Caution: What you're about to click through may cause uncontrollable squealing and unusual heart-melting due to the avalanche of cute baby animals you are about to encounter. Take a deep breath, prepare your best squee and check out this month's most aww-inducing critter kids and their families from across the globe.
Bailey and Clancy, a breeding pair of capybaras at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Fla., welcomed three newborns to the world as a St. Patrick’s Day gift on March 17. Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world. Between these three toothy pups and the komodo hatchlings in Indonesia (up next), we’ve got a lot of big babies this spring!
KOMODO DRAGON HATCHLINGS
Seven baby komodo dragons hatched on March 14 at the Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia. These cold-blooded cuties may be small now, but they won’t be for very long. Komodo dragons are the largest lizards in the world, growing to be around 330 pounds — big enough to feed on water buffaloes.
This condor chick was born healthy and hungry, eating up to 15 mice a day. Keepers are caring for the chick with a special hand puppet that looks like a condor. This is because they plan to release the chick into the wild, and don’t want it to become used to humans or their care so much that it won’t be able to survive on its own.
COLOBUS MONKEY BABY
This baby colobus monkey was born just last week, on March 19. It’s the second baby for mother Keri, 15, and father Bisi, 20. Their first child is Gonzo, a male born less than a year ago. The newborn’s gender is not yet known, so it doesn’t have a name.
RINGED SEAL PUP
Burgers’ Zoo staff didn’t know any of their ringed seals were in the family way, so it came as a happy surprise when they discovered a new pup had been born on March 1. Still covered with snow-white fur to keep it warm in the chilly Dutch weather, this cutie came just in time to bid farewell to winter and hello to spring.
Is this the tiniest antelope you’ve ever seen, or what? Aluna is a dik-dik born at the Chester Zoo in the UK just a few weeks ago. Sadly, the pint-sized prancer did not bond with her mother, but zookeepers have been bottle-feeding and otherwise caring for her. Aluna is about 8 inches tall now, and she'll grow to only about 16 inches in height. Dik-diks are one of the world’s smallest antelope species.
ROSEATE SPOONBILL CHICKS
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo in Florida was excited to post a photo on Facebook showing a roseate spoonbill with two spring chicks in its nest on March 11. Last week, a new photo showed there was twice as much cuteness as previously thought, with four hungry beaks poking out of the nest. Soon, those beaks will fully form the unique shape that gives the species its name.
EASTERN BONGO CALF
The Nashville Zoo in Tennessee was thrilled to announce the birth of a female eastern bongo calf this month. The adorable baby girl was named Hidaya after the Swahili word for “gift” — not after actor Dan Hedaya (although that would have been awesome). Bongos are critically endangered; Hidaya is the first born at the Nashville Zoo in more than seven years.
SUMATRAN TIGER CUB
Castro Jr. is a Sumatran tiger cub born at the Sacramento Zoo on March 3. The cub, also known as C.J., was named after his father, who currently is undergoing chemotherapy. Like all Sumatran tiger cubs, C.J. was born with his eyes closed, and will rely almost completely on his mother, Bahagia, for the first few months of his life.
First-time mama Bibi the tapir gave birth to a calf on March 1 at the Salzburg Zoo in Austria. The baby looks very cool with his white spots and stripes, which all newborn tapirs have, but the remarkable pattern doesn’t last long, disappearing after just a few months.
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Maleos are an endangered species, but thanks to careful incubation using electric heat, three new maleo chicks were born at the Bronx Zoo in New York City this month. The chicks add their number to the nine other maleo birds at the zoo, the only place in the world they can be found outside of the island in Indonesia to which they are native.
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