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Keepers at the Smithsonian National Zoo are hand-raising a female sloth bear cub -- one of three born to sloth bear Khali in late December. The bear being hand-raised is the only one who who survived (thanks to zoo staffs intervention) after the Khali ingested the first cub shortly after birth and ingested the second cub a week later. Veterinarians and zoo keepers have provided round-the-clock care for the past two-and-a-half months. The bear is thriving.(Courtesy Stacey Tabellario, Smithsonians National Zoo)
Keepers at the Smithsonian National Zoo are hand-raising a female sloth bear cub -- one of three born to sloth bear Khali in late December.

The bear being hand-raised is the only one who who survived (thanks to zoo staff's intervention) after the Khali ingested the first cub shortly after birth and ingested the second cub a week later.

Veterinarians and zoo keepers have provided round-the-clock care for the past two-and-a-half months. The bear is thriving.

(Courtesy Stacey Tabellario, Smithsonian's National Zoo)
Smithsonian National Zoo zookeepers, veterinarians and nutritionists are hand-raising a female sloth bear cub who was born in late December.The bears two siblings did not survive more than a week and zoo staff decided to intervene and rear the remaining cub themselves -- a move that likely saved the cubs life. The sub is now almost three months old and is thriving. (Courtesy Stacey Tabellario, Smithsonians National Zoo)
Smithsonian National Zoo zookeepers, veterinarians and nutritionists are hand-raising a female sloth bear cub who was born in late December.

The bear's two siblings did not survive more than a week and zoo staff decided to intervene and rear the remaining cub themselves -- a move that likely saved the cub's life. The sub is now almost three months old and is thriving.

(Courtesy Stacey Tabellario, Smithsonian's National Zoo)
A female baby sloth bear cub at the Smithsonian National Zoo is doing well with constant care and interaction by zookeepers. She is being hand-raised by zookeepers and veterinarians after they discovered she was not thriving with her mother, Khali, who had ingested the cubs two siblings.(Courtesy Stacey Tabellario, Smithsonians National Zoo)
A female baby sloth bear cub at the Smithsonian National Zoo is doing well with constant care and interaction by zookeepers. She is being hand-raised by zookeepers and veterinarians after they discovered she was not thriving with her mother, Khali, who had ingested the cub's two siblings.

(Courtesy Stacey Tabellario, Smithsonian's National Zoo)
A male Dama gazelle calf, born Feb. 18, receives an exam from SCBI veterinarians. Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. are celebrating the birth of three male Dama gazelles. The calves were born Feb. 18, Feb. 20 and Feb. 25. At their 24-hour neonatal exam, the first calf weighed 11 pounds and the second and third calves weighed 12 pounds each. (Courtesy Dolores Reed, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
A male Dama gazelle calf, born Feb. 18, receives an exam from SCBI veterinarians.

Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. are celebrating the birth of three male Dama gazelles. The calves were born Feb. 18, Feb. 20 and Feb. 25. At their 24-hour neonatal exam, the first calf weighed 11 pounds and the second and third calves weighed 12 pounds each.

(Courtesy Dolores Reed, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
March really came in like a lion for the National Zoo. On March 2, Shera, a 9-year-old African lion, gave birth to second litter of cubs. In all, there are four cubs. The zoo says they appear healthy so far. The father is an 8-year-old lion named Luke. Zoo officials say they are cautiously optimistic that the cubs will thrive based on Sheras passed successful litter. The cubs will likely be on display in early summer.
March really came in like a lion for the National Zoo.

On March 2, Shera, a 9-year-old African lion, gave birth to second litter of cubs.

In all, there are four cubs. The zoo says they appear healthy so far. The father is an 8-year-old lion named Luke.

Zoo officials say they are "cautiously optimistic" that the cubs will thrive based on Shera's passed successful litter.

The cubs will likely be on display in early summer.
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Zookeepers got their first in-person look at two lion cubs born earlier this year in early February. Both cubs are healthy and growing. (Smithsonian National ZooFlickr)
Zookeepers got their first in-person look at two lion cubs born earlier this year in early February. Both cubs are healthy and growing. (Smithsonian National Zoo/Flickr)
The Smithsonian National Zoo welcomed a female gray seal pup on Jan. 21, 2014. The seals mother is gray seal Kara.
The Smithsonian National Zoo welcomed a female gray seal pup on Jan. 21, 2014. The seal's mother is gray seal Kara. (Smithsonian National Zoo/Flickr)
After a tough start, the National Zoos new seal pup appears to be thriving and rapidly gaining weight. She now weighs 60 pounds thats almost double her birth weight. The zoo published this video Feb. 5, 2014. ,br (Courtesy National Zoo)
After a tough start, the National Zoo's new seal pup appears to be thriving and rapidly gaining weight. She now weighs 60 pounds; that's almost double her birth weight.

The zoo published this video Feb. 5, 2014.
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The Smithsonian National Zoo welcomed a female gray seal pup on Jan. 21, 2014. The seals mother is gray seal Kara.
The Smithsonian National Zoo welcomed a female gray seal pup on Jan. 21, 2014. The seal's mother is gray seal Kara. (Smithsonian National Zoo/Flickr)
The Smithsonian National Zoo welcomed a female gray seal pup on Jan. 21, 2014. The seals mother is gray seal Kara.
The Smithsonian National Zoo welcomed a female gray seal pup on Jan. 21, 2014. The seal's mother is gray seal Kara. (Smithsonian National Zoo/Flickr)
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The Smithsonian National Zoo welcomed a female gray seal pup on Jan. 21, 2014. The seals mother is gray seal Kara.
The Smithsonian National Zoo welcomed a female gray seal pup on Jan. 21, 2014. The seal's mother is gray seal Kara. (Smithsonian National Zoo/Flickr)
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute welcomed a Micronesian kingfisher on Jan. 1, 2014. There are only 129 birds in the world and they are extinct in the wild.
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute welcomed a Micronesian kingfisher on Jan. 1, 2014. There are only 129 birds in the world and they are extinct in the wild. (Smithsonian National Zoo/Flickr)
The Smithsonian National Zoos African lion Nababiep gave birth Jan. 24, 2014 to three cubs, two of whom survived.
The Smithsonian National Zoo's African lion Nababiep gave birth Jan. 24, 2014 to three cubs, two of whom survived. (Smithsonian National Zoo/Flickr)
Five adult female degus just arrived at the Small Mammal House. During their entrance exams, we discovered a surprise-one was pregnant After she gave birth in quarantine, we now have an active group of nine degus at Small Mammals with six females on exhibit and three males behind-the-scenes. Degus are small rodents native to Chile and have an unusual adaptation for dealing with predators if they are caught by their tail, they can slip out of it They can only use this technique once though, because the tail wont grow back. (Photo Clyde Nishimura, FONZ Photo Club)
Five adult female degus just arrived at the Small Mammal House. During their entrance exams, we discovered a surprise-one was pregnant! After she gave birth in quarantine, we now have an active group of nine degus at Small Mammals with six females on exhibit and three males behind-the-scenes. Degus are small rodents native to Chile and have an unusual adaptation for dealing with predators: if they are caught by their tail, they can slip out of it! They can only use this technique once though, because the tail won't grow back. (Photo: Clyde Nishimura, FONZ Photo Club)
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