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World's Best Baby Beasts(65 images)

A collection of baby animals born at popular zoos around the United States.

The San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park celebrates the hatching of the first California condor of the season. The chick, which hatched Sunday, April 3, will be puppet-reared to eliminate any association between people and food. Keepers will feed and monitor the chick daily at the Wild Animal Park's condor breeding facility. At four months old the Park's animal care staff is expected to introduce the chick and future hatchlings into a new classroom facility where two mentor birds will teach the chicks how to act like condors. There are more than 100 condors living in the wild in California, Arizona and Baja, Mexico since the California Condor Recovery Program began to release condors back into the wild in 1992. A second chick hatched Wednesday at the Park. (UPI Photo/Ken Bohn..
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An endangered Indian rhinoceros calf born at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park napped with his favorite toy, a large plush elephant On February 10, 2005 in San Diego. The calf was born on exhibit at the Wild Animal Park Jan. 7, but the calf's mother (dam) died several days later of complications from giving birth. The male calf is being hand reared by the nursery staff with a technique reserved only for animals whose mothers are unable to care for them. Animal keepers at the Park have successfully hand-reared other species of rhinoceros. The Wild Animal Park is the foremost breeding facility in the world for the Indian rhinoceros with 46 rhinos born at the facility since 1978. Also, the Park is the first facility in the Western Hemisphere to have a successfully reproduced group of third and fourth generation Indian rhinos. (UPI Photo/Ken Bohn)...
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Four cheetah cubs nestle with their mom Tumai at the National Zoo in Washington on February 4, 2005. This is the first litter of cheetah cubs born at the National Zoo during its 115-year history. They were born 10 weeks ago. Cheetahs are the fastest land animals, reaching speeds upwards of 60 miles per hour. (UPI Photo/Pat Benic)
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Badru, a four month-old Okapi explores his living area while seperated from his parents at the St. Louis Zoo on November 12, 2004. Badru is the first Okapi born at the St. Louis Zoo and was raised by his keepers after the mother was frightened during delivery, breaking the baby's leg. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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