After 655 days of pregnancy, Phoebe the Asian elephant at the Columbus Zoo gave birth to a healthy baby calf on March 27. With the gentle encouragement of mom, the male calf stood within 15 minutes, which you can enjoy in the video at the bottom of the post (note the video has no sound).
Photo credits: Jason Collier/SeaWorld Orlando
The smallest of all otters, Asian Small-clawed Otters are also notable for their paws, which grasp things much like human hands do. They are the only otters that grab prey with their paws instead of their teeth.
This White-crested Laughingthrush chick was born earlier this month at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY. Native to Southeast Asia, they are notable for their fluffy plumage, which little "Zephyr" here is already starting to exhibit.
For the first time in more than 10 years, Asian small-clawed river otters have been born at SeaWorld San Diego, making their debut on Feb. 7.
One male and one female pup are being raised in a behind-the-scenes den at Sea Lion and Otter Stadium. The pups are in good health, and are being well taken care of by their very protective, first-time parents, Leo and Giselle.
Is there such a thing as too much clouded leopard cub in your life? We think not. Enjoy this adorable video of the National Zoo's newest baby leopards.
Yesterday, the National Zoo discovered two brand new clouded leopard babies at the zoo's Conservation and Research Center.
The cubs are the first of their kind to be born at the zoo in 16 years, and hand-raising is crucial to ensure their survival. Parents Hannibal and Jao Chu were imported from Thailand last year and are suspected to have mated several months ago.
Now we haven't seen every baby Francois Langur born in the world, but we are pretty confident when we say they don't come much cuter than this little girl. Born at Australia's Taronga Zoo just four days ago, this is a critical birth for conservation efforts. A recent census found that there may be as few as 1,000 Francois Langurs left in the wild in their native Vietnam and China.
Photo credit (bottom three photos): Braden Fastier
Thanks to Holy Cuteness for sharing the video.
The Buffalo Zoo is proud to welcome the latest addition to its Rainforest Falls animal family—a baby black howler monkey!
Mochima, a male, was born between the late evening/early morning hours of December 17 and 18, 2008. Mother, Lily, and father, Machado, are both adjusting well to their new roles as being first-time parents.
Photos by Katrina Guariglia
A tiny sifaka lemur was born at the St. Louis Zoo on February 16, 2009. Lemurs are primates like monkeys, apes, and humans, and sifakas have five fingered hands complete with thumbs. Baby sifakas use their strong grasp to cling tightly to their mothers for the first month or so, as these pictures clearly demonstrate.
Photo credits: Robin Winkelman/Saint Louis Zoo
Sorry to get your hopes up, but the Moody Gardens' porcupine baby, born February 26th, is not able to change colors. Each of the pictures below does, however, show the little fur-ball in a different light for your prickly, prehensile-tailed pleasure.
"Benito" is the second birth of his kind in Galveston, TX's Moody Gardens history.