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Storm Surviving Seal Pup Returns To The Wild loading...
Storm Surviving Seal Pup Returns To The Wild
During the hectic storms earlier this month, humans weren’t the only ones feeling Mother Nature’s wrath.
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WATCH: Adorable Baby Koala At San Diego Zoo
Who doesn’t love Koalas? No one. That’s why we are so excited about the birth of a little joey at San Diego Zoo!
Baby Frogs Have a Super-Speedy Way to Escape Snakes loading...
Baby Frogs Have a Super-Speedy Way to Escape Snakes
How does a frog save itself when it hasn’t even been born?
Amazing Pictures: Baby Chameleon Doesn't Know It Hatched loading...
Amazing Pictures: Baby Chameleon Doesn't Know It Hatched
The newborn, curled tightly in an egg-shaped ball, offers a rare insight into the life of a developing reptile.
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Zoo Welcomes Adorable Panda Cub
Pandas are cute, cuddly and hilarious. Unfortunately they are also critically endangered.
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Wombat Breeding Success at Taronga
After years of trying, Taronga Zoo keepers are finally celebrating the birth of Kibbar, an adorable Southern hairy-nosed wombat.
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Animals That Teach Their Young
Meerkats show their babies how to handle dangerous scorpions, for one.
Rare Seal Pups Stranded on Shrinking Arctic Ice loading...
Rare Seal Pups Stranded on Shrinking Arctic Ice
As the sea ice on which it depends breaks apart, the Baltic ringed seal of northern Europe is declining fast, experts say.
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Baby Echidna Finds A Happy Home At Taronga
The puggle is being patched up after a chicken attack.
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Ouch! Kiwi Birds Lay Eggs a Quarter of Their Body Size
Just when you thought childbirth couldn’t be anymore painful. In proportion to its body size, New Zealand’s iconic kiwi bird lays the largest egg out of any bird on Earth.
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Strange Ways Animal Mothers Carry Their Babies
With Mother's Day around the corner, we take a closer look at how animals tote their youngsters, from putting them on their heads to literally embedding them in their backs.
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Monkeys Talk to Babies the Same Way Humans Do
Humans aren't the only animals to use baby talk when speaking to offspring—rhesus monkeys also go "gaga" over babies.
About the Show

We all know those kids who just don't seem to possess any self-preservation instinct. The ones who throw themselves off roofs and climb to the very end of the highest branch of the tree. But humans aren't the only animals whose children seem to defy the logic of survival.

The natural world is full of animal baby daredevils. They can also be brave, messy, stroppy, fussy, tough, gross, precocious, demanding prima donnas and trouble makers.

In Extreme Animal Babies we reveal the different personalities and behaviours of the world's baby animals and find the most extreme examples in each category. The storyline is simple: countdown the ten most extreme babies for any given behaviour or location. The journey to find the answer, however, takes the audience into the complex world of animal behaviour and the reason behind why animal babies do what they do.

It's a fascinating world driven by the battle for survival both learnt and instinctual and the survival strategies run the gamut from awe-inspiring to truly bizarre, with multiple surprises in-between.

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