7 of the toughest baby animals

These young creatures might be cute, but they're also incredibly resilient.

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Emperor penguins in Antarctica Emperor penguins in Antarctica (Photo: bikeriderlondon / Shutterstock)

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Photogenic, but tough

Young animals are often the subject of screen savers and cell phone wallpapers. No one would dispute the adorable appearance of these youthful mammal and bird species, but many do not act like the innocent, cuddle-worthy creatures that they appear to be. 

It is no secret that nature can be brutal. The same baby animals that star on computer desktops have to be incredibly tough to survive their first months of life because they have to deal with harsh weather, predators or aggressive members of their own species. Here are seven cute creatures who face stiff challenges in their first weeks of life.    

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