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Zoo babies and other intriguing critters

By Katia Hetter, CNN
July 26, 2013 -- Updated 2026 GMT (0426 HKT)
The recent arrival of panda twins in Atlanta got us thinking about other zoo and aquarium superstars. Click through the gallery to meet some of the United States' most ooohed-and-ahhed-over animals. Here, giant panda Lun Lun is shown shortly after giving birth to twins on July 15. The 15-year-old giant panda is caring for one of her cubs but she's not letting the photographer see it. The recent arrival of panda twins in Atlanta got us thinking about other zoo and aquarium superstars. Click through the gallery to meet some of the United States' most ooohed-and-ahhed-over animals. Here, giant panda Lun Lun is shown shortly after giving birth to twins on July 15. The 15-year-old giant panda is caring for one of her cubs but she's not letting the photographer see it.
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Zoo Atlanta, Georgia
Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta
National Aquarium, Baltimore, Maryland
National Aquarium
San Diego Zoo, California
San Diego Zoo
Fort Worth Zoo, Texas
Fort Worth Zoo
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, South Carolina
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
South Florida Museum, Bradenton, Florida
South Florida Museum
Nashville Zoo, Tennessee
Nashville Zoo
Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Oregon Zoo, Portland, Oregon
Oregon Zoo
Buffalo Zoo, New York
Buffalo Zoo
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(CNN) -- As zoo babies go, pandas don't look much like their distinctive parents.

To the untrained human eye, Zoo Atlanta's newborn panda twins, who turned a week old Monday, look like they may have needed another few weeks in their mama's belly.

But the birth of the twins is a celebration for panda lovers around the world. They're the first giant pandas to be born in the United States this year and the first U.S.-born panda twins since 1987.

When they go on display at Zoo Atlanta, probably sometime in the fall, the crowds will flock to say hello to the latest offspring of panda parents Lun Lun and Yang Yang.

What if you can't wait that long to see some really interesting animals?

You can still see the twins' father and older brothers at Zoo Atlanta. And animal lovers can find new elephants, rhinos, and polar bears, and grownup sharks, red river hogs and other cool animals at zoos and aquariums around the United States. Check out our gallery of intriguing and adorable animals for inspiration.

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