Rescued young tawny owls perch on a branch at a wildlife center in England. (MATT CARDY/GETTY IMAGES)

There’s a lot going on in the world: hurricanes, presidential conventions and, for most of you, returning to school. But we’ve decided to take a break from all that to get you caught up on some animal news. We know that kids (and adults) love animals, and we love adorable animal photos.

●Panda watch: At the National Zoo, keepers are watching Mei Xiang in the hope that the panda is pregnant with a cub. Mei had a baby, Tai Shan, in 2005, but she hasn’t been pregnant since.

In this Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 photo, Mauyak, a beluga whale at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, swims with her newly born calf at the aquarium's Abbott Oceanarium. Shedd’s animal care team estimates that the calf is 4½ feet long and weighs about 150 pounds. (Brenna Hernandez/AP)

●Baby beluga: The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, welcomed the birth of a big baby on Monday. A baby beluga whale came into the world at about 41 / 2 feet long and weighing 150 pounds. Mother and baby are doing well, aquarium officials say.

●Rescued owls: A rescue center in England reports an increase in the number of young tawny owls that need help. Wildlife experts say windy weather may be responsible, with the baby birds being blown from their nests. The owls will be released back into the wild next year.