Young meerkats are so fearful of birds of prey that even airplanes will scare them into their holes. Adults take turns watching for predators on the African plains where they live.
Photograph by Paul Bishop, Dreamstime
Just as a human baby sucks its thumb, an African elephant calf often sucks its trunk for comfort. They live throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the forests of central and West Africa.
Photograph by Steve Bower, Shutterstock
Raccoon babies, or kits, need a safe nesting place away from predators. Their mom may hide them in tree holes, fallen logs, or even a house's attic.
Photograph by Gerald A. DeBoer, Shutterstock
Though hippos are very graceful in water, they can't swim. They walk along the bottom of rivers and push off of other objects. Hippos live in central and southern sub-Saharan Africa.
Photograph by Steve Bloom Images, Alamy
Adult brown bears are top predators, but much of their diet consists of nuts, berries, fruit, leaves, and roots. Brown bears live in northern North America, Europe, and Asia.
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Adult Bengal tigers, found in parts of India, can easily leap up more than 12 feet (4 meters) high.
Photograph by Andy Rouse, NPL, Minden Pictures
Found only on the African island of Madagascar, ring-tailed lemurs live in a group of about 17 members. The troop works together to find food and care for the young.
Photograph by Bernard Castelein, Nature Picture Library
These pups were born in the spring, when all Arctic foxes have light-brown fur. It eventually molts to a thick, white winter coat to help them blend into the snow.
Photograph by Erlend Haarberg, Nature Picture Library
Cheetah mothers licking and nuzzling their cubs looks cute, but it actually strengthens the bond between the mom and her babies. Cheetahs live in parts of Africa and the Middle East.
Photograph by Andy Rouse, Nature Picture Library
Giant pandas, found only in China, are excellent climbers. Cubs as young as six months old are able to scramble up trees.
Photograph by Kenny Tong, Dreamstime
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