Spring ushers in baby animals
A new-born female Asian elephant calf walks beside her mother during the calf's official presentation at the zoo Tierpark (Animal Park) in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The still nameless elephant calf was born on May, 31, 2012.
Cayucos, an orphaned sea otter pup, is seen making her first public appearance at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, May 24, 2012. The sea otter was found stranded on a beach in California and named after the beach where she was rescued. The staff at Shedd has nursed the 7-month-old otter back to health. She has put on 11 pounds since arriving at the aquarium in January and now weighs 26 pounds.
Lambs rest in a barn before a trip to summer ranges at the Lefeldt family's ranch near Lavina, Mont. on May 9, 2012. If it wasn't for such a high rate, a lot of ranches wouldn't be profitable, said Rodney Kott, extension sheep specialist at Montana State University. It took a half century of breeding to promote the trait, which for centuries went undeveloped because twin lambs are generally smaller and weren't promoted, at least until ranchers realized there was more money in wool from two smaller lambs than one big one.
Female tapir cub (Tapirus terrestris) Parima jumps through their compound at the Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany, Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Parima was born on May 1 and was exploring the outdoor enclosure for the first time on Tuesday.
In this May 12, 2012 photo released by the Detroit Zoological Society, Bulgan, a 3-week-old male Bactrian camel is shown on exhibit in Royal Oak, Mich. Bulgan will now be on display with the Detroit Zoo's three other camels.
A yet unnamed male Asian elephant baby (Elephas maximus) stands next to his mother Nova, left, at the Tierpark Zoo in Berlin Thursday May 10, 2012. The baby was born Tuesday May 8.
In this picture taken, Monday, June 4, 2012, Shar Pei dog Cleopatra feeds two baby tigers in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia. Two baby tigers whose mother refused to feed them found an unusual wet nurse, a wrinkled, sand-colored Shar Pei dog named Cleopatra. The cubs were born in late May in a zoo at the October health resort in Sochi.
Savanna, a nine-day-old baby zebra, stands next to her mother on her first day in front of the public, Thursday, May 31, 2012, at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati.
Two baby elephants play during a regular bath at a river close to the Pinnawala elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, June 10, 2012. The orphanage which is home to 83 elephants currently is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. The orphanage officials named 15 baby elephants that were born in the orphanage at a function held Sunday.
Two baby elephants play at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, June 10, 2012. The orphanage which is home to 83 elephants currently is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. The orphanage officials named 15 baby elephants that were born in the orphanage at a function held Sunday.
A baby otter that has been added to the Virginia Aquarium is shown in Virginia Beach, Va., on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The Virginia Beach facility says it is conducting an online contest to name the new addition. The male otter was adopted after it was found alone near St. George, S.C., apparently abandoned by his mother.
In a photo provided by the Detroit Zoo, one of three new North American river otters dives in the pool on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich. The pups were born March 20 to 9-year-old mother Whisker and 6-year-old father Lucius. The births of the two males and a female double the zoo's river otter population.