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Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of three sea lion pups, all born within a week.

A little over a week ago, the first sea lion to give birth, Cassie, welcomed a healthy female pup during the early hours of Friday, June 7. Three days later, Sienna also gave birth to a healthy female pup on the June 10. Both female pups were born similar in size weighing approximately 6.3 kilos. Florence,  affectionately known as Flo, was next to give birth and welcomed a male pup on June 13 weighing 7.6 kilos.

Sea lions give birth during the month of June every year.

Team Leader Ciaran McMahon says, “All three sea lion pups and mothers are doing extremely well and settling into Sea Lion Cove, watched over by proud father Niko. Cassie’s pup is already swimming, and the two other pups are expected to start swimming within the next few days. The three new additions bring the sea lion colony up to nine.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dublin Zoo takes part in the European Breeding Programme for California sea lions.

The new births come just in time for this week’s episode of RTÉ’s The Zoo TV series which re-lives the excitement at Sea Lion Cove this time last year when some of the colony’s females were due to give birth. The episode which airs this coming Sunday, June 23 on RTÉ One, is the perfect opportunity to watch the anticipation build as keepers wait eagerly for the new arrivals.

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Sometimes, it's the simple things that put a smile on our faces. 

One of those simple things happens to be excellent photographs of little animals wearing teeny tiny jumpers.

My heart can't take the cuteness…

Can you even COPE with the little pug in his sweater? I can't… 

That turtle has more style than Kim and Kanye combined. 

Look at that tiny little grin! 

Squad goals… 

This little cutie is delighted with himself.  

Absolutely goat-tastic!  

 This is all just too much.

 I'm not crying… you are! 

You're welcome…

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If scrolling through pictures of cute puppies and happy goats gives you that warm fuzzy feeling you’re not alone.

It can be so easy to get lost in all the big eyes and fluffy tails, but don't worry, you're actually doing yourself a favour. 

New research has revealed that this enjoyable pastime can actually make you more productive.

Yep.

Researchers at Hiroshima University showed three groups people a series of images before asking them to complete a task similar to the board game Operation.

The first group were shown pictures of delicious food, the second were shown photographs of fully grown animals while the third group were shown images of baby animals.

Turns out the group exposed to the cute and cuddly bay animal pictures actually outperformed the other when it came to dropping the tiny body part into the holes.

Now for the science. According to Red Online, the researchers behind the study explained that human are naturally programmed to be more alert when their nurturing instincts are stimulated – which actually makes a lot of sense.

Scientist, Simon Watt explained to the BBC: 'Human babies are born too early to be independent and so we have evolved as a species to make nurturing them one of our priorities.’’

‘’Caring for babies not only involves tenderness but also requires vigilance against possible threats.’’

So, scroll away till your heart's content, and if your boss says anything, just tell them it's actually been proven to increase productivity! 

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OK, we adore puppies and kittens as much as the next normal human, but there are some other really amazing baby animals out there, who deserve recognition. 

Just because we can't own a platypus or a sloth does not mean we cannot enjoy them from afar. 

Check out the CUTEST baby animals EVER (you may actually cry!)…

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Baby sloth

Can we have one? PLEASE though.

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Baby platypus

Wrinkly little babies!

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Baby meerkat

Look at that little grump face.

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Baby alpaca

It's SO fluffy!

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Baby hedgehog

I literally cannot begin to cope…

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Baby orangutan

We just want to friends with this smiley little fella. 

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Baby turtle

Nothing to see here, just a little turtle eating a strawberry…

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Baby koala

A real life teddy bear… CAN I HAVE HIM? 

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Baby flying squirrel

LOOK at those big eyes. 

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 You're welcome…

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Behold, the spikiest, chubbiest bundle of cuteness you've ever seen. 

Jabba the hedgehog has been dubbed The Big One by staff at Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue in the UK for his larger-than-life size.

Weighing in at 4lbs – three times heavier than the average hedgehog – Jabba is the size of a standard football.

Unfortunately for Jabba though, his weight is something of an issue, as it means he can't curl into a ball to protect himself when out in the wild.

It seems the poor fella piled on more than a few 'holiday pounds' after being found and taken in last year. A diet of puppy food and mealworm meant Jabba soon began piling on the pounds – which can be just as dangerous for hedgehogs as it is for humans.

Staff at the Willtshire rescue centre took Jabba in recently, and have him on a strict diet which has already seen him drop 40g. Good man, Jabba.

While you won't see him hitting spin class any time soon, Jabba has been getting some good exercise of late thanks to smart staff who have placed his food at one end of his hutch, and his bed at the other.

Once Jabba's weight gets closer to 650g, he'll hopefulyl be allowed back into the wild.

"He needs to get on the treadmill and we have got to get him to lose weight," animal carer Darren Quires told the Daily Mail.

Best of luck Jabba!

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We can never get enough of cute baby animals, so luckily for us Dublin Zoo have just welcomed a new and oh-so lovely arrival.

The zoo is now home to a new baby Rothschild giraffe, who was born on October 28.

Just look at him there, all gangly-legged and tiny:

Though adult giraffes can grow to a staggering 6m, this little fella currently measures up at just 1.5m… around the same height as us, really.

At one week old, the little one weights  45kg, but by adulthood that could increase to as much as 2000kg. He better start eating his veggies.

The new baby joins a herd of nine giraffes at the zoo, including another youngster who was born back in May.

"The calf was born in the giraffe house with the other female members of the herd present," team leader Helen Clarke-Bennett explained.

"The team watched the birth unfold on our closed circuit cameras.

The birth took over an hour and we noticed that the herd was very attentive each step of the way."

Giraffes are the tallest of all living mammals, with their long necks giving them the choiciest picks of leaves from the top of tall trees.

Like human fingerprints, each giraffe's coat has its own unique markings.

 

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