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.

THIS JUST IN: Tiger Surprise!

Germany’s Frankfurt Zoo had a surprise; not only did they have their first tiger cub born in 26 years, but to a mother they thought was infertile. The zoo is raising the female, named Daseep, by hand because her mother rejected her (apparently, first-time tiger moms do that sometimes, so don’t be too sad).

They subjected her to a battery of tests, including… THE ANNOY-O-TRON 3000!

Once the cub is sufficiently annoyed, it is deemed to be mentally healthy.

THIS JUST IN: Spot the Leopard

Most leopards have lots of spots, but this one’s just one big spot. It’s an Amur Leopard cub, getting physical (make that getting a physical) at the Serengeti’ Safari Park in Hodenhagen, Germany. Bonus video after the jump!

Oh, that’s right, we don’t have jumps.

Photo: Christian Charisius/Reuters, spotted by David C.

THIS JUST IN: Thing One & Thing Two

Here’s jubilant news from the Prospect Park Zoo:
Baboon baby birth, and not just one, but two!
They’ve each got a mommy, both rambunctious males,
So feisty they’ve got to be held by their tails.

So while the boys wrassle and play baboon games,
The Zoo asks the public to help give them names.
At the moment, they just call the kids “one” and “two,”
But that’s no good, peeps, so you know what to do.

HD available in video. More news, video at Gawker.

UPDATE: New! Improved! Now with 82% more Jamin!

THIS JUST IN: Redonk-Zedonk

Donkey up top, stripey down below. It’s a rare Zedonk, a cross between a zebra and a donkey born last Monday at Chestatee Wildlife Preserve in Georgia.

story here)

THIS JUST IN: Longneck Bud

The new baby boy at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is already a tall drink of water: A healthy 6-foot, 140-pound baby giraffe, born last Sunday to first-time mom Naomi. Story and video here.

THIS JUST IN: White Otters!

Keepers at UK’s Blue Planet Aquarium recently saw something beyond the pale: Two baby otters born with white fur. But they’re not albinos; they have a rare condition that causes fur to grow without its normal pigment.

Full story at the Telegraph. And the aquarium is inviting people to name the cuties. Judging from the picture above, we’d say “Yin” and “Yang” will top the list.

Update: Corrected spelling of “Yin.” Thanks to all who caught my error.
Update II: Electric Boogaloo: Corrected error in link. Thanks, marthava et. al.

THIS JUST IN: ____, ____, and ____

The Bronx Zoo introduced three new lion cubs to the public, reports the Daily News, which is inviting the public to suggest names for the trio until midnight EST tonight. Wouldn’t “Meg,” “Prongs,” and “NTMTOM” be perfect for them (heh, heh)? Suggest a cub name here!

HD available; click “360p” in the video player to select.

More cute action at the Bronx Zoo site.

THIS JUST IN: Lovely Leopard Lads

Last Valentine’s Day, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo welcomed two clouded leopard cubs. Yesterday the Zoo released a new set of “glamour shots” of the two boys. See more squee-worthy shots on their website.

Credit goes to the Smithsonian National Zoo.

THIS JUST IN: The smallest horse in the world

What is this miniature horse week? Meet Einstein, the Guinness Book’s Smallest Horse, weighing in at a whopping 6 pounds at birf!

Tizminihorses@.com is the proud breeder, Sarah V., the alert Sender-Inner.

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