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Baridi, the Houston Zoo's two-month-old Masai giraffe. (Stephanie Adams, Houston Zoo)

Cute Baby Animals You Have To See This Spring

From tiny tapirs to pint-sized polar bears — America’s zoos are full of new baby animals

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Luna, Baird’s Tapir, Palm Beach Zoo, West Palm Beach, FL

Central America's Baird's tapir might not be the most cuddly looking baby, with its piglike build and stubby elephant-like trunk. But these distant relatives of horses and rhinos are incredibly playful—try not to squee during this baby tapir video—especially mama Alyssa's baby Luna, whose celestial name was chosen by the students at the nearby Palmetto Elementary School. The two-month-old calf, who loves bananas and sweet potatoes, will be an excellent swimmer and may eventually grow to be eight feet long. West Coast fans of these adorable little animals should keep their eyes on the Denver Zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage, where Malayan tapir Rinny is expecting a calf later this spring. palmbeachzoo.org

See ten more zoo babies featured on Travel + Leisure.

 

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