Golden Lion Tamarin – Real Baby Troll Dolls


Can you tell which of the animals in these photos are the real monkeys? ;)

These are not the smallest monkeys around, that would be the pymgy marmoset, but they are pretty tiny, weighing max 2 lbs (900 g), and they have to be the smallest red monkeys around. Well, not quite red but more of a fiery orange or “golden”. Such bright colors from a little monkey you can almost mistake them for troll dolls or muppets. Even more so the newborns because they are of course extra tiny. Not that you will run into golden lion tamarins in your neighborhood, unless you live in the forest of southeastern Brazil, but you can find them in many zoos, usually grouped with their other relatives, the marmosets and small new world monkeys. Also adding to their distinctness is the length of the hair around their faces creating the “lion’s mane”.



In the wild, due to deforestation and habitat loss, the populations are facing some dire challenges, and so these little live troll dolls are considered endangered. There are efforts under way to preserve the species in Brazil and at zoos in various countries. There are an estimated 1000 left in the wild and near 500 in zoos. With luck the populations will rebound so that zoos and Brazilian forests will have as many small bright orange goofmonkeys as they need. They normally live in small family groups that take turns caring for the newer arrivals. Usually in a group there is one pair of male and female that reproduce. The newborns weigh only a couple of ounces at birth and yes they come out with that crazy orange hair. The newborns cling to the fur of one or the other of the parents and are provided with free transport for some time.



Like you might imagine these little monkeys are really active during the day playing with each other, chirping, and looking for insects and other things to eat.

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Tree Kangaroo Baby Joey Prepares for Pouch Exit


That’s right a tree kangaroo! Wow look at the pouch on that Moma! That looks like the most warm and comfortable babywear ever designed. If I was a baby kangaroo (known as a joey) I would never want to grow up and step out of there. I wish I could get a large-sized one of those pouches to take on a camping trip. But you know how little joeys are, they can’t wait to get out and jump and climb all over everything the first chance they get. The joey featured in the video here, named Rocket, was born in January so he is nearing that age when big tree kangaroo joeys are ready to come out of the mother’s pouch – at about 10 months. He looks a bit like a puppy with just his front paws sticking out but once his hind legs are on display there will be no doubt what kind of marsupial he is. The mother treeroos can give birth once a year, so that means they may only have a joey-free pouch for a few short months each year but the newborns are tiny little creatures when they first move in. Outside of zoos you will only encounter this bounding tree-lover in the tropical rainforests in the far Northeastern part of Australia, on the island of New Guinea, and on a few other islands scattered around that part of the Pacific. They enjoy jumping from tree to tree and are not quite at home on the ground. Habitat loss is an issue for the species.


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Maned Wolf Puppies


Timid and skittish, maned wolves are not easy to find in the wild and are shy in captivity as well. Any unfamiliar sounds or sights is likely to send them fleeing. You might not expect this though because the wolf is the biggest canid of South America standing nearly 3 ft (1 m) and weighing 50 lb (23 kg) on average. This gives them the size to behave more aggressively but it just isn’t in their nature. However, they can be bred to display more aggressive tendencies although we are not sure why someone would want to do that. They are in fact difficult to breed in captivity as various attempts at zoos and reserves have had difficulty finding a diet that keeps them healthy and happy. Unhealthy wolves are not usually too excited about reproducing. In the wild their diet consists of rodents, rabbits, birds, but also a good deal of fruit.

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Because of its smallish head and red coloration the maned wolf is sometimes confused with or thought to be related to the red fox. They are not at all closely related and they are not even very closely related to other wolves. They live in the central parts of South America – Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia where they do face some competition from the crab eating fox and the hoary fox, not to mention humans. This has contributed to their declining numbers in the wild where there are around 20,000 individuals.

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Maned wolves do not roam around in packs but do live in male and female pairs for the purpose of producing their offspring. The female is pregnant for about 65 days then gives birth to a litter or usual 2-6 puppies. The puppies are born with black fur and will take about 1 year to be fully grown. The skittish mother wolf will carry her pups from den to den in order to find the safest place for the little ones.

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Amur Adolescent Tigers’ Happy Youth


At the Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas brother and sister Amur (or Siberian) tigers are well on their way to adulthood as they come to their first birthday. At 1 year old they are only one quarter of the way to the typical mating age for these tigers – 4 years. However, they are already appearing large and in charge, growing rapidly from their days as cubs. A few photos included below show them as cubs a few months after being born, quite a change! At the zoo they are getting steady and nutritious meals on a regular schedule helping them grow strong and healthy, something that might be a little tougher out there in the wild. After 3 years the male should weight near 500 pounds while the female should be around 260. Some mature males have weighed more than 700 pounds. A litter size of 2 like this brother and sister pair is common but it is possible that as many as 6 are born together. In the wild they would be found in the harsh cold environments of China, Russia and Korea. They can travel long distances in their range and any animals in the area better watch out, even brown and black bears are occasionally preyed upon by these large tigers.


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Saiga Antelopes Look Like Adorable Star Wars Characters!

baby-saiga-antelopeA critically endangered species that originally had a range that spread from the Eurasian Steppe all the way to North America, the Saiga Antelope is now only found in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Western Mongolia. However, when you do come across a Saiga, you’re in for a real treat, because their calves look like adorable little aliens! Used to filter dust in the summer and heat up frigid air in the winter, this antelope’s ultra flexible nose is its most distinctive feature, and reminds most people of something they’d see in “Star Wars” or on the SyFy Channel. Although they’re out of this world cute, Saiga calves are just like many other babies of many other species, born after about 150 days of gestation in litters of just one or two, and living on a diet (after weening from its mother’s milk of course) of grass, lichens, herbs, and shrubs. Although there are less than 50 thousand specimens of this particular and peculiar antelope left in the world, the remaining members still take part in a migration season that is considered to be one of the most spectacular sights in all of nature. Tens of thousands of Saiga migrate together every summer, combining individual herds of only 40-50 members to create one huge group filled with love and adorable babies! Due to their low population numbers, the Saiga are protected by various conservation and re-population efforts. With any luck, we will see the Saiga population thrive someday, so that we can appreciate them for years to come.

