These Endangered Baby Ducklings Are Too Ducking Adorable

The Auckland Zoo in New Zealand welcomed new members to its growing family when a small flock of endangered blue ducks, also known as whio, was recently hatched.

These blue ducks are so popular, New Zealand features them on their 10-pound note.

These Endangered Baby Ducklings Are Too Ducking Adorable
credit: New Zealand

But, thanks to pollution in the streams and waterways, they've become endangered throughout the country. And that has a lot of people wondering, "What the duck?"

The zoo will care for the ducklings and then send them off for "boot-camp," where they'll slowly learn how to live in the wild. They'll grow their muscles, learn to fly, and acquire all sorts of skills to help them survive.

When they're ready, these whio ducklings will be released back into the wild.

The Auckland Zoo previously hatched and released another group of whio ducks into the wild 15 years ago. Zoo officials hope that if they can keep hatching healthy animals, teaching them to survive in the wild, and continue their ongoing environmental conservation efforts, these cute little quackers will soon be plentiful again.

Learn more about the plight of New Zealand's endangered blue ducks at the Wild Life Federation's website.

Are you ready for more adorable zoo borns? Scroll through these photos of baby snow leopard cubs at the Bronx Zoo in New York City and then meet a baby orangutang who is an endangered cuddle monster.