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If you’re allergic to cuteness you should definitely skip this post.  If you’re neutral then you will surely find something that touches or amuses you.  Maybe the baby platypus or aardvark.  For the rest of us, feast your eyes and heart on all these wonders.

Sloth by Sam Trull

Sloth by Sam Trull

According to National Geographic, the first scientists to examine a duck-billed platypus believed they were the victims of a hoax.  The animal is a hodgepodge of the duck (bill and webbed feet) beaver (tail) and otter (body and fur.)  Males have sharp stingers on the heels of their rear feet and can use them to deliver a strong, venomous blow to any foe.  But the babies are cute.

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A baby dik dik

A baby dik dik

A wet baby fox

A wet baby fox

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Slow loris

Slow loris

Red Panda

Red Panda

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by Debbie Dicarlo on flickr

by Debbie Dicarlo on flickr

Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs

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Not quite sure what this family is. Answers welcome.

Prairie dogs

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Even baby rhinos are cute.

Even baby rhinos are cute.

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According to Good News Network, Australian wildlife rehabilitator Gillian Abbot rescued this baby kangaroo when it was two months old and raised the orphan, giving it a teddy bear to cuddle with.  Now almost fully grown, Doodlebug, as he was named, is making what animal-rescue folks call a “soft return” to the wild.  He comes and goes as he pleases, and every time the eastern gray kangaroo returns to his homestead, he empties the food bowl and hugs his teddy that they keep dangling at the perfect height– just like old times.

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A group of giraffes is called a tower.

A group of giraffes is called a tower.

Baby aardvark

Baby aardvark

Baby otters

Baby otters

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South Georgia, anarctica penguins by Ondrej Zaruba

South Georgia, Anarctica penguins by Ondrej Zaruba

Another one unsure what it is.

Another one unsure what it is.

animals babes, meranimals babies, meranimals, kittensKoala bear Lizzy was hit by a car and taken to an Australian zoo hospital. Her 6-month-old boy screamed when they tried to remove him from his mother. He continued to hold on even during surgery for a collapsed lung and Mom is currently recovering with him by her side.

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By Isak Pretorius Wildlife Photography

By Isak Pretorius Wildlife Photography

Tired bunny

Tired bunny

Tired bear cub. Photo by Igor Shpilenok

Tired bear cub. Photo by Igor Shpilenok

Again, not sure what this is.

Ant eaters

Another mystery animal.

Caracal

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By manzaralar

By manzaralar

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By Sam Trull

By Sam Trull

Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana by Isak

Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana by Isak Pretorius

Raccoons help each other climb

Polar bear family

Animals who think they are puppies

If you want to explore more of the animal category on this site, go here.

Thanks to:  Merry, Anita, John, Wim, Neil, Louise, George, Joan

and to:  Good New Network, Dark Roasted Blend, National Geographic

Also thanks to Elaine, Joan, Marlene, Patricia, JoAnne who helped identify animals I wasn’t sure of.

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14 thoughts on “Baby Animals and Families, Mostly Wild

  1. The red cats are Caracal and I think the first one you didnt know is a Prairie Dog family

  2. Your “unknown” babies are prairie dogs — and they love to hand out in America’s North and South Dakota more than anywhere else. Bison are around and those big guys have to watch out not to get a leg caught in a prairie dog hole as it is DEEP!

    We move them!!

  3. The hugging threesome family are gophers, I believe. Canadian prairies. The odd mom and baby are a type of anteater.

  4. Elaine, Joan, Marlene, Patricia, JoAnne and anyone else who helps. I am so tickled and appreciative that within a couple hours my posting Baby Animals and Families, Mostly Wild I had answers identifying the animals I wasn’t sure of. The consensus is that the first image of a hugging family is of prairie dogs, the red cats are Caracal and the odd mom and babe are anteaters. I will happily fix them in the post. Again, thanks to my knowledgeable readers.

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