Well here’s something to tug at your heartstrings… These baby animals are too cute for words. Find out interesting facts about each of these adorable animals.

2 Hyena-Barry Tanner-Nov2013

Playtime: Doesn’t this little hyena cub look bright-eyed and ready for action? In fact, baby hyenas are born with their eyes open and well-developed teeth, and within minutes of birth they get embroiled in rough and tumble to establish dominance. The dominant cub will call the shots when it comes to feeding. Cubs are fed on milk rather than meat to avoid attracting attention to the den. Picture by Barry Tanner

3 Hyena-Felix Reinders

New kid on the block: This playful pup can rest assured knowing there’s a whole pack to take on parenting duties. All the pack members take turns caring for the young – from help with feeding to doing babysitting duty. Pups receive special treatment at feeding time with the right to feed first at a kill. Picture by Felix Reinders

4 MeerkcatPup-Kyle de Nobrega-Nov2013

Deep in thought: This meerkat pup has a lot to think about! Pups are vulnerable to snakes, raptors and small carnivores. No wonder their protective parents like to keep them close – during their first few weeks pups stay in the safety of the den (usually an old termite mound). Adult band members take turns to babysit while others forage. Picture by Kyle de Nobrega

4 SealPup-Peter Chadwick-Nov2013

Tiny treasure: This seal pup is just too adorable and definitely gets our ‘seal’ of approval! Baby seals weigh just 5-7kg at birth. Pups are fast learners and start to swim close to the shore at three months. Once they have their adult coat they begin to move offshore to catch their own food. Picture by Peter Chadwick

5 ImpalaLamb-Loretta Steyn-Nov2013

The innocence of youth: What big eyes you have! Impala lambs are born fully-haired except for sections of the lower limbs. Quick on their feet, they only require a day or two hidden away before they are ready to join the herd. This dainty antelope is at risk of predators such as hyenas,cheetahs, jackals and pythons. Picture by Loretta Steyn

6 LionCub-Andrea Campbell-Nov2013

Cat nap: Lions may be king of the jungle, but they don’t start life at the top of the food chain. Cubs are born blind and weak and often fall prey to other predators. Adults hide their young ones in a cave or dense covering, away from the pride, until they are strong enough to hold their own. Picture by Andrea Campbell

7 ElephantCalf-Morkel Erasmus-Nov2013

Elephant yoga: This elephant calf shows off just how flexible he is. Inquisitive and playful, baby elephants need a lot of care and attention, and receive exactly this from their loving mothers. They are intensely mothered during the first two years of their life, with doting aunts and older sisters lending a helping hand. Picture by Morkel Erasmus

8 ZebraFoal-Mario Moreno-Nov2013

Zebra glow: These black and white beauties don’t waste any time getting up to speed. A zebra foal can stand after ten minutes, walk after half an hour and run after an hour! Single foals are born at any time of the year, with most births during summer. Picture by Mario Moreno

9 MammaGiraffeandFoal-Chad cocking-Nov2013

Giraffe kisses: This proud mamma has reason to be impressed with her offspring. A giraffe foal stands at an astonishing 1,5m at birth and weighs 100kg! Foals can stand within 15 minutes of birth and start eating plants at two weeks. A calf grows 1 m in the first six months of its life and doubles that in the first year. Picture by Chad Cocking