However weird-looking they may be, we love animal babies even when they cause huge health scares or straight-up mug us. So we are happy to share that, last week, writer and editor Erin Ruberry took to Twitter to deliver some very important information about how zookeepers weigh the baby animals under their care.
This giant baby came from the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, where he was born in 2011. Most newborn giraffes weigh up to around 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and are over 1.8 meters (6 feet) tall when they stand up – which they do within the first few minutes of life.
Penguins have been making a name for themselves lately with their parental shenanigans, but this little guy – a Gentoo penguin chick from the Tennessee Aquarium – was born all the way back in 2014, according to zoology news blog ZooBorns.
And have you ever wondered how you would weigh a baby red panda?
Some of the newborns needed some emotional support during their ordeal.
Not all animals, however, are so worried about it. This panda, snapped by wildlife photojournalist Ami Vitale, seems highly relaxed about the whole thing.
This photo comes from Ami's personal website, which is worth a visit if only for the frankly haunting images of zookeepers dressed as nightmarish pandas.