From Owls to Alpacas — 25 of the Cutest Baby Animals From Around the World

From Owls to Alpacas — 25 of the Cutest Baby Animals From Around the World

Baby Dog

Dogs are beloved creatures by humans, and it’s easy to see why. They possess intelligence, devotion to their owners, and affection. Being bred for millennia, they’ve rightfully earned the reputation of being a person’s best friend. Furthermore, almost everyone falls for the charms of an endearing puppy. With countless breeds from around the world, there are many cute puppies out there. This particular little Goldendoodle pup happens to be at the top of our list of enchanting puppies.

Baby Sloth

We are lucky that sloths move at a slow pace as it allows us to admire their cuteness for longer. The sloth, with its peaceful and cheerful expression, is a distinct creature that stands out right from birth. Sloth newborns come into the world completely covered in fur, with open eyes and the ability to climb and hold on to their mother’s fur shortly after birth. Sloths are known to consume and move at a leisurely pace, spending most of their lives in one tree or perhaps moving to the adjacent tree.

Baby Crocodile

Here’s a perfect illustration of an extremely perilous hunter that begins its life as an endearing baby! Crocodiles are among the oldest species in existence, dating back to the dinosaur era. These creatures start their life inside eggs, and their gender is contingent on the temperature of the nest. However, once hatched, survival becomes highly challenging for crocodile infants, as 99% of them are preyed upon by larger animals during their initial year. We are glad to see that this particular crocodile seems to be secure and unharmed.

Baby Deer

This Chinese water deer is simply adorable, with its unique fangs that appear as they mature, earning them the nickname “vampire deer.” However, don’t fret as these fangs aren’t actually used for anything. Although they’re delicate and fragile, the baby deer is unbelievably cute without its fangs, with approximately 40% of newborns passing away within their first month of life. It would be wonderful if they could remain small and precious forever!

Baby Pygmy Hippo

The adorable little creature you see is actually a baby pygmy hippopotamus, and quite sociable too! In the animal world, hippos have one of the lengthiest gestation periods, lasting up to eight months. What’s more, they only give birth to a solitary offspring at a time. Once they bond with their newborn for a few weeks, mothers unite with other female hippos to form a unit that safeguards their young ones from any external danger. This little orphan seems to have found a new loving mother, and the whole arrangement is simply delightful!

Baby Hedgehog

Hedgehog babies are known as “hoglets” and are incredibly cute creatures with their chubby bodies and adorable little limbs. Their charming expression is made all the more endearing by the presence of their quills, which do not pose a danger to humans. These quills are used primarily for defense when the hedgehog is threatened, as they curl up into a protective ball. In short, hoglets are adorably defenseless balls of fluff.

Baby Dolphin

Dolphins are captivating animals, and their offspring are particularly adorable. It is intriguing to note that dolphins go through a developmental stage in the womb where they grow hind limbs that eventually vanish before birth. This suggests that they evolved from quadrupedal land mammals. Furthermore, dolphins exhibit remarkable behavior that sets them apart from other sea creatures, such as their playful nature. They have been observed surfing, riding waves, and producing bubble rings using their blowholes, which they then manipulate with their beaks before breaking them apart by biting them.

Baby Hamster

In contrast to baby sloths, hamsters are born without fur and the ability to see, and only after 14 to 17 days, their eyes open up, and they begin to develop sight. Within just three weeks of pregnancy, a mother hamster can give birth to a litter of six to 20 hamsters, which is undoubtedly adorable. Nonetheless, it is crucial to avoid stressing out the mother hamster since it may cause her to abandon or eat her own offspring. This situation is scary!

Baby Kangaroo

Joeys, the baby kangaroos, are extremely adorable. They have an intriguing method of being born and developing. Joeys are born at an immature stage and are just an inch long and weigh less than a gram. They immediately suckle milk from their mother and eventually spend more time outside the pouch over the next few weeks. After seven to ten months, they are ready to leave the pouch entirely.

