be doing.”
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How do you do, pudu?
Weighing less than a bag of sugar at birth, this fawn is now a little over two months old. Thor was born to mom Serena and dad Odin at the U.K.’s Chester Zoo on June 19.
The pudu is the world’s smallest deer species.
“Despite being small in stature, pudu are very, very good sprinters,” said keeper Sarah Roffe. “And what they lack in size, they make up for in strategy — running in zigzags to try and escape from less nimble predators.”
Even when he’s fully grown, Thor will measure only about 15 inches at the shoulder, and will weigh between 20 and 33 pounds, with little 4-inch antlers.
The Detroit Zoo is seeing red — and blue.
Twin male red pandas were born on June 27 to 8-year-old mom Ta-Shi and 4-year-old dad Shifu, who came to the zoo last year to be a breeding partner for Ta-Shi.
The twins are the couple’s first offspring together, but they mark the fifth time Ta-Shi has given birth in the last five years.
"Ta-Shi is an experienced and attentive mom and very protective of her babies," said Robert Lessnau, the zoo’s curator of mammals, in a statement. "We're thrilled to once again add to the captive population of this threatened species."
Native to Nepal, Myanmar and central China, red pandas are adept climbers who can be spotted hanging from tree branches.
The babies, who haven’t been named yet, are spending most of their days in their nest box, but can sometimes be seen in their wooded habitat at the zoo.
Staff members at the Cameron Park Zoo in Texas were in for a surprise when Maya, a 14-year-old ocelot, gave birth to a male kitten in May.
Just last November, the zoo had brought in veterinary specialists from the Cincinnati Zoo to do a reproductive assessment on the aging dwarf leopard. Although Maya was past her breeding prime, the doctors thought there was some chance she could become pregnant, and tried to artificially inseminate her with sperm from her partner, 6-year-old Gustavo.
It didn’t work, and the team assumed Maya was too old to become pregnant. Then, on the morning of May 31, Maya didn’t seem to be feeling well, and was left in her night house. When her keepers went to check on her, they were shocked to discover someone else in there with her: a baby ocelot!
The zoo says that Maya and Gustavo must have decided to conceive the baby boy, named Aztec, “the old fashioned way.”
Here’s lookin’ at you, pup.
This adorable fuzzy baby Northern fur seal was born at the New England Aquarium to mom Ursula on Aug. 7.
It was just before midnight when an overnight engineer at the aquarium realized the 15-year-old mom was in labor, and called marine mammal coordinator Kathy Streeter.
“I could hear Ursula calling as I walked down the hallway,” said Streeter. “I thought she was still in labor, but when I entered I saw the pup laying a foot or so away from Ursula. Shortly thereafter, the pup and Ursula called to each other, but Ursula seemed exhausted and lay on her side so that the baby could find her and nurse.”
The aquarium’s staff hasn’t yet been able to get a close enough look at the baby to determine its gender.
Streeter says mom and pup bonded well early on, and were already calling back and forth to each other, as they do in the wild, when she arrived.
You can see how cute they are together in the video below.
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It’s been five months since this endangered Matchie’s tree kangaroo was born at Zoo Miami, but only now is the public beginning to get a look at the little one.
Like most marsupials, tree kangaroos are only about the size of a jellybean when they’re born. They spend the next few months nursing and developing in mom’s pouch.
The joey has begun to stick its head outside, but it’s still hairless and will stay snuggled inside for several more months until it’s ready to leave the comfort of mom’s pouch, reports Zooborns.
Joeys aren’t completely weaned until they’re about a year old.
Although the joey will continue to develop a strong bond with its mom, it won’t have much social interaction after that. Matchie’s tree kangaroos, who are native to Papua New Guinea, spend most of their days hidden away in the tops of trees, munching on leaves, bark and moss. They’re mostly solitary animals, according to Zooborns.