I thought it would be nice to share these photos of different animal moms and their baby cubs, cygnets, piglets, pups, joeys, calves, and more on this day.
Tapir calves have camouflage-like markings that disappear when they're older.
One of two week-old twin polar bear cubs rests on her mother Giovanna during their first presentation to the media in Hellabrunn Zoo on March 19, , in Munich, Germany. Melbourne Zoo's new Asian elephant receives a nudge from her mother after going on display to the public for the first time on February 10, A young cygnet, amongst the eight born only days previous, rests on his mother's back on May 5, , in Bradford on Avon, England. Nesting beside the famous Town Bridge in the historic Wiltshire town, the newly arrived cygnets have been causing a great deal of interest among locals and visitors alike.
A five-month-old baby female Bornean orangutan plays with her mother Sulli at Bioparc Fuengirola in Fuengirola, near Malaga, southern Spain, on September 12, A lion cub nuzzles up to its mother, 4-and-a-half-year-old Kashifa, while she keeps an eye on her five cubs on June 5, , as Zoo Miami officially introduced the family to the public. Lisimba, a two-month-old Hamlyn's monkey, is pictured with its mother, Karmina, on August 2, , at the zoo in Mulhouse, France. An unnamed baby Goodfellows Tree Kangaroo joey, peeks out from its mother's pouch on February 24, , in Sydney, Australia.
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A baby hippo swims under the water near its mother Maruska in their enclosure at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic, on February 24, This year marks the 43rd annual Oktoberfest—one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Germany more than , people attend the three-day event. On the afternoon of Thursday, September 19, wiener dogs and their owners and handlers gathered in downtown Cincinnati for the "Running of the Wieners. The winner of each heat advanced to the final round, where the top three finishers were decided.
Leo and Bucky , two other doxies, placed second and third, respectively. However, the wiener dogs are more fun to watch. Zebras are known for their eye-catching patterns, but this polka-dotted foal recently photographed in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve really stands out from the herd. As National Geographic reports, the zebra baby likely has pseudomelanism, a rare pigment condition that's been observed in the wild just a handful of times. Nature photographer Frank Liu saw the zebra foal while looking for rhinos in the savannah wilderness preserve.
After initially confusing the specimen for a different type of animal, he realized upon closer inspection that it was actually a plains zebra born with spots instead of stripes. The newborn foal was named Tira after the Maasai guide Antony Tira who first pointed him out. A typical zebra pattern is the result of pigment cells called melanocytes, which are responsible for the black base coat, and melanin, which gives the animal its white stripes.
So if you've ever wondered if zebras are white with black stripes or black with white stripes, the answer is the latter.
In Tira and other zebras with pseudomelanism, the melanocytes are fully expressed, but a genetic mutation causes the melanin to appear as dots rather than unbroken stripes. Photo Credit: cranrob via Compfight cc.
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Flickr: julochka. Cute factor: Must kiss the button nose. Photo Credit: enjosmith via Compfight cc. Cute factor: Who can deny a teeny joey peering out of a teeny pouch?!
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