We humans think of cherry blossoms as graceful representatives of nature's artwork, but Japanese macaques think they taste pretty good! With the lovely trees in full bloom in Tokyo, monkeys at the Ueno Zoo are diving headlong into these Spring delicacies while they last.
Being a gangly youngster doesn't always exile you from the in crowd. Take a page from this little guy: after spending the first two weeks of his life in isolation to bond with his mother, this baby long-neck made his debut yesterday to the rest of the Rothschild giraffe herd at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany. Looks like he's Mr. Popularity!
Four dingo pups entered the world in January at the Tierpark Friedrichsfelde Zoo in Berlin, and at nearly two months old, they are cute as can be. Long perceived as pests by the modern livestock industry, these wild canines are still a vital part of Australia's ecological landscape and natural history. Click through to see some darling dingo pups, and learn a few facts about these noble feral beasts!
You'd think a baby polar bear would be ready for a tumble in the snow from day one. Not so for Siku, the adorable orphaned baby bear from the Scandinavian Wildlife Park. His first venture into a cold white world took place this week at just under 4 months old! But clearly this little one has taken to it like . . . well, polar bears to snow. Check out Siku's winter wonderland and other baby photos you may have missed.
The loss of Knut the polar bear last year left a trail of broken hearts among animal lovers worldwide. Thankfully, the good people at the Scandinavian Wildlife Park in Denmark have brought us Siku, and our hearts are once again replete. At just 49 days old, the orphaned baby polar is already an Internet sensation, simply for sucking on a bottle and passing out in a food coma. But so long as this little guy is willing to feast and snooze for us, we won't complain!
And be sure to check out oodles of Siku's adorable studio head shots below!
One incredibly cute waddling penguin . . . two incredibly cute waddling penguins . . .
It's a new year, and across the globe, zoos are taking stock of their vibrantly diverse menageries. Animals are counted, measured, and weighed in an effort to keep tabs on the huge critter populations housed within the zoos' walls. At the London Zoo, keepers had the daunting task of rounding up more than 18,000 animals representing 750 different species. But it's all for a great cause: once the tally is complete, zoos share the information to help breeding programs aimed at boosting endangered species populations.
Tian Tian and Yang Guang donned their best black-and-white formal attire for their arrival at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland on Sunday. The giant pandas felt the jet lag after their nine-hour flight from China but happily tucked into bamboo and posed fresh-faced for the cameras at their brand-new home.
Tierpark Zoo in Berlin, Germany, introduced us to the sweetest little baby leopard! See more pics of Nekama, a baby North Chinese leopard, in my slideshow! And try not to squeal at the lil furball!
Yes, all baby bunnies are small, but this species tops out at less than a pound . . . fully grown. The Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbits are native to the Pacific Northwest and face an uphill battle since being declared extinct in the 1990s. They are just one type of threatened hopper BBC recently wrote about as we enter the Year of the Rabbit. Learn all about these animals — and see more pics — when you start the slideshow.