More closely related to mice than rats, Malagasy jumping rats are highly endangered on their native island of Madagascar. Unlike many of their rodent brethren, Malagasy jumping rats are not prolific breeders, giving birth to only one pup a year, making this new arrival at the Prospect Park Zoo very special.
Mamma jumping rat is quite attentive to her rare little pup
An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin calf, born at SeaWorld San Diego on June 10, 2009, swims alongside her 11-year-old mother, Malibu. SeaWorld used sex-selection techniques to determine the sex of the calf prior to birth, which enables them to optimally balance their ratio of males and females.
Three fluffy white trumpeter swan cyngets were born June 9th at the Lincoln Park Zoo. They will be released into the wild this fall as part of a reintroduction program. Believe it or not, trumpeter swans were hunted to near extinction at the turn of the 20th Century.
Zoo Basel's children's zoo welcomed eight miniature piglets this week or, as they call them, mini-schwein. While not exactly exotic, the tiny piglets are the size of small puppies and have proven to be an absolute delight for the Swiss children lucky enough to see them.