This newborn aardvark at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo most certainly wins the award for wrinkliest baby ever featured on ZooBorns. Weighing just 5 lbs, this little calf might eventually reach as much as 125 lbs. We hope by then he has grown into his skin.
A scampering baby aardvark
Before signing on Brad Pitt, this baby aardvark was slated to play Benjamin Button
Closely related to racoons, the Coati Mundi is a curious, clever, and affectionate critter. These photos were taken last week at Germany's Darmstadt Zoo. Coatis use special postures to communicate like hiding their long nose between the front paws as a sign of submission or lowering the head, baring their teeth and hopping about to signal aggresion. Coincidentally, that's also how I start a fight.
12,000 - 6,000 years ago, the Sumatran tiger was isolated from the mainland population and has since developed into the smallest subspecies of tiger. While the actual population is unknown, it is believed that only 100-400 Sumatran tigers survive today in the wild. However, two more now exist at the Dublin Zoo and they have a very doting mom.
A cub gets a bath, tiger-style. Mom's tongue = size of cub's head
This beautifully camouflaged baby tapir was recently born at the UK's Marwell Zoo. Also known as the Brazilian Tapir (or ALF on 1980's American TV), the South American Tapir uses its mobile snout to hunt for its all-veggie diet of leaves, buds and twigs.
While mum Thong Dee and aunty Tang Mo take turns getting showers and scrub downs by keepers in the enclosure next door, the Taronga Zoo's baby
elephant is playing happily in his own "little" bath tub which was cut
down from a big plastic tank. Recently named Luk Chai, the youngster has bath toys too, albeit slightly larger than your average yellow ducky!
Native to Africa, the Yellow Mongoose is also called the Red Meerkat (apparently no one can agree on it's color). A feisty little carnivore, yellow mongooses communicate mostly with swishes of their yellow/red/orange/burnt sienna tails. These little guys were recently born at the UK's Marwell Zoo.
There's been a baby bird boom at Zoo Basel! These baby flamingos are seen exploring their environment but keep close to Mom and Dad all the same. Young flamingos hatch with grey plumage, but adults range from light
pink to bright red due to aqueous bacteria and beta carotene obtained
from their food supply. A well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly
colored and thus a more desirable mate.