Baby Skunk

Although an adult skunk’s smelly spray could result in an unwanted attack, interacting with a cute baby skunk is a different experience. These young skunks, or kits, are born with their eyes closed and only begin to develop quickly when they reach three weeks old. They are capable of reproducing when they are 10-12 months of age. Though adorable, it is not advisable to keep a skunk as a pet.

Baby Panda

Introducing the adorable baby panda, who appears to be singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” in this picture. Sadly, pandas are at high risk of extinction as they can only survive in the dwindling bamboo forests of China. Nonetheless, zoos across the globe are playing their part in conservation efforts to protect the species. While the future of pandas is uncertain, we know one thing for sure – we’d love to give this fluffy little baby a warm, comforting embrace!

Baby Prairie Dog

The prairie dog, a not so popular animal, possesses intriguing features. These adorable animals mate for only one hour per year during their mating season. They construct intricate underground tunnels and possess the most sophisticated linguistic system decoded in any animal species. Despite appearing simple and repetitive to humans, their squeaks convey elaborate details, such as the approach of a tall human adorned in blue. With their cuteness and intelligence, prairie dogs undoubtedly win our hearts.

Baby Rabbit

In brief, baby bunnies are incredibly precious. Their soft fur, big eyes, floppy ears, and cute hop make them irresistible to anyone with a heart. Despite common misconceptions, rabbits have social and sensitive natures and can exhibit individual personalities akin to dogs and cats. Since they tend to get bored easily, they require lots of toys and social interaction to maintain their happiness. Being able to offer companionship to a baby bunny would certainly bring joy to our lives.

Baby Cat

Out of all the animals listed, kittens are probably the most noticeable, second only to dogs. This is because of their cute features, such as their large eyes, small paws, and big heads, especially in newborn Persian cats. Kittens have always dominated the cute animal pictures on the internet and they need no introduction since they are a common household pet. Rather than learning about them, simply enjoy their cuteness!

Baby Stingrays

It’s unexpected to observe how weirdly adorable the offspring of stingrays are, considering that adult stingrays are not well-suited for cuddling. These peculiar sea creatures move through water by either flapping their fins or undulating their whole bodies. They have eyes on their undersides and rely on their sense of smell and electroreceptors to find food. These creatures may seem and appear like extraterrestrials, but in a cute way!

Baby Squirrel

Squirrels are a widely spread species that can be found on every continent, excluding Antarctica and Australia. This fact raises the possibility of encountering a live baby squirrel during our lifetime. Baby squirrels stay in the nest for approximately seven to eight weeks before flying out, and they tend to settle less than two miles away from their families. Moreover, gray squirrels have a propensity for planting oak trees inadvertently by burying their nuts and forgetting their location.

Baby Pig

Take a look at the charming smile of this small piglet. Besides being cute, pigs have the ability to become very intelligent animals: young pigs immediately respond to the sounds of their mother’s voice, and they can identify their own names as early as two weeks old. To add more adorableness to their characteristics, mother pigs have been observed ‘singing’ to their babies during their nursing. We would absolutely love to sing a melody to this content piglet.

Baby Owl

The adorable appearance of owlets, with their rotund figures, soft plumes, and disproportionately large eyes, make them irresistible. They are also known to have a fondness for humans, which complicates the task of caregivers when rescuing and raising owlets. To prevent them from becoming too attached to humans, caretakers employ clever tactics like disguising themselves and feeding them with a puppet meant to resemble an owl. However, given their lovable nature, it’s understandable why we might want them to become attached to us.

Baby Fennec Fox

Fennec foxes, which are found in the Sahara desert, are a one-of-a-kind species. In addition to being the tiniest kind of fox, these charming animals are incredibly well-suited to living in the tough environment of their homeland. They have ears that stretch up to six inches in length, and they tilt their heads from side to side to utilize them for locating prey in the sand. Moreover, their ears assist them in staying cool and dispersing heat in the desert, as well as adding to their adorable appearance.

Baby Alpaca

Do you think you can handle the cuteness overload of this baby alpaca? These animals are originally from South America and have been transferred to various parts of the world due to their valuable soft and warm wool. The good news is that alpacas are also friendly, gentle, and curious creatures that can be trained to become great pets. This means that owning a pet baby alpaca is possible and having a cute companion to keep you warm is a dream come true!

