Baby Boom at National Zoo: 31 New Babies Arrive

From red pandas to shrews and a few kittens too, there's a baby boom at the National Zoo -- and, yes, it's adorable. The zoo said 31 new babies have been born over the past few weeks.

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Susan Murray, Smithsonian's National Zoo
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Susan Murray, Smithsonian's National Zoo
From pandas to cubs and a few kittens too, there's a baby boom at the National Zoo this summer -- and, yes, it's adorable. The zoo said 31 new babies have been born over the past few weeks. This fishing cat, named Hunter, was born April 15.
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Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Bao Bao has some competition for the spotlight now! Two red panda cubs were born May 27. The zoo said the red panda species is vulnerable because of habitat loss, and less than 10,000 adult red pandas are left in the wild.
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Clyde Nishimura, Smithsonian's National Zoo
A short-eared elephant shrew was born May 8 at the zoo's Small Mammal House.
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Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
These three loggerhead strike chicks were born recently at the National Zoo.
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Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Extinct in the wild, a rare scimitar-horned oryx was born May 15.
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This leaf-tailed gecko hatched June 2. It's a large, nocturnal gecko from Madagascar threatened with extensive habitat loss.
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Smithsonian's National Zoo
Black-footed ferret kit season is in full swing at the zoo. Twenty-four of them have been born so far.
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Smithsonian's National Zoo
Ten more ferret moms-to-be are due to give birth in the next few weeks.
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Abby Wood, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
The four youngest members of the African lion pride at zoo were born March 2 to mom Shera and dad Luke. The almost-15-week-old cubs passed their swim test in May and have received all their vaccinations. The cubs have a set of just slightly older half-siblings, who were born in late January.
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Abby Wood, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
The youngest cubs made their public debut Friday. They haven't been named yet, but keepers tell them apart by unique shave marks on their hips and shoulders.
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Susan Murray, Smithsonian's National Zoo
This fishing cat, recently named Hunter, was born April 15.
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