No one denies it-the cutest animals are baby animals, and their appeal is universal. All baby animals are curious and naive, and their innate sweetness causes adults to melt into the “Awww!” puddle. Here are 40 species of animals that are the cutest offspring!
In the animal kingdom, baby hedgehogs are called “hoglets,” and they are among the most squeal-worthy creatures. It must be the combination, coupled with that sweet expression, of their round bodies and small hands and feet sticking out. Hedgehog quills do not shoot out of their bodies, unlike porcupines, and are not dangerous – so feel free to cuddle to the delight of your heart! When they’re in danger, the quills are there to fend off predators as they curl up into a ball to protect themselves.
Dolphins are fascinating creatures. They’ve also got adorable babies. Interestingly enough, the dolphins develop in the womb hind extremities, which retract and disappear before birth – showing that they originally developed from 4-legged land mammals. In fact, dolphins show unique characteristics among sea creatures, such as playing. It has been documented that they surf and ride on waves and create bubble rings, spin them out with their beaks, and then bit them to break them apart.
Hamsters are born naked and blind, unlike the baby sloth, and only begin to open their eyes and develop a sense of sight when they are 14 to 17 days old. After only three weeks of pregnancy, a mother hamster can breed between six and 20 hamsters at a time! That’s a lot to handle with cuteness. But just watch out! If a mother hamster is stressed during or after birth, she may abandon her own babies or even eat them.
Baby kangaroos are called joeys, and they’re cute! Baby kangaroos, in addition to being super-sweet, have a fascinating way of being born. When it is only an inch long and weighs less than a gram, an infant kangaroo is born in a pouch on the mother’s belly at an immature development stage. The baby starts suckling immediately and gradually spends more and more time outside the pouch over a period of a few weeks until it is fully ready to leave between the ages of seven and 10 months.
Kittens are perhaps the most obvious in this list, besides dogs, and it is easy to see why: just look at this tiny Persian newborn cat! What could be more adorable than those giant eyes, tiny little paws, and oversized head? Kittens have long been rulers of the world of internet pictures of adorable animals. As house cats are very much a part of our lives, our fluffy friends need a minimal introduction. So don’t waste any energy on the facts of interest and just enjoy the cuteness!
Adult stingrays are not particularly cuddly animals, so seeing how incredibly, oddly cute their babies are is quite surprising. These flat, odd sea creatures glide through the ocean by either flapping their fins like birds or moving their whole bodies in a wavy motion. Since their eyes are on the bottom of their bodies, they use their sense of smell and electroreceptors to search for their food.
Squirrels are widespread animals on every continent, except for Antarctica and Australia. This is great news because it increases the chance in our lives of getting to see a live baby squirrel! They leave the nest once baby squirrels are weaned after seven to eight weeks, but they usually do not go far, typically landing less than two miles away from home. There is also something of a green thumb for squirrels: gray squirrels often bury their acorns and forget where they put them, planting oak trees accidentally.
Check out this little piglet’s adorable little smile. Not only cute, but pigs also grow to become brilliant creatures: baby pigs learn to run to the voices of their mothers, and by the time they are only two weeks old, they start recognizing their own names. Mother pigs are even known to ‘sing’ to their young while they are nursing, if that’s not cute enough already! We’d love the opportunity for this happy piglet baby to sing a song.
Fortunately, sloths move so slowly; it gives us more time to appreciate how adorable they are! In many ways, the sleepy, smiley sloth is a unique creature, and it begins at birth when sloth babies come into the world fully furred, their eyes wide open, and within the first few moments of birth, able to climb and cling to the fur of their mothers. Sloths eat and move very slowly, and they usually spend their whole lives in one tree… Or move to the tree next door to mom, at most.
A great example of a very dangerous predator starting as an adorable baby is nowhere! Crocodiles are one of the planet’s oldest species – they have been around since the age of dinosaurs! Inside the eggs, crocodiles begin their lives, and the nest temperature determines whether a male or female is born to the baby. However, once born, a crocodile childhood is perilous – 99% of crocodile babies are eaten by larger creatures in their first year of life. We’re glad that this little guy seems to be sound and safe!
