Good morning, adorable! SaveABunny has BABY BUNNIES! On July 26, Cybele the rabbit was dumped at San Francisco Animal Care and Control, and two days later she popped out a passel of kits (and adult rabbits are “bucks” and “does,” respectively). Good job, mama. There are four* little bitty baby buns, two sisters and two brothers, and they are too young to adopt yet but oh when they are weaned HELLO NEW BEST FRIENDS.
Honestly, just when you think there’s nothing cuter than a bunny video, a baby bunny video appears and basically blinds you with its adorability. Everything that isn’t a baby bunny is hideous to me now. Get out of my sight, fawns. Back off, tiny owls. Even orphan sloths in sock-pajamas look like gargoyles in the brilliant light of these brand-new baby bunnies. Do you think they have a special baby-bunny smell, like baby humans? I want to touch noses with them. You guys I am dead, over here. Dead.
If you’re interested in giving this little family a foster home, get in touch with SaveABunny! They would love to hear from you.
*Yes, there are five little munchkins in the video, but the teensiest one has since died.
UPDATE: Here is ANOTHER VIDEO OF BABY BUNNIES! These are ORPHAN, DWARF BABY BUNNIES, and a very nice man is BOTTLE-FEEDING THEM. Yes, dwarf buns, as in the kind who grow up to be as “big” (read: teeneh-tineh) as Official Vegansaurus Bun Nibbler, who weighs all of 2.5 pounds. Check this out and try not to die all over again. Criminy Christmas, SaveABunny, it is too early in the morning to double the heartbreaking cuteness on a person.
[can’t see this video? watch it at vegansaurus.com!]
Farm sanctuary’s six rescued calves need homes! »
Treehugger reports that Farm Sanctuary in N.Y. is still looking for homes for the six calves rescued from a farm in Pottsville, Penn. (home of the Yuengling brewery! The tour is dope. This is an aside, back to the calves!). As you can see in the video, the calves were starving and ill when they found them—now they are bouncy toddlers! I never realized how damn cute baby cows are, they are almost as cute as baby pigs! If you have room in your heart/farm, somebody, please adopt these adorable calves!
[If you can’t see the video, please click over to Vegansaurus.com!]
Baby pig, I love you! This is Emma Sue playing at the Pigs Peace Sanctuary. This video is from last August and Emma Sue is probably all grown up now but OMG! She was cutest baby pig ever! Purse pig, I need you.
BABY BEAVERS!!!!!!!!! Even better, they’re TWINS!!!!!!!!
They are TWO WEEKS OLD and they are the first beavers born in England in 350 years! They’re part of a program meant to reintroduce beavers to the country after awful jerkface humans hunted them to extinction in the 17th century. Charming! They were born at the Wildwood Discovery Park, where you can actually go see them, because beavers take TWO YEARS to mature into adults.
LOVE YOU BABY BEAVERS!
(link via Popbitch)
It’s a REAL BEAR and a TEDDY BEAR. It’s from a shitty zoo (I KNOW THEY ARE THE WORST) but it’s a REAL BEAR and a TEDDY BEAR.
[from Laughing Squid]
Baby fricking animals »
Hello, BABY BUNNIES THE SIZE OF A FINGER! What’s that? You are one week old? And in a few months, you’ll be available for adoption through the Santé D’Or Foundation in L.A.? The Foundation, you say, rescued a rabbit called Bettina less than a month ago, who was already pregnant with all of you? Gosh, for the itty-bittiest little rabbits I have ever seen, you sure are full of useful information!
[link via Cute Overload, duh]
It’s a boy! »
I saw this story on the news Saturday night (shut up! I wouldn’t have gone out even if I did have somewhere to go!) and gee whiz, what a cutie! A little Masai giraffe was just born at Safari West, an African safari park in wine country. His name is Stretch McCovey, after some San Francisco Giants hall of fame player who was probably nowhere near as good as Mike Schmidt. But his nickname was Stretch, and this is a baby giraffe, get it? But for real, that’s a cute name. And just look at his face! SO CUTE! He’s all like, “DID I STUTTER?”
Really, I say this a lot, but I think baby giraffes are my new favorite animal! This is the 14th giraffe born at Safari West and in total, they now have the largest privately owned giraffe herd in the United States!
As soon as I saw it was some tourist attraction, I was immediately like, “ABUSE!” but turns out this place isn’t so bad. And according to Vegansaur Steve, it’s pretty great! “I’ve been to Safari West (stayed overnight, did the full tour) and it seems to be the real deal,” he says. “Virtually no enclosures, just wide open spaces and the animals seemed very suited to the hot, dry environment of wine country.”
And Safari West has a blurb about their breeding programs in the new born announcement:
Breeding Success—Safari West is committed to the management of captive populations to support wild populations, and continues to put significant effort into the conservation of the many species which call Safari West home…. “To allow our animals to exhibit naturalistic behaviors, including reproduction, we make every attempt to provide our wildlife with the most naturalistic settings possible. This includes multi-acre habitats, wooded areas, streams, and ponds,” says Nancy Lang, Ph.D. The environments found on the 400-acre wildlife preserve at Safari West are much like those found in the exotic and untamed lands of the African continent.
That kind of does sound great! I also found this bit in their FAQ: “Safari West is not a zoo or a theme park, nor are we a drive-through park. We are an African Wildlife Preserve and African Tent Camp. Safari West Wildlife Preserve is a private facility whose primary focus is on conservation through education.”
Sounds pretty legit. And Steve told me that thanks to Safari West, Scimitar-Horned Oryx populations are being introduced into northern central Africa after being nearly hunted to extinction. Kudos!
[Images from Safari West website and this Sonoma county real estate blog]
Baby platypus, I don’t even know what to do with you.
(via Daily Squee)
BABY OTTERS!!!!!!!!!! It’s Otterdorable! I bet they grow up to be just like Alvin and the Chipmunks. But Otters. And one extra one, that one will probably grow up to be the creepy guy who lives with them.