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Photo Tour: Baby Animals

What better way to start the weekend than taking a look at some adorable animals?  If you didn't get enough here, check out all our Flickr pages or our National Digital Library. Enjoy!

Did you know the feet of the Lynx act like snowshoes, distributing their weight on the top of the snow? 

Tagged Baby Lynx

Tagged baby lynx, Phot Credit: USFWS

Prairie dogs are classified as ground squirrels, and occur only in North America.

Yipping Praire Dog Pups

Yipping prairie dog pups, Photo Credit: Rich Keen/RMA

The San Joaquin kit fox is the smallest fox in North America, only weighing in at about 5 pounds. 

San Joaquin kit fox

San Joaquin kit fox, Photo Credit: Carley Sweet/USFWS

Loggerheads nest anywhere form one to seven times within a nesting season, and depending on temperatures, incubation time ranges from about 45-95 days.

Loggerhead Hatchling

Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling, Photo Credit: USFWS

Harbor seals can swim at birth, unlike elephant seals, and spend half their time in water and half thier time on land.

Juvenile Harbor Seal

Juvenile Harbor Seal, Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge Photo Credit: Peter Davis/USFWS

The North American black-footed ferret is one of only three ferret species in the world.

Ferret Kit Heart

Ferret Kits, National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center, Photo Credit: Kimberly Tamkun/USFWS

Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge is in Washington state, at the mouth of Discovery Bay in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  While it's closed to the public, it serves an important role in protecting nesting seabirds and harbor seals.  In fact, 72 percent of the seabirds in Puget Sound nest on Protection Island.


Duckling, Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge Photo Credit: Peter Davis/USFWS

The American Bison has been called "Buffalo" for so long that we now use the names interchangeably.  They appear slow and docile but really are quite agile and can run as fast as a horse!

Bison Calf
A bison calf at National Bison Range  Photo Credit: Steve Hillebrand/USFWS

The Barn Swallow is a bird of open country which normally uses man-made structures to breed which means the species has spread with human expansion.

Barn Swallow Chicks

Barn Swallow Chicks, Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge Photo Credit: Peter Davis/USFWS

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