Nobody can resist an adorable puppy’s heart-melting qualities. With an incredible variety of dogs from around the world, puppies can be adorable in many ways. On top of our cute puppy list is this miniature Goldendoodle.
Baby Fennec Fox
Fennec foxes are a unique species. Besides being the smallest fox species, these adorable creatures are incredibly adapted to their harsh native desert environment. Their ears reach six inches in length, and the foxes tilt their heads from side to side to use them to pinpoint their prey’s location in the sand. Their ears also help dissipate heat, keep the desert cool, and help make them the prettiest foxes around!
The definition of cuteness is, indeed, watching this tiny baby tortoise try to go for a strawberry that’s almost equal to its size. Their adult counterparts are much like baby tortoises or hatchlings; the main difference is that they are much more sensitive to temperature changes. Other than that, tortoises are hardy creatures who enjoy spending their days lying on various vegetarian food sources in the sun and snacking… Which then takes us back to this wonderful strawberry moment.
Are you given an oddly familiar feeling by this chimp baby? It is probably because chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than any animal on earth – 98.5% of the same DNA is shared by humans and chimpanzees! A similar facial structure is easy to recognize, and that giant toothless smile is just a few evolutionary steps away from our own offspring. Chimps also show similar behaviors to humans, such as laughing to show affection when playing and hugging. Hugging is something with this baby we would love to do!
Some funny-looking creatures are giraffes, that is for sure. The baby giraffe will drop up to six feet to the ground when born and land on its head. But don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt, and it’s the most important part of the birth process because it’s the first gasp of air that the giraffe takes. The giraffe learns how to walk within one hour. It is definitely one of the cutest things ever to watch a baby giraffe take its first wobbly steps after birth.
Have you ever seen this animal? That’s probably because it’s a scarce exotic breed called a tapir, and the world has as few as 3,000 left. That may have to do with the fact that in their lifetimes, tapirs only have one child. They are born on their bodies with this distinctive pattern, which helps them remain camouflaged in the thick rainforest. It may look like a strange cross between an elephant and a pig, but we think this baby tapir is cute!
We saved the tiniest one for the last: meet the baby chameleon. There are 171 chameleon species, which come in many different sizes. For many reasons, chameleons are unique among reptiles, one being that they give birth to live babies rather than eggs that hatch. Another thing that distinguishes them is that their eyes can move independently of each other completely, allowing them to look in two directions at once. Like a camera, they can even zoom in! It’s easy to see how cute they are, as far as we’re concerned!
Can you even deal with how cute this baby alpaca is? These natives of South America were exported worldwide and are prized for their incredibly soft, fuzzy, and warm wool. But there is even better news: alpacas are social, gentle, and curious creatures that, with the proper training, can become great pets. That’s right. If you really wanted to, you could have a pet baby alpaca as a pet! Sounds amazing, a cute friend who can also provide cozy sweaters!
Just a few of the reasons why owlets are so lovable are their round bodies, fluffy feathers, and eyes that seem too big for their bodies. And they seem to love humans back; sometimes, in fact, too much. Caretakers must go to extra lengths when rehabilitating baby owls to ensure that baby owls do not get too attached to them, even camouflaging themselves and feeding the baby with tweezers held in an owl puppet’s beak. But we would, honestly, probably let them get attached!
Baby Pygmy Hippo
A baby pygmy hippo is this funny-looking little dude and amicable one at that! In the animal kingdom, hippos have among the longest pregnancy times – eight months – and only give birth to one baby at a time. Mothers join a collective gang of other female hippos after a few weeks of mother-child bonding, all of whom band together to protect their offspring from predators. It seems that this orphan has found an alternative mom, and it’s just adorable!
Hey, look at this cutie! This little guy here is what we call a platypus, sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, for those of you who are less familiar with this type of animal. And even though he looks sort of like an imaginary animal a kid might draw, he’s actually genuine! The platypus is a semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal native to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. It happens that the platypus is the sole living representative of its family and genus.
