Our Baby World: Kittens

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Fast facts about kittens:

  • These tiny lil gals and guys don’t just snuggle next to each other to be adorable (although they absolutely are). They do it because so their small bodies can regulate temperature.
  • Kittens eyes and ear canals are closed during their first few days of birth. Around 10 days (but sometimes as old as 21 days), they start to see and hear.
  • Each adorable noise your kitten makes has a different meaning. A drawn out squeal means your kitten feels lonely (go cuddle with it, you monster!). Shorter cries means your lil fur baby is hungry.
  • By the time a kitten is 4 weeks old, it will usually start sampling its mother’s food.

Our Baby World Easter Style: Holland Lop Bunnies

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Fast facts about Holland lops:

  • Any rabbit with ears that fall vertically from their head is considered a lop.
  • Holland lops are the smallest of their adorable lop brethren (other lop types include, but aren’t limited to: American fuzzy, English, French, and mini). They were bred in the 60s by combining French, Netherlands and mini lops.
  • Lops are as diverse as they are cute. The only thing they have in common are their ears. Hollands are diminutive darlings whereas English and French lops often weigh in at a hefty 9 pounds and have longer ears. English lops are the oldest and rarest lop breed.
  • Hollands are perky and make especially wonderful pets, as they are affectionate and easily trainable. Don’t be surprised if yours gives you a gentle bunbuns kiss.
  • Unlike other breeds, Hollands are sensitive to alfalfa, which in large quantities can be fatal.

 

Our Baby World: Otters

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Fast facts about otters:

  • Male otters are known as boars, females are sows, and their offspring are pups.
  • At 99 pounds, the sea otter is the heaviest member of the weasel family.

  • According to otter-world.com, there are 13 species of otters. The best known are the giant otter, northern river otter, and sea otter.
  • Otters call every continent home except for Australia and Antartica.
  • Otters spend a frequent amount of time grooming their bodies. This isn’t vanity, it’s survival. Otters need to keep oil and other substances off their fur so they can stay warm in the water and not die.

Our Baby World: The Slow Loris

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Fast facts about the slow loris:

  •  Nine species of slow lorises currently recognized — the Bengal, Bornean, greater, Hiller’s, Javan, Kayan, Philippine, pygmy and Sody’s. That adorable fur baby above is a pygmy loris.
  • Slow lorises have one of the slowest primate life histories; six months pregnancy for these teeny primates produces babies the weight of a handful of paper clips (less than 50 g). They can live to be 25 years old.
  • Nightmare fuel: Their movement looks similar to a snake’s due to their twisting movement caused by having several more vertebra in their spine than other primates.
  • Cuddly murderer—The slow loris has a bite so poisonous that its venom can kill you. Currently there is no known cure and we don’t know why the slow loris is venomous

Our Baby World: The Fennec Fox

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Fast facts about Fennec foxes:

  • The fennec fox is the smallest fox in the world, weighing 2 to 3 pounds and the length is its body ranging from 9 to 16 inches
  • Fennec foxes are civic-minded critters. Dens are interconnected for a small community of them to inhabit and can be 3 feet deep and 32 feet long.
  • They are incurable romantics and mate for life.
  • Fennec foxes have thick fur on the on the soles of their feet that acts as quality footwear, protecting them against the scorching hot sands of the desert.