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World's Best Baby Beasts(65 images)

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

This photo released by the Smithsonian's National Zoo on June 26, 2012 show the Zoo’s newest kori bustard chicks that were hatched on June 9 and 10 and have been hand-raising by keepers, June 27, 2012. UPI/Smithsonian National Zoo
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A female baby Coquerel's sifaka hangs onto her mother at the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis on March 6, 2012. An endangered lemur species from Madagascar, the baby was born at the Saint Louis Zoo's Primate House on January 16, 2012. For about a month, the baby held onto mom's belly but has recently "graduated" to riding on her back. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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A baby chick king penguin is prepared for its daily weighing at the Penguin & Puffin Coast at the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis on January 18, 2012. The chick is being reared by its parents ÒFrancineÓ and ÒKaiju". A king penguin chick hatches after about 55 days, then its parents continue to keep it warm under their belly flap for 30-40 days until it grows too large to cover. They continue to share feeding duties for about eight months. It is not yet known if the chick is a male or female. This bird is one of the largest penguin species. As an adult, it weighs about 33 pounds, second only to the emperor penguin. UPI/Bill Grenblatt
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The Saint Louis Zoo has released this photo on August 15, 2011 of a African lion cub named Imani who was born on July 17, 2011. The mother lion is Cabara, age 5. The cub, who after six days appeared dehydrated, was removed from Big Cat Country for hand-rearing at the ZooÕs veterinary hospital. She appears to be healthy after three weeks of hand-feeding. In the past 25 years, the wild lion population has halved. Currently there are fewer than 25,000 lions surviving in Africa. UPI/Saint Louis Zoo
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