It looks like this baby bison is ready to take the day off! Just look at the way to keep up with the rest of the herd he’s trotting along. American bison calves at birth weigh a whopping 30 to 70 pounds! Not only is a calf protected by its mother, but by the entire herd as well. Given that adult bison live in the wild for about 14 to 24 years, we think it’s safe to say that this little man here is just getting started!
We don’t know what it is about chimps, monkeys, and gorillas — we just seriously can’t get enough, especially after laying eyes on this bundle of cuteness! She’s so tiny that we might cry! Did you know that, when born, an infant gorilla is actually smaller than a human infant? And who knew?! Weighing in at just under five pounds, this cutie was born to 22-year-old Kumbuka at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Florida on September 28, 2018.
We had no idea before today that this type of animal even existed, but we are glad it does. A baby okapi (calf), also known as the forest giraffe, is pictured here. Native to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa, it is an even-toed mammal. Surprisingly, the animal is most closely related to the giraffe, although the okapi has striped markings reminiscent of zebras. We have concluded, anyway, that okapis are pretty freaking adorable.
Now, this is what we refer to as a nosedive. We’re only messing around, of course. This little guy is just getting adjusted to using his feet, and he’s doing a great job, particularly given that calves can walk within one to two hours of birth! And they’re strong enough in two days to join the rest of the herd. Meanwhile, human infants, on average, only start walking around the 12-month mark.
You can’t deny, whether you’re a fan of ducks or not, that this wide-eyed beauty is to die for. We mean, in the palm of your hand, she can fit! And the fluff we almost forgot to mention! Check out all the fluff! Ugh, if we owned this sweet duckling, we’d go everywhere to take her. She probably has to be therapeutic in certain ways. Hold this cutie for a couple of seconds, and all your worries will flutter away immediately.
This pup couldn’t be any more adorable with a coat as white as snow and its wide, glistening eyes. The fact that baby seals are actually born on sea ice floating in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans is something you might not know. Although pups do not have any blubber at birth, nursing on high-fat mother’s milk quickly gains weight. Their mothers stop nursing them when they reach approximately 80 pounds. These baby seals dive in and begin to hunt for themselves about six weeks after going without food.
There are many people out there who are not necessarily the biggest amphibian fans. Nevertheless, those specific individuals can’t even deny that this baby frog is too adorable for words. Just look at him, his eyes resting, perched atop the hand of his owner. And while this is a charming sight, we can’t help but wonder how this guy keeps his little friend in mind. We mean, he’s not just super tiny, but he’s also able to hop away in seconds.
Baby Pygmy Goats
Though most people own a dog or cat, or even both, some go a different route when choosing the perfect pet. Some people go for rabbits while others go for parakeets. And there are those, of course, who prefer to call pygmy goats their own. Why not? They’re adorable, plus they turn out to make great pets. They are not only friendly and easy to handle, but they also love to play and are easy to train as well!
We don’t know about you guys, but we would love to hug this little guy! He just looks as cuddly as he munches on his snack in the afternoon. Although he looks quite mature, this beaver is actually a baby. When a baby beaver, referred to as a kit, is born, it is physically well developed. Because of this, on the very day they are born, they can start swimming! However, despite this, the kit stays in or around the lodge for the first month of its life. For Mom and Dad, more cuddles!
There’s no denying that koalas are absolutely amazing. We mean, they are unbelievably cute even as adults. You can only imagine how sweet they are as babies with that! Well, actually, just by looking at the image below, you can see for yourselves. Baby Koalas, called Joeys, when they’re born, weigh about a gram. It’s so small! Now, you’re going to have to take a trip to the land Down Under’ if you’re interested in actually spotting one in person, as koalas are native to Australia.
What a picturesque moment is this between a mother and her calf? Then again, we guess that’s why somebody actually took that picture. And we’re glad they did it because this special bond is something we get to see for ourselves. And although this wide-eyed calf looks small, it turns out to weigh between 60 and 100 pounds, especially in comparison to mommy! Did you know that a calf can stand, walk, and nurse within an hour of being born? For human infants, we definitely can’t say the same thing.
