The photos released of a gaggle of painfully adorable baby pandas in China this week has left me a little more obsessed than usual with all things baby and furry. In photo form, baby animals are pretty much the best thing in the world — all that cuteness with no caretaking required. I love real babies and all, but I’d choose pictures of puppies and tiger cubs instead any day of the week. So, inspired by Jessica’s post this week about how Internet-famous cats are much better than real life cats, are 14 reasons why baby animal photos are better than real babies. Keep reading »
You guys, I’d like you to meet Ippo the baby zonkey, which is exactly what it sounds like: a donkey/zebra hybrid. Ippo was born a few days ago at an animal reserve in Florence, Italy, after her zebra dad climbed over a fence to get busy with her donkey mom (ahh, romance!). Remember when Gillian Jacobs told us that her personal theme song is “Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey”? Pretty sure it’s time for an updated version: “Ippo the Italian Summer Zonkey.” Ippo is currently the only zonkey in Italy, which seems like something to celebrate. Salute! [ABC News]
Meet Nayembi, a baby gorilla at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. Like other mammals, she needed a steady diet of milk at first, but has now moved on to hard foods, like this nice crunchy piece of broccoli. Zoo babies — they grow up so fast! [YouTube]
This adorable little rhino is named Anna. She was born just one week ago at the Lion Country Safari in Florida, and had no idea how to properly wallow in the mud until her mom showed her. Luckily for us, the whole thing was caught on camera. And it is adorable. [YouTube via Laughing Squid]
I recently signed up for a Google alert for the phrase “baby goat,” which means whenever anything happens on the internet that concerns baby goats, Google sends me an email. The first baby goat alert I got was about a taxidermist who was making hats out of baby goats. So traumatizing. I almost shut off my baby goat alert after that, but then I got an email about this video of week-old goat kids playing at the Oakland Zoo, and it made it all worth it. [YouTube]
Actually, it’s a baby Mouflon. A Mouflon is a type of wild sheep with big horns. So technically this is a baby lamb, but if you ask me, she looks more like a baby deer. Anyway. The cuteness is indisputable. Go on. Try and dissuade me. Nope, you can’t do it. [YouTube]
I’m in love. I’m in love with a baby gorilla. His name is Nyambe and he was rejected by his gorilla mommy, who sounds like a fucking bitch, because LOOK AT THAT FACE. Nyambe now lives at the Cincinnati Zoo, where zookeepers take turns wearing gorilla outfits and snuggling him while “speaking” in various gorilla noises. Also, he wears diapers.
For human babies I know that breast is best. I fully support the right of any Siberian tiger or marmoset to nurse her hungry child in any Walmart, Starbucks, or public park! But dangit, there is something just too cute about a baby animal sucking on a plastic bottle. Click through for 20 more…
Last time we checked in with Xiao Liwu, the baby panda at the San Diego Zoo, he was more fluffy and roly-poly. These days, the 26-week-old panda cub is looking more like an actual bear than a puffball, but he’s still as wiggly as can be. All together now: Squeeeeeee!
White lions are incredibly rare: a majority of their population is kept in zoos because of a (recently-dispelled) belief that they could not survive in the wild, and another large part are bred in South African camps for “canned hunting” purposes, which makes me want to say, “Fuck this whole being human thing.” There are only about 200 of them in the world, but these numbers got a healthy boost recently when twin female white lions gave birth to six cubs between them. They are, as you can imagine, to die for — and it’s easy to see why indigenous African priests recognize these beautiful creatures as direct messengers of the divine. Check out the cubs in this video, then hop on over to White Lions Homeland to learn more, and see what you can do to protect their future. [BuzzFeed]
We may not be sloth fans of the same caliber of Kristen Bell, who gets worked into a crying fit whenever she’s near a sloth. But we think sloths look damn cute in a onesie, taking a bath, or yawning. If you agree, here are some useless sloth facts to impress your friends in advance of the impending sloth-pacalypse. I made that last part up. There is no sloth-pacalypse. [Geekosystem]