Animal lovers, prepare yourselves to be absolutely smitten with these close-up photos of baby animals, as they navigate the wondrous first weeks of their lives. Award-winning photographer Traer Scott‘s newest book, Wild Babies: Photographs of Baby Animals from Giraffes to Hummingbirds (published by Chronicle Books, 2016), is a heartwarming portfolio of newborn creatures. The images invite you to touch the page and imagine your hand getting lost among the softest of fur and still-growing scales. The animals range from palm-sized cottontails to opossum brothers tripping over tails to wide-eye seal pups, ensuring an encyclopedic breadth of the baby animal kingdom.
Most of the irresistibly cute animals who modeled for Scott were, according to her website, temporary residents at wildlife rehabilitation centers, while a few others were hand-raised at zoos. Scott hopes the book raises awareness for the importance of wildlife rehabilitation efforts, alongside her main goal—to serve up an array of aww-worthy photos to brighten any day.
Wild Babies is now available for purchase on Amazon.
Above photo: Cottontails–10 Days Old
Opossums—Four Weeks Old
Screech Owl—Four Weeks Old
Eastern Red Bat
White Footed Mouse
My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Chronicle Books.