12/16/2012 12:14 pm ET

Zoo Babies 2012: Adorable Baby Animal Pictures From Around The World (PHOTOS)

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From bonobos to zebras, zoo babies as a set are pretty adorable.

These incredibly cute photos highlight young and newborn animals from zoos around the world.


Concerns have been raised about the treatment of animals in some zoos.

However, special care and consideration is commonly extended to young animals. For example, when baby monkeys, kangaroos and giant anteaters were born at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay earlier this year, keepers housed the young animals with their mothers in a private area of the zoo, away from the eyes of visitors.

Unfortunately, not all animals receive the same love as zoo babies. According to the Humane Society, 3 million to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the U.S. alone, and many shelters operate at capacity or struggle with overpopulation.

If you have pets, make sure to spay or neuter them. If you are thinking about getting a pet, consider the long-term responsibility of pet ownership, and explore adoption options with your local shelter, or by visiting and the ASPCA website.


Zoo Babies 2012