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Adorbs! Pics of New Baby Animals at L.A. Zoo Could Melt Your Cold, Dark Heart

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Monday blues? Still hungover from your Sunday bottomless-Mimosa brunch? A general curmudgeon? These photos from the Los Angeles Zoo of some of the newest animals to join their fold have the potential to melt your cold, dark heart.

The L.A.Zoo describe the new additions:

Giant Otter Pups July 10 welcomed the birth of two giant otter pups. Zoo staff are currently caring for the otters at the Winnick Family Animal Care Center and can be viewed through nursery windows. Once they have matured enough they will go out on-exhibit. Giant otters are extremely rare in zoos and are exhibited in only five U.S. zoos.
Komodo Dragons Hatchlings Between August 3 and August 12, 21 Komodo dragon eggs hatched at the L.A. Zoo that were laid by Lima, the Zoo’s female Komodo dragon. The young hatchlings will grow from 14 to 20 inches long and three to four ounces in weight, to a fully mature lizard about nine feet in length and weighing up to 200 or more pounds. The hatchlings are under care in an off-exhibit location. Fewer than 10 zoos in North America have successfully bred Komodos. This marks the L.A. Zoo’s second successful Komodo hatching and will go on to play an important role in the conservation of the species. Wild Komodo dragons are found on only a few islands in Indonesia and are the world’s largest lizard.

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Sumatran Tiger Cubs On August 6, the Zoo welcomed three male Sumatran tiger cubs. The Zoo’s female tiger Lulu, short for Melukakan, raises the cubs solely and looks closely after them off-exhibit currently and over the next few months. Once the cubs have matured enough they will be given access to the public viewing exhibit - most likely in December. [Until then, keep up with the tiger cubs online.]