Caution: What you're about to click through may cause uncontrollable squealing and unusual heart melting due to the avalanche of cute baby animals. Take a deep breath, prepare your best squee and check out this month's most aww-inducing newborns and critter kids from across the globe.
FENNEC FOX KITS
These three fennec fox kits were born at Australia’s Taronga Zoo to dad Zinder and mom Kebilli back in December, and they’re already almost fully grown. That doesn’t stop them from snuggling together as loving siblings, though. They don’t even let those big ears get in the way. Their births were important for the species, which is endangered.
These three emu chicks are new additions to the Berlin Zoo, having hatched just last month. During breeding season, a female emu can produce a new egg about every three days. Although these chicks are tiny and cute now, they can grow to be up to a majestic 6 feet and 120 pounds, and will be able to achieve running speeds of 40 miles per hour.
AFRICAN LION CUBS
This pair of African lion cubs, a female and a male, was born March 7 at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, N.Y. Their parents, Asha and Chester, had four cubs in their litter, but two failed to survive. The zoo’s staff is caring for the brother and sister cubs by hand because their mother stopped nursing them, but they eventually will be reunited with their parents on exhibit.
The Nordens Ark zoo in Sweden welcomed a trio of newborn wolverines to the world in late February. The pups spend the first couple months of their lives totally dependent on their mother, but they recently emerged from the den and are becoming more independent. Wolverines are known for being fierce and ferocious, but right now all we see is fierce cuteness.
HUMBOLDT PENGUIN CHICKS
These penguin chicks hatched in the U.K.’s Chester Zoo on April 17. Truly British animals, they each were named after character from the long-popular British science-fiction series, “Dr. Who.” The two penguins pictured here are Dalek and Davros. The little chicks are weighed every day to ensure that they are receiving adequate nutrition.
ASIATIC LION CUBS
Asiatic lions Tia and Zulu produced four cubs last month at the Emmen Zoo in the Netherlands. The other lions in the den have been moved temporarily so that Tia can spend the next few weeks bonding with her new cubs while zoo staff observe them via webcam. Tia is doing an excellent job caring for the little ones, who are thriving.
ATTWATER’S PRAIRIE CHICKS
These baby Attwater’s prairie chickens are actually not chickens at all, but grouses. A subspecies of prairie grouse, they were once very common in Texas, but now are critically endangered. The chicks were born at the Houston Zoo as part of ongoing breeding efforts intended to save the species from extinction.
These three cute baby maras were born at the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam last month. Maras are rodents, the fourth largest species of rodent in the world. They mate for life and normally give birth to litters of three once each year. If every newborn mara is as adorable as this trio, we certainly won’t complain if there’s a new litter annually.
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In the Netherlands, three little pigs have been doing very well following their birth in February at the Burgers Zoo. Though these triplets were born together, they have many more siblings at the zoo as well, as they are the 16th, 17th and 18th piglets their mother has birthed. Two of the three newborns are seen here with a zoo veterinarian. They’re all in great health.