BREAKING OUT: After spending two months inside an egg, a tiny loggerhead sea turtle hatches before heading to the ocean. Females often return to the same beaches to lay their own eggs.
Photograph by Wild Wonders of Europe, Zankl, Nature Picture Library
TAKE A WALK: A dromedary camel can usually walk within a few hours of being born. (This one in Egypt is just two days old!) As an adult, a camel can cover 25 miles (40 kilometers) of desert in one day.
Photograph by Gerry Ellis, Minden Pictures
UGLY BUT CUTE: Rose-ringed parakeet chicks might look naked without all their feathers. But as adults they’re covered in bright green plumage, helping them blend in with leaves.
Photograph by Joe Blossom, Alamy
BEARY HAIRY: Giant pandas, native to China, grow their black-and-white fur about a month after they’re born. At birth, their bodies are pink with only a few white hairs.
Photograph by VCG, Getty Images
ALL GROWN UP: Rain frogs in Costa Rica skip the tadpole stage and hatch from eggs fully formed. They develop a special tooth to cut themselves out from the eggs.
Photograph by Michael and Patricia Fogden, Minden Pictures
READY FOR TAKEOFF: To gain speed before they fly, flamingos “run” across the water on webbed feet. Chicks are gray and white until they’re about two years old, when they start turning pink from pigments in the food they eat.
Photograph by Anup Shah, NPL, Minden Pictures
TAKE A STAND: When it’s born, an elephant calf needs help standing from Mom and other females in its herd. After a couple days, the calf is strong enough to move with the herd.
Photograph by ZSSD, Minden Pictures
GOT YOUR BACK: A young southern tamandua—a kind of anteater in South America—rides on its mom’s back while she searches for food.
Photograph by Nick Garbutt, Nature Picture Library
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