Friday Fun: Alpine Babies

Cute baby animals are just what the doctor ordered and part of my self-soothing programme. NB: when I say Alpine, I take it to mean any mountain range in Europe – Carpathians, Jura, Pyrenees etc.

Alpine Marmot sunning itself.
Alpine Marmot sunning itself. From Wikipedia.
Alpine bouquetin goats
Alpine bouquetin goats, from prenond.fr
Romanian bisons, from monitorulcj.ro
Romanian bisons, from monitorulcj.ro

 

Baby goat with a jumper.
Baby goat with a jumper, from modernfarmer.com
Lynx in the Jura, from ConiferousForest website.
Lynx in the Jura, from ConiferousForest website.
Another lynx mother and cubs, because they are my favourites.
Another lynx mother and cubs, because they are my favourites. From jura-tourisme.com
Wolf and cub, from zoo.ro
Wolf and cub, from zoo.ro
Wild boar piglets only a few days old explore their surroundings in the wildlife preserve near Ravensburg, Germany, on April 3, 2013. AFP PHOTO / FELIX KAESTLE GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read Felix Kästle/AFP/Getty Images)
Wild boar piglets, Photo creditLFelix Kästle/AFP/Getty Images
Orphaned bear cub and his rescuer, from ccplus.ro
Orphaned bear cub and his rescuer, from ccplus.ro
Even peregrine falcons, one of the most fearsome hunters in the world, are cute as babies.
Even peregrine falcons, one of the most fearsome hunters in the world, are cute as babies. From Pinterest.
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Friday Fun: Favourite Animals

It’s not Friday yet, but many of you have tomorrow off, so it’s as good as… (We don’t!).

I’m fond of most animals and used to dream of becoming a minder in a baby elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka or Africa. Besides, it’s nearly Easter, so we are in the mood for something fluffy and cute, aren’t we? So here are irresistible pictures of my two favourite animals: elephants and lynx(es? lynxi?). Let me hear you all in chorus: awwwww!

Baby elephant racing along, from buzzfeed.com
Baby elephant racing along, from buzzfeed.com
Sometimes you just need to hold trunks with Mummy. From acuteaday.com
Sometimes you just need to hold trunks with Mummy. From acuteaday.com
I may be a baby, but I can roar! From imgur.com
I may be a baby, but I can roar! From imgur.com
Growing into a fetching toddler, from zooborn.com
Growing into a fetching toddler, from zooborn.com
Devoted lynx mother and cub, from National Geographic.
Devoted lynx mother and cub, from National Geographic.
Caracals are from the lynx family as well, from imgur.com
Caracals are from the lynx family as well, from imgur.com
Lynx kitten falls asleep in a tree. From reveal.co.uk
Lynx kitten falls asleep in a tree. From reveal.co.uk

And one more baby elephant to really tug at your heartstrings.

Hello and goodbye, from thehigherlearning.com
Hello and goodbye, from thehigherlearning.com

We have adopted an elephant, a matriarch named Grace, and we get news about her herd once a year, but we have yet to meet free-roaming elephants.

Luckily, the lynx has been successfully reintroduced into the Jura mountains of Switzerland (and have crossed the border into France, those illegal immigrants!!!), so we do see occasional traces of them. They are very shy and solitary creatures, however, so I only ever saw one from a cable car, at a safe distance. There is a rather wonderful film about Milos, a Slovakian wildlife ranger, who raises a couple of lynx cubs to reintroduce them to the wild. Well worth watching if you are fascinated by these rare creatures. There have been a few cases of attacks on sheep, but generally the coexistence has been peaceful. The greatest danger to the lynx currently are cars speeding on the mountain roads.

Happy Easter, everyone who is celebrating this weekend!