Baby Platypus

Take a glance at that adorable creature! If some of you are not acquainted with this species, this tiny fellow is known as a platypus, also known as a duck-billed platypus. Despite appearing like a fictional creature that a child might draw, it is actually a legitimate animal! The platypus is a partially aquatic mammal that lays eggs and is indigenous to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. The platypus is unique as it is the sole living member of its family and genus.

Baby Bison

The baby bison appears eager to start the day as seen in the way it briskly walks to catch up with the herd. These American bison offsprings are born weighing between 30 to 70 pounds and enjoy the protection of not only their mother but of the entire herd. Given that bison can live up to 14 to 24 years in the wild, this infant bison has a long way to go.

Baby Gorilla

There is something about chimpanzees, monkeys, and gorillas that fascinates us without explanation. This feeling intensifies upon seeing this adorable baby gorilla, who is incredibly small and gives us an overwhelming sense of emotion. Interestingly, gorilla infants are born smaller than human infants. This little one, born to 22-year-old Kumbuka at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Florida on September 28th, 2018, weighs just under five pounds.

Baby Okapi

Until today, we were unaware of the existence of this particular animal, but we are grateful that it does. The photograph displays a young okapi (calf) that is recognized as the forest giraffe. It is a mammal with an even number of toes and originates from the northeast region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa. Despite its zebra-like striped appearance, the okapi is surprisingly more closely related to the giraffe. Overall, we have concluded that okapis are incredibly cute animals. Don’t you agree?

Baby Elephant

This is an instance of a steep downward fall, but don’t worry, it’s all in good fun. The small animal is simply learning how to walk and is making impressive progress, especially considering that calves are capable of walking within hours of being born. Within two days, they are already strong enough to keep up with their peers. In comparison, human babies typically only begin walking by the time they reach one year old.

Baby Duck

Regardless of your preference towards the duck species, it’s impossible to resist the charm of this adorable wide-eyed duckling. Its small size which can fit in your palm, accompanied by its fluffy feathers makes it even more irresistible. Owning an endearing creature like this would be a dream come true, and it would likely have a therapeutic effect on anyone who holds it, instantly relieving their stress and worries.

Baby Seal

With a coat as white as snow and its wide, glistening eyes, this pup couldn’t be any more adorable. Something you might not have known is that baby seals are actually born on sea ice floating in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Although pups don’t have any blubber at birth, they quickly gain weight nursing on high-fat mother’s milk. When they reach about 80 pounds, their mothers stop nursing them. About six weeks after going without food, these baby seals dive in and begin to hunt for themselves.

Baby Frog

Let’s be real — there are plenty of people out there that aren’t necessarily the biggest fans of amphibians. Still, those particular individuals can’t even deny that this baby frog is too cute for words. Just look at him resting his eyes, perched atop his owner’s hand. And while this is an incredibly adorable sight, we can’t help but wonder how this guy keeps an eye on his little friend. We mean, not only is he super tiny but also has the ability to hop away within seconds. Guess it’s not our problem…

Baby Pygmy Goats

While most people own a dog or cat — sometimes both — there are those that go a different route when it comes to choosing the perfect pet. Some individuals go for rabbits and others go for parakeets. And, of course, there are those that prefer to call pygmy goats their own. Why not? They’re incredibly adorable, plus it turns out that they make great pets. Not only are they friendly and easy to handle, but they also love to play and are easy to train!

Baby Beaver

We don’t know about you guys but we would love to give this little man a hug! He just looks so cuddly as he munches on his afternoon snack. Although this beaver looks fairly mature, he’s actually a baby. When a baby beaver — known as a kit — is born, it is well-developed physically. Because of this, it’s able to start swimming on the very day it’s born! Despite this, though, the kit stays in or around the lodge for the first month of its life. More cuddles for mom and dad!

Baby Koala

There’s no denying that koalas are absolutely amazing. We mean, even as adults, they’re impossibly cute. With that, you can only imagine just how sweet they are as babies! Well, actually, you can see for yourselves just by looking at the picture below. Baby koalas, called joeys, weigh about a gram when they’re born. That’s tiny! Now, if you’re interested in actually spotting one in person, you’re going to have to take a trip to ‘the land Down Under,’ as koalas are native to Australia.