Baby Valais Blacknose Sheep
This little sweet guy is a Valais Blacknose Sheep, a breed of domestic sheep originally found among Switzerland’s snow-clad Valais peaks. They have black patches on their nose, eyes, ears, knees, and feet, not to mention a thick coat of fluffy wool to keep them warm in the harsh winters’ Swiss mountains. The Valais Blacknose Sheep, which is extremely rare, is actually only found in Switzerland and a few parts of Germany. Still, they’re now being bred in different parts of the world due to their increased popularity.
Baby Sugar Gliders
All right, sugar gliders are, to begin with, tiny. That being said, it would be quite an understatement to call baby sugar gliders tiny, known as joeys. We can’t help but melt, in any case, whether we look at an adult sugar glider or a joey! They’re just so adorable. Sugar gliders are known for their predilection for sugar foods like sap and nectar if you’re wondering how they got their name. Plus, they’ve got the capacity to glide in the air, so…
We would normally cringe at the sight of a raccoon, especially if we saw one eating out of our trash bins in the middle of the night. But, come on, guys. You can’t overlook how adorable this little one is. Raccoons have become a rather popular pet to take home, much like pygmy goats. When they’re in distress, baby raccoons, called kits or cubs, can sound like human babies. What’s even crazier is that they can twist handles and open doors because raccoons have dexterous paws.
Baby rabbits are precious. Soft, velvety, with giant eyes, floppy ears, and an adorable hop, it would be impossible for any human with a beating heart not to love a sweet little bunny foo. Rabbits are closer to dogs and cats than most people realized, social, sensitive, and possess unique personalities. They get bored easily, too, and to be happy; they need lots of toys and companionship. It would definitely make us happier than anything to be this little one’s companion.
While, for fear of being attacked with their smelly spray, you certainly don’t want to get involved with an adult skunk, this adorable baby skunk is a different story. Baby skunks, referred to as kits, have their eyes sealed until they are three weeks old. They develop pretty quickly after that, and when they are 10-12 months old, they’re ready to have their own babies. Although a skunk baby may be irresistibly cute, it is not recommended to keep one as a pet!
Meet the baby panda, which we imagine is belting out his best “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” rendition here! It is a pity that pandas are a very endangered species, as they can survive only in China’s highly specialized – and increasingly disappearing – bamboo forests. Fortunately, in preserving the species, zoos around the world are doing good work. The future of pandas is unknown, but we are 100% sure we want to give a big fluffy hug to this baby!
Baby Prairie Dog
The prairie dog is one animal that is not very well-known. Their mating season is only one-hour lo; once a year is among the interesting facts about prairie dogs. These cute creatures have the most advanced vocabulary of any animal language that’s been decoded by digging complex tunnel systems underground. While their squeaks sound easy and repetitive to the human ear, their calls can convey incredibly descriptive details, such as the approach of a tall person wearing the color blue.
Isn’t this little deer just the cutest? In particular, this is a Chinese water deer, characterized by its unusual fangs that develop when they grow older – earning them the nickname ‘vampire deer.’ These fangs are pretty much just for show, though frightening. But while these delicate creatures are still tiny and adorable, they are fangless and extremely fragile, with up to 40% of newborns dying out within their first month of life.
How sweet is this baby anteater? The anteater is actually a common name for the four extant mammal species of the suborder Vermilingua. The literal meaning of the word is “worm tongue”, which is a pretty good explanation for how anteaters eat. They typically eat ants and termites. It turns out that they’re related to sloths and armadillos! It makes sense when you see how they look. The three animals share similarities.
In all honesty, octopuses are so cool. They’re incredibly smart, are able to alter their shapes. Can you believe how tiny they are as babies? This little guy is resting on the tip of someone’s finger, making it look larger-than-life. Octopuses can be found in many different places; from coral reefs to pelagic waters and the seabed. To defend themselves from predators, they either expell ink, use camouflage to hide, or use threat displays.
