07:14 PM EDT 09/22/2015


Baby Animals

Watch: Mom Teaches Baby Sloth How Lazy is Done

Originally posted 08/07/2015 11:40AM

The definition of sloth: "an aversion to work or exertion; laziness."

Therefore, it is a mother sloth's duty to lead by example.

In this adorable video, a mommy sloth named Hershey luxuriously hangs from a tree limb, and chews some super-juicy food that dribbles out of her mouth. The tiny baby in her lap is taking notes and taking her leftovers, as she licks the juicy goodness from mom's chops.

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Surfer Rescues Fawn from the Ocean in North Carolina

Surfer Rescues Fawn from the Ocean in North Carolina

Originally posted 08/05/2015 11:55AM

When you're surfing, you're expect to catch waves. But catching a fawn floating on the water? That's next level water sport.

When surfer Tyler Balak was surfing with friends off Hatteras Island, North Carolina, in July, he noticed something strange floating in the water a few hundred feet off shore, the Virginia Pilot reports.

He paddled closer and thought it was a dog – a few feet more would reveal something much more unusual.

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WATCH: Cielo the Jaguar Doing Her Best Mermaid Impression

Originally posted 07/28/2015 03:40PM

Cielo's got the mermaid thing down, now if she could just sing.

In this YouTube video, a baby jaguar – just one of the beautiful charges living with Eduardo Serio at the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation – dives into a swimming pool with as much grace as we have when we're sliding on a Slip 'N Slide (yeah, we still Slip 'N Slide, so?).

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Police Officers Escort Quacking Duck Family Across the Street (VIDEO)

Originally posted 07/28/2015 03:40PM

Why did the ducklings cross the road? Because they had an adorable police escort.

In a YouTube video only slightly less exciting than a high-speed car chase – but more than slightly cuter – two St. Andrews police officers protected a rogue family of ducks that somehow found their way into the middle of the road. By slowing down traffic and directing them away from the bizarrely-oriented cars (driving on the left side will never look right to us), the two officers fulfilled their sworn duty to protect and serve adorable ducks.

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Baby Tree Kangaroo Is World's First to Be Raised by Surrogate Wallaby

Originally posted 06/30/2015 02:10PM

Makaia doesn't know it, but he's a walking, er, hopping history maker.

The kangaroo is the first of his kind to be raised by a surrogate wallaby, according to Australia's Adelaide Zoo.

At just five weeks old, the Goodfellow's tree kangaroo's mother died suddenly when she was crushed by a falling branch at the zoo.

"Acting on pure adrenaline," according to the zoo's website, zookeepers decided to try something that had never been done with a tree kangaroo before: cross-fostering. The staff placed the joey (who was too young to hand raise) with a surrogate wallaby mother.

"We've had great success over the years' cross-fostering between wallaby species, but the specialized breeding technique has never been used on a tree kangaroo," said Adelaide Zoo veterinarian, Dr. David McLelland. "We had no idea if the yellow-foot would accept the tree kangaroo joey, but if we wanted to save the joey we had to try our luck."

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Watch a Baby Hippo Take His First Swim

Originally posted 06/22/2015 11:50PM

[YOUTUBE "a-vbFA-s1vs"] He's not even a month old yet, but he's already getting his first swimming lesson.

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Credit: Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society/AP
Meet the Adorable Six-Inch-Tall Deer Born at a New York Zoo

Six-Inch-Tall Deer Born at Queens Zoo Raises the Nation's Cuteness Quotient

Originally posted 06/10/2015 12:30AM

Good things come in small packages, and this deer fawn proves that cuteness absolutely thrives in miniature form.

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Man Sweeps Young Moose Off Its Feet and Carries Animal to Safety (VIDEO)

Originally posted 06/01/2015 04:45PM

One of childhood's simple joys is falling asleep on the couch at night and woozily waking up hours later to find one of your parents carrying you to bed. It just feels so safe.

A young moose recently got to experience something close to this blissful rite of passage while wandering around Anchorage, Alaska.

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WATCH: Elephant Herd Rallies Together to Help Collapsed Calf

Originally posted 06/01/2015 04:10PM

There's no "I" in team or in elephant. Coincidence? I think not.

In this video, a herd of elephants shows its deep connection to community by stopping to help a calf who has collapsed in the middle of the road within Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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Grieving Horse Mom Finds Foster Foal via Facebook After Baby Dies

Originally posted 05/20/2015 05:35PM

Please share After a long emotional 24 hours of our lovely foal being born yesterday morning at 8am. He Unfortunately...

Posted by Polly Jackson on Saturday, May 2, 2015

Lilly was heartbroken.

She'd given birth to a beautiful foal, only to say goodbye to it 24 hours later. Sadly, the horse's baby had to be put to sleep following complications after birth.

Lilly's owner, breeder Polly Jackson of Nottingham, England, took to social media to help her grieving animal in the best way she knew how.

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