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    They grow up so fast: Animals you rarely see as infants

    They grow up so fast: Animals you rarely see as infants


    Everybody loves baby animals, but some are seen less frequently than others. Check out these 21 images of rarely seen wee ones from the animal kingdom.

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    These long-legged shore birds have four species in America and two in Afro-Eurasia, and they are often pink in color.

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    A little bigger and a bit stronger than ground squirrels, these rodents are native to the Andes mountains in South America and they cohabit in groups called “herds."

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    Found in vast numbers in eastern Australia including Tasmania, these semiaquatic egg-laying mammals are also known as the duck-billed platypus.

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    These aquatic, large, finned, omnivorous mammals have an uneven distribution across the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean and subarctic seas of the Northern Hemisphere.

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    Fur seal

    They can be any of nine species, with just one specie of the Callorhinus ursinus genus inhabiting in the North Pacific, and rest of Arctocephalus genus living in the Southern Hemisphere. With their external ears (pinnae) and long muscular foreflippers, these marine mammals are quite able to walk on all fours.

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    After capybara, they are the second-largest rodent species in the world. Mostly a nocturnal aquatic creature, beavers are famous for building dams and canals for their own safety and food.

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    With some 15 species spread over Europe, Asia, and Africa, hedgehogs are named so because of their unique scavenging habits. While searching for food that consists mostly of insects, worms, centipedes, snails, mice, frogs, and snakes, they wade through the bushes making a piglike grunt, hence are called hedgehog.

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    The dromedary, or one-humped camel, and the bactrian, or two-humped camel, are the two surviving species of camels that reside in Middle East and the Horn of Africa; and Central Asia, respectively. The animal provides milk, meat, hair for textiles and goods such as felted pouches, and is often used for human transport in the desert.

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    These forest and grassland dwellers are scaly from tip to toe and can curl into a ball. There are eight species of pangolins – four are found in Africa and the rest in Asia.



    A native of Africa, this mammal is a nocturnal feeder that has long ears, a tubular snout and a long tongue for feeding on ants and termites.



    There are about two dozen species of these herbivore mammals spread across North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. These rodents are covered with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that protect against predators.

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    This omnivore mammal is found mostly in America and has a distinguished pattern of black and white on its body. The animal is infamous for spraying a liquid with a strong odor that it uses as a defense mechanism against predators.

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    Spoon-billed sandpiper chick

    The cute little bird is mostly found around marshy areas and is known to breed in northeastern Russia. The birds winter in Southeast Asia.

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    Native to parts of both Africa and Asia, these carnivores are scavengers known for their excellent hunting ability. Their formula for success — divide and conquer!

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    Prairie dog

    Natives to the grasslands of North America, prairie dogs are mostly herbivorous burrowing rodents. They have five different species including black-tailed, white-tailed, Gunnison's, Utah, and Mexican prairie dogs.

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    The mammal takes its name from a Spanish word meaning “little armored one” and out of its 20 varieties, all but one live in South America. It is a nocturnal insect-eating creature that has large claws for digging and a body covered in bony plates.

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    Found nearly everywhere in the world, pigeons are stout-bodied birds with short necks, and short, slender bills.

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    Koalas are marsupials that are native to Australia. They typically inhabit eucalyptus forests and feed on the trees' leaves.

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    Easily recognized by muscular tails, strong back legs and pointed ears, kangaroos are large marsupials that are found only in Australia. Like koalas, they also have a pouches in which they carry their young until they are old enough to survive by themselves.

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    Coming from the mongoose family, they are small, burrowing creatures that are found in southern Africa and are distinguishable by their brownish-gray fur, long tail and their ability to balance on their hind legs.

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    Squeeeeee!!! The babies!!

    I actually had a baby armadillo when I was a kid. They really are cute.
    Cats are really just land based sharks in fur coats. - Kittylady

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    aw, I love them!
    "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters."...Donald Trump

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    Hyena babies are not cute. (Shudder). And who knew baby flamingoes do not look at all like flamingoes!

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    That baby skunk doesn't even look real it's so cute! The baby walrus looks like an old man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzyGirl View Post
    Hyena babies are not cute. (Shudder).
    I know. There's something creepy/evil about Hyenas.
    Cats are really just land based sharks in fur coats. - Kittylady

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    Pigeons are not cute either.

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    baby pigeons are the stuff of nightmares.

    baby skunks though - SQUEEEEE!

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