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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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Oryx Calfs Are Or-Dorable!

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Unfortunately facing extinction in all of its forms, an “oryx” is actually any one of four species of antelope. Broken down into Arabian Oryx, Scimitar Oryx, East African Oryx, and Gemsbok (which are actually an invasive species in the South-western United States), this group is a very majestic antelope that can be found mostly in Africa. No matter if it’s a boy or a girl, an oryx will always develop and keep very sharp horns throughout its life. The sharpness of these horns and their ability to hold up in battle against predators as big as lion has led many to refer to the oryx as the “Sabre Antelope”, which might be the coolest name ever given to a hooven beast. A very durable and capable animal, the oryx is able to run with a pack mere moments after birth. Another great thing about oryx calfs, is that they’re very adorable! So not only is this animal able to protect itself and thrive when it’s just a baby, it’s also a cutey! Most species of oryx exist only in captivity, with large efforts underway to re-introduce them into the wild with stronger numbers and a protection order against big game hunters. Hopefully this all works out and we have many years of living in an oryx filled world ahead of us!

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Gaur Calves Are A-Gaur-Able!

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For an animal with a strange name, the gaur sure does make a cute baby! That’s what you’re looking at folks, gaur calves, the youngest of a species of wild cattle that is currently vulnerable to extinction. Also known as “Indian Bison”, they are native to South and Southeast Asia and has unfortunately seen their population drop by about seventy percent in the last few decades. There are currently efforts to rebuild the population, and they’ve resulted in a stabilization of their numbers. Gaur calves are usually the result of singular births after a nine month gestation period, and they ween from their mother’s care after about a year of living. From that point, the gaur can live up to another thirty years, during which time it will grow horns (unlike other bovine species, both males and females develop horns), engage of most of their activity at night (they have a forced nocturnal nature, as their habitat is encroached upon by humans during the daytime), and live in small herds. They often live in groups of up to eleven individuals, and wander up to three miles a day during grazing. Gaur have been found to be fairly timid when encountered by humans, however they’ve also been know to grow aggressive after repeated exposure, so they might not be the smartest animals to pet. Regardless of whether you can hand feed them or not, gaur babies are still adorable members of a majestic species, and we hope that conservation efforts keep them grazing the planet for many generations.

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Baby Chamois Are Adorable

chamois-baby-cuteNative to the mountains of Europe, the Chamois is a species of goat-antelope that almost never grows any larger than four feet tall and five feet long. However, we don’t really care how big they get when they grow up, because they’re so darn cute when they’re babies! Chamois kid are almost always born singularly, with twins only occurring on very rare occasion. Chamois are born after a gestation period of 170 days; that’s less than six months! Little chamois are weened at six months and are full grown by one year, but they aren’t considered adults until around four years old. During this time they live with their mother, or other mothers in their herd if they’re mother is forced to abandon them for any reason. Chamois survive off of a diet that consists primarily of grasses, herbs, conifers, barks, and tree needles, and do most of their eating at night. Chamois are beautiful creatures, but unfortunately their leather is a prized commodity in their homelands, so they find themselves being hunted very often. However, there are various conservation efforts in place to keep these little guys around. Chamois babies are one of the cutest goat-like creatures in the world, and we need to keep them around!

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Bodacious Baby Buffaloes

The world over, there are lots of different species of buffalo. What do they all have in common? Well for one, they are are large, land dwelling mammals who like to live in plains (though some have been known to live in forests, like those in Africa). North American “buffaloes” are actually classified as “bison”. All buffalo are herbivores and all buffalo travel in groups called herds. The males of every species of buffalo have big horns to help them in fights to establish who the leader of the herd is, and to defend their herd against would-be predators. One last thing they have in common? All buffalo babies are totally cute and adorable!

At first blush, you might mistake a buffalo baby for a cow, or another similar species of bovine, but actually buffalo are only very distantly related to modern domesticated cattle, like you might see on a farm – they are not the ancestors of modern cows, like some people have mistakenly thought in the past. Of course, no matter what species you’re talking about, baby animals are always cute and fun to look at (well, almost always, there are some –> uglies).

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