Aww: Cute Baby Animals and Other Field Book Surprises

Snapshots of cute baby animals, taken during the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies in 1937.

What’s cuter than a baby monkey? How about a baby monkey hugging a baby tiger? There’s always some lovely surprise within the Smithsonian’s field notes. Since I’ve joined the Field Book Project, I’ve digitized Smithsonian Secretary Alexander Wetmore's sketches of birds, watercolors of sea slugs, and now an album full of baby animal photos.

This photo album was compiled for Lucile Mann, a zoologist and writer, and wife of National Zoo Director William Mann. The snapshots were taken during the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies in 1937.

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A photo of a monkey and a tiger, taken on the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7293, SIA2017-027426.

A tiger cub being bottle-fed, National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7293, SIA2017-027432.

A photo of bear cubs, taken on the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7293, SIA2017-027430.

A photo from the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7293, SIA2017-027424.

A photo from the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7293, SIA2017-027434.

A photo from the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7293, SIA2017-027438.

A photo of a bear cub, taken on the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7293, SIA2017-027440.

A photo from the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7293, SIA2017-027444.

A photo of a tiger cub, National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7293, SIA2017-027456.

A photo of a monkey and a tiger, taken on the National Geographic Society-Smithsonian Institution Expedition to the Dutch East Indies, 1937. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7293, SIA2017-027457.

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