Baby Cow

How picturesque is this moment between a mother and her calf? Then again, we guess that’s why someone actually took the photo. And we’re glad they did because we get to see this special bond for ourselves. And although this wide-eyed calf looks tiny, — especially in comparison to mommy — it turns out that it weighs between 60 and 100 pounds! Also, did you know that within an hour of being born, calves can stand, walk, and nurse? We definitely can’t say the same thing for human infants.

Baby Valais Blacknose Sheep

This sweet, little guy is a Valais Blacknose Sheep, a breed of domestic sheep originally found among the snow-clad Valais peaks of Switzerland. These cuties have black patches on their nose, eyes, ears, knees, and feet — not to mention a thick coat of fluffy wool to keep them warm during the harsh winters in the Swiss mountains. Extremely rare, the Valais Blacknose Sheep is only really found in Switzerland and a few parts of Germany. Still, due to their increased popularity, they’re now being bred in various parts of the world.

Baby Sugar Gliders

Okay, sugar gliders are tiny, to begin with. That being said, calling baby sugar gliders — known as joeys — tiny would be quite an understatement. In any case, whether we’re looking at an adult sugar glider or a joey, we can’t help but melt! They’re just so cute. If you’re wondering how they got their name, sugar gliders are known for their predilection for sugar foods such as sap and nectar. Plus, they have the ability to glide through the air, so…

Baby Raccoon

Normally, we’d cringe at the sight of a raccoon — especially if we spotted one eating out of our trash bins in the middle of the night. But, come on, guys. You cannot ignore how cute this little one is. Much like pygmy goats, raccoons have become a somewhat popular pet to take home. Baby raccoons, called kits or cubs, can sound like human babies when they’re in distress. What’s even crazier is that because raccoons have dexterous paws, they can twist handles and open doors. Lock your doors tonight, people!

Baby Tortoise

Watching this tiny baby tortoise attempt to go for a strawberry that’s almost equal to his size is, indeed, the definition of cuteness. Baby tortoises, or hatchlings, are much like their adult counterparts, the main difference being that they are much more sensitive to temperature changes. Other than that, tortoises are hardy creatures who like to spend their days lying in the sun and snack on a variety of vegetarian food sources… Which brings us back to this amazing strawberry moment.

Baby Chimpanzee

Does this chimp baby give you an oddly familiar feeling? If so, it’s probably because chimpanzees are more closely related to humans than any animal on earth – humans and chimps share 98.5% of the same DNA! It’s easy to recognize a similar facial structure, and that giant toothless smile is just a few evolutionary steps away from our own offspring. Chimps also show similar behaviors to humans, like laughing when playing and hugging to show affection. Hugging is something we’d love to do with this baby!

Baby Giraffe

Giraffes are some funny-looking creatures, that’s for sure. Upon birth, the baby giraffe will drop up to six feet to the ground and land on its head. But don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt, and it actually is the most important part of the birth process, as it makes the giraffe take its first gasp of air. Within one hour, the giraffe learns how to walk. Watching a baby giraffe taking its first wobbly steps after birth is definitely one of the cutest things ever.

Baby Tapir

Never seen this animal before? That’s probably because it’s an extremely rare exotic breed called a tapir, and there are as few as 3,000 left in the entire world. That may have to do with the fact that tapirs only have one baby in their lifetimes. They are born with this distinctive pattern on their bodies, which helps them stay camouflaged in the thick rainforest. It may look like a weird cross between a pig and an elephant, but we think this tapir baby is adorable!

Baby Chameleon

We saved the tiniest for last: meet the baby chameleon. There are 171 species of chameleons, which come in many different sizes. Chameleons are unique among reptiles, for many reasons, one being that they give birth to live babies rather than eggs which hatch. Another thing that sets them apart is that their eyes can move completely independently of each other, letting them look in two directions at once. They can even zoom in like a camera! As far as we’re concerned, it’s plain to see how cute they are!

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