Cutest Baby Animals at U.S. Zoos
Courtesy of Oregon Zoo
Western Pond Turtles, Oregon Zoo, Portland
When it comes to cute zoo animals, turtles don’t immediately come to mind. But there’s something winning about these tiny baby western pond turtles, especially when you know their story. As part of a conservation program to boost the number of these turtles in the Columbia River Gorge, every year, the Oregon Zoo rears a group in its facilities so they’re larger, stronger and better able to withstand predators when they’re returned to the wild the following spring. The zoo’s efforts have helped grow the number of western pond turtles in the gorge from 150 in 1990 to 1,500 in 2011.