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November 2008

Patriot the Porcupine at the Central Florida Zoo

Born on the 4th of July at the Central Florida Zoo, this tiny South African crested porcupine was aptly named "Patriot." Weighing 1lb at birth, South African crested porcupines are born with fully formed quills, which are initially soft as hair but harden within 24 hours. Baby porcupines are also called "porcupettes!"

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Porcupine affection is a delicate affair.
Baby porcupine central florida zoo with mom

Patriot the porcupine meets the family
Baby porcupine central florida zoo with family


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Longleat Safari Park Wallaby All Wrapped Up

We are taking you back to earlier this Spring to visit this charming Wallaby from Longleat Safari Park in Wilthshire, England. This little one, called a joey, seems to have a good plan for staying warm in any season. If winter's settling in where you are, take his lead and bundle up!

IT- Baby Joey

Longleat has had a great record with births over the last few years with baby giraffe, camel and lion cubs to name but a few.


Cincinnati Zoo's Bearcat is Weird, Wild, and Wonderful

Earlier this year, the Cincinnati Zoo welcomed a bearcat, or Binturong, back to its collection for the first time in four years. And rightly so, the University of Cincinnati's mascot is none other than this unusual furry friend.

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The baby bearcat is pictured here at 3 months old.

Bearcat introduction ceremony
Newest bearcat

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Frolicking Baby Elephants

Moja the elephant set a new world record for the longest African elephant pregnancy. After 688 days (!!!), Moja gave birth to her first calf in nine years at the Pittsburgh Zoo this summer. Luckily for the youngster, another baby elephant was born just a few weeks earlier and, as you can see in the more recent pictures, they make perfect playmates.

The calf prepares to take her first stepsBaby elephants pittsburgh zoo newborn


Playpals. Check out their muddy trunks!

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Baby elephants pittsburgh zoo laying down

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Baby Gazelle at the National Zoo

This little girl was born Sunday, November 2nd at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. A threatened species, conservationists hope to increase the population of Dama gazelles born in capitivity to aid in repopulation and research efforts. 


Now those are some ears

Baby Gazelle Smithsonian National Zoo Sitting

Mom helps her baby look presentable.
Baby Gazelle Smithsonian National Zoo standing with mom

Now that's a good-lookin Dama gazelle if we do say so ourselves
Baby Gazelle Smithsonian National Zoo standing profile

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Lonesome penguin cheered up by his new friend... a stuffed toy

A baby penguin which had to be separated from its family after a greedy sibling continually ate all its food has found companionship - with this stuffed toy.


Mates: Pingu the penguin chick at the Living Coasts zoo in Torquay who has found solace with a stuffed toy

Mates: Pingu the penguin chick at the Living Coasts zoo in Torquay who has found solace with a stuffed toy

The penguin - called Pingu - began to lose weight and appeared weak after its bigger relative regularly helped himself to all the fish on offer.

Concerned keepers were forced to remove Pingu from the enclosure, but at just three-weeks-old the penguin was in desperate need of company.

Staff bought a £3.99 toy penguin from the zoo shop which acts as a surrogate sibling to the chuffed chick - who cuddles up to its new friend all day.


Comforting: Staff at the zoo decided to hand rear the baby African penguin after noticing it's older sibling kept eating all it's food

Comforting: Staff at the zoo decided to hand rear the baby African penguin after noticing its older sibling kept eating all it's food

Feeding time: The penguin - called Pingu - began to lose weight and appeared weak after its bigger relative regularly helped himself to all the fish on offer

There is hope for Pingu!

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