Caution: What you're about to see is so cute that it may be hazardous to your health. We've rounded up photos of baby animals that were born in zoos around the world this month, and the result may be too much for some readers to handle. Read on only if you think you can take potentially dangerous levels of adorableness.
MANED WOLF PUPS
Zoo: Denver Zoo
Location: Denver, Colo.
Date of birth: May 1, 2014
A litter of maned wolf cubs was born at the Denver Zoo at the beginning of the month — the first maned wolves born at the zoo since back in 2009. The two cutie male pups and one cutie female pup were born to first-time parents Adrianna and Inigo. (Source)
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SUMATRAN TIGER CUBS
Zoo: Topeka Zoo
Location: Topeka, Kansas
Date of birth: May 4, 2014
More triplets! Sumatran tiger mom and dad Jingga and Rojo welcomed three cubs at the Topeka Zoo on May 4. Their numbers are added to the fewer than 400 of the species remaining in the world. (Source)
SIBERIAN CRANE CHICK
Zoo: Franklin Park Zoo
Location: Boston, Mass.
Date of birth: May 6, 2014
On May 6, a rare Siberian crane chick hatched at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. The chick’s parents are a long-term pair who have lived together at the zoo since 1993. For now, zookeepers are hand-raising the chick, but they will reintroduce it to its parents later in the summer. (Source)
Zoo: Prague Zoo
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Date of birth: May 6, 2014
An adorable baby takin was born at Zoo Praha on May 6. The kid will eventually develop horns and long hair like other adults, but for now he remains “charmingly small,” according to the zoo. Zoo Praha also noted that the kid’s father is genetically valuable because he was born in the wild. (Source)
MATSCHIE’S TREE KANGAROO JOEY
Zoo: Roger Williams Park Zoo
Location: Providence, R.I.
Date of birth: October 2013 (born); May 2014 (emerged)
This Matschie’s tree kangaroo joey finally emerged from its mama’s pouch just in time for Mother’s Day. The baby technically was born last fall, but like other marsupials, continued to incubate and grow in its pouch for many months before actually saying hello to the world. (Source)
WHITE TIGER CUBS
Zoo: Washington Park Zoo
Location: Michigan City, Ind.
Date of birth: May 14, 2014
These three white tiger cubs were born to daddy Zeus and first-time mommy Zusha. Despite her lack of experience, Zusha’s maternal instinct kicked in hard, and zookeepers have been pleased with the great care she’s been taking of the cubs. A webcam will soon be set up to allow folks to observe the little ones and their mama off-display. (Source)
VISAYAN WARTY PIGLET
Zoo: Chester Zoo
Location: Cheshire, England, U.K.
Date of birth: May 16, 2014
The Chester Zoo in England is amped about the birth of their new Visayan warty piglet. Every one of these animals born is a big deal because it's the most endangered species of pig in the world. This birth follows right on the heels of another Visayan warty piglet born at the Belfast Zoo last month. (Source)
Zoo: Cameron Park Zoo
Location: Waco, Texas
Date of birth: May 17, 2014
Female orangutan Mei, 16, and her 25-year-old mate, Kerajaan, welcomed their first offspring to the world on the evening of May 17. The public will vote on the newborn’s name, choosing one of three Malaysian names selected by the zoo’s primate staff: Batari, which means "goddess"; Lestari, which means "eternal"; and Cahaya, meaning "light" or "radiance." (Source)
Zoo: Dickerson Park Zoo
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Date of birth: May 19, 2014
We’ve got to wonder if 21-year-old giraffe mom Gidget is starting to lose track of all her kids. She gave birth to her twelfth calf on May 19. But we’re sure she’s still thrilled about every little one she brings into the world. Just look at the love in this photo. (Source)
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Zoo: ZSL London Zoo
Location: London, England, U.K.
Date of birth: May 23, 2014
Two years ago, the London Zoo imported male sloth Leander to mate with their female named Marilyn. They thought the plan had failed so far, because they were under the impression the sloths hadn’t even acknowledged each other. But it seems the pair were just sneaking around after dark, because they delighted keepers with a surprise pregnancy. No one had even realized Leander and Marilyn mated. (Source)
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