Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Nature Notes: Baby Animals

This is a newborn muntjac (Muntjacus reevesi) - it was a few hours old at most when I saw it. I first spotted the mother nearby, probably relaxing after giving birth, and then I saw the baby, hidden very well in a flower bed. The muntjacs roam free in the zoo and may even allow visitors to pet them. I kept my hands off the baby of course.

A baby Ring-Tailed Coati (Nasua nasua) looks down from his tree. The tree grows outside the enclosure, but the trunk is too wide and smooth for the coatis to climb down and so the zookeepers gave them access to the branches. The coati group is often found up there.

A young orang utan (Pongo pygmaeus) is having breakfast. Sitting down while eating is for cissies.

Basja, a North Chinese Leopard (Panthera pardus japonensis) and her cub, born in January.

A young Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus), a relative of the ibex and wild goat.

African lion (Panthera leo) Tembesi and one of her cubs, born in March

Emil, a two months old Thüringer Waldesel. The breed is very rare, there are less than twenty purebred individuals left. He will turn grey as an adult.

Mother Mascha plays with her babies Wanja and Misho, they are Kamchatka brown bears (Ursus arctos beringianus). The cubs were born in January and they are growing like crazy - I saw them last month and they were noticeably smaller then. Mascha still nurses them.

All photos were taken at Hagenbecks Tierpark, published with kind permission.

Nature Notes is hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods

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