THIS JUST IN: He Who Must Be Named

The Toledo Zoo is welcoming a newborn African elephant calf by asking the public to vote for a name from three choices: Lucas, Chuck, and Iain. If your choice gets the most votes, you might win a prize, too. Click here to vote.


More information at the Toledo Blade.

THIS JUST IN: Twin Horsies, Maybe

A horse owner in England got a two-for-one deal when her prize mare gave birth to a pair of fillies. Although the babies look alike, they might not be truly identical twins, says an expert. Nevertheless, the thirsty girls keep Mom twice as busy.



More photos, full story at Horse & Hound.

THIS THIS JUST JUST IN IN: Polar Polar Bear Bear Cubs Cubs

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Polar bear cubs are doublepluscute. So we’re beside ourselves to see these twin polar bears. The pair, born in China last January, have survived into young adulthood — the first twins to do so in China.


Although one of them looks like an eee-veel twin.


Full story, more cuteness, at Daily Mail online.

THIS JUST IN: Tickled Penguin

This little penguin is a Little Penguin, or Kororā in Māori, and he seems to be just tickled by all the attention he’s getting. (And if you close your eyes, it sounds like the world’s strangest car being started.)

Update: Thanks to Sparklette and Barbarella for new video link.
Update 2: Thanks to sender-inner Lucy!
Update 3, 3/17/2013: Even newer video link!

THIS JUST IN: Munchkin Kitten with Ears at 10 and 2


You can now go back to Sunday dinner. Photo by Knightfox.

THIS JUST IN: Wallaby Sucks Thumb

As if the other perks of being a baby wallaby weren’t enough (pouch = free room & board + transportation), they come with a built-in pacifier. Or at least this one does.

THIS JUST IN: Gummy Gorilla Grin

This mostly toothless smile belongs to Tiny, the first gorilla born at the London Zoo in 20 years. At four months, he’s just learning to walk, with some coaching from his loving mom Mjukuu.


Full story at The Sun.

THIS JUST IN: Laser Cat Bowling

No caption in the world could do this justice, so… press play and brace for pure, universe-spanning awesomeness.

THIS JUST IN: Baby Elephant Alarmed by Disproportionate Foot-to-Head Ratio

Uli, a baby African elephant born last Sunday at the Zoo in Wuppertal, Germany, gets a good look at what Mom will be spanking him with if he misbehaves.

Image via AP via Gawker.

THIS JUST IN: Cute Cheetah Claws!

Kiburi, a two-week-old cheetah cub at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, opened his eyes last week.

According to keepers, the cub purrs for his milk bottle, an unusual thing for cheetahs to do. Story, cute video here.