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Baby animals inhabit a special place in the hearts of most people, and in the way that we feel protective toward human babies, so we regard animal babies as similarly vulnerable and appealing. From an early age we are brought up to view them as cute, friendly and harmless – even though the reverse may be true when they are fully grown – ideal as pets and small enough to pick up, cuddle, and play with. Many baby animals do indeed fit this description, having appearances and other characteristics that set them apart from their parents. Indeed, rather like human babies, they often have disproportionately large eyes and heads in comparison with their small, softly-rounded bodies, and are more fun and much more lively to be with, having an insatiable desire to explore every inch of their surroundings and play with everything and everyone that comes their way.
Here we look at a variety of young animals, selected from the bird, fish, reptile and amphibian, and mammal families, and also include favorite farm and pet animals, following all their development from birth to the time they emerge to live independently as juveniles.
As well as including a variety of obviously appealing subjects, such as puppies, kittens, ponies, bear cubs, and other furry mammals, we also explore the early life stages of such fascinating creatures as tropical rainforest frogs, primates such as the lemur, bushbaby, macaque, and Old World golden snubnosed monkey, all of whom have lifestyles that will amaze and delight.
We also see the part played by the parent animals in the care of their young – how they protect, feed and teach their offspring how to survive in the wild and interact with others of their kind. To further understand the lives of these animals, a brief description of habitats and mating behavior is also provided, also the conditions that must prevail before a young animal can be born, such as establishing territory, building a nest, and ensuring concealment from predators. If all is satisfactory, then the endless cycle of life is able to continue.
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About the Author
Derek Hall obtained a degree in biology from London University. He has had a lifelong interest in the living world and has written more than 25 popular books on science and nature for both adults and children, as well as contributing to the subject of nature-watching, both in print and as part of radio broadcasts.