Baby Puffer Fish
Whoever’s seen the famous TV show Spongebob Squarepants knows all about the way pufferfish operate. Or at least a little bit. Most of the pufferfish species are toxic and are some of the most poisonous vertebrates in the world. This fish has some unique natural defenses to fend off any predators. Its tail can be used for a sudden evasive burst of speed to get away from danger and if that fails, it can fill its elastic stomach with water (or air when it’s outside the water) until it’s larger and spherical in shape.
The large flippered marine animal starts out as just as adorable in its youth as all the other baby animals on this list. As an adult, these animals can end up impressively large. An adult male walrus in the Pacific can grow up to weigh over 2,000 kilograms (4,400 pounds). Walruses typically live in shallow waters above the continental shelves and spend most of their lives on the sea ice looking for benthic bivalve mollusks to eat.
This adorably tiny crepuscular rodent is a chinchilla. Nowadays, the only colonies of wild chinchillas can be found in Chile. In the past, they could be found in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile. Chinchillas have the densest fur of all mammals that live on land. Unfortunately, these animals have been classified as endangered in 2016 due to them being hunted by humans for their ultra-soft fur.
Baby Dik Dik
Dik-dik is the name for any of four species of small antelope that typically live in easter and southern Africa. The reason behind their peculiar name is the sound the females make when in trouble. It’s their alarm calls. In addition to this alarm call the females make, both male and female dik-diks tend to make a shrill, whistling sound. They use these sounds to alert any other animals to predators when they’re in danger.
Penguins are a group of aquatic flightless birds. They’re highly adapted for life in the water and have contrasting dark and white plumage and flippers for swimming. Most of them live off of krill, fish, squid, and other forms of sea life they catch when swimming underwater. Approximately half of their lives are spent underwater while the other half is in the sea. Even though all penguins are native to the Southern Hemisphere, they aren’t only found in cold climates. There are a few species that live far south.
A domesticated member of the horse family, donkeys have been used as working animals for thousands of years now. There are over 40 million donkeys in the world – mostly in underdeveloped countries. There, they are used mostly as draught or pack animals. Typically, working donkeys are associated with those who live below subsistence levels. There aren’t very many donkeys being kept as pets in developed countries.
Otters are one of the cutest animals in the world, without a doubt. The mammals are semiaquatic and normally live off of fish and invertebrates. When an otter pup is born, it will take one year before it can venture out on its own. When it’s two months old, it will be able to swim, too. Typically, otters are naturally very playful and tend to frolic in the water with other pups. One of the coolest parts about otters has got to be their webbed feet.
Baby Black Footed Cat
This adorable little kitten is not as innocent as it looks. The black-footed cat, also known as the small-spotted cat, is the smallest wild cat in Africa. Despite its name, only the soles of its feet are black or dark brown. Due to its patterned fur, it has a perfect camouflage system already in place – especially on moonlit nights. It eats 40 different kinds of vertebrates and can kill up to 14 small animals per night.
Baby Eastern Quoll
The eastern quoll was formerly known as the eastern native cat and is native to Australia. They’re widespread and are also common in Tasmania. While they have been considered to be extinct in the mainland since the 1960s, they have since been reintroduced into fenced sanctuaries in 2016 and into the wild in March 2018. Their distinct black-and-white fur coat is a unique characteristic that differentiates them from other medium-sized carnivores.
Pangolins are native to Asia and Africa. These adorable animals have several species that grow to different sizes; from 30 to 100 cm (12-39 inches). Pangolins have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin. In fact, they’re the only mammals known to have such a feature! They tend to live in hollow trees or burrows, depending on the species. For the most part, these little creatures live off of ant and termites.
Who doesn’t love reindeer? The first thing we think of when we see them is, of course, Christmas, but there is so much more to the adorable animals than just Rudolph. Native to Arctic, sub-Arctic, tundra, boreal, and mountainous regions of northern Europe, Siberia, and North America, this animal has many different variations and species. However, they have been labeled as “functionally extinct” since their numbers have dwindled over the years.
