Animals Wildlife Rite of Spring: Cute Animal Babies By Catie Leary Writer and Photographer Georgia State University Catie Leary writes and curates visual stories about science, animals, the arts, travel, and the natural world. our editorial process Catie Leary Updated March 16, 2018 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Priceless primate expressions Roslan Rahman/Getty Images 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 Luis Robayo/Getty Images 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 Patrick Pleul/Getty Images 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 Radek Mica/AFP/Getty Images 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 Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images 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 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images 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 Robin Utrecht/Getty Images 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 Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images 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 Ben Beaden/Australia Zoo via Getty Images 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' Matthias Hiekel/AFP/Getty Images 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.