Rite of Spring: Cute Animal Babies

Priceless primate expressions

Baby orangutan
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A Bornean orangutan mother named Mari spends quality time with here currently unnamed son on March 6 at the Singapore Zoo. The baby orangutan, born on Jan. 21, is the 40th orangutan birth at the zoo, which boasts the largest captive colony of endangered Sumatran and Bornean orangutans.

Purrfectly adorable

Baby lions
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A pair of 20-day-old lion cubs play with their mother on Feb. 11 at the zoo in Cali, Colombia.

That's one fierce croc baby

Baby crocodile
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An 18-day-old crocodile baby bares its teeth on Feb. 18 while being held by Karl-Heinz Voigt, hobby breeder and founder of the Krokodilstation ("Crocodile Station" in English) in Golzow, Germany.

The Krokodilstation started out as a private terrarium by Voigt, but he later opened it to the public in 2001. It's currently open from May to September.

Smile for the cameras

Polar bear cubs with their mother
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Cora, a female polar bear, keeps a watchful eye on her two polar bear cubs on March 16 inside their enclosure at the zoo in Brno, Czech Republic. This is the first public presentation of the cubs since Cora gave birth to them two months ago.

Gorilla yawns

Baby gorilla
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Kijivu, a western lowland gorilla, snuggles with her yawning 3-month-old baby on March 15 at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic.

Just hangin' out

Baby meerkats
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A meerkat pup lounges with adult meerkats on March 11 in their enclosure at the Oakland Zoo in the Bay Area of California. The pup is one of three 6-week-old meerkat babies, who are named Ayo, Rufaro and Nandi, to join the Oakland Zoo's clan of meerkats.

Newborn lamb

Newborn lamb
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A sheep licks her newborn lamb covered in hay on Feb. 20 in a stable in Heeze-Leende, the Netherlands. At least 40 other lambs were born around the same time at this farm, marking one of the early signs of spring.

Endangered, yet adorable

Baby giraffe
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A baby Rothschild giraffe, one of the most endangered subspecies of giraffe, stands in front of her mother on March 15 at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic.

Baby Mango

Baby rhino with mother
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Mango, a baby rhino born on Feb. 7, hangs out with his mother on March 12 inside their enclosure at the Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Australia.

'Little warrior'

Baby mandrill breastfeeding
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Newborn mandrill Tacari is breastfed by his mother Ikela on March 12 at the zoo in Dresden, Germany. Tacari, whose name literally means "little warrior," was born at the zoo on Feb. 21.