02:03 PM EDT 11/25/2013
Originally posted 04/10/2013 07:35PM
We love puppies. And kittens. And micro-pigs. After all, it's a universal rule that the baby version of any adorable adult is always cuter – or is it?
In a photo taken at Prague's Zoo Praha, bird curator Antonin Vaidl gingerly feeds a 3-day-old Edward's Fig parrot with a spoon.
While we admit it's pretty precious to see the bird peck ever so slightly at the tip of the spoon, its feather-less appearance is ruffling our own feathers, especially considering what the species looks like as an adult. Parrot babies are rarely seen, says zoo representative Michal Stastny, but we have to ask: Is that a good thing?
Originally posted 04/10/2013 03:45PM
Big Bad Wolf, you've been warned.
It seems to be one for all and all for one among these boar piglets, born two weeks ago at the Buschmann and Winkelmann Asparagus Farm in Klaistow, Germany.
While getting accustomed to their new surroundings, the trio stays within arm's reach during their trek around the farm's wildlife park.
Originally posted 03/26/2013 01:30PM
What's in a name?
Great significance for the rare baby Rothschild giraffe that was born to the Leo Zoological Conservation Center in Connecticut last month.
After a public appeal that elicited nearly 7,000 entries, the center has chosen Sandy Hope, a reference to the December shooting that occurred at Newtown, Conn., elementary school Sandy Hook.
Originally posted 03/18/2013 12:00PM
Yes, family matters – even if you're a yellow mongoose.
A British couple recently set out to capture the love between mothers and their offspring in the African animal kingdom, where they spotted plenty of family bonding between these mongooses.
The series of photographs, documented all across the continent, also depicts the special – and often adorable – connection mamas of all species have with their young ones.
Originally posted 03/15/2013 12:10PM
Coming through, please!
On Thursday, one overly excited micro pig decided to get an early start on its St. Patrick's Day celebrations in England.
Donning a green top hat and picking up all of the essential party favors for the big day – a pint of Guinness, what else? – this little piggy was ready to go all the way home with his necessities in tow.
Originally posted 03/01/2013 04:00PM
This orangutan has plenty to smile about – and he knows it!
The 6-week-old male, a baby Sumatran orangutan, was born Jan. 14 at Georgia's Zoo Atlanta after his mother, Blaze, went into labor unexpectedly. Following an emergency C-section, the adorable ape struggled to survive – but eventually pulled through and has since made a full recovery.
Though he has yet to be named, he is getting to know his fellow orangutans at the zoo's habitat, including Mom. The baby and Blaze were reintroduced after she recovered from the procedure.
Originally posted 12/26/2012 09:00AM
She may be only eight weeks old, but this purr-fectly adorable Persian leopard already has lots of love to give.
Born Oct. 25 at the Augsburg Zoo, the cub is simply telling us she is ready to embrace her public. On Sunday, she and her mother, Thea, were moved to the zoo's Tigerhaus, which is now open to visitors.
Mom is just going to have to tell her kitten (who could grow to be a whopping 200 lbs.) that humans may not be quick to reciprocate!
Originally posted 12/17/2012 05:20PM
Nine weeks ago, a very tiny star was born.
Her name is Lacey, and she's a miniscule chihuahua from Old Leake, England, who fits into a coat fashioned out of a baby's sock. Yup, you read that right.
Lacey's owner Sharon Johnstone is hoping the little dog, who weighs less than a pound, measures just 6 inches long and has made headlines in the U.K., can nab a very big title – that of Britain's smallest dog.
Originally posted 11/30/2012 05:00PM
There's nothing like a mother's love – and this seal pup knows that firsthand!
While defending against the cold weather, a newborn seal pup sought some warmth by its mother's side on Wednesday. After cuddling up to her, it leaned in for a precious peck, rubbing noses.
Part of a larger colony living in Scotland, the pair managed to steal a private moment, and the pup seemed all the better for it. Guess mother really nose best!
Originally posted 11/29/2012 04:00PM
For his last Animal Planet show, Dave Salmoni set out in search of dangerous predators. This time around, he's kept his costars decidedly cuter.
"This is Tyson, he's a male lion," the host of Frontier Earth tells PEOPLE. "Tyson's about 5 weeks old."
Showing off the growing cub, whose coat is still dotted with spots, Salmoni explains that the lion will eventually grow to be 550 lbs.
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