This small mongoose can be found typically in southern Africa and we’re happy to say they are in no immediate danger of extinction. The adorable little animal lives off of things like beetles, small birds, reptiles, and even plant material, among other things. Meerkats are very social, so they form packs of 2-30 individuals and occupy home ranges in rocky areas. Additionally, they create their own burrow systems that can be as large as 5 meters in diameter with about 15 openings.
Baby Red Panda
This adorable little creature is known as the red panda and is native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. Despite its name, the red panda is not closely related to the giant panda. Unfortunately, it’s listed as endangered since it’s estimated to have fewer than 10,000 mature individuals left in the wild. An arboreal animal, the red panda eats bamboo mainly, but will also eat things like eggs, birds, and insects.
This nocturnal bird happens to be related to nightjars, which makes sense hearing the name. They can be found in the Indian Subcontinent across Southeast Asia all the way to Australia. Their name might sound somewhat weird, but there is a reason behind it. They’re named this due to the large flattened hooked bill and huge frog-like gape. This is how they capture insects to eat. In fact, they aren’t very good flyers.
Wombats are familiar as short-legged and muscular animals that are native to Australia. They tend to be about 1 meter (40 inches) long and have small, stubby tails. These animals are adaptable and habitat tolerant and are typically found in forested, mountainous, and heathland areas. Despite the fact that they are mainly active during the twilight and night hours, they occasionally come out to feed on cold or overcast days.
Baby Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian devils are carnivorous marsupials that were once native to mainland Australia but can now be found in the wild in Tasmania. In fact, it has been reintroduced to New South Wales with a small breeding population. You can typically recognize a Tasmanian devil by its stocky and muscular build along with its black fur and pungent odor. The animal had a loud and disturbing screech as well as a keen sense of smell it uses to hunt down its prey.
Named for the strong smell emitted by male muskoxen during the seasonal rut, this adorable little thing is an Arctic hoofed mammal. With its thick coat, the muskox has a rather unfortunate name. In Inuktitut, it’s named “umingmak” which translates to “the bearded one”. That might not sound so bad, but its Woods Cree names “mâthi-môs” and “mâthi-mostos” translate to “ugly moose” and “ugly bison”.
The wild boar is native to Eurasia and North Africa. As of late, it has been introduced to the Americas and Oceania. Now, this species is one of the widest-ranging mammals in the world! Who wouldn’t want more of these cuties? This animal is very capable of adapting to new habitats, making it thrive almost anywhere. Over time, it has even become an invasive species in part of its introduced range.
These gliding mammals are native to Southeast Asia. It turns out that this adorable little animal is the most capable glider of all gliding mammals in the world. A fur-covered membrane connects to the face, paws, and tail of the Colugo, enabling it to glide in the air for up to 200 meters in distance in between trees. In fact, Colugos are also known as flying lemurs or cobegos despite the fact that they aren’t actually lemurs.
The bison has two main species now, the American bison and the European bison. You can guess where each one of these can be found: America and Europe. The American bison was nearly extinct in the late 19th century since it was a significant resource of indigenous people of North America for both food and raw materials. In fact, Native Americans highly valued the bison and saw it as a sacred animal, treating it as such.
Can you believe how tiny a starfish is when it’s young? Starfish, otherwise known as seas stars have as many as 1,500 species in all the world’s oceans. From the tropics to frigid polar waters, starfish can be found anywhere. They’re marine invertebrates and typically have a central disc and five arms. However, some species have more arms. A lot of starfish are colorful and can be anywhere from orange to red, grey, and blue.
When you talk about parrots, it’s important to note that there are about 398 species of parrots. This bird is mostly found in tropical and subtropical regions. Parrots typically live off of seeds, nuts, fruits, buds, and other plant materials. Occasionally, a few species will eat animals and carrion. Almost all parrots prefer nesting inside tree hollows and lay white eggs, from which their young hatch.
This little antelope can be found in eastern and southern Africa. As you can probably tell, its brown and yellowish gray fur tends to act as efficient camouflage in its rocky habitat. Unlike its fellow antelopes, the klipspringer has coarse and thick fur with hollow, brittle hairs. Its horns are short and spiky as well. Klipspringers are a nocturnal animal, resting during the middle of the day and late at night.