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White-Faced Saki Monkeys: More Cute Than You Can Fit In A Sack!

saki-monkey-babyWe’re not going to lie folks, white-face Saki Monkeys grow up to be kind of scary looking, but when they’re babies, they’re pretty adorable. Natives of Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela; these monkeys are born after 20-21 weeks of gestation and nurse for an additional 23 weeks after that. They often can be found in the tree canopies of these countries, preferring a tropical environment of the rainforest, and often grow up to weigh less than 4 pounds and stand only about 20 inches tall. They live primarily on a diet of berries, and have been observed to live up to 35 years in captivity, so the adorable baby in these photos (taken at a zoo in Miami) will probably have a long and fun life of playing in his habitat. They sleep in an adorable coil position (like kittens!) and are known to mate for life; they’re love monkeys! As with all wild animals, they shouldn’t be hugged if you see one, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to give a baby saki monkey a friendly wave next time you’re at the zoo! Make sure you say “hi!” during the day though, because much like humans, these mammals like to be active in the day time and sleep at night.

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Baby Water Deer Are Dripping With Cute

baby-water-deerIt’s hard to believe that a creature that will someday look like a vampire is extremely adorable, but it’s true. How do we know? We know because we’ve seen baby Water Deer, and those little natives of China and Korea are just little bundles of cute. These unfortunately endangered creatures are found in places like the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and in the Korean demilitarized zone, living on the land alongside rivers, on mountains, in swamps, and in open fields. Even as babies, these deer, who eventually grow prominent enough tusks (elongated canine teeth that it has independent muscle control over) to be referred to as “Vampire Deer”, are extremely good swimmers, who have been known to swim for several miles to reach remote islands and food sources. Water deer are born in groups of up to seven after about six to seven months of gestation, and have a typical life span of ten to twelve years. Baby water deer are born in open areas, but are usually rushed by their mother to concealing vegetation, where they will live for about a month. Fawns (baby deer) will occasionally come out of hiding to play with each other, but generally remain in hiding until they are truly equipped to live out in the world. In order to preserve the species existence, there are numerous conservation efforts currently under way in hopes of keeping the population thriving.

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Klipspringers: “Rock Jumpers” Will Jump Into Your Heart

klipspringer-cuteNamed after the Afrikaans word for “rock jumper” due to its ability to move freely through rocky and mountainous terrain, the Klipspringer also happens to be one of the cutest babies in the animal kingdom. Adorably, baby klipspringers are known as “lambs”, and they’re born after six months of gestation as a singular baby. They’re usually born in the spring or summer, and they are sent off to live on their own by the time they turn one. They like to live in groups once they reach independence, and after leaving home they will start their own families. They can be found being super cute in most of Southern Africa, and will be a little over thirty-five pounds in weight when they’re fully grown. As they get older, they maintain their cuteness, but also grow horns so that they can defend themselves from predators and protect their families. They look kind of like teddy bears when they’re lambs, and this makes them especially adorable. However, you shouldn’t hug them because they’re wild animals. Klipspringers are currently in no danger of extinction, so you’ll be able to appreciate them, from afar, for years to come.

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Lorises Have Infants Too!


A “Loris” is actually any one of ten species of primates native to the forests, swamps, and garden areas of India, Southeast Asia, and Sri Lanka. This unfortunately endangered group of mammals are known for their interesting look and for having adorable babies that are known as “infants”, just like humans! When lorises reach their adult size, they range from about 10 to 15 inches long and 9 ounces to 4.6 pounds in weight, but when they’re born they’re all tiny little bundles of cute! They’re almost always born as single infants, with twins occasionally occurring, but never triplets or more. In captivity, these little guys typically live between 15 and 20 years, and they often attract crowds at zoos because of their humanly qualities and their habit of always sleeping in an adorable ball. Baby loris are even more cute because their giant eyes make them look like puffy little stuffed animals. Unfortunately, you should never pet a loris, no matter how cute they are, because they have a small patch of poison on their elbow that they can lick before nipping at something they consider a predator. For this reason, they make bad pets, but they should still be preserved and appreciated from afar, because lorises of all ages are awesome!

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Baby Yaks Have Our Backs!

baby-yak-picturesWe’d like to begin this article with an apology folks, because we’re very sorry…that we never knew how adorable baby yaks could be! Native to the Himilayan Region of Central Asia (from Tibet to Mongolia and Russia), and unfortunately vulnerable to extinction, yaks are found in both domestic (where they’re used to pull carts and farm implements) and wild populations, with the wild groups being a bit more shaggy and larger in size. Many peopel think that baby yaks aren’t cute because “they stink”. But the truth is that yak’s wool is odor resistant, so if you ever really wanted to keep a yak as a pet, you’d be safe from catching a case of the stinkies! Mama yaks have a typical gestation period of 257 to 270 days, and give birth to just one calf, usually between May and June. So if you decide to go out and make friends with some baby yaks, you should plan their surprise parties for the late Spring! Like we said before, these adorable wooly beasts are currently listed as “vulnerable to extinction”, but conservation efforts have been put in place to protect them and ensure that we can appreciate them for generations to come!

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