ZooBorns showcases baby animals born at accredited zoos and aquariums as ambassadors for their species in the wild, raising awareness and support for conservation while they entertain.
Spring is in the air in Cheshire (UK), Tokyo, and Sacramento, where zoos debuted adorable babies over the past week.
Standing just a few centimeters tall, a Kirk's dik-dik must be hand-raised by Chester Zoo's Curator of Mammals after the calf failed to bond with her mother. Given round the clock feedings, the diminutive antelope accompanies her caregiver to his home each evening.
At Tokyo's Sunshine Aquarium, four-month-old River Otter pup Haku joins her keeper on daily strolls through the grounds. Greeting visitors and other Aquarium residents, the sociable pup serves in the Aquarium's animal ambassador program.
Meanwhile at the Sacramento Zoo, a peek inside the Sumatran tigers' den revealed a one-week-old cub whose eyes are still closed. A quick examination by Zoo veterinarians assured that the 3lb / 1.38kg cub is a healthy addition to this critically endangered species.
Chester Zoo's dik-dik calf helps their Curator of Mammals with some administrative tasks. Photo credits: Chester Zoo
“She’s already pretty quick on her feet and gives us quite the run around in the office. That’s why we’ve called here Aluna which means ‘come here’ in Swahili. It’s rather apt!” explains, Chester Zoo's Curator of Mammals Photo credits: Chester Zoo
For now the calf is being bottle-fed milk five times a day. She will be given a helping hand until she is old enough to tuck into a diet of buds, shoots and fruit on her own. Photo credits: Chester Zoo
Haku the river otter greets other Aquarium residents on her daily strolls. Photo credits: <a href="http://blog.livedoor.jp/kotsume_fn2/" target="_hplink">Blogger Beginner++</a>
Haku is unusual in that her fur has stayed so light. A river otter's fur would typically have turned black by this point in time. Photo credits: <a href="http://blog.livedoor.jp/kotsume_fn2/" target="_hplink">Blogger Beginner++</a>
Photo credits: <a href="http://blog.livedoor.jp/kotsume_fn2/" target="_hplink">Blogger Beginner++</a>
A 3 lb / 1.38 kg male Sumatran Tiger cub was born at 2:55 am, Sunday, March 3 at Sacramento Zoo. At this early point in the cub's life, the mother, Bahagia, and baby appear healthy. Photo credit: Sacramento Zoo
Mother and cub will live inside the den, away from public view, while the cub gains strength and coordination during the first few months. Both should be on exhibit by late May or early June. Photo credit: Sacramento Zoo
“The birth of any Sumatran Tiger is a great contribution to this critically endangered species,” says Mary Healy, Director of Sacremento Zoo. “We are especially excited for this birth because it is the first time we have had a camera in the den, allowing zookeepers and veterinarians to keep a close eye on Bahagia and her cub.” Photo credit: Sacramento Zoo
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