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Baby animals signal spring's arrival on LI

This colt was born Friday evening to Ricki

This colt was born Friday evening to Ricki at Mil-Ridge Farm in Calverton. (Apr. 7, 2012) Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Despite the unseasonably warm winter morphing quietly into spring, the start of the new season still brings pleasant surprises. At farms across Long Island, it's the awe-inspiring first sight of new life.

This colt was born Friday evening to Ricki
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

This colt was born Friday evening to Ricki at Mil-Ridge Farm in Calverton. (Apr. 7, 2012)

This colt was born Friday evening to Ricki
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

This colt was born Friday evening to Ricki at Mil-Ridge Farm in Calverton. (Apr. 7, 2012)

This colt was born Friday evening to Ricki
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

This colt was born Friday evening to Ricki at Mil-Ridge Farm in Calverton. (Apr. 7, 2012)

This colt was born Friday evening to Ricki
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

This colt was born Friday evening to Ricki at Mil-Ridge Farm in Calverton. (Apr. 7, 2012)

This colt was born Friday evening to Ricki
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

This colt was born Friday evening to Ricki at Mil-Ridge Farm in Calverton. (Apr. 7, 2012)

A 4-day old twin Boarder Leicester lamb looks
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A 4-day old twin Boarder Leicester lamb looks at the camera at Garden of Eve farm in Riverhead. (Mar. 8, 2012)

These Lionhead baby rabbits are one-week-old in Ronkonkoma.
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

These Lionhead baby rabbits are one-week-old in Ronkonkoma. (Mar. 13, 2012)

This baby rabbit is a Dwarf Hotot and
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

This baby rabbit is a Dwarf Hotot and is just a few days old, Ronkonkoma. (Mar. 13, 2012)

A litter of eight-week-old piglets at Cornell Cooperative
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A litter of eight-week-old piglets at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Yaphank stare at the camera. (Mar. 12, 2012)

Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht holds a four-day-old Boarder Leicester on
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht holds a four-day-old Boarder Leicester on his family farm, Garden of Eve, in Riverhead. (Mar. 8, 2012)

This five-day-old Bantam chick is being raised at
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

This five-day-old Bantam chick is being raised at Shinn Vineyards in Mattituck. (Mar. 21, 2012)

A nine-day-old Silky chick stands near its mother
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A nine-day-old Silky chick stands near its mother in the barn at Rita's Stables Petting Farm in Montauk. (Mar. 20, 2012)

A four-day-old lamb stands next to her mother
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A four-day-old lamb stands next to her mother at Rita's Stables Petting Farm in Montauk. (Mar. 20, 2012)

A nine-day-old Silky chick stands near its mother
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A nine-day-old Silky chick stands near its mother in the barn at Rita's Stables Petting Farm in Montauk. (Mar. 20, 2012)

A 3-day old Peking duck, born at Cresent
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A 3-day old Peking duck, born at Cresent Duck farm in Aquebogue, is held in hands. (Mar. 8, 2012)

One week-old Saanen goats prance at Goodale Farms
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

One week-old Saanen goats prance at Goodale Farms in Riverhead. (Mar. 8, 2012)

Four-day-old twin Boarder Leicester sheep at Garden of
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Four-day-old twin Boarder Leicester sheep at Garden of Eve in Riverhead. (Mar. 8, 2012)

Four-day-old twin Boarder Leicester sheep at Garden of
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Four-day-old twin Boarder Leicester sheep at Garden of Eve in Riverhead. (Mar. 8, 2012)

An Emu and its three-week-old chick at The
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

An Emu and its three-week-old chick at The Animal Farm Petting Zoo in Manorville. (Mar. 9, 2012)

A three-month-old Bull Calf on the farm, Mecox
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A three-month-old Bull Calf on the farm, Mecox Bay Dairy in Bridgehampton. (Mar. 14, 2012)

Three-day-old piglets huddle together at the Suffolk County
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Three-day-old piglets huddle together at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, Yaphank. (Mar. 21, 2012)

Janeen Tierney, Animal Care Technician at the Suffolk
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Janeen Tierney, Animal Care Technician at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center holds baby piglets born three days earlier at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, Yaphank. (Mar. 21, 2012)

Brianna Massaro, age 22, Wildlife Tech at the
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Brianna Massaro, age 22, Wildlife Tech at the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, feeds a week old baby squirrel, Hampton Bays. (Mar. 21, 2012)

A basket with two baby Holland Lop bunny
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

A basket with two baby Holland Lop bunny rabbits in Ronkonkoma. (Mar. 13, 2012)

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