Koala baby tries leaves


The little one keeps grabbing at twigs, trying to figure out what is good to eat. Learning what is safe and nutritious is the task of any youngster. This one is more in the exploratory stage than in the eating-for-life stage. The cuteness factor is high.

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Cat mama’s strange babies


OK, so maybe not so strange for anyone who has had a farm with a mixture of animals. This couple brought home some duck eggs to hatch. What happened when they popped out of the shell is an incredibly sweet story.

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Go, Baby Bear, Go!


Wow! I’ve seen mountain goats struggle on slopes less steep than this one. Mama Bear makes it up and leaves Baby Bear to find his way. You’ll have your heart in your throat watching this one.

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Penguin jumper


The young penguin is so curious it jumps right up on the human’s belly to check him out. How fascinating it is to see wild creatures with no learned fear of their human relatives.

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To hug a chicken


I once had a chicken named Bonnie who loved her hugs. So seeing this little boy snuggle his chicken makes me miss her terribly. Chickens can be wonderful companions. This little boy is growing up knowing that chickens deserve as much love as any creature.

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Finding baby


Babies of all species get lost, and parents of all species get worried. The sea lion mama doesn’t chide her baby when she finds him. She just nuzzles and greets the wandering baby.

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Smart rats


Among many animals whose intelligence we have begun to comprehend the rat stands tall. Well…sort of tall, metaphorically speaking, at any rate. These two rats, Achilles and Patroclus, are pets. Their human pals have taught them tricks, which they perform with aplomb and apparent eagerness.

Rats do a lot of clean-up work in a world of humans who can be pretty trashy. So even if we don’t appreciate them as pets, we can accord them a certain admiration and respect.

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