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Best zoo animal photos of 2014

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
A 6-week-old cheetah cub at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park named Ruuxa was rejected by its mother and has no siblings. But keepers have given her a companion, a 7-week-old Rhodesian ridgeback puppy named Raina. (Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo)
Borysew, Poland
Three baby white lions with their mother, Azira, sit in their enclosure at a private zoo in Borysew, Poland. Born Jan. 28, they will be let out into the open air in April and will be available for visitors to see in May. (Czarek Sokolowski / Associated Press)
Leipzig, Germany
Gorilla mother Kumili holds her newborn at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany. The baby gorilla was born during the night between March 10 and 11, 2014, and its gender is still unknown. (Peter Endig / Associated Press)
Tree Kangaroo joey at Taronga Zoo
A tree-kangaroo joey in the pouch of its mother, Qwikila, at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. The endangered Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo has shown off its first joey in captivity, born in September, in more than 20 years in Sydney. (Taronga Zoo)
Novosibirsk, Russia
Polar bear cub plays with polar bear mother Gerda in the zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia. The first cub of polar bear couple Kai and Gerda was born at Novosibirsk Zoo in early December 2013. (Ilnar Salakhiev / Associated Press)
Hanover Zoo
A gray langur (Semnopithecus) baby lies in the arm of mother Sariska in the zoo in Hanover, Germany. The monkey was born on Feb. 15. Its sex is not determined yet and therefore the little monkey does not have a name so far. (Peter Steffen / EPA)
Leipzig, Germany
The young Rothschild giraffe Jamal, right, stands in front of his flock at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany. The giraffe born on Jan. 18, 2014, is called Jamal, which means “beauty.” (Jens Meyer / Associated Press)
Chapultepec Zoo
A newborn baby hippopotamus rests next to its mother at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City. The baby hippo born Feb. 24, 2014, is the first one born at the zoo in the last 16 years. Mexico City authorities have started a contest to name it, inviting all to participate through the Mexico City online sites to choose a name. The baby hippo’s sex has yet not been determined because zoo keepers must keep their distance from the protective mother. (Eduardo Verdugo / Associated Press)
Taipei Zoo
Female baby orangutan Niu-fang, born Oct. 11, 2013, clings to her mother, Xiang-niu, at the Taipei Zoo in Taipei, Taiwan. Niu-fang and her parents are Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus), an endangered species native to Malaysia and Indoneisia. Orangutan -- a Malay word meaning “person of the forest” -- lives on trees in the rainforest and eats mainly fruits.  (Taipei Zoo)
St. Petersburg, Russia
A 2-month-old black panther cub looks on during a presentation in a zoo in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Olga Maltseva / AFP/Getty Images)
ZSL London Zoo
Tigress Melati with her newborn cubs in their enclosure at the zoo in London. Three Sumatran tiger cubs were born in the London Zoo on Feb. 3, 2014. The babies and their mother are being kept away from the public at the moment, until the cubs are big enough to venture outside.  (London Zoo)
Duisburg, Germany
A 6-month-old or so still nameless baby koala looks at its parents at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany. The female baby was taken from its mother’s pouch to be weighed. It weighed 350 grams. (Roland Weihrauch / EPA)
Five-month-old panda bear Fu Bao climbs a tree in his enclosure at Tiergarten Schoenbrunn in Vienna. (Herbert Neubauer / EPA)