Baby Animals: Hippos & Lemurs (2 videos)
First up, you’ll see an adorable baby pygmy hippo. And next, on page 2, you’ll see some really cute lemur babies in Madagascar.
Kambiri, the Pygmy Hippo Baby
Heís just 6 weeks old, and is being raised at the Taronga Conservation Society in Australia. Those of you who donít believe animals should ever be in zoos, please watch this. So often the babies have no mother or the mother isnít very motherly.
Kambiriís mother Petre was only intermittently interested in letting the baby use her teat. The conservation staff fed supplemental food to Kambiri while encouraging her mother to do her duty. Result: a healthy, happy 6 week old hippo.
Next up, lemur babies in Madagascar.
Photo credit: Durotriges
Cute Lemur Babies
Yes, they really are cute. Theyíre related to the slow loris which we featured a while back, but they are indigenous to Madagascar.
At around 1:40 minutes in, this video takes you to the Berenty Reserve where the lemurs are safe from some of their natural predators in the wild. Newborn lemurs cling to their motherís belly but in a few days they are able to hold onto their backs as the mothers go about their day. Lemur society is matriarchal and the mothers often engage in warfare with each other, giving the babies a scary ride. You can see it here.
Photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar