This baby girl gorilla, born on Wednesday night at the San Diego Zoo, needs to be cuddled immediately. She. Is. So. Cute! Her 18-year-old mother went into labor but was not making any progress, so veterinarians at the zoo delivered this little cutie via a rare C-section. In no time at all, the 4.6-lb. gorilla was wearing a blue baby hat, sucking on her fingers and mugging for the cameras. Congratulations to mom and baby and to whomever got to swaddle her in a blanket and give her an oxygen mask to chew on, I hate you. [Washington Post]
The Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas, is enlisting the help of the public to choose names for their new lion cubs. The male cub goes by Doc, but the three female cubs have yet to be named.
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I will confess that I’m not sure how I feel about anteaters. They don’t have the same neotenous appearance or demeanor that, say, kittens and baby pandas doo. Yet there’s something adorable that can’t be denied about their itty-bitty ears and their big, long snout. This critter here is MJ, a southern tamandu born last month at the Staten Island Zoo to his mom, DJ. And if you think this Instagram video of MJ sticking his tongue out at you is cute, wait until you see these pictures of MJ riding on DJ’s back. It’s enough to make you wish for an ant infestation just so these two can come over for dinner. (OK, not really.) [Instagram.com/StatenIslandZoo]
Meet Polly, a two-week-old kitten who wiggles her ears as she drinks from a bottle. It’s even more adorable than it sounds.
As soon as I started dating an Australian, I began fantasizing about all the adorable animals Down Under who would someday become my friends. Koalas! Roos! Wombats! Sadly, this American was quickly informed that all of those wild animals are indeed wild animals and seldom seen, let alone snuggled. (Kangaroos, I am told, are very common, but are huge and dangerous to humans.) So it gives me hope whenever I watch a video such as this: baby wombats enjoying belly rubs! Also, scurrying around like toddlers on Red Bull! (These little guys live in some kind of a zoo or shelter, which I am obviously Googling immediately.) Thank you, Internet, for further proof that every species loves a good belly scratch. [YouTube via Laughing Squid]
This pup has looked in the mirror for the first time and he is so confused about what he sees! It’s almost as if he’s worried about setting his “twin” free! I feel kind of bad for laughing at him, but there’s really nothing cuter than a golden retriever puppy. [Except a Lucca puppy. -- Lucca] [Jezebel]
The Toronto Zoo’s new baby polar bear took his first bath this week, everyone! His resemblance to a real-life teddy bear makes him too precious to handle. This little cutie was born to his mama bear, Aurora, on November 9 and he doesn’t have a name yet. I’m going to assume that this is because the zoo staff hasn’t found a moniker that fits his personality just yet. After all, he hardly looks like he could be a Fred or a Joe — he needs something a little more exotic to match his Arctic roots. His two brothers did not survive the first two days after their birth, and when he began to appear weak himself, he received extra food and assistance from the staff. If his adorableness factor is any sign of how healthy he is, it’s safe to say that he’s doing quite alright. [USA Today]
In November, the Toronto Zoo welcomed a newborn polar bear cub. Now just two months old, he is learning the put one paw ahead of the other and walk … but oh man, is it hard. Keep at it, little guy. You can do it! [YouTube]
Lily, a baby elephant at the Oregon Zoo, has turned one year old. To celebrate, the zoo released this heart-melting video of the best moments of her first year. Watch Lily’s smiley face as she meets her dad for the first time, takes baths, and makes friends with the zookeepers. [Salon]
Whether they’re slam dunking a basketball or making grumpy faces after being woken up from a nap, it’s all about otters. Here’s an adorable baby otter from the Fukuoka City Zoological Garden in Japan enjoying a syringe full of milk and squeaking in glee. You’re welcome! [TODAY]