Give yourself a break from thinking about your new year's resolutions and enjoy these pictures of adorable baby animals. You'll be wonderfully distracted with these sweet newborn elephants, monkeys, cubs, and sloths. From our favorite zoos around the world, this collection of newborns will be celebrating their first birthdays in the new year.
She's no circus elephant, but this cute little face just might rival Robert Pattinson's! The female Asian elephant calf was born just a few days ago at the Chester Zoo in northwest England. She doesn't have a name just yet . . . check out more photos of her cute mug, and then tell me what you think she should be called!
Here at PetSugar, we tend to find even the oddest of creatures pretty darn cute — and you usually agree! This newborn giant anteater, who's being shown off with her mama for the first time at the SF Zoo, is definitely up for debate. I think these fascinating little guys — who are close cousins of the sloth — are super cute, but how do you feel about them?
Side note: does anyone else think mama anteater's front paw looks like a giant panda?
I wonder if she'd be willing to share? Tian Tian the giant panda was treated to a delicious fruitcicle — apples and pears frozen in apple juice — at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington DC. And it looks like Tian Tian will get to stick around our nation's capital for a while longer: a new agreement with China, where Tian Tian and partner Mei Xiang are on loan from, allows the pandas to stay at the zoo for five more years.
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Halloween's tomorrow but the creatures of Bristol Zoo got their pumpkin treats a little early. These freshly carved jack-o'-lanterns were explored — and devoured — by creatures from raccoons to ring-tailed lemurs. Luckily for us, zoo photographers snapped the action before the pumpkin carcasses were properly disposed.
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A pair of snuggly baby Asian otters were welcomed into the world last month in New Zealand and made their public debut yesterday at the Auckland Zoo. The babies are still very wiggly and clumsy (being too young for much coordination), and are small enough to fit in your hand! I used to have a baby otter toy when I was younger but thinking back, I realize my toy was nothing compared to the cuteness of the real thing!
Asian otters are closely related to ferrets and skunks, and are the smallest of all 13 species. You can't see these little guys up close (unless you live in New Zealand, of course), but you can check out a video of Asian otters in action via the Monterey Bay Aquarium's exhibit here in California.
The fella I'd name the world's most famous polar bear (followed by Flocke) celebrates his second birthday today at Zoo Berlin! That means Knut got even more visitors than usual . . . and a special dessert. 'Cause, really, what's a birthday without cake and ice cream? Of course, bears can't eat chocolate buttercream (my fave), so his "cake" was made of vegetable in ice – well, I bet he enjoyed it anyway.
This bear's faced some tough times from dealing with fame to the death of his BFF and original caretaker, Thomas Doerflein earlier this year but he's doing a-OK now.
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