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March 2009

Cheetah Cub Charms San Diego Zoo Keepers

A female cheetah cub is being hand raised at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park. The Cheetah is one of three cat species with semi-retractable claws. Designed to aide them in high speed pursuits, the claws are always visible.





The unnamed cub was born as a single cub to first-time mother Kenya. Because singletons are often rejected and Kenya does not have previous experience, animal keepers stepped in to assist. The cub was born Feb. 18, 2009 and can be seen at the Wild Animal Park's Animal Care Center.

Black-Necked Swan Cygnets under Mom's Wing

Displaying none of their parents' signature black neck, these downy white black-necked swan cygnets ventured out onto the pond at the Riverbanks Zoo's Bird Garden after only one day in the nest. Born March 6th, the cygnets will be on display until the fall.

Black Necked Swan Cygnets - Riverbanks Zoo 3 in a row

Black Necked Swan Cygnets - Riverbanks Zoo 3 side by side

While wholly capable of swimming, sometimes it's easier to catch a ride with mom.

Black Necked Swan Cygnets - Riverbanks Zoo under moms wing 2

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National Zoo Announces Anteater Birth

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a giant anteater born March 12, in an indoor enclosure. This is only the second giant anteater to be born in the history of the Zoo.


Wild anteaters' diets consist mainly of, you guessed it, ants. They will also eat fallen fruit if they find it on the ground. Sounds like a refreshing way to wash down all the ants (up to 30,000 a day!)


Baby Anteater 3Photo Credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo. Date: March 13, 2009

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Bronx Zoo Tree Kangaroo Still Needs Mom

Cuter than ever, the pink bundle of "Joey" we brought you in late December is almost all grown up now, although Mom's pouch is never far afield. 


The Bronx Zoo's Tree Kangaroo Joey can be seen exploring his exhibit on his own, as well as darting back to Mom's pouch for a snooze. This exhibit is one of the highlights at the Zoo's "Jungleword" attraction which offers year round access to tropical creatures including otters, gibbons, and a tapir.



Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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Tommy T. versus Pow Wow: Round II

ZooBorns introduced you to a tiny Tommy T. back in December, when he was just a cuddly cheetah cub at the Cincinnati Zoo. A week later, we shared pics of Tommy with his new playpal, Pow Wow the Anatolian shepherd puppy. Well both have grown a lot since then, but they have certainly not outgrown a vigorous wrestling match.


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Tommy t and shephard dog 1

Tommy t and shephard dog 2

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Looks like this round goes to Tommy T!

Special thanks to Jason B for the fantastic series of pics.

One Big Kitten: Tiger Cub at the Jerusalem Zoo

Born on New Years Eve, these adorable pictures were taken when the tiger cub was 6 weeks old. Ignored by its mother, the little boy requires constant care and is being raised in the home of Jerusalem Zoo veterinarian, Nili Avni-Magen. 

Tiger cub jersualem zoo profile

Tiger bottle feeding

Outside of the cub's room, a sign reads "Warning: Tiger Inside" but visitors have a hard time feeling threatened when they step in and find him playing with Nili's 3 year old daughter or sprawled out on a stuffed tiger toy that doubles as a bed. Called Sylvester by some, Tigger by others, and Coochie by Nili's daughter, the tiger will soon be moved to an area adjacent to its mother and father to become better acquainted. 

Tiger cub jersualem zoo with toy

Tiger cub jersualem zoo biting knee

Photo credits: Tibor Jager

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