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More on Babies!

The Memorial Weekend rain and thunderstorms forced our family to re-organize our weekend priorities.  We managed to pull off a rain free pool party for the Hope Liverpool student teachers on Saturday (thank goodness for a heated pool), but all other outdoor events have been pushed off to Monday—when hopefully the sun will shine again.

baby robinWhile working on my school projects today, I was visiting Mrs. Kuieck’s blog.  She posted a photo of a baby robins nesting in a tree on our 2/3 playground.

This photo shows a baby bird  with open beak waiting for some food to be delivered.  While watching this momma robin build her nest and lay her eggs, the children have asked many questions about why robin’s eggs are blue.  It is the pigment in the bird’s blood that creates the color of the egg shell.  Robin’s happen to have pigments that give their eggs a shade of blue.

Discussions about the baby robins, reminded me of the baby animals  I shared on our school blog during spring vacation (eaglets and giraffe) and wondered if there were new videos on the web highlighting animals born this spring.

I discovered a site sponsored by BBC EARTH called LIFE IS.  They feature a video which demonstrates how important it is for baby elephants to learn how to drink from their trunks.  To watch a baby elephants from a zoo cam, be sure to visit the San Diego Zoo elephant cam.

The web has links to a treasure trove of zoo cams that allow you to view animal behaviors and habitats from home.  Some cams you may want to visit on a rainy day like today:

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Baby Animals Born This Week!

This week has been busy for a two mothers–one in Ohio and one in Iowa.

giraffesTessa, a momma giraffe at the Cincinnati Zoo gave birth to a baby girl giraffe on April 2.   Videos of the baby’s first steps and feeding can be found on the ZOO’s youtube. (Be prepared:  The video starts with the birth of the baby giraffe.  You may want to preview this before you share this with your child.)

The zoo also has a Facebook Page and a Twitter Feed.  The photos of the momma, daddy and baby are adorable … and the videos unbelievable to watch.  The  zoo is having a contest to name the baby girl and you can cast your vote on the zoo’s site. This baby girl is a very social media savvy giraffe!

The other babies to check out are high above the ground at the Decorah Fish Hatchery in Iowa.  The momEagle and dad eagle are currently caring for two eaglets with the third to hatch any day.  The nest is 5-6 feet wide and 80 feet high.

This pair of eagles has raised 8 eagles from this nest in the past four years.  The webcam provides a rare opportunity for viewers to watch feedings and care of the babies by the parents.

Stream videos at Ustream

And….to top it off, a great new 3-D I-MAX film called BORN TO BE WILD features two organizations that rescue and raise baby elephants and orangutans.  The movie opens in Grand Rapids on April 8 and is on my must see list.  I found out about this via NPR’s Diane Rheam Show.  The producer of the movie explained the movie was produced for all ages —especially children ages 4+.